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Posted on April 14, 2020
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PTE Exam Preparation

In the realm of migration overseas, the importance of having language skills is doubtlessly high. There are tests like IELTS, GRE, and PTE that are standards in English language skills. These tests are essential while you pursue study abroad or work overseas through a respective visa.

Pearson Tests of English (PTE) is a computer-based academic English language test. Its purpose is to gauge the language skill of non-native English speakers. The candidates taking up PTE exam training intend to study or work abroad. They go for the test to join a course or employment in a country overseas.

The test measures skill level in English language tasks like reading, speaking, listening and writing. The makers of the test, Pearson, is a world leader in educational courseware and assessment. They also provide a range of learning and teaching services with the power of technology.

If you are looking to apply for a student visa, then becomes mandatory to prove a certain level of English proficiency. PTE preparation is relevant in this context.

Pearson, the largest examining body in the UK, deliver PTE Coaching for 2 streams:

  • PTE General
  • PTE Academic

PTE General Test

The PTE General level is a foundation level test. It’s meant for those who take the test to prove knowledge of English that’s beginner level. The aim is to imbibe English that will suffice the candidate to survive in social and travel situations.

PTE Academic Test

The PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test. It is a standard test trusted by colleges, universities, and governments globally. The test offers candidates the fairest, fastest and most flexible way to prove their skill in English for studying or immigrating abroad.

The difference between PTE Academic and PTE General

  • PTE Academic is similar to IELTS or TOEFL tests. It has 4 modules namely reading, writing, listening, and speaking. PTE General has only 2 sections: a written paper and an interview.
  • The validity of the PTE Academic score is just 2 years. The score of PTE General is valid for a lifetime.
  • PTE Academic test is conducted around the year. PTE General is conducted only 3 times a year.
  • Registration for PTE Academic is done with Pearson official site. Registration for PTE General is done on Edexcel.

Exam schedule updates in India

PTE Academic

Test delivery for PTE Academic stream is currently suspended throughout India. This is applied to

  • Third-party test centers (independent) including
    • Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center Selects
    • Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers
  • Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) owned & operated by Pearson VUE

The exam delivery services will resume when the government determines it’s safe to do so. Candidates will get email cancellations, and they can attempt to reschedule exams later at PearsonVUE.com. Candidates whose exams are canceled will either be refunded (if payment made to Pearson VUE) or be given an extension as determined by your exam sponsor.

PTE General

The May session dates are as follows:

Deadline for request for access arrangements April 13, 2020
Deadline for submitting interlocutor/assessor application forms April 13, 2020
Deadline for entries April 20, 2020
The withdrawal deadline for a test taker May 08, 2020
Period for oral test May 09, 2020 – May 23, 2020
Written test scheduled on May 23, 2020, has been canceled worldwide due to COVID-19. Candidates may be re-entered for the sessions later this year. There will be no penalties for cancellation in May. May 23, 2020
Deadline for special consideration requests to Pearson June 03, 2020
Results available via Edexcel Online July 06, 2020
Results sent by post from the UK July 06, 2020
Review of marking submission window July 13, 2020 – July 27, 2020
Performance Reports dispatched by post from the UK along with certificates July 13, 2020
Certificates sent by post from the UK July 13, 2020

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