As an English exam tutor, I’m often asked about the difference between the exams which offer successful candidates language points for visa applications. Recently, what I’m explaining, more and more, is how to ‘pass’ the Pearson PTE Academic exam. So here are a the most interesting points to be aware of when sitting this exam.
First of all, the PTE exam is delivered, and marked, solely by computers unlike IELTS which is a paper exam, marked by people. Although, this may sound appealing to those struggling with IELTS, what needs to be considered is that unlike IELTS, the computer exam is not delivered in ‘exam conditions’. Please be aware that during PTE, answers are spoken and recorded for marking, which results in a noisy ‘babble’ throughout the exam room, making listening to the actual exam more difficult!
Secondly, the PTE exam is designed to test the English skills of candidates striving to study at university. Therefore, unlike IELTS it is weighted towards listening and note taking with 8 listening sections and an emphasis on note taking throughout the exam.
Finally, in certain sections of the PTE Listening and Reading papers, questions are negatively marked which does not occur in any of the IELTS papers.
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