The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is used to assess and validate the English language skills of a non-native English speaker.
PTE Academic, PTE General and PTE Young Learners are different types of PTE exam, each of which have differences that are good to be aware of.
PTE Academic is an academic English language test that’s computer-based. It’s meant for non-native English speakers who are planning to study abroad. The test has sections of Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. There’s one multi-level test.
PTE General test is designed to reward a candidate’s achievements in learning the English language. The test has 2 parts namely a written test and an interview. There are 6 levels of the General test, each of which is set at one of the CEFR levels.
PTE Young Learners is a meant to assess English language of students aged 6 to 13.
In PTE preparation, there are many questions that matter as their answers lead to a better understanding and performance. But the most prominent one of those is probably “how much time does PTE preparation take?”.
Some of the important factors to consider when trying to answer that question are:
- What score are you aiming to achieve?
- What is your current score?
- How much time do you have to prepare?
Planning your study time should be backed up by a clear idea of what your current level of proficiency in English is and how focused and quick you are to comprehend questions and answer them.
Though the time taken differs from person to person, due to different factors, you may start with a general rule to get a grip. It says, if you want to increase your PTE score by 10 points or more, at least 4 to 6 weeks of focused learning and practice is necessary.
If you learn 3 hours a day for 6 days a week, over 4 weeks, you could cover all the test tasks in detail.
In case you are trying to improve your scores, set a higher score than desired and work well to achieve it over 4 to 6 weeks.
If you are trying to improve your score by 15 or more points, you could achieve it by studying 2 hours a day for 6 days a week, over 6 weeks.
Along with planning the time, it’s necessary to plan the activity too. Here’s a cycle of PTE exam training that you may adopt:
- Attend webinars
- Practice the practice papers
- Get feedback
- Learn from the feedback and improve performance
- Do more work on practice tasks
- Get feedback
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Posted on May 26, 2020