PTE

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The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an English proficiency test required for migration to Australia and New Zealand, and accepted by many universities as evidence of English proficiency.

The PTE is offered as a computer-based test, and consists of four main sections, each assessing the following skills, as per Pearson, the organising body of the PTE:

Section I: Speaking

Speaking for a purpose (to repeat, inform, explain); supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanations; organizing an oral presentation in a logical way; developing complex ideas within a spoken discourse; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; speaking at a natural rate; producing fluent speech; using correct intonation; using correct pronunciation; using correct stress; speaking under timed conditions.
Section II: Writing

Writing for a purpose (to learn, to inform, to persuade); supporting an opinion with details, examples and explanations; organizing sentences and paragraphs in a logical way; developing complex ideas within a complete essay; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; using correct spelling; using correct mechanics; writing under
timed conditions.
Section III: Reading

Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying the relationships between sentences and paragraphs; understanding academic vocabulary; understanding the difference between connotation and denotation; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following a logical or chronological sequence of events.
Section IV: Listening

Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; summarizing the main idea; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying a speaker’s purpose, style, tone or attitude; understanding academic vocabulary; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent.
Sections
Questions
Duration
Scoring
Speaking35 - 42 items77 - 93 minutes10 - 90
Writing3 - 5 tasks10 - 90
Reading15 - 20 items32 - 40 minutes10 - 90
Listening17 - 25 items45 - 57 minutes10 - 90
Total3 hours
Optional 10 minute break
10 - 90

FREQUENTLY ASKED PTE QUESTIONS

Which countries require the PTE?

The PTE is required for migration to Australia and New Zealand, and is accepted in place of the IELTS or the TOEFL.

What is a good PTE score?

The Australian Department of Home Affairs categorises scores of above 65 in each section as indicative of a Proficient User, and score of above 79 in each section as indicative of a Superior User.

For points-tested Skilled visas, a minimum PTE score of 50 in each section is required. A PTE score of above in each
section is awarded 10 points, and a score of above 79 in each section is awarded 20 points.

How long is my PTE score valid for?

TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years.

How often can I sit for the PTE?

You may sit for the PTE as many times as you wish.

When is the PTE held?

The PTE is held on multiple dates every month throughout the year.

When will my results be available?

Test scores are available within 5 days of your test sitting.

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