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What is PTE

The Pearson Test of English - PTE is one of the world’s most widely accepted English language tests widely used by universities, colleges, governments and employers around the world to gauge applicants’ English proficiency.

PTE is completely computer-based English language test aimed at non-native English speakers. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. The whole test is done in a single session, lasting 3 hours and is taken sitting at a computer in a secure test environment. Even the speaking part of the exam is done at the computer - the voice is recorded and sent for marking.

Why PTE

What makes PTE the best English Language Proficiency test for non-native English speakers

Fast Results

Results will be issued within 5 working days

Accepted for Visas

Accepted for Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications

Real life language

All test are based on the real-life English language skills in an integrated way

Fair & Secure

Computer based marking ensures impartial and accurate scores

University Acceptance

PTE is accepted by all major academic programs around the world

Unlimited Score Submission

Test takers can send their scores to as many institutions as they like, without an additional fee.

Highly Flexible

Testing 360+ days of the year and 250 test centers around the globe

Accepted by Professional Associations

Professional associations around the world accept PTE for registration and assessment

Uniqueness of PTE

PTE

  • Candidates can register within 24 hours for the exam
  • Candidates can get their results within 5 business days
  • Score submission is unlimited

OTHER EXAMS

  • Candidates need to register at least two weeks before the exam
  • Candidates can get their results within 13 days
  • Score submission is limited

PTE Vs IELTS

Test Format

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single three hour test session

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

In the part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills within the timeframe of 77-93 minutes

Part 2: Reading

This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items to test you reading skill.

Part 3: Listening

Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically.

PTE WRITTEN DISCOURSE

PTE written discourse enabling skills are proved through a structure of a written text, or an essay featuring specific characteristics. If the responses expressed are not tallied with the content body or its form and structure, no score will be awarded for Enabling Skills.

  • Keeping up to relevant content with a logical development entailing its internal coherence
  • Building up an innovative structure in communicating the meaning precisely with accurate flow
  • Linking words which expose your range of linguistic resources without disturbing the flux
  • Maintaining and changing the tone of expression relevant to each part of the content structure

Written Discourse Enabling Skills can be gradually developed through frequent practice of essay writing. There are certain key points which are essential to consider in improving PTE Written Discourse score in your essay.

  • Understand the topic 100% and accurately follow the given instruction
  • Refine your essay and paragraph structure and academic tone
  • Improve your sentence structure and punctuation skills
  • Maintain a logical flow in ideas and development in structure

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PTE ESSAY WRITING

The essay must contain a count of 200- 300 words on the given topic in response to a prompt. There has to be a minimum of 200 words and not more than 300 words within 20 minutes. The writing discourse enabling skills have to be utilized in composing your essay.

  • Analyzing the task

    Note the key words you need to focus and understand the point of view you need to apply in writing.

  • Analyze the Essay Prompt

    Devise your answer according to the nature of the prompt, the answer would require your point of view whether you agree or disagree with the point. Make sure to leave the space for other opinions and possibilities as well while maintaining your focus on the key point.

  • Scoring

    You can score better if your points on the given topic are argumentative and persuasive. There are seven factors on which your essay would be scored.

  1. Content

    It should address each aspect of the topic with appropriate details and examples containing logical and specific information.

  2. Comprehensive Structure and Development

    The arguments should be logically organized in a smooth flow, divided into certain paragraphs containing a clear introduction, body and a conclusion with a coherent transition, connecting and explaining the ideas.

  3. Form

    The word count has to be between 200 and 300. If the words are more than 300 or less than 200 your score will be decreased and if the essay contains more than 380 words or less than 120 words, no score will be given for all seven factors.

  4. General Linguistic Range

    If you use complex sentence structures and correct vocabulary in providing clear descriptions, changing emphasis and use stylistic features while precisely conveying your idea, you’ll receive full credit.

  5. Grammar usage and mechanics

    Credit will be given depending on your sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization and the high proportion of grammatically correct, complex sentences plying standard written English.

  6. Vocabulary Range

    Use of synonyms, idioms, and precise academic terms suiting to the environment while avoiding repetition will be given full credit.

  7. Spelling

    PTE Academic recognized English spelling conventions from United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. One spelling convention has to be continued throughout your response.

2019 REPEATED EXAM QUESTIONS

  1. Traffic Jam Essay PTE & IELTS – Problems and Solutions
  2. Late Submission of Assignment PTE Essay
  3. Human Cloning Essay Pros and Cons
  4. Polygamy Essay PTE – Polygamy has led to massive divorce rate around the globe
  5. Animal Rights
  6. One World One Language
  7. Should Government Spend Money on Art
  8. Gender Equality Essay – A Woman’s Place is in the Home Argumentative Essay
  9. Essay about Technology in Education – Students nowadays can learn more
  10. Exploring the Importance and Purpose of School PTE Essay
  11. Foreign Language PTE Essay | Importance of Learning Foreign Languages
  12. Xenophobia PTE Essay
  13. Essay on Teacher
  14. Multinational Companies Essay – Good or Bad for Economic Growth
  15. People attend college or university for many different reasons
  16. Space Exploration Essay – Opinion Sample Essay
  17. Communication has changed significantly in the last ten years
  18. Global Transportation PTE Essay – Globalisation of Economy
  19. Essay – Learning A New Language At An Early Age Is Helpful For Children
  20. PTE Writing Essay: Education is the biggest barrier in my learning – Einstein
  21. Formal Written Examination is an Effective Way to Assess Students
  22. Technology Essay – Uses of Technology in our Daily Life Essay
  23. PTE Essay Imitating Celebrities in Movies or Sports is Good or Bad
  24. Private School Essay – Effect of Private School
  25. Use of Mobile & Internet Technology by Old People
  26. Essay on Positive Impacts of Tourism In Developing Countries

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Rules for Pronouncing Vowels

  • A Vowel Followed by a Single Consonant at the End of a Word Is Pronounced as a Short Vowel
  • A Vowel Followed by Two Consonants at the End of a Word Is Pronounced as a Short Vowel
  • If a Vowel Is the Final Letter in a Word, It Is Pronounced as a Long Vowel
  • If an E Appears at the End of a Word, It Is Silent. The Preceding Vowel (Separated from the E by One or More Consonants) Will Be Pronounced as a Long Vowel
  • If Two Vowels Appear next to Each Other in One Syllable, the Second Vowel Is Silent and the First Vowel Is Pronounced as a Long Vowel

PTE Scores

PTE Academic scores are accessed via an online account. You will receive an email notifying you once your scores are available. After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson VUE account that you created to book your test.

Sending Your Scores

You must send your PTE Academic score through your Pearson VUE account. When you send your scores, you may use following steps. Repeat for each institution. You can send your score to as many institutions as you like for free.

  • Login to your account.

  • Click 'Send Scores'.

  • Type the name of your chosen institution in the field marked 'Institution / Organization / Department / School' and click 'Search'.

  • Tick the box next to the institution's name when it appears in the list.

  • Review your details then scroll down the page and click 'Next' and then 'Next' again to confirm.

How is the Test Scored

All parts in PTE Academic are machine scored using PTE Academic’s automated scoring system. There are two types of scoring: correct or incorrect, and partial scoring.

If responses are correct, a score of 1 score point will be given, but if they are incorrect, no score points are awarded.

Other item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If responses to these items are correct, the maximum score points available for each item type will be received, but if they are partly correct, some score points will be given, but less than the maximum available for the item type. If responses are incorrect, no score points will be received.

If you are unhappy with your PTE Academic score, you may request a rescore.You may only request a rescore of your most recent PTE Academic test. You cannot request a rescore if you have already either scheduled another test or sent your score to an institution. To order a rescore, you must contact Pearson Customer Service within 14 calendar days of your score report being made available to you. The fee for rescores is available from the Customer Service team. In the unlikely event that either your overall, communicative or enabling skills scores change, the rescore fee will be fully refunded.

FAQs

Who can take PTE Academic

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.

No, you do not need any special computer skills.

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.

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

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.

Registration

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

No. You can register for the test online

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

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.

You will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your test fee.

Booking

Please ensure your name on your ID matches your PTE-A registration name, otherwise you may not be permitted to enter the exam.

If you don’t have a Pearson account:

Go to http://pearsonpte.com/book-now/ read all the information on the page. In order to book your PTE Academic test, you will need to complete the following:

1. Click ‘Sign in Now’ & enter your details. Once you have successfully logged in, click ‘PTE-A: Pearson Test of English Academic’ under Exam Catalogue.

2. Select ‘Schedule Exams’ on the right hand side.

3. Provide answers to all the required questions then click ‘Next’

4. Select your desired location and click ‘Next’. Search for available dates and times.

5. Once you have confirmed your location, date & time you will be asked to review your booking information and proceed to checkout.

6. Confirm all the details and make full payment to secure your booking.

7. Once you have completed your booking you will receive an email confirmation. The email will contain details on test center location, directions of how to get there and a few points to remember on the test day.

On Test Day

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

They will check the ID you bring with you. They also take your photo, a palm vein scan and a digital signature.

You should show your passport when arriving at the test center.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Yes. You are not allowed to make notes until the test has started.

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.

Getting Your Scores

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.

You can do this once you have signed in to your account.

  1. Click Send Scores next to the relevant test.
  2. Search for the institution you want to send your score to. You can send up to seven at once.
  3. Click Next to see a summary
  4. Click Next, then hit Confirm Order to send your scores.

You can send your scores to unlimited number of institutions free of charge.

Check your junk or spam email folder. So the email may be there already.

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.

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

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.

Test centers in Sri Lanka

At present, there are two test centers in Sri Lanka. One is located in Dehiwala. And the other is in Bambalapitiya.

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