Updated on - November 12th 2019 by Rachit Agrawal

Syllabus

PTE Exam Syllabus

PTE stands for “Pearson Test for English”. It is a test which evaluates the English language proficiency of a candidate. PTE is based on real grounds, as it is a test which is based on day-to-day English, rather than testing the use of high-level English. The marking is done by computers, making it free from the personal bias of an examiner, and also the results are declared sooner. The PTE is divided into segments like speaking and writing, reading and listening.

 

Speaking and Writing

  • This is an important segment of the PTE. This segment evaluates two important skills of a candidate: Speaking and writing.
  • This segment is divided into six sections.
  • The time given to a candidate to complete this segment is usually about a 77 to 93-minute-long session.
  • Within speaking lies, the personal introduction and the read-aloud section, where the candidate is expected to speak about
  • Him/her and read aloud texts, where his English-speaking fluency is tested.
  • Within speaking lies, the repeat sentence and describe the image section, where a candidate’s speaking abilities are evaluated.
  • Within speaking and writing lies, the re-tell lecture and answer short question section respectively.
  • The ‘summarize written text’ and essay writing section entirely lies within the writing segment of PTE.

 

Reading

  • This is the second segment of the exam which checks a candidate’s ability to understand and infer written instructions.
  • This segment is usually 32 to 41 minutes long.
  • It is divided into 5 sections which are two sections of fill in the blanks, two sections of multiple choice questions, and re-order paragraphs.

 

Listening

  • The third segment of the exam is the listening segment.
  • It is also the final segment of the PTE.
  • A candidate is usually given 45 to 57 minutes to complete this segment.
  • It evaluates a candidate’s ability to understand and infer spoken English.
  • An audio file is played and the candidate is supposed to retain the text spoken and complete the various tasks with reference to the audio file played.
  • The listening segment is divided into 8 sections.
  • The sections are summarizing spoken text, two sections of multiple-choice questions, fill in the blanks, highlight the correct summary, select missing word, highlight the incorrect word and write from dictation.

 

PTE 2019 Test Pattern

PTE 2019 is a three-hour long computer-based test, and the results are available within 5 days from the day of the test. PTE 2019 will test a candidate’s reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency in the English language.

 

Speaking and Writing    

  • This segment will test the candidate’s speaking and writing proficiency in the English language.
  • It is divided into 8 sections which includes personal introduction, read aloud, repeat sentence, describe image, re-tell lecture, answer short question, summarize written text and essay writing.
  • The personal introduction section of the candidate is not scored.

 

Reading

  • This segment will test the candidate’s reading proficiency of the English language.
  • A set of instructions must be followed before proceeding with the answers of this segment.
  • The reading segment of the PTE 2019 is divided into 5 sections which are two sections of fill in the blanks, two sections of multiple-choice questions, and re-order paragraphs.

 

Listening

  • This segment will test the candidate’s listening and inferring proficiency of the English language.
  • Audio and video clips will be played, that should be properly listened to by the candidate. Each audio or video clip will be played only once.
  • The listening segment of the PTE 2019 comprise of 8 sections which are: Summarize spoken text, two sections of multiple-choice questions, fill in the blanks, highlight the correct summary, select missing word, highlight incorrect word and write from dictation.

 

FAQs

1. Is there any specific syllabus of the PTE?

The syllabus for PTE is as follows: Personal introduction, read aloud, repeat sentence, describe image, Re-tell lecture, answer short question, summarize written text, Essay, Multiple choices - choose single answer to choose multiple answers, Re-order paragraphs, Reading: Fill in the blanks, Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks. Summarize spoken text, Multiple choices - choose multiple, answer + choose a single answer, fill in the blanks, highlight correct summary, select missing. word, highlight incorrect words, Write from dictation.

 

2. How many skills are tested in the PTE?

Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are tested in the PTE.

 

3. What are the various skills that are tested in the PTE?

The various skills tested in the PTE are reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English.

 

4. Is the PTE divided into 3 segments?

Yes

 

5. Is the PTE a computer-based test?

Yes.

 

6. When are the results declared of the PTE?

As it is a computer-based test, the results are declared quite sooner as compared to other tests, within 5 days of the test.

 

7. Is the writing and speaking segments integrated into one?

Yes

 

8. What is the duration of the PTE?

It is a three-hour long test.

 

9. Is the Personal Introduction section of the speaking and writing segment not scored?

The personal introduction section is not scored.

 

10. What is the Personal Introduction round used for, if not scored?

To make the applicant comfortable and to acquaint him/her with the officials.

 

11. In what format is the listening segment carried out?

The clips are audio/video clips.

 

12. How many times are candidates allowed to listen to the audio or video clips?

Each audio or video clip will be played only once.

 

13. Are candidates allowed taking notes while listening to the audio clips, during the listening segment?

Yes, A4 sized sheets will be provided.

 

14. What is the duration of the test?

It is a three-hour long test.

 

15. Are the various segments differently timed?

Yes, speaking and writing section lasts from 77-93 minutes, reading 32-41 minutes and listening for 45 to 57 minutes.

 


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