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Candidates who want to excel in their next PTE Exam should be aware of the latest PTE Exam syllabus. The PTE Exam syllabus mentioned below is for candidates looking to appear for their next PTE Exam. Here is the syllabus for the PTE Academic exam covering Speaking and Writing syllabus, Reading syllabus, and Listening Syllabus -

Highlights of PTE Exam Pattern

The PTE Exam Pattern is as follows

PTE Syllabus 2021

Section-wise PTE 2020 Syllabus

The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) assesses the written, spoken, skills of the students to ensure that they are capable of studying in the international environment, with a good grasp over the universal language of English. By scoring well in this test, students can assure the admission committee as well as the visa officers that they are capable of understanding the globally accepted official language while studying on the foreign land. A good score in the test also ensures that Students will be able to represent their ideas, deliver presentations, work to gain international exposure, and basically function on the international front in front of foreign audiences. This helps the applicants  to be ready to study amonf students from all over the world and international faculty members in the universal official language.

As an English language test, PTE is no exception and has a similar kind of Exam Pattern like other English language tests. It focusses on the 3 major sections of the language proficiency:

  • Reading Section
  • Listening Section
  • Speaking and Writing Section 

The test goes this way:

  1. Question: Time to Reading the Text Prompt: The time duration of each prompt you get varies depending upon the length of the text. The length is measurable in words or sentences. You need to be active in this part.
  2. Prepare for Answer: Time granted to Relax and Think: You do not have to immediately answer the question. On average, you get 10 to 15 seconds to prepare for each segment. You should relax and think for a while on how to answer.
  3. Answer: Time for Action: This is the total time duration where you have to perform. The answers are recorded when you speak, saved as text when you write, and selected in options multiple-choice questions. 

Refer to the segment-wise description boxes given along with each section explaining the PTE Exam Pattern 2020 in detail:

  • Speaking and Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

PTE Speaking and Writing Syllabus (77 to 93 minutes)

This section tests the candidate’s on the basis of their two major skills of communication, which are spoken and written skills. This section comprises of six small sections that test you on your promptness over speaking and writing the written test that you would get to read for the first time ever. The complete section is given time duration of 77 to 93 minutes and the time allotted to each segment is as follows:

Segments Pattern

Time Duration

Personal Introduction          

55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record

Read Aloud

30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words

Repeat Sentence

15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record

Describe Image

25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same

Re-Tell Lecture

90 seconds for prompt length, 10 seconds to prepare and 40 seconds to answer

Answer Short Question

20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer

Summarize Written Text

10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words

Essay

20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences

 

PTE Reading Syllabus (32 to 41 minutes)

This section tests the candidates on the basis of their ability to understand the written instructions in the language. The section further divided into 5 segments is 32 to 41 minutes long. Check out the segment-wise pattern for time distribution of this section:

Segments Pattern

Time Duration varies on the Length of the Text Prompt

Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

Read 300 words of text

Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

Read 300 words of text

Re-Order Paragraphs

Read 150 words of text

Reading: Fill in the Blanks

Read 80 words of text

Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks

Read 300 words of text

PTE Listening Syllabus (45 to 57 minutes)

The listening section of the PTE Academic is stretched over 45 to 57 minutes of duration. This one is designed to determine the ability to understand spoken English by the candidate. Here, the student needs to ascertain that they carefully hear to the audio file played and retain what they heard. This section is divided into 8 segments and the time give to each segment is as follows.

egments Pattern

Time Duration

Summarize Spoken Text

60-90 seconds to retain  50-70 words, 10 minutes to write

Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer

40-90 seconds for prompt

Fill in the Blanks

30-60 seconds

Highlight Correct Summary

30-90 seconds

Multiple Choice, Single Answer

30-60 seconds

Select Missing Word

20-70 seconds

Highlight Incorrect Words

15-50 seconds

Write From Dictation

3-5 seconds

Types of Questions Covered in the PTE Syllabus

The questions asked for the PTE Exam include the following

Reading:

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple choice answers
  • Re-order paragraphs 

Listening:

  • Summarize
  • Multiple choice answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Write from dictation
  • Highlight incorrect words 

Speaking and Writing:

  • Personal introduction
  • Answer short questions
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Summarize
  • Read Aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe Image
  • Essay

 

 


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