The Pearson Test of English (PTE), administered by Pearson VUE, is given to demonstrate English language proficiency at the university level as well as on general level to evaluate how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform tasks.
There are two versions of the test: Academic and General.
PTE Academic tests your level of English through tasks/questions that reflect real-life settings. It is a 3 hour long computer based test that is split into timed parts. When the time is up on the section, the test will move on automatically. The overall score is between 10 and 90. It starts with an Introduction, which is not timed and also not assessed. The Speaking and Writing section lasts between 77 – 93 minutes and the Reading between 32 – 41 minutes. One can take an optional break for 10 minutes and then continue with the Listening section for 45 – 57 minutes.
PTE General assesses and rewards positive and progressive achievement in English language learning. The test motivates learners and provides feedback to schools, parents and teachers. The General test consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test. It is tested at six levels which are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills. The duration of the written test is 1 hr 15 mins at the lowest level to 2 hrs 55 mins at the highest. The speaking test lasts for 5 mins at the lowest level and 8 mins at the highest. The scores awarded at each level are Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail.
Test fees and registration
Registration for PTE Academic can be done online or by phone through call centres. The fees of Rs. 9350 can be paid either by credit or debit card. A candidate needs a valid and original passport to sit for the test. The test is conducted in many cities all over India. The result for the PTE Academic is valid for 2 years. These are generally declared within 5 working days and can only be viewed online. The scores can be sent to unlimited number of institutions free of charge.
The test sessions for PTE General are generally scheduled in May, June, November and December and the test is conducted in different schools, language schools and colleges which are registered test centres. The scores are valid lifelong.
The results for both Academic and General are acceptable in many colleges in UK, USA and other countries around the world.
Growth Centre Advantage
Growth Centre’s PTE program is specifically geared to help prospective test candidates improve all four language skills in a way that helps them ace language proficiency tests.