PTE Test Pattern

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(As of now, only PTE – Academic is being conducted even for General)

PART 1 & 2: SPEAKING & WRITING

Time Allotted – 77 – 93 Minutes
Overview 
Type of question 
Task 
Skills assessed 
Time to answer 
Read aloud 
  
Read the provided text aloud 
Reading and Speaking 
Varies; depends on the length of text 
Repeat sentence 
  
After listening to a recording, repeat the sentence 
Listening and Speaking 
15 seconds 
  
Describe image 
  
Describe the image provided in detail 
Speaking 
40 seconds 
  
Re-tell lecture 
  
After listening to a lecture, re-tell it in your own words 
Listening and Speaking 
40 seconds 
  
Answer short question 
After listening to a question, answer with a single word 
Listening and Speaking 
10 seconds 
Summarize written text 
After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary 
Reading and Writing 
10 minutes 
Essay 
Write a 200–300 word essay on the given topic 
Writing 
20 minutes

 PART 3: READING

Overview
Type of Question
Task
Skills assessed
Word length
Multiple-choice, choose single answer
After reading the text, answer a multiple-choice question on the tone or content of the text by selecting one response
Reading
text up to 110 words
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
After reading the text, answer a multiple-choice question on the tone or content of the text by selecting more than one response
Reading
text up to 300 words
Re-order paragraphs
Several text boxes appear on the screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order
Reading
text up to 150 words
Reading: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps
Reading
text up to 80 words
Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks
A text appears on screen with several gaps. Fill in each gap from a drop-down list of response options
Reading and Writing
text up to 300 words

 PART 4: LISTENING

Overview
Type of Question
Task
Skills assessed
Clip Duration
Summarize spoken text
After listening to the recording, write a 50 to 70 word summary
Listening and Writing
60 to 90 seconds
Multiple choices, choose multiple answers
After listening to the recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the tone or content of the recording
Listening
40 to 90 seconds
Fill in the blanks
A text of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, fill in the missing word in each gap
Listening and Writing
30 to 60 seconds
Highlight correct summary
After listening to the recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
Listening and Reading
30 to 90 seconds
Multiple choices, choose single answer
After listening to the recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the tone or  content of the recording by selecting one response
Listening
30 to 60 seconds
Select missing word
After listening to the recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
Listening
20 to 70 seconds
Highlight incorrect words
The text of the recording appears on the screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the text that differ from what is said
Listening and Reading
15 to 50 seconds
Write from dictation
After listening to the recording of a sentence, type the sentence
Listening and Writing
3 to 5 seconds
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