PTE

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text
  • Essay (20 mins)

Part 2: Reading (32 – 41 minutes)

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice questions

Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

PTE Academic Exam Pattern 2018 : Speaking & Writing sections (77 – 93 minutes)

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

PTE Academic Exam Pattern 2018 – 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.

PTE Academic Exam pattern 2018: Reading Section (32 – 41 minutes)

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

PTE Academic Exam Pattern 2018 – 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.

PTE Academic Exam pattern 2018: Listening Section (45 – 57 Minutes)

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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FAQ PTE

Do I need to know about a specific subject to take the test?

No. PTE Academic is a test of your English ability. The test covers a range of subjects, but you are not being tested on these subjects.

How old do I need to be to take PTE Academic?

You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must provide a signed parental consent form before taking the test.

Will I be penalised in speaking tasks for not having an accent from a native English speaking country?

No. PTE Academic has been designed to recognise speech from non-native speakers of English representing over 100 different native languages.

Are all communicative skills scores (e.g. reading, writing) weighted equally?

Yes.

How many times can I take the test?

You can take PTE Academic as many times as you like.
You must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.

Do I have to take PTE Academic in my home country?

No. You can take it at any of our test centers around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use. Refer to the Acceptable ID policy.
If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport at the test center.

We accept these payment methods:

  • MasterCard and Visa debit cards
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express and JCB credit cards
  • Vouchers and promotion codes (you must pay the balance if your voucher does not cover the full test cost)
    We do not accept PayPal

Do I have to pay for the test with my own credit card?

No. You can use a card that is registered in a different name (e.g. a parent’s credit card.)

Can I register directly with the test center?

No. You can register for the test online or by phone through our call centers. Contact the customer service team in your region.

My given and family names are the same. What should I enter into the registration form?

Enter your given name into the family name field. Enter a period/full stop (.) in the given name field.

My name is too long to fit the space on the form. What should I enter into the registration form?

Enter as much of your name as you can. Then contact us so we know there will be a difference between the name you register with and the name on your ID.

What happens if my ID shows a different name to the one I registered with?

You will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee.
If you made a mistake when registering, please contact us before your test day. We will do what we can to help.

Do I have to take PTE Academic in my home country?

No. You can take it at any of our test centers around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use. Pg. 10 of the Test Taker Handbook provides advice on acceptable form of ID.
If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport at the test center.

When should I arrive at the test center?

At least 30 minutes before the start of your test. This gives you plenty of time to check in and pass security.

What documents can I use as ID at the test center?

You should show your passport when arriving at the test center.
If you do not have a passport you should check the ID requirements.

What is palm vein recognition and is it safe?

Palm vein recognition scans the veins inside your hand to create a digital template that represents your palm vein pattern. Everyone’s veins are different, just like a fingerprint, this allows us to check your identity. To use the palm vein scanner, you simply hold your hand in place above the scanner for a few seconds. The scanner uses a near-infrared light source, similar to a remote control – and you never touch the sensor.

What happens if there is a problem with my computer during the test?

Raise your hand and tell the test administrator. They will do whatever they can to help and will ensure the problem is recorded and reported.
Make sure you tell the test administrator about any problems you feel affect your ability to complete the test. Without their record of the problem, it is very hard for us to trace these issues later on.

What should I do if I spot a problem with a question?

Raise your hand and tell the test administrator. They will ask you to complete a form. This will then be sent to us so we can investigate.
Alternatively, contact your local customer service team within 14 days of the test.

What happens if I have to leave for an emergency?

Raise your hand and explain your situation to the test administrator. They will advise further.

Can I leave early if I finish the test?

Yes. Raise your hand and ask the test administrator for permission to leave.

How do I know how much time I have left?

Each section of the test is individually time. You will see a timer in the top right corner of the screen counting down the remaining time.

Can I take notes during the test?

Yes. We will give you an erasable note board booklet (about 5 sheets of A4 paper). If you run out of space, you can ask for another booklet.
You are not allowed to make notes until the test has started

Can I correct my answers during the test?

You can correct multiple-choice responses (click again to deselect your answer) and typed responses (use the cut, copy and paste options)
However, you must correct mistakes before moving on to the next item. You cannot re-record any spoken responses.
The microphone will switch off automatically if you are silent for more than 3 seconds during an answer.

How do I view my scores online?

You can see your scores once you have signed in to your Pearson Vue account at www.pearsonvue.com/pte
Click ‘View Score Report’ to see your scores for each test.

How do I send my scores to institutions?

You can do this once you have signed in to your account.
Click Send Scores next to the relevant test.
Search for the institution you want to send your score to. You can send up to seven at once.
Click Next to see a summary
Click Next, then hit Confirm Order to send your scores.
You can send your scores to unlimited number of institutitions free of charge.
We will send you an email to confirm your scores have been sent.

I took the test more than five days ago, but have not received my scores. What should I do?

Check your junk or spam email folder. We will email you when your results are available, so the email may be there already.
If your score is on hold we will contact you.
If you have not received any messages from us at all, contact us.

My score is ‘on hold’. What does that mean?

We will put your score on hold if we detect any possible irregularities in your test.
We investigate even minor issues, so having your test put on hold does not mean there is necessarily a problem.
If you fail to adhere to the terms of the test, as listed in the Test Taker Handbook, your test result could be cancelled.

When will institutions be able to see my score?

After you have assigned a score to an institution through your account, it takes up to 48 hours before the institution can view your score.

Can I send my previous scores to institutions?

Yes. Just choose the score you want to send once you have signed in to your account. Scores remain available for two years.

Why have you sent me a message saying my chosen institution does not recognize the test?

The institution you selected does not yet recognize PTE Academic formally.
You will not be able to use your score to this institution until it accepts PTE Academic.

What happens if I arrive late?

Contact the relevant customer service team as soon as you know you are going to be late. If you arrive up to 15 minutes late you may still be allowed to take it. You will still get the full three hours to complete the test.
If you arrive over 15 minutes late you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your fee.

I need to cancel my test, or I did not turn up to take it. Can I claim a refund?

If you fail to turn up to your appointment you will not generally receive a refund.
You may receive a partial refund if you cancel your test before the appointment date.
For your best chance of a refund, contact the customer service team in your region. In some circumstances we will try to reschedule your test free of charge.

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Closed on local holidays.