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The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

PTE is an English language test to assess the level of English of on-native speakers who are willing to join a university-level program. PTE Academic is accepted every corner of the world where their first language is English. PTE is completely computer based test. PTE has four sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. The questions PTE contains are based on daily communication. PTE score is scale based that is from 10 to 90. Validity of score is for two years.

Duration: 3 hours.
PTE Speaking & Writing: 77 to 93 minutes (Summarize written text: 10 minutes, Essay: 20 Minutes)
PTE Reading: 32 – 40 minutes
PTE Listening: 45 – 57 minutes

PTE Speaking & Writing

PTE Speaking and Writing is the test of speaking and writing skills. In speaking section, audio is recorded in the computer. The test taker does not have option to go back. One As it is computer based test, everything is recorded. Remember that test taker can’t go back to the question, once clicked next. After completing appeared task, next option comes. The test starts with speaking. This part contains six small sections that assess the promptness over speaking. Types of questions are followings: Personal introduction, Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture, and Answer short question. There is no fixed number of questions for sections and there is no fixed time for the sections. Speaking part tests the ability to represent communicative English in an outside environment. As speaking ends, writing starts. The PTE Writing has two parts: summary writing and essay writing.

In summary writing one longer passage is given and test taker is expected to summarize the passage in one sentence. Generally one longer passage is given but, sometimes, it has two passages. Ten minutes is given to complete the summary writing. If there are two summary writings, twenty minutes is given. After that Essay starts. Essay writing is given 20 minutes to complete it. The essay should have 200 to 300 words.

Important note: PTE Test is all about daily life English Language. It focuses on usages of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and spelling. The score depends on multiple factors. These fours, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and spelling, are prime factors. So put yourself in habit of adding new level of English language.

In PTE speaking, audio is played and as per audio’s information, you have to act. The audio is general Australian Accent. So try to put yourself in habit of listening Australian accent.

PTE Test uses a lot of collocation, start working on them. It will help you a lot in all four sections.

PTE Reading: This part tests the ability to understand the written instructions. It is analysis of reading and vocabulary as well as reading and writing together. Reading is divided into five segments: Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer, Multiple Choice Choose Multiple Answers, Re-Order Paragraphs, Reading (Fill in the Blanks) and Reading and Writing (Fill in the Blanks). Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read and write. Number of question for each section is not fixed. It varies section to section.

Important Note: this section is about vocabulary and grammar but more about vocabulary. Although many options are given, it does help if you are weak in understanding or you have lack of vocabulary. In PTE Reading, Grmmar is also tested. So you have to put yourself into practice of logical meaning, logical relation and logical structure.

PTE Listening: Listening is the test of the ability to understand spoken English. The audio is played and the test taker is expected to retain the information played in audio. PTE Listening has eight sections: Summarize Spoken Text, Multiple Choice and Multiple Answers, Fill in the Blanks, Highlight Correct Summary, Multiple Choice and Single Answer, Select Missing Word, Highlight Incorrect Words and Write from Dictation. Although the test is called Listening section, it is test of both listening and writing.

Important note: first section will be similar to speaking part. The slight difference is, audio is describe with audio in speaking but audio is written in text form in listening. It is a test of understanding the language and summary of understanding so you prepare yourself according to speakers point of view. Once you will think as per speaking thinking, you will be able to summarize accordingly and that will lead you to high score.

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