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PTE

PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. The full form of PTE is the Pearson Test of English.  PTE is based on complete automated scoring and grades a test taker in the band of 10-90 and the PTE Academic scores are available online within five business days. The three-hour long computer-based test focuses on day to day English rather than high-level English language and tests a student on his/her ability to effectively understand the language as spoken daily. The multi-level grading system ensures a better understanding of the student’s proficiency in the English language.
Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)
The speaking module of PTE assesses your speaking, listening, and writing skills.  Candidates are asked to repeat sentences, answer questions and summarise given paragraphs. The speaking section 1 contains a personal introduction part where the candidates have to introduce themselves within 30 seconds; however, this item is not scored, but it gives the candidates a chance to introduce themselves to the institute.
Item
Task
Skills assessed
Prompt length
Time to answer
Personal Introduction
The introduction is an opportunity for the students to give their selected institutions some information about themselves
Speaking
25 seconds to prepare to respond
 
30 seconds to record
Read Aloud
 
A text appears on the screen. Read the text aloud.
Reading and Speaking
Text up to 60 words
30-40 seconds to prepare
varies by item, depending on the length of text
Repeat sentence
 
After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence
Listening and Speaking
3-9 seconds
15 seconds
 
Describe Image
 
An image appears on the screen. Describe the image in detail.
Speaking
N/A
40 seconds
 
Re-tell Lecture
 
After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words.
Listening and Speaking
up to 90 seconds
40 seconds
 
Answer short question
After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words.
Listening and Speaking
3-9 seconds
10 seconds
Summarize written text
After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage.
Reading and Writing
text up to 300 words
10 minutes
Write essay
Write a 200– 300-word essay on a given topic.
Writing
2-3 sentences
20 minutes
Part 2: Reading (32 – 41 minutes)
This section of the PTE exam contains passages and questions based on your reading skills. It contains a single timed section. For each question, a candidate will have to read the instructions carefully before answering it. 
Item
Task
Skills assessed
Prompt length
Multiple-Choice, choose Single Answer
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response
Reading
text up to 110 words
Multiple-Choice, choose Multiple Answers
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response
Reading
text up to 300 words
Re-order Paragraphs
Several text boxes appear on the screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order
Reading
text up to 150 words
Reading: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps
Reading
text up to 80 words
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. For this item type, candidates need to select the most appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore the text.
Reading and Writing
text up to 80 words
Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)
Listening skills are tested in this section. In addition to that, a candidate will also have some integrated speaking and listening questions in another part.   The main section of listening requires a candidate to listen to the audio or video clips that begin automatically. The audio clips are played ONLY ONCE.
Item
Task
Skills assessed
Prompt length
Summarize spoken text
After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summary
Listening and Writing
60-90 seconds
Multiple Choice, choose multiple answers
After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response
Listening
40-90 seconds
Fill in the blanks
A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap
Listening and Writing
30-60 seconds
Highlight correct summary
After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
Listening and Reading
30-90 seconds
Multiple Choice, choose single answer
After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one response
Listening
30-60 seconds
Select missing word
After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
Listening
20-70 seconds
Highlight incorrect words
The transcript of a recording appears o the screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said
Listening and Reading
15-50 seconds
Write from dictation
After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence
Listening and Writing
3-5 seconds
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