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PTE Academic Score Guide

To achieve the desired score in the PTE Academic, it’s crucial to stay updated with the scoring guide, as Pearson periodically revises it. The PTE Academic test, spanning two hours, encompasses three parts: part 1. speaking and writing combined (54 to 67 minutes), part 2. reading (29 to 30 minutes), and part 3. listening (30 to 33 minutes), with time variations based on the number of questions. It is advised to regularly consult updated guides and resources, and to reach out with any questions for clarification or assistance.

PTE Academic Test Format

Explore our detailed guide to every question in the PTE Academic English test, including videos, tips, and the best strategies for answering each question.

Part-1

Speaking & Writing

Part-2

Reading

Part-3

Listening

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

This part of the test is 54–67 minutes long and it contains seven different question types. It is the longest section of the test. You will be tested on your speaking and writing skills, using English you might hear in an academic environment.

The Personal Introduction is an opportunity for you to get familiar with PTE test technology and to help you prepare for your speaking and listening questions. This question does not contribute to your score and is for familiarization purposes only.

You will have 25 seconds to read the prompt and prepare your response, and then 30 seconds to record your response. You are only able to record your answer once.

Task: Text appears on the screen. Read the text aloud.

Prompt Length: Text up to 60 words

Skills Assessed: Reading and speaking

Time to Answer: Varies by item, depending on the length of text.

How To Answer This Question

For this item type you need to read a written text aloud.

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30–40 seconds to read the text and prepare. You will then hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

  • You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
  • Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
  • You are only able to record your response once.

TIP: If you remain silent for longer than three seconds, the recording will stop.

Task: After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence.

Prompt Length: 3–9 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and speaking

Time to Answer:15 seconds

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to repeat the sentence you hear.

The audio begins to plays automatically. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and repeat exactly what you heard.

  • You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
  • Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
  • You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

 

Task: An image appears on the screen. Describe the image in detail.

Prompt Length: Not applicable

Skills Assessed: Speaking

Time to Answer:40 seconds

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to describe an image.

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to study the image and prepare your response. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

  • You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

  • Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.

  • You are only able to record your response once.

 

Task: After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words.

Prompt Length: Up to 90 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and speaking

Time to Answer:40 seconds

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to re-tell what you heard.

The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image related to the audio. After the audio finishes, you have 10 seconds to prepare.

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

  • You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

  • Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.

  • You are only able to record your response once.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note-board provided.

 

Task: After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words.

Prompt Length: 3–9 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and speaking

Time to Answer:10 seconds

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to reply to the question in one or a few words.

The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image.

When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and answer the question with one or a few words.

  • You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

  • Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

  • You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

 

Task: After reading the text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage.

Prompt Length: Text up to 300 words

Skills Assessed: Reading and writing

Time to Answer:10 minutes

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to write a summary of the text in one sentence.

You have 10 minutes to write your summary. Make sure to include the main points of the reading passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words.

The word count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may use while constructing your summary.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

 

Task: Write a 200–300 word essay on a given topic.

Prompt Length: 2–3 sentences

Skills Assessed: writing

Time to Answer:20 minutes

How To Answer This Question

How to answer this question

For this item type, you need to write a 200–300 word argumentative essay in response to a prompt.

You have 20 minutes to write your essay.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 200 words, but no more than 300 words.

There are also cut, copy and paste buttons, which you may choose to use while constructing your response.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

 

Tips & Strategies

You have 30-40 seconds to look at the text before the microphone opens, so use this time to break the text up into meaningful chunks, using the punctuation as a guide. This will show you the places where you can make a tiny pause and alter your intonation - going up when you begin reading a chunk and falling a little when you end a chunk.

Using appropriate pausing helps you to read more fluently and give the full meaning of the text. This will improve your score. Look at where the pauses [ / ] are indicated in the example:

Photography's gaze widened during the early years of the twentieth century / and, / as the snapshot camera became increasingly popular, / the making of photographs became increasingly available / to a wide cross-section of the public. / The British people grew accustomed to, / and were hungry for, / the photographic image.

When you read the text, stress the words that help to convey meaning, by reading them in a slightly louder voice and adding emphasis to key syllables, e.g., development. Also, use rising and falling intonation patterns to show how the ideas are linked or are coming to an end. Look at the patterns in this text; the stressed words are underlined, and the rising and falling intonation is marked by up ↗️ and down ↘️ arrows:

The development of easy-to-use statistical software ↘️ has changed the way statistics is being taught and learned ↘️. Students can make transformations of variables ↗️, create graphs of distributions of variables ↗️, and select among statistical analyses ↘️ all at the click of a button ↘️. However ⬆️, with these advancements ↘️, students sometimes find statistics to be an arduous task ↘️.

Your score on Read Aloud is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response include all the words in the reading text and only these words?

Content is scored by counting the number of correct words in your response. Replacements insertions and omissions of words will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?

Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?

Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Note
• This item type affects the scoring of the following: reading, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
• Your listening and writing skills are not tested by this item type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

You will be scored on the correct word sequences that you produce for this item type, so the more phrases you understand, the better your reproduction of the sentence will be. For example, there are three phrases in this sentence, separated by and each one carries a separate message that has its own meaning:


Next week's tutorial / on Tuesday / has been cancelled.


If you listen for meaningful phrases in the sentence, you will have a better chance of repeating what you hear accurately.

Make a mental note of the way the speaker uses stress and intonation on the recording. These patterns help to convey the meaning. Speak calmly and clearly, copying this stress and intonation. For example, look at the pattern in the example: the stressed words or syllables are underlined, and the falling intonation is marked by down ↘️ arrows:

I'm going to attend the briefing ↘️ for students ↘️

Your score on Repeat Sentence is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response include all the words in the reading text and only these words?

Content is scored by counting the number of correct word sequences in your response. Having almost nothing from the prompt in your response will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?

Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?

Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native- like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Note

  • Partial credit scoring applies to Repeat Sentence. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response. This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
  • Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.
  • For more information download the Score Guide.

When you look at the image ask yourself "What is the main idea being shown by the image?" and "What are the details relating to the main ideas?".

Use your erasable note-board booklet to note down key ideas and phrases that relate to the main information and the explanatory details. These can be put into sentences when you start to speak:

If you organize what you say, you will get a better score. This is because a well-organized answer is more likely to cover the main information as well as the additional details, and also talk about implications or conclusions based on the information.

Look at how this sample description is organized:

Your score on Describe Image is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response accurately and thoroughly describe the image?

Content is scored by determining if all aspects and elements of the image have been addressed in your response. Your description of relationships, possible developments and conclusions or implications based on details from the image is also scored. The best responses deal with all parts of the image, contain logical and specific information and include possible developments, conclusions or implications. Mentioning just a few disjointed ideas will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech? Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?

Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Notes
• Partial credit scoring applies to Describe Image. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response. This question type affects the scoring of the following: speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
• Your listening and writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

You have three seconds before you listen to the recording to quickly look at the image on the screen. Use this time to think about the vocabulary you might hear. This will give you an idea of the topic of the lecture and help you predict what you will hear when the recording begins:

You only have 40 seconds to speak and make sure that you include all the main points of the lecture. If you repeat ideas, correct yourself or hesitate, you will use up valuable time and lose score points. So keep talking and ignore any mistakes that you make.

Your response for Re-tell Lecture is judged based on our ability to give a presentation on information from a lecture on an academic subject. Your score is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response accurately and thoroughly retell the information in the lecture?

Content is scored by determining how accurately and thoroughly you convey the situation, characters, aspects, actions and developments presented in the lecture. Your description of relationships, possible developments and conclusions or implications is also scored. The best responses retell all the main points of the lecture and include possible developments, conclusions or implications. Mentioning a few disjointed ideas will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?

Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?

Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Notes
• Partial credit scoring applies to Re-tell Lecture. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response.
• This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
• Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

You hear a short question and then the recording status box will change to recording.

Start your answer as soon as this happens. If you wait for more than three seconds, the recording will stop and the item status will change to 'completed', which means that you have lost your chance to give your answer.

When you have started talking, don't stop for more than a second or two until you have finished. If you stop for three seconds whilst speaking, the recording status will change to 'completed' even if you haven't finished, and you won't be able to continue answering.

If the status changes to 'completed', you have to click 'Next' to move on to the next item. This also applies to speaking item types Read aloud, Repeat Sentence, Describe Image and Re-tell Lecture.

The instructions for this item type tell you how to answer the question:

There is no point in saying more than you need to say. Marks are awarded for a short, accurate answer. There are no extra marks for additional words.

For example, for this question: 'What type of periodical is published on a daily basis?', both these answers would score the same marks:

Your response for Answer Short Question is judged on your ability to understand a question presented in a recording and provide a brief and accurate response. Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect based on how appropriate the words in your response are. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.

Note
• This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking and vocabulary.
• Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

When you have written your response, check to make sure that it is only one sentence, with a capital letter at the beginning and only one full stop at the end.

Your response must be between 5 and 75 words so check the word count using the 'Total Word Count' counter below the response box. If you write fewer than five words or more than 75 words, your response will not be scored:

Your response must be expressed within one sentence, so you will need to use a complex or compound sentence to be able to summarize the main point of the passage and also briefly mention the supporting detail.

For example, look at the clause structures used in these summaries to link supporting ideas to the main point:

Content: Does your response summarize the main points in the passage?

Content is scored by determining if all key points of the passage have been addressed without misrepresenting the purpose or topic. If your summary misinterprets the topic or the purpose of the passage, you will not receive any score points for your summary on any of the four factors. Your summary will be scored zero. The best responses clearly summarize the main idea and condense essential supporting points. They focus on the topic, including only key information and essential supporting points.

Form: Does your response meet the requirements of a one-sentence summary? If your summary contains fewer than five words or more than 75 words, you will not receive any score points for your summary on any of the four factors. Your summary will be scored zero.

Grammar: Does your response demonstrate correct grammatical usage?

Grammar is scored by determining if the basic structure of the sentence is correct. The best responses usually consist of a main clause and subordinate clause.

Vocabulary: Does your response demonstrate correct and appropriate word choice and usage?

Vocabulary is scored according to its relevance to the passage and its appropriateness in an academic environment. The appropriate use of synonyms is also scored. The best responses use words from the passage appropriately, demonstrate an understanding of the context and use synonyms effectively to show variety in language use.

Note

• Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect based on the appropriateness of the words in your response. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.


• Your listening and speaking skills are not tested by this question type.


• For more information download the Score Guide.

Before you write anything, note key words in the prompt. Find out the topic, what key points you should focus on to answer the question and any points of view to present and discuss:

Essay prompts can be written in a number of ways. For example, you may need to discuss whether you agree or disagree with a statement:

You may have to consider how different groups of people might feel about a particular situation:

Your response on Write Essay is judged on our ability to write a persuasive or argumentative essay on a given topic. Your score is based on seven factors:

Content: Does your response address the topic?

Content is scored by determining if all aspects of the topic have been addressed in your response. The appropriateness of the details, examples and explanations used to support your point of view is also scored. If your essay does not address the topic, you will not receive any score points for your essay on any of the seven factors. Your essay will be scored zero. The best responses are on topic, contain logical and specific information and answer any questions asked. They also support any arguments with details, examples and/or explanations.

Development, structure and coherence: Does your response demonstrate good development of ideas and a logical structure?

Development, structure and coherence are scored according to the organization of your response. A well-developed response uses a logical organizational pattern, connects ideas and explains these connections. The best responses contain multiple paragraphs and have a clear introduction, body and conclusion that relate to the topic of the essay. Within paragraphs, ideas are clearly presented and supported with details, examples and/or explanations. Transitions between paragraphs are smooth.

Form: Does your response meet the length requirement of between 200 and 300 words?

Form is scored by counting the number of words in your response. You will receive full credit if your essay is between 200 and 300 words. Writing less than 200 words or more than 300 words will decrease your score. If your essay contains less than 120 words or more than 380 words, you will not receive any score points for your essay on any of the seven factors. Your essay will be scored zero.

General linguistic range: Does your response use language that precisely conveys your ideas?

General linguistic range is scored by determining if the language in your response accurately communicates your ideas. This includes your ability to provide clear descriptions, change emphasis, eliminate ambiguity, express subtleties in meaning, and use stylistic features to communicate meaning. You are more likely to receive full credit if you use complex sentence structures and vocabulary correctly, rather than consistently using simple sentence structures and vocabulary. This is because complex ideas are often expressed with complex sentence structures and vocabulary. The best responses use language that highlights key ideas, creatively expresses opinions and ensures clear communication.

Grammar usage and mechanics: Does your response demonstrate correct grammatical usage and consistent control of standard written English?

Grammar usage and mechanics are scored by examining sentence structure, punctuation and capitalization. The best responses contain high proportions of grammatically correct complex sentences that clearly communicate the intended meaning.

Vocabulary range: Does your response demonstrate command of a broad vocabulary range?

Vocabulary range is scored according to the variety of words in your response and their appropriateness in an academic environment. Synonyms, idiomatic expressions and academic terms are also assessed if appropriate. The best responses use precise academic terms and avoid repetition by using synonyms and idioms where appropriate.

Spelling: Does your response demonstrate correct and consistent use of a single spelling convention?

PTE Academic recognizes English spelling conventions from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. However, one spelling convention should be used consistently in a given response.

Note
• Partial credit scoring applies to Write Essay. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response.
• This question type affects the scoring of the following: writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse.
• Your listening and speaking skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions and the prompt.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

Part 2: Reading

This part of the test is 29–30 minutes long and it contains five different question types. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skills test, one item type (‘Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks’) also assesses writing skills.

Task: You will see a text with several gaps. Choose words from a dropdown menu to fill in the gaps.

Prompt Length: Text up to 300 words

Skills Assessed: Reading and writing

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to select the most appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore the text.

There is a passage with some missing words. Beside each gap, there is a button with a drop-down list. Left-click on this button to reveal the drop-down list of options for that gap. Select the option you think best fills the gap.

To change your mind, left-click on a different option.

Task: After reading the text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response.

Prompt Length: Text up to 300 words

Skills Assessed: Reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response.

You need to select all the response options that you think are correct from the list of possible options.

To select an option, click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it.

The options you select are highlighted in yellow.

Task: Several text boxes appear on the screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order.

Prompt Length: Text up to 150 words

Skills Assessed: Reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to restore the original order of the text by selecting text boxes and dragging them across the screen.

There are two ways you can move the text:

1. Left-click on a box to select it (it will be outlined in blue), hold the left mouse button down and drag it to the desired location.


2. Left-click on a box to select it, and then left-click on the left and right arrow buttons to move it across. On the right panel, you can also use the up and down arrow buttons to re-order the boxes.


To deselect a box, left-click elsewhere on the screen.

Task: The text appears on a screen with several gaps in it. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps.

Prompt Length: Text up to 80 words

Skills Assessed: Reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to drag and drop words across the screen to correctly fill in the gaps in the text.

There is a passage with some missing words. You have a list of words in the blue box that you can use to fill the gaps in the text. There are more words than gaps so you will not use all the words provided.

Left-click on a word to select it; keep the left mouse button held down and drag the word to the gap where you want to place it. You can also drag words between gaps. To remove a word from a gap, drag it back to the blue box.

Task: After reading the text, answer a multiple-choice question by selecting one response.

Prompt Length: Text up to 300 words

Skills Assessed: Reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice question.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Tips & Strategies

There is a passage with some missing words. Beside each gap, there is a button with a drop-down list. Left-click on this button to reveal the drop-down list of options for that gap. Select the option you think best fills the gap.

To change your mind, left-click on a different option.

Understanding the meaning of the whole text helps you choose the correct word for each blank. For example, if you skim the passage below, you will find key ideas and words which point to a main topic of 'change'.

When you click on the drop-down arrows, you may find options that are also related to the main topic. You can then check grammar and overall meaning to see whether the words fit the blanks:

The choices in the drop-down menus may look quite similar but will have different meanings and usage. Looking at the surrounding context will help you choose the appropriate word. In the example below, only 'access' fits in the phrase 'gained ___________ to technologies'; pick words that match the meaning (gain access) and grammar ('access to'). Reading either side of the blank will help you narrow down the choices you have to
make:

Scan the text for the repeated words. Then read around them to find the answer more quickly:

Your response for Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks is judged on your ability to use contextual and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text. If all blanks are filled correctly, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more blanks are filled incorrectly, partial credit scoring applies.

Notes
• This question type affects the scoring of reading and writing.
• Your listening and speaking skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

Read the instructions carefully. Remember that more than one option is correct in this type of multiple-choice item. You will score marks for any correct options but you will lose score points for any incorrect options.

These include options that you have clicked on as correct but which are wrong. If you click on all the options because you do not know the answer, you will lose score points. This applies to Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers item types for reading and listening.

Quickly read through the response options and note any words that are repeated, particularly adjectives (e.g., 'multigrade') or nouns (e.g., 'classes'). If the same noun phrase occurs in a lot of the options, the answer is probably related to this phrase.

Scan the text for the repeated words. Then read around them to find the answer more quickly:

Your response for Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers is judged on your ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate a short reading text on an academic subject. If all responses are correct, you receive the maximum score points for this question type.

If one or more response options are incorrect, partial credit scoring applies.

This is the first of three question types where you can lose points if you choose any incorrect options. For any wrong options chosen one point is deducted, whilst correct options are given one point. Make sure you are confident in your choices.

Note
• This question type affects the scoring of reading.
• Your listening, speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

Read the text boxes in order to understand the main idea of each one. You can do this by noting the key words.

Next, use the key words to form an overall idea of what the original text is about. This will help you find the logical order for the ideas in the text boxes:

Every well-written paragraph has a topic sentence. It is usually a clear statement about the topic, and all the other sentences are related in some way to this sentence.

The topic sentence can stand alone; it does not begin with a linker or a pronoun that refers back to something or someone (e.g., 'he' or 'this'), nor does it does refer back to information or actions previously mentioned through the use of things like passive verb tenses (e.g., 'No link was found'):

Your response for Re-order Paragraphs is judged on your ability to understand the organization and cohesion of an academic text. If all text boxes are in the correct order, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more text boxes are in the wrong order, partial credit scoring applies.

Notes
• This question type affects the scoring of only reading.
• Your listening, speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

Remember that some words often go together to form a familiar phrase. This is called 'collocation'. Using collocation can help you recognize the correct word for each blank.

For example, the phrase 'the general public' is a common collocation, so you can quickly see that 'public' might be a good choice for the first blank in the sentence below:

Read around the blank in the text and decide what part of speech the missing word is. In the example below, 'beginning to' tells you that an infinitive verb form is missing to + verb'. Next look at the answer options provided and rule out any words that are not the right part of speech, e.g., 'world' is a noun and 'formal' is an adjective. Also, rule out any verbs that are not in the infinitive form.

Finally, choose the word that has the correct meaning from the words that are left: 'view' and 'look' mean 'see', but we 'quote' or 'cite' references, so only 'cite' fits the blank:

Your response for Reading: Fill in the Blanks is judged on your ability to use context and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text. If all blanks are filled correctly, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more blanks are filled incorrectly, partial credit scoring applies.

Notes
• This question type affects the scoring of only reading.
• Your listening, speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

The prompt for this item type may be a question or a sentence that you have to complete. Whatever type of prompt you get, read it carefully because it will tell you what information you need to find in the text.

If you focus on the key words in the prompt, you will find the answer more quickly and spend less time reading the text.

The response options may be words, phrases or sentences. Use your own knowledge to decide whether any of them are unlikely to be correct, or likely to be correct. You can do this before you read the text.

If you read the text but cannot answer the question, choose the option that you think is most likely to be correct. This strategy also applies to multiple-choice questions with more than one answer.

Your response to Multiple Choice, Single Answer is judged on your ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate a short reading text on an academic subject.

Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response. This question type affects the scoring of reading.


Note
• This question type affects the scoring of only reading.
• Your listening, speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.

Part 3: Listening

This part of the test is 30–43 minutes long and it contains eight different question types. The questions are based on audio or video clips, which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip once. You are allowed to take notes.

Task: After listening to a recording, write a 50–70 word summary.

Prompt Length: 60–90 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and writing

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you will hear an audio recording and will need to write a 50–70 word summary of what you heard.

You have 10 minutes to listen and write your summary.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 50 words, but no more than 70 words.

There are also cut, copy and paste buttons, which you may choose to use while constructing your summary.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

Task: After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response.

Prompt Length: 40–90 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you will listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

You need to select all of the response options that you think are correct from the list of possible options.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it.

The options you select are highlighted in yellow.

Task: A transcript of a recording appears on the screen, with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap.

Prompt Length: 30–60 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and writing

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording; however, some words are missing. Restore the transcript by typing in the missing words.

The audio plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

Left-click on each gap and type in the missing word. You can also use the Tab button on the keyboard to move between gaps.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note-board provided and then fill in the gaps.

Task: After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording.

Prompt Length: 30–90 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to select the summary that best matches the recording.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Note: It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first, make notes on the erasable note-board and then read the summaries.

Task: After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question by selecting one response.

Prompt Length: 30–90 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option, click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Task: After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options.

Prompt Length: 20–70 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep sound. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option, click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Task: The transcript of a recording appears on the screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said.

Prompt Length: 15–50 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and reading

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording; however, the transcript contains some errors. While listening and reading, you need to select the words in the text that differ from those that the speaker says.

The audio begins to plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

To select a word, click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the word again to deselect it.

The words you select are highlighted in yellow.

Task: After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence.

Prompt Length: 3–5 seconds

Skills Assessed: Listening and writing

Time to Answer: Not applicable

How To Answer This Question

For this item type, you hear a short sentence. Type the sentence into the response box at the bottom of the screen.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided.

Remember to check your spelling.

Tips & Strategies

There is a passage with some missing words. Beside each gap, there is a button with a drop-down list. Left-click on this button to reveal the drop-down list of options for that gap. Select the option you think best fills the gap.

To change your mind, left-click on a different option.

Understanding the meaning of the whole text helps you choose the correct word for each blank. For example, if you skim the passage below, you will find key ideas and words which point to a main topic of 'change'.

When you click on the drop-down arrows, you may find options that are also related to the main topic. You can then check grammar and overall meaning to see whether the words fit the blanks:

The choices in the drop-down menus may look quite similar but will have different meanings and usage. Looking at the surrounding context will help you choose the appropriate word. In the example below, only 'access' fits in the phrase 'gained ___________ to technologies'; pick words that match the meaning (gain access) and grammar ('access to'). Reading either side of the blank will help you narrow down the choices you have to
make:

Scan the text for the repeated words. Then read around them to find the answer more quickly:

Your response for Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks is judged on your ability to use contextual and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text. If all blanks are filled correctly, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more blanks are filled incorrectly, partial credit scoring applies.

Notes
• This question type affects the scoring of reading and writing.
• Your listening and speaking skills are not tested by this question type.
• For more information download the Score Guide.