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It’s time to prepare!

All test takers should prepare for PTE Academic, even if English is your first language.

Test takers who consider themselves to be fluent in English sometimes score less well in English tests than they could have, because lack of preparation affects their performance on the day.

Complete the preparation path to give yourself the best chance of performing well on the day!

Reading

Part 1: Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 minutes) Personal introduction Read aloud Repeat sentence Describe image Re-tell lecture Answer short question Summarize written text Essay (20 mins)
Part 2: Reading (32 – 40 minutes) Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks Multiple choice, choose multiple answers Re-order paragraphs Reading: Fill in the blanks Multiple choice, choose single answer.
Part 3: Listening (45 – 57 minutes) Summarize spoken text Multiple choice, choose multiple answer Fill in the blanks Highlight correct summary Multiple choice, choose single answer Select missing word Highlight incorrect words Write from dictation

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2.1 Reading & Writing Fill in the Blanks

Task

A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud.

Skills assessed

A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps.

Prompt length

Text up to 300 words

For this item type, you need to select the most appropriate words from a drop-down list to restore the text.

There is a passage with some missing words. Beside each gap, there is a button with a drop-down list. Left-click on this button to reveal the drop-down list of options for that gap. Select the option you think best fills the gap.

To change your mind, left-click on a different option.

Reading: 2.2 Multiple choice, multiple answer

Task

After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response.

Skills assessed

Reading

Prompt length

Text up to 300 words

For this item type you need to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response.

You need to select all the response options that you think are correct from the list of possible options.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it.

The options you select are highlighted in yellow.

Reading: 2.3 Re-order paragraphs

Task

Several text boxes appear on screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order.

Skills assessed

Reading

Prompt length

Text up to 150 words

For this item type, you need to restore the original order of the text by selecting text boxes and dragging them across the screen.

There are two ways you can move the text:

  1. Left-click on a box to select it (it will be outlined in blue), hold the left mouse button down and drag it to the desired location.
  2. Left-click on a box to select it, and then left-click on the left and right arrow buttons to move it across. On the right panel, you can also use the up and down arrow buttons to re-order the boxes.

To deselect a box, left-click elsewhere on the screen.

Reading: 2.4 Fill in the Blanks

Task

A text appears on screen with several gaps. Drag words from the box below to fill the gaps.

Skills assessed

Reading

Prompt length

Text up to 80 words

For this item type you need to drag and drop words across the screen to correctly fill in the gaps in the text.

There is a passage with some missing words. You have a list of words in the blue box that you can use to fill the gaps in the text. There are more words than gaps so you will not use all the words provided.

Left-click on a word to select it; keep the left mouse button held down and drag the word to the gap where you want to place it. You can also drag words between gaps. To remove a word from a gap, drag it back to the blue box.

Reading: 2.5 Multiple choice, single answer

Task

After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response.

Skills assessed

Reading

Prompt length

Text up to 300 words

For this item type you need to read the passage and answer the multiple-choice question.

There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.