Formats of PTE

by Payal Mukherjee
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The PTE (Pearson Test of English) is a computer-based English language proficiency test designed to assess the speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills of non-native English speakers. The test is widely used for academic and immigration purposes. As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, the PTE has three main sections:

  1. Speaking & Writing (77-93 minutes):
    • Personal Introduction: You will be asked to introduce yourself.
    • Read Aloud: You will be given a text to read aloud.
    • Repeat Sentence: You will hear a sentence and repeat it.
    • Describe Image: You will describe an image in detail.
    • Re-Tell Lecture: You will listen to a lecture and then re-tell it.
    • Answer Short Questions: You will answer questions based on brief audio clips.
  2. Reading (32-41 minutes):
    • Multiple-Choice, Choose Single Answer
    • Multiple-Choice, Choose Multiple Answers
    • Re-order Paragraphs
    • Reading: Fill in the Blanks
    • Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks
  3. Listening (45-57 minutes):
    • Summarize Spoken Text: You will listen to a spoken text and summarize it.
    • Multiple-Choice, Choose Multiple Answers
    • Fill in the Blanks
    • Highlight Correct Summary
    • Multiple-Choice, Choose Single Answer
    • Select Missing Word
    • Highlight Incorrect Words
    • Write from Dictation: You will hear a sentence and write it down.

It’s essential to note that the format of standardized tests may be updated or modified over time, so it’s advisable to check the official PTE website or contact the test center for the most current information. Additionally, there might be variations in specific test formats, such as PTE Academic and PTE General.

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