- The Pearson Test of English Academic
PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Listening and Speaking & Writing.
Questions often test 2 skills together, such as listening and reading or reading 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. The speaking part of the exam is done at the computer. Your voice is recorded and sent for marking.
- One advantage of this test is that you get your results very quickly; typically within 48 hours of taking the test.
- PTE is also accepted for migration applications.
- There are three parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), reading and listening.
- There is an optional 10-minute break between the reading and listening parts.
How much does PTE TEST cost?
The standard price of the test is $205
PTE Academic is a multi-level test, like IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.
- We Focus on test-taking Skills
- Teaching and practice of all modules daily
- Regular test under timed conditions
- Mock tests with discussion
- Provide explanatory answers to analyse correct and incorrect answer choices
SPEAKING AND WRITING
All About the PTE Speaking & Writing Tasks
PTE Speaking & Writing is the first section and will take approximately between 75-90 minutes. It includes 7 tasks in total. Before commencing these tasks, you will record a brief oral introduction of yourself, and this will not be assessed. It is for security purposes only.
PTE Speaking Tasks
In the “Read aloud” task, a short text will appear on the screen in front of you.
You will have about 40 seconds to read the text before the microphone starts recording you. When the microphone begins recording, clearly read the text out loud.
The microphone will stop recording after 40 seconds (unless you remain silent, in which case it will stop after only 3 seconds).
Repeat Sentence Task
In the “Repeat sentence” task, you will see the audio recorder box again.
After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody reading out a sentence. When the recording has finished, you must wait until the microphone turns red and then repeat the sentence exactly as you heard it.
You’ll have 15 seconds to repeat the sentence (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).
Describe Image Task
In the “Describe image” task, an image will appear in front of you. This image is might be a graph, picture, map, chart or table.
You will have 25 seconds to study the image before you give your response. Once the microphone starts recording, you must describe the image you see in as much detail as possible.
You will have 40 seconds to respond (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).
Re-Tell Lecture Task
In the “Re-tell lecture” task, you will see the audio recorder box again. Next to it, there might be an image that relates to what you will hear.
After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody giving a lecture.When the lecture has finished, you must wait 10 seconds until the microphone turns red and then summarize what you heard in the lecture in your own words.
You’ll have 40 seconds to “re-tell” the lecture (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).
Answer Short Question Task
In the “Answer short question” task, you will see the audio recorder box on your screen. After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody asking you a question
When the recording has finished, the microphone will immediately start recording your answer after only 1 second.
You’ll have 1o seconds to give your answer of one or a few words (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).To understand what essential skills are required to ace the PTE Speaking, check out our post on PTE Speaking Preparation.
PTE Writing Tasks
Summarize Written Text Task
In the “Summarize written text” task, you will see a short reading passage. Underneath, you will see a response box for you to input your answer.
After reading the passage, you must write a one-sentence summary of what you read. It should be between 50 and 75 words, with NO MORE than 75 words in total.
You will have 10 minutes to complete this task.
Write Essay Task
In the “Write essay” task, you will see a prompt appear in front of you.
The prompt will make a statement and then ask you to express how much you either agree or disagree with the statement. It will encourage you to support your points with reasons and examples from your own experience or observations. Underneath the prompt, there will be a response box for you to input your answer.
You will have 20 minutes to write a brief essay (200-300 words maximum) in response to the prompt
Read a PTE 90 Level Essay Right Here
Some people work for the same organisation all their working lives. Others think that it is better to work for different organisations.
Argue which position you favour, giving your opinion, supported by evidence from your experience.
We all must work for a living wherever we live. Some people plan to work for the same organisation all their lives while others plan to work in a variety of organisations. This essay will discuss the merits of working with one company and argue that a variety of organisations provides an interesting and satisfying approach to work.
Working with the same company provides consistency and allows a person to develop strong skills and relationships. Working for the same company, it is possible to study and learn how to further our skills which can help both us and the business we work for grow. For example, any professional will work hard to improve their specialist skills to be better able to serve their clients, which allows for professional and personal growth. Stable organisations can provide a base for growth and a rich and fulfilling career.
On the other hand, some of us like to travel and enjoy new experiences. Being able to transfer our skills to different work settings gives us a variety as we develop. For example, specialist teaching skills may be used in a variety of contexts and geographies, giving freedom and a chance for new experiences. Not working for one organisation for life may be less restricting for many people.
This essay has argued that although a single organisation may provide opportunities to specialise, it may be restricting. In my opinion, variety is one of life’s spices, and to develop specialist transferrable skills and work for different organisations is a way of planning a career.
In the “Multiple-choice, choose single answer” task, you will see a passage your screen with a multiple choice question to the right.
The text will be less than 110 words, which isn’t much at all! You definitely have time to read it all deeply. You also make sure you read the question prompt for that is the most important part of the question – if you don’t get that then you won’t be able to answer correctly. Remember, in PTE Reading you must manage your own time. You can spend 20 minutes on this particular question if you like, but that would be nuts! It would eat into the time for the other questions, so spend only about 2-3 minutes answers this question type.
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
In the “Multiple-choice, multiple answers” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.
This question type is similar to choose single answer but there will be more than one answer (maybe 2, maybe 3, maybe even 4!). The key to this task is to read the question prompt — understand it fully — then read the statements. You then need to find the statement in the passage; it’ll be written in different words to A) say the same thing or B) say something different. If it says the same thing (in different words) then select it! You should spend no more than 3-4 minutes on each of these questions.
For the PTE “Re-order paragraphs” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 150 words or less.
The sentences in the text will have been placed in a random order. By “dragging and dropping” an item, or by using the arrow buttons on the screen, you must organize the sentences into the correct order by clicking on each one and dragging it into the empty text box.
It must be noted that there is only one correct order. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task.
Fill in the blanks
For the “Fill in the blanks” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 80 words or less. The text will be missing some keywords, represented by blank text boxes.
At the bottom of the screen, you will see a group of individual words contained in small boxes. You must use your mouse to drag the correct word to its corresponding blank space in the text. You will receive credit for every correct word you insert into the paragraph, so it’s better not to leave anything blank, even if you are unsure about your answer.
It must be noted that there are more word options than there are blank spaces, so you will not use all the words provided. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task.
Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks
For the “Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 300 words or less. The text will be missing some keywords, represented by blank text boxes. When you click a blank box, a drop-down menu will appear with a list of words. You must select the correct word to complete each sentence.
You will receive credit for every correct word you insert into the paragraph, so it’s better not to leave anything blank, even if you are unsure about your answer. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task. Here is what you will see on the screen:
Summarize Spoken Text
In the “Summarize spoken text” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a blank text box beneath it.
After 12 seconds, a recording will automatically play and will last for approximately 60-90 seconds. After it finishes, you must write a brief summary of what you heard in the text box provided.
You must write between 50 and 70 words, and include what you think were the most important points made by the speaker in the recording. You can view some examples of Summarize Written Text and practice them in this section.
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
In the “Multiple-choice, multiple answers” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.
After 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play and will last for approximately 40-90 seconds. Once the recording has finished, you will need to answer the multiple choice question by selecting more than one answer.
Fill in the blanks
In the “Fill in the blanks” task you will see an audio recorder box and a short transcript with some blank text boxes representing missing words.
After 7 seconds, the audio recording will play for between 30 and 60 seconds. The recording will contain the full transcript of the short text, and you must listen for the missing words in the text and type them in to each corresponding box.
Highlight correct summary
In the “Highlight correct summary” task, you will see an audio recorder box with a multiple choice question beneath it.
After 10 seconds, a brief audio recording (30-90 seconds) will play. Once the recording has finished, you must select the answer option that best summarizes the “gist” or the overall meaning of the recording
Multiple choice, choose single answer
In the “Multiple-choice, single answer” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.
After 5 seconds, a recording will automatically play and will last for approximately 30-60 seconds. Once the recording has finished, you will need to answer the multiple choice question by selecting only one answer.
Select missing word
In the “Select missing word” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.
After 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play and will last for approximately 20-70 seconds. You will not hear the last word (or group of words) in the recording, instead, you will hear a beep. You must decide which of the multiple choice options is most likely to be the final word(s) in the recording
Highlight incorrect words
In the “Highlight incorrect words” task you will see an audio recorder box and a short transcript below.
The transcript is complete, but some of the words in it are incorrect and are not the words used by the speaker in the recording. After 10 seconds, the audio recording will play for between 15 and 50 seconds.
In the recording, the speaker will read the transcript with the appropriate words, and you must listen for words that are different than what is written and highlight them with your mouse cursor.
Write from dictation
In the “Write from dictation” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a blank text box beneath it.
After 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and you will hear a sentence that lasts no more than 5 seconds. After it finishes, you must type the sentence you heard in the text box as accurately as you can. You will receive a point for every correct word in your response.
Use these “Tongue-Twister” exercises to practice your PTE pronunciation and oral fluency!
Make sure you listen to the recording first, and get a sense of the rhythm, speed and enunciation of the speaker. Then record yourself saying the tongue twister out loud and listen back to it. Keep practicing!!
PTE Pronunciation & Fluency Exercise 1
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Get a conversation partner
This is an incredibly helpful way to build your fluency over time. The key here is to pick a partner who is dedicated to simply having a conversation with you. This person should not correct you every time you make a mistake, nor should they give you any tips about the way you speak (at least not until the conversation is over!). Find someone who speaks fluent English and who has interesting things to say about topics you want to discuss. Talk about the news, the latest movies or your relationships – whatever you find riveting! If you are interested in a topic, you are more likely to forget about the mechanics of the conversation and focus on enjoying the actual content.
Here are some do’s and don’ts:
Do: pick an interesting conversation partner who is a native or near-native English speaker.
Do: talk about topics you are actually interested in, not just something related to PTE material.
Do: ask your partner to tell you what they notice is improving about your fluency after the conversation.
Don’t: ask your partner to correct you or give you language tips while you are talking.
Don’t: forget to have a two-way conversation with your partner, rather than a monologue of you practicing your English!
If you don’t know any native speakers of English or feel uncomfortable practicing with a friend, try conversation exchange or a similar website to find your conversation partner!
PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Build your vocabulary
One of the major reasons why people find it difficult to speak without pauses and fillers is because they are constantly searching for the correct vocabulary. Vocabulary is built over time, but there are a lot of ways to boost your repertoire on a daily basis. Check out our great PTE vocabulary article for some helpful tips about how to do this. And make sure you always follow these two important rules:
Rule 1: If you notice you use the same word all the time, go to thesaurus.com immediately and find some synonyms for that word. You must broaden your lexical horizons!
Rule 2: If you’re engaged in a conversation and don’t know a word, describe it to your conversation partner. Don’t stop talking! The person will likely supply you with the word you need and you can continue the conversation without interruption.
You: “I was walking past this place yesterday, it’s a place where people go when they don’t have anywhere else to stay and they live on the street…”
Conversation partner: “A homeless shelter”
You: “Yes, a homeless shelter. Anyway, I was walking past this homeless shelter and I realised that I really wanted to volunteer there.”
PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Use English every single day
It doesn’t matter if it’s in the shower, to your cat, to the mirror or in your car. Use English as much as you possibly can. Some non-native speakers use English at work, with their friends or with their families. Even these people can benefit from chatting to themselves in the shower while they get ready for work or practicing a speech in front of the mirror. Practice builds confidence. The big advantage of practicing by yourself is that you can’t get embarrassed if you make a mistake. A little bit of practice every day could make an enormous difference to your confidence and – by extension – your oral fluency. So:
Do: Set aside time to speak in English every single day, even (and especially!) if you are all alone. Make it a habit, like brushing your teeth!
Do: speak about whatever comes to mind without worrying about grammatical mistakes.
Don’t: Beat yourself up about not knowing how to say something. Rather, try to look it up online or in a dictionary.
Don’t: Talk to yourself in public in front of strangers. You might get some strange looks! 🙂
PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Listen, listen, listen!
When you listen to people speaking English, stop worrying so much about what they are saying and start noticing how they are saying it. English has rhythm, tones and patterns that you might not be picking up on right now because you are so concerned about getting your grammar right! A large part of becoming a fluent English speaker is being able to mimic the way native-speakers talk. And at first it really will just be about mimicking them, because you won’t understand why people choose to talk the way they do. But after a while, you’ll start recognizing patterns and you will be able to identify when it is appropriate to use a certain tone or inflection in your speech.
Here are some more do’s and don’ts:
Do: listen to the radio, TV shows and people around you for clues about how people talk in different contexts.
Do: practice mimicking the way native-speakers use their voices to convey meaning.
Don’t: be so concerned about getting your grammar right that you end up talking like a robot.
Confidence is Everything
Overall, oral fluency is improved when you immerse yourself in English as much as possible and let go of your insecurities about making mistakes. It’s hard to let go of your fears, but as soon as you do, fluency becomes achievable, as does accuracy. Believe me, it’s easier than you think.
How can I improve my PTE Written Discourse score in my essay?
#1 Check that you understand the topic 100% and follow the instructions
Take time to deeply understand the essay topic: check what is the general/ broader topic, and then in your own words interpret the specific topic and question being asked.
So if you had the essay question:‘ In the past 100 years, there have been many inventions, such as antibiotics, airplanes, and computers. Which do you think is the most important invention and why?’
The broader topic is about great inventions in the modern era, and the question or specific topic is about which you believe to be the most significant one; then the instruction is to choose one and explain why you believe that to be the case.
#2 Refine your essay and paragraph structure and academic tone
Follow a structure, for your whole essay, including an introduction, 2 main body paragraphs, and a conclusion, as well as a structure for each paragraph. Also, make sure that you use an appropriate formal tone, academic words, as well as linking words.
For example, for the above topic, you could introduce your first main body paragraph as such: Firstly, computers have had an enormous positive impact on communication in the workplace.
This is a simple but clear topic sentence to introduce the main idea of the whole paragraph: the linking word, Firstly, is used to indicate it’s the start of your main argument and academic words and collocations such as, have an enormous positive impact on… and the workplace is an effective, natural-sounding word choices to make your initial point in a powerful way.
Compare the above to Computers are very good to use at work for your job. While this second version is correct, it sounds much less formal/academic and has less impact. However, at the same, be sure not to go to the other extreme, meaning, you don’t have to go crazy with difficult vocabulary that you aren’t at all familiar with!
This can lead to a lack of clarity and sounds ‘flowery’ (overly wordy) and unnatural, which is not what you are aiming for.
For example, don’t write: Computerised systems in venues of employment have prolifically infiltrated the world of work to exponentially enhance the work experience and add significant value to our workplace practices!
This sounds ridiculous as it’s so convoluted and the reader is left thinking: what exactly does that mean and what is wrong with the person who wrote it as it sounds so strange!
#3 Improve your sentence structure and punctuation skills
As well as addressing essay and paragraph structure, it is important to use a range of sentence structures, such as compound (sentences which contain 2 independent clauses) and complex sentences (ones which contain an independent clause and a dependent clause).
Also, it’s important to check you know English punctuation rules, including comma usage, colons, semi-colons, and apostrophes.
For example, following on from our topic sentence above, we could use a complex sentence structure with appropriate punctuation to explain our topic sentence and give evidence:
Firstly, computers have had an enormous positive impact on communication in the workplace. In general, they have increased the speed and ease of communication at work, which consequently improves efficiency and thus leads to business growth.
#4 Finally, we need to have a logical flow in ideas and development in structure.
To illustrate, we could conclude our paragraph by adding an example to support our main idea and a concluding sentence for our paragraph relating back to the topic sentence and overall essay topic.
So our complete paragraph will look like this:
Firstly, computers have had an enormous positive impact on communication in the workplace. In general, they have increased the speed and ease of communication at work, which consequently improves efficiency and thus leads to business growth. For example, a national business could easily become global these days as both advertising and customer- communication can be solely conducted online regardless of time zones, cost constraints and location. In this way, computers have revolutionised opportunities for businesses and have made the world a lot ‘smaller.
- Who should take the PTE Academic test?
All students applying to study in US, UK, Canada and any other English speaking country can take the PTE Academic test to prove their English Proficiency Levels.
- Who will administer PTE Academic test?
PTE Academic is created and administered by Pearson Language Tests part of the Pearson PLC group.
- How can I register for the test?
You can register for the PTE Academic test online. If you are a first time test taker, you will have to create a web account to schedule the test. If you are a returning test taker, you can use your existing web account to register for another test.
- How much does the PTE Academic test cost?
The standard price of the test is $205.
- Can I reschedule my test?
You may reschedule your test to a different date, time or location. To do this you will have to access your web account. Before rescheduling the test appointment, please check Payment and Fees section in the PTE Academic Hand Book.
- Can I cancel my test?
To do this you will have to access your web account. Before cancelling the test appointment, please check Payment and Fees section in the PTE Academic Hand Book.
- Where is the test conducted?
The test is conducted at Pearson Testing Centers. In Pakistan, the test centers are in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
- How and when will I get my results?
Your scores will be available within 5 business days of your test date. You will receive an email to the address provided at the time of registration when your scores are available to be viewed online.
- How can I send my scores to universities?
You may send your scores to universities by accessing your web account. You may send your scores to as many institutions as you wish for free. Your scores will be available to the universities you selected within 48 hours of reporting.
- How long are my PTE Academic scores valid?
PTE Academic test scores are valid for 2 years.
- How often can I take the PTE Academic test?
You can take the PTE Academic test any number of times as you wish. However, you can schedule another test 5 days after your last test appointment.
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