PTE

PTE Exam

For completing a PTE Academic test, the candidate needs to attend a secure Pearson test center. The medium of the test is a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. The three-hour test session will comprise of three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. In totality, there are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic is aimed to assess real-life, academic English, so the aspirant will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. The candidate will also hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so will be exposed to the type of accents encountered in everyday life.

PTE Exam pattern 2017 - Part 1 & 2: Speaking & Writing

PTE assesses both the writing and speaking abilities of candidates. Candidates are asked to repeat sentences, answer questions and summarise paragraphs. The speaking section contains a personal introduction part where the candidates give their introduction within 30 seconds. However, this item is not scored, but it gives the candidates a chance to introduce themselves to the institute. Likewise, there are many other items such as repeating a sentence or describing an image seen on the screen.

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PTE Exam pattern 2017- PTE Academic
Item Task Skills Assessed Prompt Length Time to Answer
Read Aloud
A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud.
Reading and Speaking
Text up to 60 words
Varies by item, depending on the length of text
Repeat Sentence
After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence
Listening and Speaking
3-9 Seconds
15 Seconds
15 Seconds
An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail
Speaking
N/A
40 seconds
Re-tell lecture
After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in our own words.
Listening and Speaking
Up to 90
40 seconds
Answer Short Questions
After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a ew words.
Listening and Speaking
3-9 Seconds
10 Seconds

Apart from the listening and speaking parts, the summary sections where candidates are allotted 10 minutes, in which they are expected to read paragraph and answer the questions. Aspirants type their answers, in case they think it are necessary to do so. Candidates also have to write an essay in this section.

PTE Exam pattern 2017 - Part 3: Listening

The listening part consists of questions based on audio clip. Candidates are made to hear an audio or video clip and answer accordingly.

PTE Exam pattern 2017 PTE Academic
Item Task Skills Assessed Prompt Length
Summarize spoken text
After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summary
Listening and Writing
60-90 Seconds
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response
Listening
40 - 90 Seconds
15 Seconds
An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail
Speaking
40 seconds
Fill in the blanks
A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap
Listening and Writing
30-60 seconds
Highlight correct summary
Her listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
Listening and Reading
30-90 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 response
Listening
30-60 Seconds
Select missing word
After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
Listening
20-70 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 said
Listening and Reading
15-50 Seconds
Write from dictation
After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence
Listening and Writing
3-5 Seconds

As Seen in the table above, candidates are given 10 minutes to summaries their answers. Students should carefully listen to the audio recording only once and then form their answer. They must make sure that the summary is not more than 70 words. After that candidates have to listen to a recording and answer multiple-choice questions. They can select the answers from various options available on screen; the selected response will be highlighted in yellow color.

PTE Exam pattern 2017- Part 4: Reading
PTE Exam pattern 2017 - PTE Academic
Item Task Skills Assessed Prompt Length
Multiple-choice, choose single answer
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response
Reading
Text up to 110 words
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response
Reading
Text up to 300 words
Re-order paragraphs
Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order
Reading
Text up to 150 words
Reading: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps
Reading
Text up to 80 words
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. Fill in each gap from a drop-down list of response options
Reading and Writing
Text up to 300 words

Part four is comprised of various items. Candidates are advised to completely read the instructions given on the screen before beginning and then start answering. Candidates must make sure not to go over the word limit specified on the screen.