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The PTE Academic Exam: What is it? The Pearson Test of English is an academic language test that students and aspiring professionals have to take before migrating to a predominantly English-speaking nation. The test, abbreviated to PTE, is recognized by the very best educational institutions across the globe. The test assesses the competency of candidates in the English language to ensure that there are no hiccups in their personal and professional lives once they do migrate.

The examination does not test candidates based on proficiency in English literature. It focuses more on the practical ability of the students in using English to communicate and also understand when others try to communicate with them. Candidates are allotted three hours to complete the test, which is completely computer-based. Its grading system, which features multi-level grading, leads to understanding candidates’ English speaking, writing, listening and reading skills better

Even though there are tests similar to PTE in terms of what candidates are tested on, such as TOEFL and IELTS, there are certain distinct characteristics of PTE that may make it appeal more to certain candidates. The biggest advantage of PTE is the fact that candidates get to know their results within a matter of 5 business days. For people who want their certificates quickly, there is probably no better alternative. Over the course of this guide, candidates will learn about:

Eligibility for PTE
Registering for PTE
Examination Fees for PTE
PTE Test Dates
PTE Exam Pattern
PTE Scholarships
PTE Test Centre
Syllabus for PTE
PTE Results and Scores

What does the PTE test in candidates?
The PTE tests candidates mainly in their abilities in terms of reading, listening, writing and speaking the English language. Every question that candidates face in the examination typically tests a combination of two skills, such as listening and reading or reading and speaking.

How Many Institutes Accept PTE Scores? On an international level, PTE scores are recognized and accepted by more than a thousand educational institutions. There are many aspirants who harbour dreams of shifting to countries such as Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. For those aspirants, PTE is the ideal examination to attempt. PTE scores are also recognized and accepted by the governments of New Zealand and Australia for issuing visas to students and young professionals.

What Does the PTE Consist Of?
The PTE consists of the two following tests:
PTE Academic Test
PTE General Test
These two tests are conducting by the Pearson Language Tests, one of the units of Pearson PLC Group.
The PTE Academic Test is conducted throughout the year and is the preferred choice of students interested in taking admission to an institution or university in an English-speaking country. All candidates who appear for this examination are tested on their English listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The candidates’ scores remain valid for exactly two years from the date of announcement of results.
The PTE General Test is conducted three times every year; once in May, once in June, and once in December. This test features only two papers – spoken and written. The scores of this test reflect the level of basic English communicative skills amongst candidates and remain valid for life.PTE Details for Candidates Appearing for the Exam in 2020

Name of the Examination: Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Body of Examination Conductor: Pearson PLC Group
Official Website: https://pearsonpte.com/
Examination Types: PTE General and PTE Academic
Examination Mode: Online
Skills Tested: Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening in English
Fees for PTE: INR 13,300 (inclusive of taxes)
PTE Helpline: 00080 0440 2020

PTE Eligibility Criteria
Absolutely anybody can attempt the PTE, but according to the PTE Academic criteria for eligibility, candidates must be 16 years old. Parental consent forms are also required for appearing students who are below 18.

PTE for Students below 16 Years Old
Unfortunately, students below 16 years old have to wait till they turn 16 to appear for the PTE. Until the Pearson LLC Group brings some changes to the rule, it’s unlikely that there will be any likelihood of students below 16 being allowed to appear for the examination. The consent form required for 16 and 17-year-olds can be downloaded from the PTE’s official website.

Minimum Educational Qualification for Appearing in the PTE
No educational qualifications are required for the PTE. However, candidates aspiring to appear in the examination are advised to have basic communicative skills in English for passing the PTE General. However, PTE Academic candidates need thorough preparation and must be comfortable at reading, speaking, listening and writing English.

Examination Fees for PTE
The basic PTE Academic examination fee is Rs 13,300. However, in case the candidate books a test 48 hours before the intended date of appearance for the test, then the candidate has to pay Rs, 13,965. The extra money is charged as a late booking fee.

PTE Cancellations and Rescheduling
PTE allows candidates to cancel their booked examinations or reschedule them as per candidates’ preferences. Candidates may have to cancel their examinations in cases such as medical emergencies, personal issues or professional commitments. For such cases, the cancellation and rescheduling of the examination immensely help candidates. If candidates cancel at least two fortnights before the scheduled date of the examination, then they can also claim full refunds. Candidates who cancel a week before the examination date are eligible for a 50% refund. However, candidates cancelling within a span of 6,5,4,3,2 or 1 days are not eligible for any refunds.
Candidates can also reschedule their exams, with those who reschedule a fortnight before the scheduled date of examination having to pay no extra rescheduling fee. However, students rescheduling a week before have to pay 50% of the examination fee, which would be charged by PTE as rescheduling fees.

Registration for PTE in 2020
If candidates are interested in appearing for the PTE in 2020, then candidates need a valid identity proof such as a passport. Candidates can register online for the examination and they would also have to show the furnished ID at the time of registration during the PTE.

Exam Pattern

The PTE Academic exam pattern consists of three sections:
Reading Section
Speaking and Writing Section
Listening Section
The basic exam pattern consists of the questions, which students are given the time to read based on the length of the text prompts. Students are given at least 15 seconds to answer every question, which they should use to relax and think about the right answer. Once the 15 seconds are up, candidates have to either write the answers, speak out the answers or choose from options if the questions are multiple-choice based.
Let’s now take a look at all three of the sections and what they consist of individually.
Reading Section
The duration of the Reading section is from 32 -41 minutes and in this section, candidates are judged on their capabilities of understanding all written instructions, which would be all in English. This section is divided into 5 smaller segments:
Pattern of SegmentsDuration (Based on Text Prompt Length)
Multiple-Choice, Single Answer300 words
Multiple-Choice, Multiple Answers300 words
Re-Order Paragraphs150 words
Reading: Fill in the Blanks80 words
Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks300 words

Speaking & Writing
Candidates will get 77 – 93 minutes to complete this section, which tests candidates based on their skills of writing and speaking in the English language. Six small segments of this section test candidates on speaking in a prompt manner, while the written test involves writing essays based on the topic given to them through the text prompt

Pattern of Segments Duration
Personal IntroductionPrompt: 25 seconds, Recording: 30 seconds
Read AloudReading out a 60-word text after 30-40 seconds of preparation
Repeat SentencePrompt: 3-9 seconds (based on sentence length), Recording: 15 seconds
Describe Image25 seconds for studying the given image and preparing the response
Re-Tell Lecture Prompt: 90 seconds, Preparation Time: 10 seconds, Answering Time: 40 seconds
Answer Short Question Prompt: 3-9 seconds (based on length of the question), Answering Time: 10 seconds
Summarize Written Text300-word text prompt, Answering Time: 10 minutes
Essay2-3 sentences text prompt, Answering Time: 20 minutes

Listening Section
Candidates would get 45 – 57 minutes for this section, which involves testing candidates on their ability to understand spoken English. This section involves playing audio to candidates that feature segments of spoken English, for which students are given time to respond. This section is broken into the following eight segments:

Pattern of Segments Duration
Summarize Spoken Text Retention Time: 60 – 90 seconds, Spoken Text Length: 50 – 70 words, Writing Time: 10 minutes
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers Prompt Time: 40 – 90 seconds
Fill in the Blanks 30 – 60 seconds
Highlight Correct Summary 30 – 90 seconds
Multiple Choice, Single Answers 30 – 60 seconds
Select Missing Word 20 – 70 seconds
Highlight Incorrect Words 15 – 50 seconds
Write from Dictation 3 – 5 seconds