PTE

Pearson Tests of English

About PTE

Pearson Test of English (PTE) 2017 is a computer-based test that evaluates a candidate's proficiency in the English language. There are two formats of the PTE test 2017:

  • PTE Academic Test

  • PTE General Test

PTE is designed for non-native English speakers who want to study in abroad. PTE 2017 Academic score is accepted for admission to thousands of institutions across the world including countries like - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. Prominent universities accepting PTE 2017 Academic include Harvard, Yale and INSEAD. The Australian Government even accepts PTE 2017 Academic for the visa application process.

Meanwhile, PTE 2017 General seeks to reward those with improved skills of English language learning. Apart from being recognized by a number of universities around the world, even ministries of education and employers accept it as proof of English language proficiency.

PTE Academic or PTE General Training

PTE Academic

The three-hour long exam tests a candidate's listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. With the aid of a computer and a headset, candidates will be required to listen to, read and respond to the questions. The test is made up of three main parts:

  • Speaking and writing (together)

  • Listening

  • Reading

Meanwhile, questions will be asked across twenty formats, including multiple-choice, essay writing, and interpreting information.

PTE General

This particular PTE 2017 is divided into two parts:

  • A written paper

  • A spoken test

The written test is used to judge a candidate's listening, reading comprehension and writing skills - the marking is done by external examiners in the UK. The spoken test is examined by trained local examines who then send it to the UK for moderation. The overall test comprises six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

Some Title

Item type
Write essay
Response mode
Written
Item type description
Test takers are required to write an essay about a given topic.
Number of item traits
7
Item traits
  • Content

  • Formal Requirement

  • Development, Structure and Coherence

  • Grammar

  • General Linguistic Range

  • Vocabulary Range

  • Spelling

Content

Item trait description
Content is scored by determining if all aspects of the topic have been addressed in the response and if provided details, examples and explanations are appropriately supporting the test taker's point of view.
If the test taker does not address the topic, the response will be scored zero on all traits.
Rating scale
3 The essay adequately deals with the prompt.
2 The essay deals with the prompt but omits to deal with one minor aspect.
1 The essay deals with the prompt but omits more than one aspect or one major aspect.
0 The essay does not properly deal with the prompt.
Maximum score
3

Formal Requirement

Item trait
Formal Requirement is scored by determining if the response meets the length requirement of 200-300 words.
Description
If the test taker writes fewer than 120 or more than 380 words, the response will be scored zero on all traits.
Rating scale
2 Length between 200 and 300 words
1 Length between 120 and 199 or between 301 and 380 words
0 Length less than 120 or more than 380 words. Essay contains no punctuation or consists only of bullet points or very short sentences.
Maximum score
2

Development, Structure and Coherence

Item trait description
Development, Structure and Coherence are scored according to the organization of the response Demonstrating good development of ideas and a logic structure.
Description
If the test taker writes fewer than 120 or more than 380 words, the response will be scored zero on all traits.
Rating scale
2 The essay shows a good development and logical structure.
1 The essay incidentally is less well structured; some elements or paragraphs are poorly linked.
0 The essay lacks coherence, mainly consists of lists or loose elements.
Maximum score
2

Grammar

Item trait description
Grammar is scored by examining if the response demonstrates correct grammatical usage.
Rating scale
2 The essay shows consistent grammatical control of complex language. Errors are rare and difficult to spot.
1 The essay shows a relatively high degree of grammatical control, there are no mistakes which could lead to misunderstanding.
0 The essay contains mainly simple structures and/or several basic mistakes.
Maximum score
2

General Linguistic Range

Item trait description
General Linguistic Range is scored by determining if the language in the response accurately and precisely conveys the test taker's ideas.
Rating scale
2 The essay exhibits mastery of a wide range of language to formulate thoughts precisely, give emphasis, differentiate and eliminate ambiguity. There is no sign the test taker had to restrict what he/she wanted to say.
1 The essay shows a sufficient range of language to provide clear descriptions, to express viewpoints and to develop arguments.
0 The essay contains mainly basic language and lacks precision.
Maximum score
2

Vocabulary Range

Item trait description
Vocabulary Range is scored by determining if the response shows a good command of a broad lexical repertoire.
Rating scale
2 The essay shows a good command of a broad lexical repertoire and a good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
1 The essay shows a good range of vocabulary for matters connected to general academic topics. Evidently lexical shortcomings lead to circumlocution or some imprecision.
0 The essay contains mainly basic vocabulary insufficient to deal with the topic at the required level.
Maximum score
2

Spelling

Item trait description
Spelling is scored by determining if the response shows correct spelling.
Rating scale
2 Correct spelling, there may be one typing error.
1 Contains one spelling error and/or more than one typing error.
0 More than 1 spelling error and/or numerous typing errors.
Maximum score
2