PTE stands for Pearson Test of English. It is an English language test designed for the non-native English speakers to check their level of English in order to get admitted in the University level English language instructions program. It was launched in 2009 in order to fulfill the demand of accurate, objective, secure and relevant test of English. It is a computer based test of English.
There is two type of PTE exam. They are:
- PTE Academic
Generally, those who are non-native English speaker but want to pursue their graduate courses in the University of English speaking nation, then this test is required to test their level of English. PTE scores are widely accepted by London Business school in UK, Harvard University, Yale University of USA, Australian University, Canadian University and more than 6000 organizations in the world.
- PTE General
It is an English language test to check the ability of test taker to communicate in English. It examines how well a learner can communicate in authentic and realistic situations. It has been accepted as a valid proof of English language by different countries like Albania, Colombia, Italy, Greece, UK, Ukraine, Switzerland and much more.
Like IELTS, PTE Academic has four sections. They are Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
However, in PTE General, It has two sections which are further divided into six sections. The first section has a written paper and spoken test while the second section has listening, reading comprehension and writing skills sections.
The validity of score:
PTE Academic score is valid only for two years from the date of an issue while PTE General is valid throughout the life. It never expires.
Exam centre and time:
PTE Academic test is conducted in more than 200 test centres over the world and over 363 days in a year. PTE General is conducted only three times a year in the month of May, December, and June.
PTE results are available within a five business days.
Both types of PTE test is a computer based test.
To apply for PTE General Test, you have to register yourselves form Edexcel Online system.
Similarly, for PTE Academic, you can simply register from the official website of Pearson.
In Nepal, the price for PTE exam is USD$150. For late booking, it costs USD$ 187.50.
Endorsement of PTE exams:
PTE Academic exam is conducted by Pearson Language test and endorsed by Graduate Management Admission council aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
PTE general exam is conducted by Pearson in partnership with Edexcel limited.
It is a thermometer style score that gives you the complete overview of your skills. It is aligned with the Global Scale of English. In your report card, it will include your personal details along with a photo, your score and detailed breakdown of your performance. The range for the score is 10-90.
On the test day:
On the test day, you need to show your ID that may be your passport, check in with the administrator and take your sit in a computer room. You need take digital photograph, signature and scan your palm. When you are ready, your test starts. PTE academic test takes 3 hours of time. Remember that it is completely computer based test.
In Nepal, there are various institutions where you can take a PTE preparation courses. Besides, you can get practice tools from the internet.
For more information, visit the official website www.pearsonpte.com .