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 relatively fair in nature as the score is calculated by the computer itself. Hence, the chances of errors are next to nil. PTE academic tests the language skills of the students. It not only helps to prepare for life abroad but also prepares the applicant for campus and work life as well.

PTE Academic scores are accepted by thousands of universities and colleges worldwide. Australian immigration board also accepts the PTE scores to provide visa for PR. The PTE academic test assess the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills of the students in a 3 hour test session. Applicants are provided with a computer and headset to listen, read and respond to the questions. The three sections 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

Applicants will receive a detailed report of their over all score and marks of individual English sub & enabling skills. PTE academic scores are accessed via online account. Applicants will receive an email, notifying about their 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 scores the candidate’s command over the lingo and decides whether it’s at par with the global level or not. The score report contains several sections which are:-

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

The PTE Score card includes your overall scores as well as communicative and 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 PTE score is between 10-90 points. While checking, examiners look for all the items and based on that the overall score of an individual is calculated. Scores for communicative skills, which includes 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 also between 10-90 points. The enabling skills score is based on grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, written discourse and vocabulary.

 When you arrive at the Pearson Test Centre, the test administrator will ask for the copy 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  sitting next to you in a separate booth.

How to Check PTE Academic Scores?

 To check your score, you will need to sign into your Pearson account. Students will get a detailed score card, highlighting marks of each and every item. Once students have got their scores, they can send them to the institutions.  You can send your score card all 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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