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Pearson Language Tests is a unit of the Pearson PLC group, dedicated to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers. The tests include PTE Academic, PTE General (formerly known as London Tests of English)[1] and PTE Young Learners. These are scenario-based exams, accredited by the QCA, Ofqual,[2] and administered in association with Edexcel, the world's largest examining body.

In 2009, Pearson Language Tests launched the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)[4] (Ref.) which is endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organisation responsible for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).[5] The test score has been aligned to the levels defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). PTE Academic is delivered through the Pearson Virtual User Environment (VUE) centres which are also responsible for delivering the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) worldwide.

Upon release, it was recognized by nearly 6,000 organizations.[6] For instance, the test is approved for use by the Australia Border Agency and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship for visa applications.[7] The test is predominantly read by a computer rather than a human grader to reduce waiting times of the results for students.[6]

Pearson Test of English Academic

The Pearson Test of English Academic ([1]) is an English language test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non - native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world.[8]

PTE Academic is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Amongst other universities, London Business School in the UK, Harvard Business SchoolStanford Graduate School of Business, and Yale University in the United States accept PTE Academic scores. Other institutions in other countries, including Spain, France, and China, have also signed up to accept PTE Academic. These include leading business schools such as INSEAD and HEC Paris in France, IESEIE Business School and ESADE in Spain and SDA Bocconi in Italy. In addition to the business schools, there are also a number of arts and music colleges who accept the exam's scores.[9] In February 2013, opened a new test center in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia in association with the Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services.

 

It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions.[11]

The exam will include an unmarked voice recording of the candidate, which is part of advanced biometric data that should assist institutions in verifying the identity of candidates and should aid them with their admission decisions.[12] The test will be a maximum of 3 hours long and takers can expect their results to be delivered to them, online, within 5 working days.

Test scores are reported on the Global Scale of English, a standardized, numeric scale from 10 to 90 which can measure English language proficiency more precisely with reference to the widely known set of levels distinguished in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR.[13]

 

 

Structure

The Pearson Test of English Academic comprises 3 sections: i) Speaking & Writing ii) Reading and iii) Listening.

Here is the detailed paper pattern:

Section Duration PTE Academic

Speaking & Writing77 – 93 minutes

  • Personal Introduction

  • Read Aloud

  • Repeat sentence

  • Describe image

  • Re-tell lecture

  • Answer short question

  • Summarise written text (10 mins)

  • Essay (20mins)

Reading32 – 41 minutes

  • Reading and Writing: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

  • Re-order paragraphs

  • Reading: Fill in the blanks

  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • A 10-minute break is optional

Listening45 – 57 minutes

  • Summarise spoken text

  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

  • Fill the blanks

  • Highlight the correct summary

  • Multiple choices, choose a single answer

  • Select missing word

  • Highlight incorrect words

  • Write from dictation

 

PTE General

PTE General (formerly known as the London Test of English) or Pearson English International Certificate (as of December 2020)[14] is an international English language examination for speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL). It is developed by Pearson Language Tests and administered by Edexcel, the exams are accredited by QCA, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority.[15] In some countries (e.g. Poland, Greece) the oral interview is assessed by locally trained assessors, whereas in other countries (e.g. France, Italy) they are entirely graded in London.

 

 

 

Pearson English International Certificate is consistent with a theme-based exam designed to test how well a learner can communicate in authentic and realistic situations, and not on how well they remember formal vocabulary and structures. For this reason, the tests use real-life scenarios rather than pedantic grammatical exercises. They test the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. There are six levels which are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Framework was developed by the Council of Europe to enable language learners, teachers, universities or potential employers to compare and relate language qualifications by level.

Authority (QCA).[15]

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