Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an international computer-based English language test. It provides a measure of a test taker’s language ability in order to assist education institutions and professional and government organizations that require a standard of academic English language proficiency for admission to universities of Australia and New Zealand.
The communicative skills measured are Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in a standalone or integrated skills test.
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The overall score is based on performance on all test items. Each test taker does between 70 and 91 items in any given test and there are 20 different item types. For each item, the score given contributes to the overall score. The score range is 10–90 points.
The enabling skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse.
Item Scoring: An Overview
All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.
Scores for item types assessing speaking and writing skills are generated by automated scoring systems. There are two types of scoring:
Correct or Incorrect
Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If responses are correct, a score of 1 score point will be given, but if they are incorrect, no score points are awarded.
Other item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If responses to these items are correct, the maximum score points available for each item type will be received, but if they are partly correct, some score points will be given, but less than the maximum available for the item type. If responses are incorrect, no score points will be received.
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