There are only four skills in any language, listening, reading, writing and speaking. So in PTE, these 4 skills in English of a candidate are evaluated. Remember, it is an exam, so all the structures of an exam is applicable here also. Time and format of each skill check are limiting factors here. The beauty of PTE is it follows an integrated format to evaluate the language skills of a student.
Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 Minutes)
In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes. To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment. The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.
(i) Personal introduction
The personal introduction is an opportunity for you to give your selected institutions some information about yourself. You will have 25 seconds to read the prompt and prepare your response, and then 30 seconds to record your response. This item is not scored, but will be sent together with your score report to the institutions selected by you. You are only able to record your answer once.
A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud. The skills assessed are ‘Reading and speaking’. The prompt length will be ‘Text up to 60 words’. Time varies by item, depending on the length of text.
(iii) Repeat sentence
After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence. Skills assessed are listening and speaking. The prompt length will be 3-9 seconds. Time to answer will be 15 seconds.
An image appears on screen. Describe the image in detail. The speaking skill is assessed here. Time to answer will be 40 seconds.
After listening to or watching a lecture, re-tell the lecture in your own words. The skills assessed are listening and speaking. The Prompt length will be up to 90 seconds. Time to answer will be 40 seconds.
(vi)Answer short question
After listening to a question, answer with a single word or a few words. The skills assessed are listening and speaking. The prompt length will be 3-9 seconds. Time to answer will be 10 seconds.
(i) Summarize written text After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage. The skills assessed are reading and writing. The Prompt length will be text up to 300 words. Time to answer will be 10 minutes.
(ii) Essay Write a 200–300 word essay on a given topic. The skill assessed is writing. The Prompt length will be 2-3 sentences. Time to answer will be 20 minutes.
Part 2: Reading (32 – 40 Minutes)
In Part 2, you will be tested on your reading skills. There are 5 types of questions present in this module. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. The types of question are:
reading & writing fill in the blanks, multiple choice, multiple answer, re-order paragraphs, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, single answer
Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)
There are 8 types of questions present in the listening module. These are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes. The types of question are:
summarize spoken text, multiple choice, multiple answer, fill in the blanks, highlight correct summary, multiple choice, single answer, select missing word, highlight incorrect words, write from dictation.