The Pearson PTE test is conducted, evaluated, and marked by a computer-automated scoring system. Essentially, there is no involvement of a human in the marking process of the PTE Academic exam.
This may sound incredible, and PTE Academic has successfully been using software technology to judge test takers’ answers and automatically compute an English language proficiency score since 2009.
The main aspect to understand while giving PTE exam is transferrable scores; unlike the other English tests, the PTE exam is comparatively very easy, the reason being transferrable scores, all the modules are interrelated with each other, which means if you are doing the Speaking module, you are not only going to get the scores in Speaking but also in Reading and Listening, and just not 5-10 marks, a major chunk of scores get transferred from speaking to other modules and hence, speaking is called the backbone of your PTE exam.
Understanding transferrable scores and timewaster questions play a major part of the role in your path towards your desired score.
So, while doing READ ALOUD, the skills that you are using are Reading and Speaking, and hence, the marks are transferred to the reading module as well from the content; oral fluency and pronunciation scores remain in your Speaking module, similarly, when you are doing REPEAT SENTENCES AND RETELL LECTURE, you are using your Listening and Speaking skills, and hence the marks are transferred to the listening module for the content parameter, oral fluency and pronunciations score to remain in the Speaking module. Describe image scores remain in the Speaking module itself, as it is only checking your ability to describe the image fluently and clearly.
Moreover, while the Summarise Written Text, which is a part of the Writing module, you are using your Reading skills to get a brief idea about the passage and summarise it; hence it gives you transferrable scores in the reading module. In essay writing, we all know what essays are. You basically give your opinion about a certain topic, be it argumentative, opinion based or problem solution; it solely gives you the marks in the Writing module, as it is checking your ability to answer to the topic along with grammar, vocabulary, development and coherence, linguistic skills and spellings skillset is majorly checked which will boost your writing scores.
Furthermore, the reading module of the PTE examination is quite brainstorming; why? Because your skill set for grammar, vocabulary and collocations are particularly checked in this module, Multiple choice single answers and multiple multiple-choice answers are your timewaster questions; marks for these questions are quite negligible, which means you are not going to waste your time while doing these questions, talking about Reorder paragraphs, you are getting marks for each adjacent pair correctly done. Fill in the blanks (Drag and Drop) and fill in the blanks (Dropdowns) are the most important questions, as each blank correctly done will give you one mark; that means each blank is equal to 1 mark; you definitely cannot play around with these right or wrong questions, you definitely should get 100% accuracy if you are aiming for a higher score.
Lastly, let’s talk about the lengthiest module of your PTE examination, the Listening module, which consists of 8 questions in total and is segregated into two sections, section A and section B. Section A is only having one question in it: Summarise Spoken Text, now what happens in this, you will listen to audio, the audio maybe for 1 minute or 1.5 minutes, now while the audio is playing, all you have to do is take notes, you are listening to an audio and writing the appropriate summary for it, that means you are using your writing skills; hence you will be getting your scores in the writing module from this section, each SST is of 10 marks, half goes in Listening, and half goes into writing.
Section B comprises 7 types of questions, out of which 4 are time wasters (scores are negligible) and 3 are important questions (right or wrong answers). MCQ multiple answers, MCQ single answers, highlight correct summary and select missing words (As soon as the audio stops, click the most preferred answer and go next asap) TIME WASTER. Important questions are, Fill in the blanks, Highlight incorrect words and Write from Dictations. Listening- Fill in the blanks; pretty straightforward, each blank correctly spelled will give you 1 mark. Similarly, with highlighting incorrect words, each highlighted incorrect word will give you 1 mark; just be aware it has a negative marking, so do not highlight any word that you like; only incorrect words must be highlighted. Finally, let’s talk about the most important question in your PTE examination, Write from Dictation, wherein each word in the sentence will give you one mark; that means if a sentence has 14 words, that means 14 marks, and this is the reason why it is an important question because of the weightage of each word scorings.
PTE is also tricking you by keeping the most important question, Write from dictation, right at the end so that any student who is not having the knowledge of timewaster questions will waste their time on miscellaneous questions and will not have time for Write from Dictation means we must secure time for the last question of your PTE exam.
As per the Australian Immigration,
- 50 or 50+ is equivalent to 6 each in IELTS
- 65 or 65+ is equivalent to 7 each in IELTS
- 79 or 79+ is equivalent to 8 each in IELTS