The Pearson Test of English Academic

Pearson Test of English Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers who desire to study in abroad. The tests are mainly of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

 

The test is acknowledged by the Australia and Canada for student visas. The whole test is done in a single session in the time frame of 3 hours and is taken on computer in a secured test environment.

 

The Speaking part of the exam is also done on the computer. The voice is recorded and sent for marking. The results are delivered within 5 business days.

 

PTE Exam Pattern - Part 1 & 2: Speaking & Writing

 

PTE Academic tests both the writing and speaking abilities of candidates. Candidates are asked to repeat sentences, answer questions and summarise paragraphs. The speaking section 1 contains a personal introduction part where candidate has to introduce himself within 30 seconds. However, this item is not scored, but it gives the candidate a chance to introduce themselves to the institute. On the computer screen the candidate can see a recording box and after a beep or tone he is asked to speak immediately. Similarly, there are many other items such as repeating a sentence or describing an image seen on the screen.

 

ITEM TASK SKILLS ASSESSED PROMPT LENGTH TIME TO ANSWER
Read Aloud A text appears on screen. Read the test 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

Describe Image 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 your own words. Listening and Speaking Upto 90 Seconds

40 Seconds

Answer Short Question After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words. Listening and Speaking 3-9 Seconds

10 Seconds

Summarize Written Text After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage. Reading and Writing Text upto 300 words

10 Minutes

Write essay Write a 200-300 word essay on a given topic. Writing 2-3 Sentences 20 Minutes



 

Apart from the listening and speaking item, there are other items like the summary part where candidates are allotted 10 minutes, in which he has to read the paragraph and answer the questions. Students have to type the answers, though there are options to cut, copy or paste, in case they think necessary to do so. Candidates also have to write an essay in this section.

 

PTE Exam Pattern - 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.

 

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
Fills 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 After 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, and 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 you can see in the table above, candidates are given 10 minutes to summarise their answers. Candidates have to 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 questions. They can select the answers from the various options available on screen; the selected response will be highlighted in yellow colour.

 

PTE Exam Pattern - Part 4: Reading

 

Here the test is based on candidates’ reading skills. Candidates will have set of instructions to follow, after which they can answer accordingly.

 

 

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 upto 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 upto 300 Words
Re-orders Paragraphs Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order. Reading Text upto 150 Words

 

Part four comprises various items. For example, candidates have to read the text and choose only a single answer from multiple questions below like in comprehension. It is advisable for candidates 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.