Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The PTE stands for Pearson Test of English. It is the first computer-based English language test that assesses your English capabilities and is accepted by thousands of educational institutions around the world. This test is used as an admission criterion by the universities abroad for non-native students and aspirants. The PTE is also used for immigration in some countries like Australia and New Zealand.

This three-hour-long test focuses on daily usage rather than a high level of the language to make ready and evaluate students to live and study in the English- speaking countries. It includes multi-level grading system to ensure a better understanding of the student’s proficiency in the language.

PTE is better than the other English language proficiency tests because of the scoring methods and the results. PTE is a recognised test which is quite convenient and fair. It is more practical and less stressful. This makes PTE test likeable among the students.

As per the eligibility criteria of PTE –

  • The candidate has to be at least 16 years old.
  • Candidates below the age of 18 have to provide parental consent before giving the exam.

For PTE registration, one has to create an account with Pearson and book for the exam slot which suits you the best. One has to submit their personal information with a valid ID and pay the registration fee. To schedule an exam, you will have to log in with your account on the Pearson website, and then book for the date and test Centre near you. You can cancel or reschedule your exams date before 14 days of the test to claim a full refund. The scores would be uploaded online. Candidates would receive an email notifying them once the result is out

There are two types of PTE exam –

  • PTE Academic and
  • PTE General

The PTE Academic exam is carried out round-the-year, for students looking to get admission to a university or institution. The exam comprises of four sections, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Its scores are valid for two years.

The PTE General paper-primarily consists of a written paper and a spoken test. The tests scores are valid for life and are used to test the communication skills of the candidate.

PTE Syllabus

The PTE syllabus covers three sections- Reading, Listening and Speaking & Writing. The test is designed in such a way that every question generally tests two skills together, like reading and speaking or listening and reading.

  • Speaking & writing Sections question types would include, personal introduction; reading aloud; repeat sentences; describe image; re-tell lecture; short questions and summarise the text.
  • Reading part of the exam will consist of fill in the blanks, multiple-choice questions, re-order paragraphs.
  • Listening sections question types would revolve around summarising spoken text; multiple-choice questions; fill in the blanks; highlight the correct summary; write from dictation; highlight incorrect words and select missing words.

Candidates can prepare for their PTE test using a range of official course books. Another way to prepare for your exam is to practice several sample papers. Solving each section separately with a lightened and focused mind is suitable to understand the subject matter better.

And as once a wise man has said- “there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” So, refine your skills by practising over and over again to succeed.

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