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there are 20 item types in pte academic. Total time for test is 3 hours.

Score for the test is valid for 2 years. Pte academic oc

Part 1 : Speaking and Writing(77–93 minutes)

Item Time to Text/recording

Section Type answer length

Read Will be stated in text upto 60 words

Section 1 Aloud instruction

Sentence 15 sec 3-9 seconds

Describe 40 sec N/A


Section 2

Re-tell 40 sec upto 90 sec


Short 10 3-9 seconds
Summariz text upto 300
Section 3-4 e written 10 minutes words

e written
Section 5 text or

20 minutes to
Write plan, write and
Section 6 Essay revise an essay
about the topic.

Part 2 : Reading(32 - 42 minutes) reading item types are not timed individually.

Time to Text/recordin
Sr no. Item type answer g length hear Tone

Multiple choice, choose single

1 answer 300 words
Mulitple choice choose multiple
2 answer 300 words

Re-order paragraphs upto 150 words

Reading :fill in the blanks upto 80 words

Readding and writing : fill in the

blanks upto 300 words

Part 3 : listening. Ability to understand spoken english. Ability to understand a variety of accents, both native and non-nativ
item types are not timed individually.
Time to Text/ recording
Serial no Item type answer length Hear tone

Summarize spoken text 10 minutes60-90 seconds

Multiple choice choose multiple

answers 40-90 seconds

fill in the blanks 30-60 seconds

highlight correct summary 30-90 seconds . Upto 60 words.

multiple choice choose single

answer 30-60 seconds

select missing word 20-70 seconds

highlight incorrect words 15-50 seconds

write from dictation 3-5 seconds

he test is valid for 2 years. Pte academic ocnsits of three main parts. Use correct punctuation for all writing tasks : full stops, capital lette

Hear Tone





Strategies strategies
read the prompt carefully. Skim the response optinos.
Eliminate any resposne options which you feel sure are
incorrect correct or incorrect
Eliminate any response optinos which hyou feel sure are
incorrect. Do not try to simply match words or phrases partial credit scoring
with those in the text. Sometimes incorrect optinos with negative
contain the same words as the text. marking

refer pearson book as it has quite much info. partial scoring

skim the entier text quickly, ignoring the blanks. Fil in the
blanks one by one. If you feel unsure about any
particular blank, skip it. The more blanks you fill in , the
easie rthe remaining ones will be. partial scoring

same strategies as in rading:fill in the blanks partial scoring

iety of accents, both native and non-native. Total time is 45-57 minutes. Listening item types require you to understand an audio or vid

Strategies Marking strategies

pay attentin to the content of the lecture. It is important

that you understant what you hear because you will
have to summarize the lecture in your own words. Use
an overview sentence to introduce the summary. Incldue
all main ideas and provide some supporitn details. check
grammar, spelling and pncutation and make corections. partial scoring

read the prompt carefully. Skim the response options.

Take notes. Continue listening til the end. Author might
revidse what they have said or add extra informaitn.
Select the correct options by first eliminating any
response options which you feel usre are incorrect. then
eliminate responseoptinos containing information that is
not mentieond. do not select an optino just becasue it
contains words from the recoridng. someitme incorrect
options contain the same words from the recording. partial scoring with negative marking.

before listeing skim the text quickly. This wil help you
understand what you hear. Place the cursor in the first
blank so that you are prepared to type. While
listeningfollow the written text as you hear it spoekn.
Take notes and pen if you want to , and fill in the blanks
after listening. type a word in the first blank. do not stop
to re-read what you have typed. move the cursor to the
next blank so you are prepared to type . continue filling
in the blanks until the recording stops. partial scoring
before listening watch the status in the audio status box
and be prepared to focus on lsiteing when the recording
begins. Skim the response options quickly. While
listening concentrate on what you hear. Do not read the
paragraphs. Take notes. Focus on keywords. after
listening read the paragraphs carefully. chose the one
that best summarized the recording. first eliminate the
paragraphs containing incorrect informatin. then
eliminate the paragraph containign information which is
not mentioned in the recording. eliminate the
paragraphs which contain details, but omit themain
points. correct or incorrect

before listening read the instructinos. The first sentence

of the instructions describes the topic of the recording.
Knowing the topic of the recording helps you prepare for
it. While listening focus on the general content of the
recording. You need to understand the main points as
well as the details. pay attention to the audio progress
indicator. this helps you anticipate the end of the
recording. correct or incorrect

before listenign skim the transcription quickly. This will

help you understand what you hear .while listening
focuson identifying words in the transcription. Do not parital scoring with
make guesses. negative marking

while listening focuson the meaning of the sentence.

This will help you remember it. If you can type fast, type
the sentence directly into the response box. Finish
typing or writing the sentence before correcting any
mistake you make. Re-read the sentence and correct any
grammar, spelling, punctuatino or capitaliztion mistakes. partial scoring
punctuation for all writing tasks : full stops, capital letters, commas etc. keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks. respo

Strategies Areas of improvement

Read the text before microphone opens. Sit

up straight and take deep breath. Speak in
such a way that you are reading to an
audience. Use punctuation as guide for
pauses and stress. Speak at normal volume.
Do not go back to correct yourself or hesitate.
if you make mistake continue reading. go on
to next item if you finish speaking before the
recording progress indicator reached the end.

don not try to copy the speakers accent.

Speak naturally at normal speed.try to
memorize the sentence. To do so you need to
train your short-term memory or working
memory. You should also try to understand
the speakers meaning and not just repeat the

study the image. You have 25 sec to do this.

Take notes. Determine the significant
information conveyed. Look out for trends,
logical information. The best responses deal
with all parts of the image, contain logical and
specific information and include possible
developments, conclusions or implications.

pay attention to the content of the lecture. It

is important that you understand what you
hear, because you will have to retell the
lecture. Take notes using erasable noteboard
booklet and pen. Focus on key words. Do not
attempt to take notes word for word . you may
miss important information if you try to write
too much.

respond with a single word or a short phrase.

Do not say more than necessary. You will not
get credit for extra words
you have to write the summary using only one
sentence containing words between 5-75. the
best response clearly summarize the main
idea and condense essential supporting
points. They focus on the topic, including
gonly key information and essential
supporting points. read the package and take
your summary should include the main ideas
presented in the passage. these are usually
indicated in the topic sentences. do not refer
back to the passage in your summary while
writing. imagint that you have to do this for a
person who has not seen the passage. . use
grammatical strucutres u feel confident about
that way you will make fewer mistakes. check
grammer spelling and punctuatino and make
corrections where necessary.

content is scored by determining if all aspects

of the topic have been addressed in your
response. Does your response demonstrate
good development of ideas and a logical
structure. Developmetn, structure and
coherence are scored according to the
organizatino of your response. a well
developed response uses a logical
organization pattern, connects ideas and
explains these connections. the best
responses contain multiple paragraphs and
have a clear introdcution, body and
conclusino that relate to the topic of the
essay. within paragraphs, ideas are clearly
presented and supported with details ,
examples and/or explaatinos. transitions
between paragraphs are smooth. you are
more likelty to recive full credit if you use
comples sentence structures and vocabulary
correctly, rather than consistently usin gsimple
sentence structures and vocabulary.

Areas of improvement Description

after rading a text, answer a multiple
choice question on the content or
tone of the text by selecting one
after rading a text, answer a multiple
choice question on the content or
tone of the text by selecting more
than one response
Several text boxes appear on scren in
random order. Pu the text boxes in the
correct order

A text appears on screen with several

blanks. Drag words or phrases from
the blue box to fill in the blanks.

A text appears on screen with several

blanks. Fill in the blanks by selecting
words from several drop down lists of
response options.

ng item types require you to understand an audio or video recording of an authentic lecture , presentation or dialogue. with teh excepti

Areas of improvement Description

After listening to a recording, write a

summary of 50-70 words

After listening to a recording, answer

a multiple choice question on the
content or tone of the recording by
ring with negative marking. selecting more than one response

the transcription of a recording

appears on screen wit hseveral blanks.
While listening to the recofding, type
the missing words into the blanks
after listenign to a recording, select
the paragraph that best summarizes
the recording

after listening to a recording answer a

multiple choice question on the
content or tone of the recording by
selecting one response

after listening to a recording, select

the missing word or group of words
that completes the recording

the transcription of a recording

appears on screen . While listening to
the recofding,identify the words in the
transcription that differ from what is

after listening to a recording of a

sentence type the sentence
thin the word limit given for writing tasks. respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking ta

Things to
keep in misc number of
Description mind/pitfall instructions questions

amount of time you

have to prepare will
vary by item. There
are 6 to 7 read
aloud items in PTE
depending upon
combination of
A text appears on screen . Read the items in a given
text aloud test. 6 to 7

Errors =
omissions and
insertions only
Hesitations, filled or
unfilled pauses,
leading or trailing
material are
After listening to sentence, repeat the there wont be ignored in the
sentence any tone. scoring of content 10 to 12
check the title,
axes, heading
and subheading
or labels.
Include al the
main points. Try image may be
not to repeat graph, picture, map,
information. chart or table. Type
An image appears on screen. Describe When will be stated in
the image in detail describing instructions. 6 to 7
conclusions or
Scan the image
if one is
response with
quickly. Include
all the key the
presented in it assesses both
the lecture. Try speaking and
not to repeat listening skills. The
After listening to or watching a the information lecture may also be
lecture, retell the lecture in your own . accompanied by an
words. image. 3 to 4
the question may
also be
After listening to a question, answer accompanied by an
with a single word or a few words image. 10 to 12
Pte academic
recognizes english
spelling conventinos
from the US, Uk,
australia and
canada. However,
one spelling
convention should
be used consistently
in a given response.
read the passage and summarize it Writing item types
usin one sentence. In not less than 5 are timed
and not more than 75 words. individually. 3-Feb

write an essay abou the topic . You

should write 200-300 words.

Things to keep in mind/pitfalls. instructions no of questions

2 to 3
this is the first of three item types
wehr you can lose points if yo uhoose
any incoorect optinos. For any wrong
optinos chosen 1 point is deducted. 2 to 3

in the box there

are more words
than the
number of
blanks in the
text, so you will
not use all the
provided. 4 to 5

5 to 6

cture , presentation or dialogue. with teh exception of summarize spoken text, listening

things to keep in mind/pitfalls instructinos no of questinos

this item type is

times. You have
10 minutes to
answer each
item of this
type. 2 to 3

this is the secon 2 to 3

2 to 3
2 to 3

2 to 3

select missing
word is an item
type that tests
your ability to
predict what a
speaker will say
based on
clues in a
recording. 2 to 3

this is the third

of threee item
types where
you can lose
poitn if you
choose any
options. 2 to 3

3 to 4