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The Pearson Test of English Academic is an English language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non - native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world.
PTE Academic is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Amongst other universities, London Business School in the UK, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Yale University in the United States accept PTE Academic scores. Other institutions in other countries, including Spain, France and China, have also signed up to accept PTE Academic. These include leading business schools such as INSEAD and HEC Paris in France, IESE, IE Business School and ESADE in Spain and SDA Bocconi in Italy. In addition to the business schools, there are also a number of arts and music colleges who accept the exam's scores. In February 2013, opened a new test center in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia in association with the Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services.
It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions.
The exam will include an unmarked voice recording of the candidate, which is part of advanced biometric data that should assist institutions in verifying the identity of candidates and should aid them with their admission decisions. The test will be a maximum of 3 hours long and takers can expect their results to be delivered to them, online, within 5 working days.
Test scores are reported on the Global Scale of English, a standardized, numeric scale from 10 to 90 which can measure English language proficiency more precisely with reference to the widely known set of levels distinguished in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR.


PTE Academic is an English language proficiency test, widely accepted by universities, higher education institutions, and government departments around the world. The PTE Academic is fast becoming a preferred English test for students due to availability of dates and instant results.
The test is recognized by 3000 programs worldwide and also by DIAC and UKBA for student visa applications. For the purpose of obtaining permanent residence to Australia and for NZ education, the test is considered valid. Even Prestigious institutions like Harvard, Yale and Stanford recognize PTE scores.

PTE Academic Test Format

PTE Academic is a computerized test scored on a scale of 10-90. The test lasts for 3 hours, though sometimes depending on the test pattern the length may vary. There are three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choices to essay writing and interpreting information.
The score range for each skill - listening, reading, writing, speaking is 10-90.Several enabling/sub skills skills namely grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse influence or determine or rather have their effect on the scoring pattern for each skill and the overall score . Excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts and various accents from British and American to non-native speakers are a part and parcel of the test.

Sections in THE PTE Academic test

Section Question Format Time
Introduction Personal Introduction 1 – 2 minutes
PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING Read aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question Summarize written text (one sentence) Summarize written text (paragraph)Essay (20mins) 77 – 93 minutes
PART 2: READING Multiple choice questions (x2)Re-order paragraphs Fill in the blanks (x2) 32 – 41 minutes
BREAK A ten minute break is optional. 10 minutes
PART 3: LISTENING Summarize spoken text Multiple choice (x2) Fill the blanks Highlight the correct summary Select missing word Highlight incorrect words Write from dictation 45 – 57 minutes

Item scoring

Scores for some item types depend on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response. Formal aspects refer to the form of the response: For example, whether it is in excess or under the word limit for a specific item type. The quality of the response is measured by the enabling skills. For example, in the item type Re-tell lecture, the response is scored on skills such as oral fluency and pronunciation.
Scores for item types judging speaking and writing skills are generated by automated scoring systems. There are two types of scoring: Correct or Incorrect. Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If a response is correct, a score of 1 is given, but if it is incorrect, no score points are given
NOTE- The test length varies depending on the version of the test No candidate gets the maximum or minimum times indicated.

Overall score

The overall score is based on the student's performance on all test items. For each item, the score obtained contributes to the overall score. The overall score range is 10-90 points. Good preparation definitely results in good PTE scores.

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