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PTE Academic Exam Pattern

2019: Speaking & Writing


sections (77 – 93 minutes)
Item Task
The introduction is an opportunity for the students to
Personal Introduction give their selected institutions some information
about themselves

Read Aloud A text appears on the screen. Read the text aloud.

After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the


Repeat sentence
sentence

An image appears on the screen. Describe the image


Describe Image
in detail.

After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the


Re-tell Lecture
lecture in your own words.

After listening to a question, answer with a single


Answer short question
word or a few words.

After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of


Summarize written text
the passage.

Write essay Write a 200– 300-word essay on a given topic.

Note- Candidates should note that apart from the Listening and Speaking sections, there is also a su
candidates are allotted 10 minutes, in which they have to read a paragraph and answer the questio
though there are options to cut, copy or paste, in case they think it is necessary/worthwhile to do so.
this section to get examined for their writing ability (mentioned in th

PTE Academic Exam Pattern


2019 - Part 2: Reading 

The Reading section evaluates candidates’ reading skills. Test takers encounter a set of instructions to
accordingly.
PTE Academic Exam pattern
2019: Reading Section (32 –
41 minutes)
Item Task
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice
Multiple-Choice, choose
question on the content or tone of the text by
Single Answer
selecting one response
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice
Multiple-Choice, choose
question on the content or tone of the text by
Multiple Answers
selecting more than one response

Several text boxes appear on the screen in a random


Re-order Paragraphs
order. Put the text boxes in the correct order

A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag


Reading: Fill in the blanks
words from the box below to fill the gaps

A text appears on screen with several gaps. For this


Reading and Writing: Fill in item type, candidates need to select the most
the blanks appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore
the text.

PTE Academic Exam Pattern


2019 - Part 3: Listening

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

PTE Academic Exam pattern


2019: Listening Section (45 –
57 Minutes)
Item Task

After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word


Summarize spoken text
summary

After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice


Multiple Choice, choose
question on the content or tone of the recording by
multiple answers
selecting more than one response
A transcript of a recording appears on screen with
Fill in the blanks several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the
missing word in each gap
After listening to a recording, select the paragraph
Highlight correct summary
that best summarizes the recording
After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice
Multiple Choice, choose
question on the content or tone of the recording by
single answer
selecting one response

After listening to a recording, select the missing word


Select missing word
that completes the recording from a list of options

The transcript of a recording appears o the screen.


Highlight incorrect words While listening to the recording, identify the words in
the transcript that differ from what is said

After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the


Write from dictation
sentence

Note- As one can see in the table above, candidates are given 10 minutes to summarise their answe
the audio recording which will be heard only once and then construct their answer. They must mak
words (Summarize spoken text). After that candidates have to listen to a recording and answer mu
Multiple Answer). They can select the answers from various options available on the screen; the selec

As per the exam pattern of PTE Academic 2019, Part 3 of the PTE Academic test comprises various ite
the text and choose only a single answer from multiple questions. It is advisable for candidates to com
screen before beginning the respective sections. Candidates must make sure not to go over the
Skills assessed Prompt length Time to answer
25 seconds to
Speaking prepare to 30 seconds to record
respond
Text up to 60
varies by item,
Reading and words
depending on the
Speaking
30-40 seconds to length of text
prepare
Listening and
3-9 seconds 15 seconds
Speaking

Speaking N/A 40 seconds

Listening and
up to 90 seconds 40 seconds
Speaking

Listening and
3-9 seconds 10 seconds
Speaking

Reading and text up to 300


10 minutes
Writing words

Writing 2-3 sentences 20 minutes

ng sections, there is also a summary section (given in the table) where


graph and answer the questions. Students have to type the answers,
cessary/worthwhile to do so. Candidates also have to write an essay in
riting ability (mentioned in the table).

ounter a set of instructions to follow, after which they can answer


Skills assessed Prompt length

text up to 110
Reading
words

text up to 300
Reading
words

text up to 150
Reading
words

text up to 80
Reading
words

Reading and text up to 80


Writing words

lips. Part 3 comprises of questions that are


udio or video clip only ONCE and are allowed to

Skills assessed Prompt length

Listening and
60-90 seconds
Writing

Listening 40-90 seconds


Just listen don’t take notes simply listen and understand what are the essentia

Listening and
30-60 seconds
Writing
Just listen and write the asnwer simultaneouly
Listening and
30-90 seconds
Reading

Listening 30-60 seconds

Listening 20-70 seconds

Listening and
15-50 seconds
Reading

Listening and
3-5 seconds
Writing

es to summarise their answers. Candidates have to carefully listen to


their answer. They must make sure that the summary is within 50-70
o a recording and answer multiple-choice questions (Multiple Choice,
able on the screen; the selected response will be highlighted in yellow.

mic test comprises various items. For example, candidates need to read
dvisable for candidates to completely read the instructions given on the
make sure not to go over the word limit specified on the screen.
erstand what are the essentials, and once you heard it completely, simply select the answers