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    PTE Core for Canada PR: Test Format & Score System

    May 09,2024

    About PTE Core Test

    The PTE Core exam is taken by candidates who are applying for Canadian permanent residency or citizenship. The below article concentrates on the PTE Core exam, four major sections of the scoring criteria of the PTE Core test, and seven differences between the PTE Academic and PTE Core tests. Along with these, the article also gives brief information about the newly added two questions in the PTE Core test and the difference between the PTE Core and PTE Academic exam. The article serves as detailed guidance for test-takers who are appearing for PTE Core test preparation.

    What is PTE Core?

    The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Core Test is a standardized test of checking English proficiency across four skills, which are speaking, writing, reading, and listening. The test typically lasts for approximately two hours, and results are provided either on the same day of the exam or within five business days.

    The PTE Core examination is approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and possesses recognition from the Canadian government for all immigration applications. It includes various facilities such as work visas, migration, or citizenship, except for the Student Direct Stream (SDS). Further, the PTE Core test is correlated with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, details of which are given in this article.

    The Journey in the Test Development of the PTE Core Test

    The evolution of the PTE Core test began with Pearson’s introduction of additional speaking questions in the PTE Academic test in September 2023. In February 2024, Pearson added the “Respond to the Situation” question type as a scored question type, along with a new question type in the writing module called “Write an Email.” This adaptation ensures a new way of mimicking real-life situations and communications. Additionally, any individual aged 16 or above can book the PTE Core exam by logging in to Pearson’s official website. However, the way to get desire scores lies with correct guidance throughout the PTE Core preparation.

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    PTE Core Score System:

    Basic Information:

    The PTE Core test is scored by state-of-the-art AI and automated scoring technology. Due to zero human interaction, the PTE Core test is considered an unbiased one, which can boost test-taker confidence. The test is scored out of 90 across all four sections of speaking, writing, reading, and listening. Each section is scored individually, ranging from 10 to 90. Thereafter, overall scores are computed based on 10 criteria, which include four section scores and six enabling skills such as fluency, pronunciation, written disclosure, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar usage.

    About CLB Scores:

    If you are taking the PTE Core test for your Canadian Visa application, your scores will be measured in terms of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) scores, provided in Table 1.

    CLBPTE Core

    Before starting PTE Core exam preparation, one should know the details of the test format, preparation strategies, and differences between the PTE Core and its academic counterpart.

    Also Read: PTE Speaking: Proven Tips, Templates, and Tricks

    PTE Core Test Format

    PTE Core Format
    SkillsPTE Core Test Format BreakdownPTE Core Task Types
     SpeakingRead Aloud
    Repeat Sentence
    Describe Image
    Respond to the Situation
    Answer Short Question
    The scoring criteria for this section mainly depend on effective communication, fluency, correct pronunciation, and intonation in English.
    WritingSummarize Written Text
    Write an Email
    In this section, scores will be provided based on one’s writing skills, involving sentence formation, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage.
    ReadingFill in the Blanks (Reading & Writing)
    Multiple Choice – Choose Multiple Answers Re-order Paragraph
    Fill in the Blanks (Reading)
    Multiple Choice – Choose a Single Answer    
    This section consists of five question types, primarily based on skills such as effective reading comprehension and knowledge of vocabulary.
    ListeningSummarize Spoken Text
    Multiple Choice – Choose Multiple Answers Fill in the Blanks (Listening)
    Multiple Choice – Choose a Single Answer
    Select Missing Word Highlight Incorrect Words Write from Dictation
    The section measures the candidate’s ability to listen to different contexts spoken in various accents and answer or summarize lectures based on audio clips they listen to.
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    7 Major Changes in the PTE Core Compared to the PTE Academic

    PTE Core TaskPTE Core Compared to the PTE Academic
    Respond to the SituationNumber of questions: 2-4 Preparation time: 20 seconds Speaking time length: 40 seconds  
    Summarize Written TextNumber of questions: 1-2 Time duration to write the summary: 10 minutes Word limit: 25-50 words  
    Write an EmailNumber of questions: 2-3 Time duration to write an email: 9 minutes Word limit: 50-120 words  
    Summarize Spoken TextNumber of questions: 1-2 Time duration to write the summary: 8 minutes Word limit: 20-30 words  
    Highlight Correct SummaryREMOVED 
    Highlight Incorrect WordsNumber of questions: 1-2  
    Question typesBased on the non-academic contexts: broadcasts, announcements, emails, work meetings, telephone assistance, internet conversations, and various practical situations.  

    Diving Into 2 New Question Types in the PTE Core Exam Preparation:

    1. Respond to the Situation

    On exam day, you will encounter different practical situations where you will have to speak about that situation and possible solutions, requests, orders, or problems. Some of the practical situations are given below for practice purposes.

    Example Questions:

    • You are the manager of a company, and one of the air conditioners is not working in the workplace. It’s decided to install a new one after consulting a technician, but the transportation of the device has been delayed by 5 days. How will you encourage your team to work?
    • You are going to a supermarket to shop near your place. While walking down the street, an accident takes place in front of you, and a lady has fainted. There is no one nearby except you. You are calling an emergency; How will you explain the situation?
    • You are going on vacation, and you are driving a car. While driving halfway, the car breaks down, and you have come to know that there are no garages available within a five-kilometer radius. Fortunately, there is a board mentioning the contact number of a mechanic. How will you describe the situation and solve the problem?

    2. Write an Email

    In this question type, you will be required to write an email for academic or non-academic purposes. It should contain 50-120 words within 9 minutes. (Around 100 words are just sufficient.)

    Example Questions:

    • You gave an interview last week at a company, and authorities have promised to give results within 2 working days. The company still hasn’t responded to the result of the interview. Write an email to Mr. Daniel, the director of the company, mentioning the issue and requesting the result of your interview.
    • Your friend shifted to another country a month ago, and you got the news about him getting a job at a well-known company there. Write an email to congratulate your friend.
    • There is an urgent requirement for a manager at a company, and you have read the article about the same in the newspaper. You fulfill all the necessary criteria to apply for that position. Write an email to Mr. Krey, the head of the company, mentioning the following three criteria that you fit for the position:
      • Your qualifications
      • Skills
      • Other achievements
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    To conclude, there are several changes in the PTE Core test; however, most of the other question types remain the same as in the PTE Academic test, and the test focuses primarily on non-academic contexts. This test gives a great opportunity to candidates who are seeking Canadian PR or citizenship. It unlocks the pathway to a brighter future for an individual with a plethora of opportunities to explore in Canada.

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      Utsav Mistry

      PTE Trainer Extraordinaire at Aspire Square. With a Master in Engineering field and a passion for education, he seamlessly merges technical expertise with language proficiency. His tailored strategies and personalized guidance empower PTE aspirants to excel in English language mastery.


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