The Pearson PTE Academic English test is changing

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Pearson PTE has announced three changes to their PTE Academic English test. The English language test provider says its making the changes to ensure that the PTE Academic the most convenient, stress-free English test available.

In our opinion, the planned changes coming into effect on the 16th of November are certainly positive.

You can read more about the changes below:

1. A shorter test

The PTE Academic is reducing in length from three hours to a more convenient two hours.

The format of the test is not changing!

You’ll still get tested on the same English skills, and you’ll still get asked the same types of questions. Pearson PTE will also continue to use the same scoring scale. You’ll just have fewer questions to answer.

Why is Pearson PTE changing the test length?

Pearson PTE wants to make their PTE Academic the most convenient choice for test-takers. Through extensive testing, Pearson PTE found that reducing the number of questions could improve the efficiency of PTE Academic with no impact on test scores or quality.

2. Enhanced score report feedback

You’ll get a new personalized “skills profile” alongside your PTE Academic score report with additional feedback on your performance. This feedback will also include suggestions for how to improve.

3. At-home English tests

PTE Academic will offer an Online test option that you can do at home. However, PTE Academic Online is unfortunately not recognised for visa and immigration purposes.

When would you take an English test?

English tests assess your English language skills for some New Zealand visas. Where the test applies, Immigration New Zealand requires you to attain a satisfactory score to prove that your English skills meet their requirements.

How do I prepare for an English test?

There are four ways in which you can ensure you do your best in an English test:

  • Understand the test format
    • You’ll get tested on your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
  • Practice with sample tests
    • You’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the test format, experience the types of tasks you’ll have to do, test yourself under timed conditions, and review your answers and compare them with model answers.
  • Work with an English language teacher
    • English language teachers will introduce you to the test format, take you through sample tests, give feedback, and focus on your developmental areas.
  • Know what to expect on test day
    • Find out how long your test will be and what you’ll need to take with you to the testing centre.

You can read more about these strategies on our blog.

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