PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH

Introduction

PTE (Pearson Test of English) is designed to assess and validate the English language usage of non-native English speakers. The program includes PTE Academic & PTE General (formerly London Tests of English). These are scenario-based exams, accredited by the QCA (Qualification & Curriculum Agency) and administered in association with EDEXCEL; the UK’s largest examining body.

PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. It offers fast, flexible English testing. Candidates can schedule their test as little as twenty-four hours in advance, and typically receive their results within five business days. PTE Academic offers flexible testing locations, with test centres in over 50 countries worldwide. PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of academic programs worldwide, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, INSEAD and Yale University. PTE Academic is also accepted for Visa applications.

Advantages

  • Results in five business days.
  • Schedule tests up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Accepted by thousands of universities and colleges worldwide.
  • Approved for Australian visa applications.

FAQS

  • Do I need to know about a specific subject to take the test?
    No. PTE Academic is a test of your English ability. The test covers a range of subjects, but you are not being tested on these subjects.
  • Do I need computer skills to take the test?
    You do not need any special computer skills. We recommend taking one of our practice tests to get used to moving through tasks. You can also watch the tutorial on our website. PTE Academic is taken using a QWERTY keyboard, where the letters on the top line spell out ‘QWERTY’. IF you are not used to this type of keyboard, it may help to practice with one before you take the test.
  • How old do I need to be to take PTE Academic?
    You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must provide a signed parental consent form before taking the test.
  • Will I be penalized in speaking tasks for not having an accent from a native English speaking country?
    No. PTE Academic has been designed to recognize speech from non-native speakers of English representing over 100 different native languages.
  • Are all communicative skills scores (e.g. reading, writing) weighted equally?
    Yes.
  • How many times can I take the test?
    You can take PTE Academic as many times as you like. You must wait to receive your scores before you can book your next test.
  •  Do I have to take PTE Academic in my home country?
    No. You can take it at any of our test centres around the world. Make sure you check what type of ID you have to use. Pg. 10 of the Test Taker Handbook provides advice on acceptable form of ID. If you are outside your home country, you will probably be asked to show your passport at the test centre.

PTE General is designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning.

The PTE General consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK. The spoken test is assessed by trained local examiners and is sent to the UK for moderation.

The PTE General is included in the list of requirements of the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP). Levels 4 and 5 are recognized for admission to universities in the UK and by many multinationals.

FAQS

  • What does the PTE General aim to achieve?
    The PTE General is designed to evaluate and reward the positive and progressive learning of the English language. The test is designed to encourage students and provide schools, parents and teachers with comments about their performance. All candidates are also provided with comments about their performance.
  • How much study is needed for each level?
    It is true that students progress at different rates but in general the transition from level 2 to 3 requires one year of teaching for many of our candidates. Level 4 usually represents 18 additional months of study after level 3, as well as the transition from level 4 to 5.Each level of the PTE General is an ongoing interactive and comprehensive structure of knowledge and not an isolated category unrelated to the preceding level of learning. Therefore, as the candidates reach each new level of the PTE General, it is obvious that they have become familiar and can successfully complete the communication exercises, the language skills, the content and the structure of the language as required by the level preceding the current one.
  • For which ages is the PTE General designed?
    The PTE General is suitable for candidates of all ages, provided that the preparation has exceeded the necessary topics and themes included in each level.
  • What teaching materials should be used for the preparation of candidates?
    The types of exercises that candidates must complete in the exams are similar to those included in most modern conversation books. Moreover, the topics found in most books are similar.
  • When can the PTE General candidates take the test?
    The PTE General tests are administered every May and December and usually take place on Saturdays.
  • Where can the PTE General candidates take the test?
    The PTE General tests are conducted in exam centers found in most Greek prefectures, in cooperation with London Exams
    Hellas, the PLA exclusive representative in the country, and PALSO, the exclusive test giver.
  • What are the Grade Parameters?
    PTE General have fixed grade boundaries for,
    Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
    Pass: 50 or above
    ·  Merit: between 60 and 69
    ·  Distinction: 70 or above
    PTE General Level 5
    ·  Pass: 60 or above
    ·  Merit: between 70 and 79
    ·  Distinction: 80 or above
  • What is the mark assigned for each level?
    The exam mark for each level is Distinction, Merit or Pass.