Before embarking on your PTE-Academic Exam journey, it’s imperative to grasp the intricacies of its scoring system. Unlike conventional English-language tests, the PTE employs an integrated scoring methodology.
Achieving the perfect PTE score hinges not only on flawless performance but also on a comprehensive comprehension of the scoring framework.
Experts advise that, even before attempting a PTE Mock Test, you should delve into a detailed understanding of how your PTE Test results are determined.
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the scoring aspect of the exam.
Deciphering Your PTE Score: Unpacking the PTE-Academic Scoring Mechanism
Every question in the PTE Academic Exam undergoes evaluation through an automated scoring process, powered by Artificial Intelligence.
Questions fall into two categories based on the scoring method:
- Questions assessed for correctness (either correct or incorrect).
- Questions evaluated based on correctness, response quality, and formal aspects (earning partial credit).
The assessment of response quality takes into account what are known as ‘Enabling Skills,’ which we will elucidate further in this blog.
Formal Aspects pertain to the form and structure of your response. In certain question types, this may include adherence to prescribed word limits.
Now, let’s examine a sample PTE score card.
The scorecard above encompasses three distinct score categories:
- Overall Score
- Communicative Skills Score
- Enabling Skills Score
The Overall Score is a cumulative assessment of both Communicative and Enabling Skills Scores.
Let’s delve into the definitions of Communicative and Enabling Skills:
These encompass Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.
The PTE exam evaluates these integrated skills, such as reading and writing, speaking and listening, and speaking and writing, across four different sections: listening, speaking, writing, and reading.
Enabling Skills gauge your language proficiency. Pearson reports these skills to provide candidates with insights into their strengths and areas for improvement.
The Enabling Skills encompass the following:
- Grammar: This assesses the correct usage of word form and word order when constructing sentences.
- Oral Fluency: It evaluates the ease and pace of your speech delivery, along with the clarity of your spoken language.
- Pronunciation: This measures the intelligibility of your speech to native speakers of the language.
- Spelling: It requires correct spelling based on language rules.
- Vocabulary: This assesses your word selection and usage in English communication or writing.
- Written Discourse: It checks your ability to logically develop content with internal coherence and structure.
Which skills are evaluated in each task?
Part 1: Speaking and Writing
- Read Aloud: Approximately 6-7 questions assessing Reading and Speaking skills, along with Content, Pronunciation, and Oral Fluency.
- Repeat Sentence: 10-12 questions evaluating Listening and Speaking skills, along with Pronunciation, Content, and Oral Fluency.
- Describe Image: You have to answer 6-7 questions that test your Speaking skills and content, pronunciation, and oral fluency from the enabling skills.
- Re-tell Lecture: This task features 3-4 questions assessing Listening and Speaking skills, along with Pronunciation and Oral Fluency skills.
- Answer Short Questions: This task assesses your Listening and Speaking skills, along with Vocabulary.
- Summarize Written Text: It assesses your Reading and Writing skills and evaluates Grammar, Vocabulary, and Form from the enabling skills.
- Essay Writing: In the Essay task, you will be assessed on your writing, including content, linguistic range, structure, coherence, etc., along with Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling.
Part 2: Reading
- – Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks: This task assesses both Reading and Writing skills.
- Other Reading tasks focus solely on your reading skills.
Part 3: Listening
- Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer and Multiple-choice Choose Multiple Answers assess only your Listening skills.
- Highlight Correct Summary and Highlight Incorrect Words assess your Reading and Listening skills.
- Fill in the Blanks and Write from Dictation evaluate your Reading and Writing skills.
Summarize Spoken Text assesses your Listening and Writing skills among the Communicative Skills and Content, Form, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling from the enabling tasks.
Do some tasks carry Negative Marking in PTE-A?
The answer is both yes and no.
Negative marking pertains only to the following tasks:
- Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers (Reading)
- Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers (Listening)
- Highlight Incorrect Words (Listening)
In these three tasks, you may lose points for selecting incorrect options, but your score cannot go below 0.
Next Step: Take a PTE Mock Test
We trust that this blog post has provided you with a comprehensive understanding of PTE-Academic Test scoring. Your subsequent step should involve taking a PTE Mock Test to familiarize yourself with the test format before the actual examination. Our Scored and Unscored Practice Tests offer a glimpse into the real exam, complete with sub-skill score breakdowns, helping you identify your strengths and areas for improvement.