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Overview

The ability to communicate in English is crucial to success for university and college students in an English speaking environment. The purpose of Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is to accurately assess the listening, reading, speaking and writing ability of test takers who want to study at institutions where English is the principal language of instruction.

    If you are a non-native speaker of English and need to demonstrate your academic English language ability, PTE Academic is the test for you. The test provides an accurate measure of a test taker’s English language proficiency to ensure success in courses and active participation in university and college-level education where English is the language of instruction. Institutions will use the result of PTE Academic to determine the actual English language skills of applicants when making admission decisions.

    The Language Testing division of Pearson, the world’s leading education company, is responsible for the development of PTE Academic. Test development professionals involved in producing the test are based in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

    PTE Academic has been developed in accordance with the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEF or CEFR; Council of Europe, 2001), which is a widely accepted standard of ability or performance in language testing. Test items are also internationally approved to ensure that the test is representative of and measures international academic English.

      Integrated skills items

      Key features

      As language skills do not occur in isolation, PTE Academic uses a variety of integrated skills item types to reveal how well you can use English language for oral and written communication. Integrated skills items are important for assessing English Language proficiency because, in an academic environment, students are often required to combine several language skills to perform a task, for example, listening to or reading information and then responding orally.

      PTE Academic test items are task-based, representing the range of functions and situations that you will encounter during academic studies in an English-speaking environment. For example, one item type asks you to demonstrate your understanding of a passage by providing a written summary, while another assesses your understanding of a lecture by asking you to retell the lecture. A different item type tests your ability to orally describe graphical information.

      PTE Academic features 20 different item types, each assessing one language skill or a combination of language skills. Chapters 3-6 of the Official Guide describe each item type in terms of format, timing, expected response length and scoring criteria, and offer strategies to help you complete each item type.

        Source materials

        Source materials

        PTE Academic is designed to be representative of academic language demands within a university or college setting. Source materials used in PTE Academic are taken from real-life situations in an academic environment.

        Reading texts

        As a student at university and college level, you need to do a lot of skimming, scanning, critical reading to complete academic coursework and campus situations. PTE Academic focuses on reading tasks across a wide range of topics and academic disciplines. Reading texts used in PTE Academic include historical biographies narratives, academic articles, book reviews, commentaries, editorials, critical essays, science reports and summaries, journal articles and scientific articles written for a general academic audience. Academic disciplines include arts, science, social studies, humanities, economics, business administration and more. You are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these academic disciplines. The test assesses your ability to comprehend information provided in a given text. Texts related to student life include instructions, course outlines, grant applications, timetables and accommodation guides. Academic reading texts may be accompanied by graphic information.

        Reading texts are taken from published sources, such as text books or websites containing useful information for academic audiences.

        Audio recordings

        Audio recordings include characteristics of actual speech, such as accents and dialects, fillers, hesitations, false starts, self corrections in delivery speed. In academic settings, it is important that you understand a wide variety of spoken language across different situations.
        You need to follow different modes of lectures such as audio, video and audiovisual, despite differences in accent and delivery speed.

        Recordings used in PTE Academic include audio recordings of academic interest and those related to aspects of student life. Recordings of academic interest include lectures, presentations, discussions, interviews, debates and speeches appropriate for a general academic audience. Academic disciplines include arts, science, social studies, humanities, economics, business administration and more. You are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these academic disciplines. The test assesses your ability to comprehend information provided a given recording. Recordings related to student life include instructions, announcements and notices. A recording may be accompanied by visuals such as a presentation slide, providing information about the setting and clues about where the language is being used. Video recordings may also be included.

        Recordings are taken from sources such as websites containing useful information for students, or based on actual speech samples from universities and colleges.

        Test delivery
        PTE Academic is a computer-based test that is delivered through Pearson’s secure network of test centres. For a list of test center locations, refer to the Pearson website at www.pearsonpte.com.

        You can register for PTE Academic online at www.pearsonpte.com and schedule your test at a time convenient for you. When you register, you will create a secure web account with a unique user name and password. Please refer to “Register and scheduling” in Chapter 2 for detailed information.

        Accessing your score report

        After taking the test, you will be notified by email when your PTE scores are available(normally within five business days from your test date). Using your account, you will be able to view your scores and send them to institutions of your choice (up to seven selections per test order). For further guidance on accessing your test results, please refer to the Test Taker Handbook available at www.pearsonpte.com.
        Your test will be presented in a score report. Please refer to “Scoring” in this chapter for details about the PTE Academic score report. Your test scores will be valid for up to two years from your test date. After two years your scores will no longer be valid.

        Retaking the test
        You can take the test as often as you wish, but you can only schedule one test at a time.
        Subsequent tests may be scheduled immediately after you receive your scores. If you take the
        test more than once, you can select which score to send to an institution. For further information, please refer to the Test Taker Handbook available at www.pearsonpte.com.

        Structure
        Pte academic assesses all four language skills---- listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test will last approximately three hours. This includes an untimed introduction to the test and one optional break of up to 10 minutes.
        PTE Academic consists of three main parts. You will receive a general introduction to the test and specific instructions about what to expect in each part of the test. Each part may contain a number of sections. Each section is individually timed. The table below shows the test structure.

        Part of test Section Item Time allowed
        Introduction
        Part 1 Section 1 Personal introduction 1 minute
        Section 2 Read aloud 30-35 minutes
        Repeat sentence
        Describe image
        Re-tell lecture
        Answer short question
        Sections 3-4 Summarize written text 20 minutes
        Section 5 Summarize written text or Write essay 10 or 20 minutes
        Section 6 Write essay 20 minutes
        Part 2: Reading Multiple- choice, choose single answer 32-41 minutes
        Multiple- choice, choose multiple answers
        Re-order paragraphs
        Reading: Fill in the blanks
        Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
        Part 3:Listening Section 1 Summarize spoken text 20 or 30 minutes
        Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 23-28 minutes
        Fill in the blanks
        Highlight correct word
        Multiple-choice, choose single answer
        Select missing word
        Highlight incorrect words
        Write from dictation
          Part 1: Speaking and Writing

          Part 1

          In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. You will have approximately 77-93 minutes to complete this part. The table below shows the speaking and writing part of the test.

          Part 1: Speaking and writing
          Section Item Type Time allowed
          Section 1 Personal introduction
          Read aloud
          Repeat sentence
          Describe image
          Re-tell lecture
          Answer short question
          1 minute
          Section 3-4 Summarize written text 20 minutes
          Section 5 Summarize written text or Write essay 10-20 minutes
          Section 6 Write essay

          PTE Academic is an integrated skills test. Some item types in this part also assess reading and
          listening skills.

          Section 1

          In Section 1, before starting the scored part of the test, you will be asked to orally introduce
          yourself. You are not assessed on your performance in the Personal introduction section. Your response offers an additional security measure for institutions and provides some impression of you report to the institutions you select.

          You could talk about one or more of the following:

          • Your interests
          • Your plans for further study
          • Why you want to learn English
          • Why you need to learn English
          • Why you chose PTE Academic

          You will have 25 seconds to read the prompt and 30 seconds to record your response. The recording status box on screen will let you know when to start recording and when to complete your response. You must reply in your own words, as naturally as possible.
          You will not be able to re-cord your response, so make sure you are ready to speak.

          Section 2
          In Section 2, there is a single timed speaking section consisting of 35-42 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. You will have approximately 30-35 minutes to complete this section. Different response formats are used in the speaking part of PTE Academic.

            Part 2: Reading

            Part 2

            In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. You will have approximately 32-41 minutes to complete this part. The table below shows the reading part of the test.

            Part 2: Reading
            Item type Time allowed
            Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 32-41 minutes
            Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
            Re-order paragraphs
            Reading: Fill in the blanks
            Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks

            This is a single timed part containing 15-20 independent and integrated skills items,
            depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats are used in the reading part of PTE Academic.

            PTE Academic is an integrated skills test. One item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.

              Part 3: Listening

              Part 3

              In Part 3, you will be tested on your listening skills. You will have approximately 45-57 minutes to complete this part. The table below shows the listening part of the test.

              Part 3: Listening
              Section Item type Time allowed
              Section 1 Summarize spoken text 20-30 minutes
              Section 2 Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 23-28 minutes
              Fill in the blanks
              Highlight correct summary
              Multiple-choice, choose single answer
              Select missing word
              Highlight incorrect words
              Write from dictation

              PTE Academic is an integrated skills test. Some item types in this part of the test also assess writing and reading skills.

              Section 1

              The first section in the listening part, Summarize spoken text, is an integrated skills item type that tests listening and writing skills. Two to three items of this type appear, depending on the combination of items in a given test.

              Section 2

              In Section 2, there is a single timed listening section consisting of 15-22 items, depending on the combinations in a given test. You will have approximately 23-23 minutes to complete this section. Different response formats are used in the listening part of PTE Academic.
              Since listening takes place in real time, PTE Academic assesses your ability to process spoken language in real time. Each recording is played only once. You can take notes using the Erasable Note board Booklet provided when listening to the recording, and use these notes as a guide to complete the tasks.

              Scoring

                Scoring

                Scoring

                All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are cantered on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of your response.
                Formal aspects refers to the form of your response, for example, whether it is over or under the word limit for a particular item type, or whether it contains more than one sentence for an item type requiring a one-sentence response.
                The quality of your response is represented in a number of additional skills called Enabling Skills.
                For example, in the item type Re-tell lecture your response will be scored such as oral fluency and pronunciation. Scores for item types assessing speaking and writing skills are generated by automated scoring systems. For information about automated scoring, please refer to www.pearsonpte.com.
                Types of scoring
                There are two types of scoring.
                Correct or incorrect
                Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If your responses to these items are correct, you will receive the maximum score available for each item type. If your responses are incorrect, you will receive no score points.
                Partial credit
                Other item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If your responses to these items are correct, you will receive some score points available for each item type. If your responses are partially correct, you will receive some points, but less than the maximum score points available for each item type. If your responses are incorrect, you will receive no score points. This type of scoring is referred to as “partial credit” scoring.
                Three item types in the test are scored slightly differently to others: Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers (reading), Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers (Listening) and Highlight incorrect words. For these item types, if you get any answers wrong, points will be deducted. For example, if you score two points for two correct answers and then
                choose two wrong answers, your score will be zero (2-2=0). This does not apply to apply other
                item types in the test.
                The table below shows the item types that are scored that are scored as correct or incorrect, and where partial credit scoring applies.
                Part of test Item type Skills assessed Unscored
                Part 1 Speaking and writing Personal introduction Not assessed Partial credit
                Read aloud Reading and speaking Partial credit
                Repeat sentence Listening and speaking Partial credit
                Describe image Speaking Partial credit
                Re-tell lecture Listening and speaking
                Answer short question Listening and speaking Partial credit
                Summarize written text Reading and writing Partial credit
                Write essay Writing Partial correct
                Part 2: Reading Multiple-choice, choose single answer Reading Correct/incorrect
                Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Reading Partial credit
                Re-order paragraphs Reading Partial credit
                Reading: Fill in the blanks Reading Partial credit
                Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks Reading and writing Partial credit
                Part 3: Listening Summarize spoken text Listening and writing Partial credit
                Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Listening Partial credit
                Fill in the blanks Listening and writing Partial credit
                Highlight correct summary Listening and reading Correct/incorrect
                Multiple-choice, choose single answer Listening Correct/incorrect
                Select missing word Listening Correct/incorrect
                Highlight incorrect words Listening and reading Partial credit
                Write from dictation Listening and writing Partial credit
                Types of Scores:
                PTE Academic reports an overall score, communicative skills and enablity skills scores skills scores.
                Overall score: The overall score is based on your performance on all test items. For each item, the score you obtain contribute to overall score. The score range for the overall score is 10-90 points.
                Communicative skills scores: The communicative skills are listening, reading, speaking and writing. The scores for integrated skills items (that is, those assessing reading and speaking, listening and speaking, reading and writing, listening and writing or listening and reading) contribute to the score for each of the communicative skills that the items assess. The score range for each communicative skill is 10-90 points.
                Enabling skill scores: the enabling skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse. The scores for enabling skills are based on your performance on only those items that assess these skills specially. The score range for each enabling skill is 10-90 points.
                Grammar: the correct use of language with respect to word form and word order at the sentence level.
                Oral fluency: the smooth, effortless and natural-paced delivery of speech
                Pronunciation: the pronunciation of speech sounds in a way that is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. Regional or national varieties of English pronunciation are considered correct to the degree that they are easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language.
                Spelling: the writing of words according to the spelling rules of the language. All national variations are considered correct, but one spelling convention should be used consistently in a giver response.
                Vocabulary: the appropriate choice of words used to express meaning, as well as lexical range.
                Written discourse: the correct and communicatively efficient production of written language at the textual level. Written discourse skills are represented in the structure of a written text, its internal coherence, logical development and the range of linguistic resources used to express meaning precisely.
                The scores for enabling skills are not awarded when your responses are inappropriate for the items in either content or form. For example, if an essay task requires you to discuss global warming and you provide a response entirely devoted to the topic of fashion design, you will not receive any score points for writing or any of the enabling skills assesses by the item. In relation to form, if a task requires a one-sentence summary of a text and you give a list of words, you will not be awarded any score points for your response to that item.
                Score record:
                The image on the next page shows an example PTE Academic score report that you will receive after you have completed the test. The report shows overall score, communicative skills score, communicative skills score and enabling skills scores.
                PTE WITH AOL
                AOL is committed to quality teaching so initially after the pre-analysis the impression of students basic English knowledge is taken and their whichever
                part of grammar has been weak, a proper coaching is given to strengthen it.
                Module wise preparation starts with discussion of tests and tests exercises.
                Currently, AOl is taking limited number of students for generating better results.
                A word to be noted:-
                PTE has a different format to IELTS but meticulous analysis concludes a lot is common with IELTS and identic criteria is also one of the common factors of this test.4