The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
It 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. 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 that accept PTE. It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. Each of the four sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) receives a scaled score from 10 to 90. The final score is totaled including all four. The score is valid for two years.
Duration: 3 hours.
Speaking & Writing: 77 to 93 minutes (Summarize written text: 10 minutes, Essay: 20 Minutes)
Reading: 32 – 40 minutes
Listening: 45 – 57 minutes
Speaking & Writing: This part assesses both speaking and writing skills. As it is computer based test, everything is recorded. Remember that test taker can’t go back to the question. After completing task, next option appears. The test starts with speaking. This part contains six small sections that test the promptness over speaking. Types of questions are followings: Personal introduction, Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture, and Answer short question. The number of questions in each sections varies so does the time. Speaking part assesses the ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment. After that writing starts. It has two parts: summary writing and essay writing. Summary writing is named summarize written text. This section contains one task but, sometimes, two tasks are given. Each task is given 10 minutes to be completed. 20 minutes for essay, 200 to 300 words and the writing section requires writing responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.
Reading: This part tests the ability to understand the written instructions. It is analysis of reading and vocabulary along with reading and writing together. Reading is divided into five segments: from Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer, from Multiple Choice Choose Multiple Answers, Re-Order Paragraphs, Reading: Fill in the Blanks, Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read and write. Number of question for each section is not fixed. It varies section to section.
Listening: it is designed to determine the ability to understand spoken English. The test taker is asked to ascertain that he/she attentively hear the audio file played and retain listening part. This section divided into eight segments: Summarize Spoken Text, Multiple Choice and Multiple Answers, Fill in the Blanks, Highlight Correct Summary, Multiple Choice and Single Answer, Select Missing Word, Highlight Incorrect Words and Write from Dictation. This section is test of listening and writing.