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PTE

PTE Academic is a computer-based test for evaluating the English language proficiency of the non-native English speakers who are aspiring to study abroad or seeking immigration. The result will be available within five business days. The three-hour PTE Academic test 2018 appraises a real-life measure of test takers’ language ability and the PTE Academic 2018 score is accepted for admission to several institutions across the world, including countries like – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

The PTE Academic exam pattern is for aspirants who plan to study abroad but hail from countries where English is not the native language. PTE Academic test measures candidates on four language skill sets, namely the writing, speaking, reading, and listening. According to the PTE Academic 2018 test pattern, the writing and the speaking modules are integrated into one; Reading and Listening modules are designed separately. All the test takers are evaluated on the basis of the aggregate score obtained from the PTE Academic test. The total duration of the PTE Academic 2018 test is of three hours and the mode of the exam is computer-based. Candidates need to use a computer and a headset to listen, respond and read the questions. Candidates, typically come across real-life academic content like a lecture or made to view charts and graphs.

Part 1 : Speaking & Writing

This evaluates both the writing and speaking abilities of an aspirant. Candidates are asked to repeat sentences, answer questions and summarise given paragraphs. The speaking section 1 contains a personal introduction part which is unscored but still which acts as a chance to introduce themselves to the institute. On the computer screen the candidates can see a recording box and after a beep or tone, they are asked to speak immediately.

PTE Academic Test Format

 Item  Task  Skills Assessed  Prep Time  Response Time
 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  An image appears on the screen.  Speaking  N/A  40 seconds
 Image  Describe the image in detail.      
 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 1 : Speaking & Writing

This evaluates both the writing and speaking abilities of an aspirant. Candidates are asked to repeat sentences, answer questions and summarise given paragraphs. The speaking section 1 contains a personal introduction part which is unscored but still which acts as a chance to introduce themselves to the institute. On the computer screen the candidates can see a recording box and after a beep or tone, they are asked to speak immediately.

Part 2 : Reading

The Reading section evaluates candidates’ reading skills. Test takers encounter a set of instructions to follow, after which they can answer accordingly.

 Item  Task  Skills Assessed  Prompt Length
 Multiple-Choice,  After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice  Reading  text up to
 choose Single Answer  question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response    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

The listening section consists of questions based on several audio clips. Part 3 comprises of questions that are completely based on audio or video clips. Candidates get to hear each audio or video clip only ONCE and are allowed to take notes to refer to.

 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