A guide to PTE Academic exam scoring system

Why is PTE Academic So Popular?

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is an international computer based English language test.  It has gained familiarity because it is considered easier than IELTS.   There are a number of factors that play a vital role in the increasing familiarity of the PTE exam. The test is considered a fair test. This is because highly accurate computer marking ensures consistent scores and there is no potential for examiner bias.   PTE academic tests real life language skills of the students. It helps you prepare for life abroad as well as prepare your life on campus with real life test skills.

PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of universities and colleges worldwide.  It is also accepted for visa purposes by the Australian government.  The PTE academic test assess the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills of the students in a single 3 hour test session.  Students use a computer and headset to listen, read and respond to the questions.  The three pain part of the test are- speaking and writing (together), reading and listening. There are twenty different question formats, which include multiple choice questions, essay writing and interpreting information.

Test format of PTE Academic Test

PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • One sentence
  • Paragraph
  • Essay (20mins)

PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)

  • Multiple choice questions (x2)
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks (x2)

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice x2
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

Students will receive a detailed report of their scores.  Students receive an overall English score as well as scores for individual English sub skills and enabling skills.  PTE academic scores are accessed via online account.   Students will receive an email notifying your scores once available.  After you receive this, you will need to log in to the Pearson account that you created to book your test.

Scoring System of PTE Academic

PTE academic is scored against the Global Scale of English. It is a thermometer style scale that provides you an accurate overview of your skills.   The score report contains several sections which are:-

  • Personal details and photograph
  • Overall Score
  • Detailed performance report

The PTE Score card also includes your overall scores, communicative skills scores as well as enabling skills scores.  The overall PTE academic scores reflect your English language ability.  The score is based on the performance on all items of the test.  The range of the overall PTE scores is 10-90 points.  While checking, examiners look for all the items and based on all the test items, overall scores of an individual are produced.  Scores for communicative skills, which include listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.  The test items assess the skills either as a single skill or in combination with other skills.  The range for communicative skill score is 10-90 points. The enabling skills scores are assessed on the basis of grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, written discourse and vocabulary). The overall scores are based on all test items. The range of enabling scores is 10-90 points.

 When you arrive at the Pearson Test Centre, the test administrator will ask for the copies of your ID, photograph and signature, assign you a locker and ensure you are ready for your test.  PTE academic tests centres have around 10 seats.  Students will be made to sit in a private booth with other test takers around you.

How to Check PTE Academic Scores?

 To see your scores, you will need to sign into your Pearson account.  Students will get detailed score cards highlighting scores of each item.  Once students have got their scores, they can send them to the institutions.  You can send your score cards seven at once.  In case you have not received your score card, you must check your junk or spam email folder.   Results are emailed to students when they are available.  The authorities will contact you if your scores are made on hold due to any reasons.

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