PTE Speaking Test

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The Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) assesses the written, spoken, skills of the candidates 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 candidates would be able to represent their ideas, deliver presentations, work to gain international exposure, and basically function on the international front in front among the foreign audiences. This helps the applicants ensure that they are ready to study amidst 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 the same exam pattern as other English language tests. It focuses on 3 major classes of language proficiency:

  • Reading Section
  • Listening Section
  • Speaking and Writing Section

The Test goes this way:

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.
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.
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.

Speaking and Writing — 77 to 93 minutes

As is clear from the name itself, this section tests the 2 key skills of communication of the candidate, 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 PatternTime Duration
Personal Introduction          55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record
Read Aloud30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words
Repeat Sentence15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record
Describe Image25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same
Re-Tell Lecture90 seconds for prompt length, 10 seconds to prepare and 40 seconds to answer
Answer Short Question20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer
Summarize Written Text10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words
Essay20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences



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