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PTE Academic Tutorial

September 2011 Version 7

1 © Pearson Education Ltd 2011. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Pearson Education Ltd 2011.

Important Test Tips
Do
Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about ‘sport’ NOT ‘science’ Keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording

Don’t
Write ENTIRELY in capital letters. Only use capitals when needed: at the beginning of sentences, names, etc Click Next before you have completed the task and are ready to move on

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Contents
Section
Overview

Skills

Item Type
Test Overview Item Overview Test Introduction

Page
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Speaking and Writing Speaking Speaking Speaking Speaking Speaking Speaking Writing Writing Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading Reading & Writing Listening Listening Listening Listening Listening Listening Listening Listening Listening & Writing & Writing & Reading & Reading & Writing & Reading & Listening & Listening & Listening

Part 1 Overview Personal introduction Read aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question Summarize written text Write essay Part 2 Overview Multiple-choice, choose single answer Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Re-order paragraphs Fill in the blanks Fill in the blanks Optional Break Part 3 Overview Summarize spoken text Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Fill in the blanks Highlight correct summary Multiple-choice, choose single answer Select missing word Highlight incorrect words Write from dictation

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PTE Academic: Glossary
Recording status box Audio status box

Current status Volume control bar Progress bar

Response box

Cut, Copy, Paste buttons Word Count

Timer Next button

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PTE Academic: Test Overview
PTE Academic is designed to test your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The test takes approximately three hours to complete. This includes an un-timed introduction to the test and one optional scheduled break of up to 10 minutes. There are three timed parts: Speaking and writing Reading Listening Each part may contain a number of sections. Each section is individually timed.

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PTE Academic: Speaking and Writing Item Overview
Item
Read aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question Summarize written text Write essay

Task
A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words After reading a text, write a onesentence summary of the passage Write a 200–300 word essay on a given topic

Skills assessed
reading and speaking listening and speaking speaking listening and speaking listening and speaking reading and writing

Prompt length
text up to 60 words

Time to answer
varies by item, depending on the length of text 15 seconds 40 seconds 40 seconds

3-9 seconds N/A up to 90 seconds 3-9 seconds text up to 300 words

10 seconds 10 minutes

writing

2-3 sentences

20 minutes

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PTE Academic: Reading Item Overview
Item
Multiple-choice, choose single answer Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers Re-order paragraphs

Task
After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response

Skills assessed
reading

Prompt length
text up to 110 words

After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the...
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