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 business schools, there are also several arts and music colleges that accept PTE. It is a computer-based exam that 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
The syllabus in detail:
Speaking & Writing: This part assesses both speaking and writing skills. As it is a computer-based test, everything is recorded. Remember that test-taker can’t go back to the question, once clicked next. After completing the appeared task, the next option comes. The test starts with speaking. This part contains six small sections that assess the promptness over speaking. Types of questions are the following: Personal introduction, Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture, and Answer a short question. The number of questions in each section varies, so does the time. Speaking part maps 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 the written text. This section contains one task but, sometimes, two tasks are given. Each task gives 10 minutes to complete. 20 minutes is given for essay (200 to 300 words). 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 an analysis of reading and vocabulary as well as reading and writing together. Reading is divided into five segments: Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer, Multiple Choice Choose Multiple Answers, Re-Order Paragraphs, Reading (Fill in the Blanks) and 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. The number of questions for each section is not fixed. It varies from 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 listens to the audio file played and retain the listening part. This section is 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 a test of listening and writing.
The training process is divided into four phases:
Phase I: Evaluation test
Phase II: Training for concept
Phase III: Mock Test
Phase IV: Monitoring