An Overview of the PTE Academic Score System

One of the things that your PTE review center instructors will discuss at length is how the exam is scored. In fact, some instructors dedicate a whole lecture to the test’s components and scoring system—and they have a good reason for doing so. Knowing how the exam is marked increases your chances of PTE success.

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How is the PTE Academic exam scored?

The exam undergoes automated scoring to ensure the results’ accuracy and immediate release. Its scoring system is run by complex algorithms specifically developed to assess an individual’s English communication skills.

Why is the PTE Academic test acknowledged worldwide?

The exam is scored against the Global Scale of English (GSE), the world’s first truly global English language standards. Other English proficiency tests like the IELTS and TOEFL are also scored against the GSE. Some PTE review center instructors teach their students how to convert their PTE score to their GSE equivalent.

How are the items scored?

Not all of the test items are scored based on their correctness alone. Some items are rated based on the quality of the examinee’s responses and their adherence to the test type’s formal aspects.

The quality of response refers to the test taker’s enabling skills—specifically their ability to apply grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse adequately. For example, in the item “summarize written text” in the speaking and writing sections, the response is scored based on its grammatical correctness and use of vocabulary. The formal aspects, on the other hand, refer to the observance of the item’s specifications. For example, whether the answer exceeded or fell behind the item’s indicated word limit.

Another thing that you must remember is that there are two types of scoring: correct or incorrect and partial credit.

• Correct or incorrect scoring follows the conventional rating system. If the response to an item is correct, then the test taker gets a point. If the response to an item is incorrect, then no point is awarded. • Correct or incorrect scoring follows the conventional rating system. If the response to an item is correct, then the test taker gets a point. If the response to an item is incorrect, then no point is awarded.

• Partial credit scoring is applied mostly in the test’s speaking and writing sections. In this case, if a response is correct, the maximum point for the item is given to the test taker. If the response is partly correct or incorrect, then the point awarded is less than the maximum score for that item.

In case your PTE instructors missed any details, here’s an overview of how the sections are scored.

PART 1: Speaking and Writing Exam

1. Read Aloud

  • Number of items: 6–7
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: oral fluency and pronunciation
  • Formal aspects: content

2. Repeat Sentence

  • Number of items: 10–12
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: oral fluency and pronunciation
  • Formal aspects: content

3. Describe Image

  • Number of items: 6–7
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: oral fluency and pronunciation
  • Formal aspects: content

4. Re-tell Lecture

  • Number of items: 3–4
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: oral fluency and pronunciation
  • Formal aspects: content

5. Answer Short Question

  • Number of items: 10–12
  • Scoring system: correct or incorrect
  • Enabling skills scored: vocabulary

6. Summarize Written Text

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: grammar and vocabulary
  • Formal aspects: content and form

7. Write essay

  • Number of items: 1–2
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and written discourse
  • Formal aspects: content (development and structure) and coherence (form and general linguistic range)

 

PART 2: Reading Exam PART 2: Reading Exam

1. Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: correct or incorrect

2. Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit

3. Re-order paragraphs

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: Formal aspects:

4. Fill in the blanks—Reading 

  • Number of items: 4–5
  • Scoring system: partial credit

5. Fill in the blanks—Reading and Writing 

  • Number of items: 5–6
  • Scoring system: partial credit

PART 3: Listening Exam PART 3: Listening Exam

1. Summarize spoken test 

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit
  • Enabling skills scored: grammar, vocabulary, and spelling
  • Formal aspects: content and form

2. Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers 

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit

3. Fill in the blanks 

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit

4. Highlight the correct summary 

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: correct or incorrect

5. Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: correct or incorrect

6. Select missing word

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: correct or incorrect

7. Highlight incorrect words 

  • Number of items: 2–3
  • Scoring system: partial credit

8. Write from dictation 

  • Number of items: 3–4
  • Scoring system: partial credit

Most instructors are PTE passers. So, if you want to get an insider’s run-through of the exam’s contents and scoring systems, enroll in a PTE review center. The teachers’ first-hand PTE experience gives their lectures advantages that you cannot get from any online mock exam.

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