PTE Practice Test 2022
- 1 What is the pattern of the PTE exam?
- 2 How can the PTE Practice tests help you in your preparation?
The Pearson Test of English Language, the PTE, is one of the most coveted and prominent English language screening exams for the people aspiring to settle/study/work in an English speaking nation. Needless to say, living in a foreign country is no play if you can’t communicate well with the people around you. You can’t get away without being adept at or at least familiar with the language spoken in the nation you are desirous of getting into.
Hence, comes the entrance tests such as the PTE, which rates you on the basis of your communication prowess in the English language. The PTE exam can be aced by rigorous practising and persistent efforts and the PTE practice tests are the best way to scale your preparation for the PTE exam.
What is the pattern of the PTE exam?
Just like IELTS, the PTE consists of four sections- Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Out of them, the Speaking and the Writing sections coalesce to take place together, with a total time of 54-67 minutes.
The Reading section takes place right after the combined Reading and Speaking sections and has a duration of 29-30 minutes. This section rates your comprehension expertise and the logical understanding of the passages.
The last section that comes is the Listening section. The course of this section is 30-43 minutes. Now, here in this section, you are judged on the basis of your understanding of various accents and the context of the given transcript/audio.
PTE Speaking – Question Types and Pattern
In this section, let us go through the different types of questions in each section of the test.
|Read Aloud||In this question, audio information is provided to the candidates on the screen and they are expected to read it out loud and clear. The information provided in question is in the form of short passages on various topics- data, birds, audio, prescriptions, etc. Candidates have 30–40 seconds to read and respond to the given audio information.|
|Repeat Sentence||In the ‘Repeat Sentence’ question, candidates are given a list of almost 10 sentences and are required to replicate what they hear in the audio for the question. Candidates have 12– 15 seconds to repeat the sentences that are given.|
|Describe Image||Candidates are given 3-4 different types of images and are provided with 25 seconds to read the prompt and 40 seconds to analyze and describe the given image.|
|Re-tell Lecture||In this question, candidates are given an image and a related audio lecture. Once the audio finishes, applicants are given 10 seconds to read the prompt and 40 to 50 seconds to record their responses.|
|Answer Short Questions||In the Short-answer type of questions, candidates are required to reply in one or a few words to 6-7 different types of questions. The given duration for a single question to be responded to is around 10-15 seconds.|
PTE Writing – Question Types and Pattern
|Summarize Written Text||A passage is given and as a response, the candidates have to summarize it in around 10 minutes with a word limit of 75 words at max.|
|Essay||A topic is given to the candidates on which an essay is expected to be written by them in around 200-300 words within 20 minutes.|
PTE Reading – Question Types and Pattern
|Fill In the Blanks – Reading & Writing||In the ‘Fill In the Blanks – Reading and Writing’ question, candidates are asked to go through passages of upto 80 words and some missing words. The candidates are required to choose the best option from the list of options.|
|Multiple Choice, choose multiple answers||In this question type, candidates will be given a text prompt of up to 300 words. They are provided with a question and multiple alternatives on your screen in a multiple-choice, multiple response style question. The most suitable responses from the list of options based on the content or tone of the text are to be chosen.|
|Re-order Paragraphs||In this type of question, students are provided with sentences displayed in random order on the screen. Candidates are expected to arrange those sentences logically.|
|Fill In the Blanks – Reading||In the ‘Fill In the Blanks – Reading’ question, candidates are given a passage and some missing words within the passage. Candidates must select a single correct answer from the list of given words to fill in the blanks.|
|Multiple Choice, choose single answers||In Multiple-choice, single-answer questions, candidates are provided with a question and several answers on your screen in a multiple-choice. Candidates are supposed to pick a single response based on the content or tone of the text.|
PTE Listening – Question Types and Pattern
|Summarize Spoken Text||Candidates are provided with an audio clip in this question and are expected to write a summary in 50-70 words after listening to it. The information in question is presented in brief sections on topics such as libraries, languages, health, and medications, among others. You have 60–90 seconds to listen to the text and write a succinct summary.|
|Multiple Choice, choose multiple answers||Candidates are provided with a question and multiple options on their screen in a multiple-choice, multiple response style question. Students are supposed to choose the correct one based on the audio recording. Students must choose all of the options they believe are correct for the recording. Candidates will have about 40 and 90 seconds to answer after listening to the recording.|
|Fill In the Blanks||Candidates are given a transcript on their screen with several blanks to be filled. An audio clip is played for the same transcript. They are required to type in the missing word as they hear the recording. The played audio clip should match the transcription written on the screen. The time to complete this question is 30 to 60 seconds after the audio is played.|
|Highlight Correct Summary||After listening to the audio, candidates need to choose the paragraph that most accurately explains the subject discussed in the audio. This task has between 30 and 90 seconds to complete.|
|Multiple Choice, choose single answers||In multiple-choice, candidates are provided a question and several answers on your screen in a multiple-choice. They are expected to pick a single response based on the audio recording. The duration provided to respond after listening to the recording is 30–60 seconds.|
|Select missing word||You will hear an audiotape recording with a missing word or words. You need to select the missing part from the given options. The students are provided with 30 to 60 seconds to listen to the audio and record the response.|
|Highlight incorrect words||In this type of question, candidates are provided with a transcript written on the screen, and an audio clip is played for the same script. Students must identify and select the words by left-clicking on them that are different from the words in the lecture from the audio clip. The time to complete this task is 15-50 seconds.|
|Write from dictation||In the ‘Write from Dictation’ type of questions, you must carefully listen to the sentence stated in an audio clip that is automatically played. You need to type the sentence with the exact words spoken. The time to complete this task is 3-5 seconds.|
How can the PTE Practice tests help you in your preparation?
The PTE practice tests form the fundamental block of your preparation for the PTE exam. Sitting for the mocks and attempting as many practice questions and tests as you can not only hone your skill sets but also familiarize yourself with the pattern of the actual PTE test. Each time you attempt a mock test, you get to ‘measure the waters’.
You get umpteen benefits of attempting mock tests for any exam and this holds no difference in the case of the PTE as well. The PTE practice tests are the simulation of the real-time tests that you would come across eventually. Hence, it is always better to practice enough to ward off the uncertainties and the excuses of being unprepared on the test day.
For instance, getting an audio in the Listening subtest with an unfamiliar accent should not come across as a shock if you practice it enough through your mock sessions. In this case, attempting a PTE Listening practice test would help you to understand the format and your response to such questions will be better.
Some benefits of attempting PTE practice tests are highlighted below:
Better Time Management
When you attempt an ample number of PTE mocks, you get a fair understanding of the time taken by you while attempting the questions of each of the sections of the PTE.
For example, the duration of the PTE Reading section is 29-30 minutes. You will land yourself in trouble if you don’t attempt any PTE Reading practice test, as attempting a mock test would make you ready for the types of questions that are asked in the actual test. You might end up taking a long time to read through a passage that could have been answered just by skimming and scanning the passages.
Similarly, with every PTE Speaking practice test you attempt, you will eventually be at a shoulder’s length from keeping on twattling the description of the image in the PTE Speaking test.
Better Strategy formation
While giving a PTE mock exam, the chances are high that you mess up the entire section due to the lack of understanding of the intent of the question asked. This way, analyzing the mocks and your responses would help you strategize your preparation in a highly efficient way.
For example, after giving 2-3 mocks, you might realize that your performance in the PTE Reading is phenomenal. However, you completely goof up the PTE Writing section.
Therefore, it is quite obvious that you should try making your Writing section at par with the Reading section through continuous refinements with every PTE Writing practice test that you attempt in your course of preparation.
Better Control on Emotions
This point can’t be stressed enough! Many a time, it is seen how a remarkable aspirant gets himself/herself in turmoil owing to the ‘exam anxiety’. This majorly happens when you don’t prepare yourself well by giving a significant number of mocks. As it is quite clear by now how mocks act as a wondrous source of practice by simulating the actual tests, the lack of it might not make you prepared for the questions and the types of questions you get on the exam day.
Therefore, it is imperative that you practice your PTE mocks so many times that no pangs of anxiety or insecurity can topple you down on the test day.
With all these points, we come to the end of this article. On the ending note, as the toppers say, “Practice the mocks sufficiently to score in the PTE mocks significantly.”, therefore keep note of your progress with each mock that you give and direct your preparation in an optimum way.
You can prepare yourself with the free PTE practice tests available on our website.