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PTE is a computer-based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers who wants to study abroad.






About PTE 

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test centre. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes)

In PTE Academic, your writing skills will be tested during Part 1 of the test (Speaking & Writing).

To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by asking you to repeat sentences, respond to questions and summarise passages.
Speaking section 1 contains the Personal introductionSpeaking section 2 contains a number of item types where you first listen to an audio, then respond into the microphone.
TIP: You must finish before the progress bar reaches the right hand side. If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop. You will not be able to re-record.

Section Overview:

Item TaskSkills assessedPrompt lengthTime to answer
Read aloudA text appears on screen. Read the text aloud.reading and speakingtext up to 60 wordsvaries by item, depending on the length of text
Repeat sentenceAfter listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentencelistening and speaking3-9 seconds15 seconds
Describe imageAn image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail.speakingN/A40 seconds
Re-tell lectureAfter listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words.listening and speakingup to 90 seconds40 seconds
Answer short questionAfter listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words.listening and speaking3-9 seconds10 seconds
Summarize written textAfter reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage.reading and writingtext up to 300 words10 minutes
Write essayWrite a 200–300 word essay on a given topic.writing2-3 sentences20 minutes

Speaking: Personal introduction

Speaking: Personal introduction
This is an opportunity to give your selected institutions some information about yourself. This item is not scored.
The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to prepare. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
You have 30 seconds to record your response. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.
You are only able to record your answer once.
Your response will be sent together with your score report to the institutions selected by you.

Speaking: Read aloud

For this item type you need to read a written text aloud.
The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to prepare, depending on the length of the passage. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
You are only able to record your response once.

Speaking: Repeat sentence

For this item type you need to repeat the sentence you hear.
The audio begins to plays automatically. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and repeat exactly what you heard.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

Speaking: Describe image

For this item type you need to describe an image.
The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to study the image and prepare your response. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.
You are only able to record your response once.

Speaking: Re-tell lecture

For this item type you need to re-tell what you heard.
The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image related to the audio. After the audio finishes, you have 10 seconds to prepare.
The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.
You are only able to record your response once.
Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided.

Speaking: Answer short question

For this item type you need to reply to the question in one or a few words.
The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image.
When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and answer the question with one or a few words.
You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.


Writing: Summarize written text

For this item type you need to write a summary of the text in one sentence.
You have 10 minutes to write your summary. Make sure to include the main points of the reading passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words.
The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may use while constructing your summary.
Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.
Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.
Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

Write Essay

For this item type you need to write a 200-300 word argumentative essay in response to a prompt.
You have 20 minutes to write your essay.
The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 200 words, but no more than 300 words.
There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may choose to use while constructing your response.
Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.
Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.
Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.




Listening and reading

Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)

You are tested on your listening skills mainly in Part 3 of the test, as well as having some integrated speaking & listening questions in Part 1.
Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.
For each question you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.
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Section Overview:

Item TaskSkills assessedPrompt length
Summarize spoken textAfter listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summarylistening and writing60-90 seconds
Multiple choice, choose multiple answersAfter listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one responselistening40-90 seconds
Fill in the blanksA transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gaplistening and writing30-60 seconds
Highlight correct summary After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recordinglistening and reading30-90 seconds
Multiple choice, choose single answer After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one responselistening30-60 seconds
Select missing word After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of optionslistening20-70 seconds
Highlight incorrect words The transcript of a recording appears on screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is saidlistening and reading15-50 seconds
Write from dictation After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentencelistening and writing3-5 seconds

Listening & Writing: Summarize spoken text

For this item type you hear an audio recording and need to write a 50-70 word summary on what you heard.
You have 10 minutes to write your summary.
The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 50 words, but no more than 70 words.
There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may choose to use while constructing your summary.
Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.
Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.
Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

Listening: Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

For this item type you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response.
The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
You need to select all the response options that you think are correct from the list of possible options.
To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it.
The options you select are highlighted in yellow.

Listening & Writing: Fill in the blanks

For this item type you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording, however some words are missing. Restore the transcript by typing in the missing words.

The audio plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

Left-click on each gap and type in the missing word. You can also use the Tab button on the keyboard to move between gaps.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided and then fill in the gaps.

Listening & Reading: Highlight correct summary

For this item type you need to select the summary that best matches the recording.
The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
There are several possible response options but only one is correct.
To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.
The option you select is highlighted in yellow.
Note: It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first, make notes on the erasable noteboard and then read the summaries.

Listening: Multiple-choice, choose single answer

For this item type you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Listening: Select missing word

For this item type the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording.
The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
There are several possible response options but only one is correct.
To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.
The option you select is highlighted in yellow.


Listening & Reading: Highlight incorrect words

For this item type you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording, however the transcript contains some errors. While listening and reading, you need to select the words in the text that differ from what the speaker says.

The audio begins to plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

To select a word click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the word again to deselect it.

The words you select are highlighted in yellow.

Listening & Writing: Write from dictation

For this item type you hear a short sentence. Type the sentence into the response box at the bottom of the screen.
The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided.
Remember to check your spelling.

                                                              



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