Who does not want better educational or workplace prospects? Many people in order to achieve this wish to immigrate to a foreign country. But for a non-native English speaker to immigrate and settle in a different country, you are bound to be proficient in a widely accepted English Academic test for which we will now be reading about i.e. the PTE Academic test.
Pearson Test of English Academic or PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer based test for studying abroad and immigration aimed exclusively at non-native English speakers. PTE Academic is accepted by thousands of prestigious academic programs and institutions worldwide and is also undertaken for Visa applications.
In order to be successful in the PTE Academic test, you are required to attend a secure Pearson test centre in which you are expected to use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.
During the three hour test session, one is inclined to be assessed on four main aspects which include ‘Speaking and Writing’ together, ‘Reading’ and ‘Speaking’. One crucial aim of the PTE Academic lies in testing real life academic English for which the examinee is exposed to a set of excerpts from lectures and a range of accents ranging from British and American to non-native speakers.
Moving on to the most fundamental part of the test that is the contents of the subtests, we will now briefly skim through what each of these subtest incorporate.
In the ‘Speaking and the Writing’ test which lasts for about 77-93 minutes, you will be assessed on your ability to produce Spoken English in an academic environment and will also be required to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling. The test comprises of aspects such as personal introduction, summarizing written texts, reading loud and writing an essay.
The ‘Reading’ test which lasts for 32-41 minutes contains 15-20 independent and integrated skill items which comprise of multiple choice questions, re-ordering of paragraphs and filling in of blanks and is mainly designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English.
Finally in the ‘Listening’ part of the PTE Academic you are asked questions based on audio and video clips. This test lasts between 45 to 57 minutes. One is excpected to summarize spoken texts, select missing words and highlight incorrect words and correct summaries.