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PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH

Read aloud :
Speaking
( 70-90 Preparation time: 35 seconds
mins Task: To read the given text clearly &
Including aloud
Writing) Strategy: Take appropriate pauses and
stress important words. Learn Intonations.
Total 6-8 questions
Repeat sentence:
A sentence comprised of 8-10 words
(approx.) has to be spoken precisely and
accurately.
Strategy: Focus on the phrasing and check
intonations. Speak precisely.
Total 10-12 questions
Describe Image: Represent the given
image analytically. The image can vary
(Bar, Table, Pie-chart, Diagram, map)
Strategy: Use required vocab . Give clear
Interpretation and focus on extreme
Values.
Prep. Time : 25 seconds, Recording time:
40 seconds.
Total 6-8 questions
Re-tell lecture:
A lecture will be played , ranging 90
seconds & recording time will be 40
seconds. The lecture has to be spoken in
own words.
Strategy : Concentrate on the crucial
vocabs where the lecture revolves and also
emphasize the content on the given topic.
Make notes if necessary
Total 2-4 questions
Answer short question:
A question is being asked and the answer
is to be given in a word or two often three.
Probably the easiest, simply understand
the question and interpret correct ans.
Total 10-12 questions.
Summarize written text: Summarize the
Writing given text which would be maximum of
300 words.
Note: Only one sentence should be there.
i.e. only one fullstop. Its recommended to
write 20-30 words for decent length.
The writing should be based on your own
understanding containing factual
information.
Time: 10 Mins
Total: 2-3 questions

Write essay:
Elaborate the given topic. Represent the
brain-stormed points coherently.
Support an opinion with details
Write as per topic
Correct Grammar, Spelling and mechanics
are required.
Relevant examples can also be added.

Note: Length has to be atleast 200-300


words, scoring will be affected if the
length is lesser or higher than specified
range.

Essays are debate oriented particularly


Agree or Disagree.

Allotted time: 20Mins.

Multiple choice, choose single answer:


Total questions: 2-3
Reading Note: Read the passage and check the
(30-40 important key words given in the question.
mins) Choose any one option which is most likely
to be considered and eliminate the least
likeable options

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Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
Total questions : 2-3
Note: Read the passage and check the
important key words given in the question.
Choose any one option which is most likely
to be considered and eliminate the least
likeable options

( This is the only part where points get


deducted , For Ex: 1 for correct and -1 for
incorrect and maximum score can be 0, no
negative marking)
Re-order paragraphs:
Total questions : 2-3
Identify the main idea and then the theme.
Understand difference between connotation
& denotation
Categorize information in logical sequence
Note important details and find
“connectives”

Fill in the blanks


Total questions: 5-6
Understand the given text. If the sentence
signifies positive meaning, find positive
word and if its negative , vice-versa
Also note: it should sense grammatically
correct. Find “subject” in the sentence.
Fill in the blanks-2
Total questions: 5-6
Understand the given text. If the sentence
signifies positive meaning, find positive
word and if its negative, vice-versa
Also note: it should sense grammatically
correct.
Find subject in the sentence.
Eliminate the given options which are least
possible. Skim overall text once to get brief
idea.

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Summarize spoken text:
Listening Total questions: 2-3
(45-60 Time allotted : 20-30 mins.(10 mins each)
mins) Approach: After listening the audio which
can be focused on any subject, the
summary has to be written for the same
within 50-70 words. The words should not
be higher or lesser than specified limit.
Strategy: Listen acutely and note key-
words. And, check for spelling as well as
grammar errors
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers:
Total questions: 2-3
Approach: Understand the general flow by
speaker and try to anticipate the answer
form the given option.
( For every correct 1 point and incorrect -1,
and least would be 0)
Fill in the blanks:
Total questions:2-3
Approach: The transcription and audio will
have the same content. Here the candidate
is required to fill the missing words ,
narrated in audio. This part should requires
accuracy
Highlight correct summary:
Total question: 2-3
Approach: Listen the audio precisely and
out of the given summary, select the
relevant one. Moreover prior skimming is
also required which can ensure correct
answer
Multiple choice, choose single answer:
Total questions : 2-3
Approach: Listen to the audio and stay
concentrated on every detail which can
help to find the correct answer from the
given options.

Select missing word:


Total question: 2-3
Approach: Here the question will end with
a beep and the examinee has to find the
correct answer from the given options. It’s
all about anticipating the answer. The
context has to be understood primarily

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Highlight incorrect words:
Total question: 2-3
Approach: The transcript will contain few
incorrect words and the same should be
highlighted by listening the given audio.
The easiest of all and requires minute
attention

Write from dictation:


Total questions: 3-4
Approach: Type the answer which is
narrated in the audio. The recording lasts
for 3-5 seconds

Important Test Tips:

Do’s
 Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc

 Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about
sport’ NOT ‘science’

 Keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks

 Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds
of silence and stop recording

 Build your own personal set of vocabulary and learn root words

 Work on Grammar , especially Tenses (Simple Past and Simple Present) & prepositions

Don’t

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Write ENTIRELY in capital letters. Only use capitals when needed: at the beginning of sentence
names, etc

Clicking next before completing the task

 Follow required informations.

SCORING IN PTE:
The score range is 10–90 points

The points are allotted based on Communicative Skills and

Enabling skills

Communication Skills Enabling Skills

Listening Grammar

Reading Oral Fluency

Writing Pronunciation

Spelling
Speaking
Vocabulary

Written Discourse

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Concordance between IELTS & PTE scores

IELTS Score PTE A Score

9.0 86 - 90

8.5 83 - 85

8.0 79 - 82

7.5 73 - 78

7.0 65 – 72

6.5 58 - 64

6.0 50 - 57

5.5 42 - 49

5.0 36 - 41

4.5 29 - 35

No data 10 - 28

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FAQ
Q. What are the age criteria to take PTE Academic?
Candidate must be 16 years old and one must provide signed parental consent form. Candidate
above 18 isn’t required for the same.

Q. How many times can I take the PTE?


As many times you wish to.

Q. Do I have to choose institutions before the PTE test?


No. You can choose the institutions you want to send your scores to, after you have seen your
results.

Q. Why does PTE use an automated scoring system?


PTE is an automated scoring which gives more objective results. Moreover, external factors
like body language, personality, appearance is not influenced. Hence aspirants are assured
that they are solely judged on their communication skills. The scores are accurate as it is based
on language performance

Q. When can I get my PTE scores?


You will receive your scores within 5 business days.

Q. Can one improve his/her Spoken English?

No. Being integrated test, it also focuses on candidate’s accuracy

and ability to interpret. It is advisable to clear the fundamentals of

English language.