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PTE Academic is a computer-based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers of English to obtain places at English-speaking universities or as proof of their language ability for a visa application. The test is accepted over 1000 Institutions worldwide. Approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD. PTE Academic typically delivers results in five business days.
At ACHIVIA, the trainers evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the students, and then design an individualized study plan. Through different PTE training strategies like efficient time management, mock tests, problem solving, extra tutoring and strategy sessions we prepare our students to get the desired score.
|Speaking & Writing||77 – 93 minutes|
|Reading||32 – 41 minutes|
|10 minutes break is optional|
|Listening||45 – 57 minutes|
PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3-hour test session.
To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test centre. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.
During the three-hour test session, there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.
PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.
Each section is individually timed and the timer will be in the top right corner of the screen and will be counting down the remaining time.
A ten-minute break is optional
The PTE Academic test is scored against the Global Scale of English, includes overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores.
Scores for item types assessing speaking and writing skills are generated by automated scoring systems. There are two types of scoring:
Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If responses are correct, a score of 1 score point will be given, but if they are incorrect, no score points are awarded.
Partial creditOther item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If responses to these items are correct, the maximum score points available for each item type will be received, but if they are partly correct, some score points will be given, but less than the maximum available for the item type. If responses are incorrect, no score points will be received.
A. You may take the PTE Academic as many times as you wish, however you must prepare well before you book your next test.
A. No. You may register for the test either by online or phone through the call centre.
A. Yes, you may send your score to unlimited number of institutions without any extra charge. You will also receive an email confirmation once the score is reported to the institution. It takes about 48 hours for the scores to be reported to institutions.
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