PTE General Levels

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Foundation Level

Exam time: 1 hr 15

Speaking test: 5 mins

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level A1

Who is it for?  

This test is for test takers with a beginner knowledge of English; sufficient for survival in social, travel and everyday situations. Test takers will be expected to understand very short, simple information and to express themselves simply and briefly, in speech and in writing.

How is it structured? 

The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level A1 Foundation the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

About the test

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option graphical multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondence (30-50 words)
9Writingwrite text (50-80 words)

Spoken test 5 minutes The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 3 sections to the test. 1. sustained monologue 2. describe picture 3. role play

Level 1

Exam time: 1 hr 35 mins

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level A2

Who is it for?  

This test is for test takers with a beginner knowledge of English; sufficient for survival in social, travel and everyday situations.

Test takers will be expected to understand very short, simple information and to express themselves simply and briefly, in speech and in writing.

How is it structured?

The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme.  At Level A1 Foundation the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

About the test

 

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option graphical multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondence (30-50 words)
9Writingwrite text (50-80 words)

1. sustained monologueSpoken test 5 minutes The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 3 sections to the test.

2. describe picture

3. role play

Level 2

Exam time: 1 hr 35 mins

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level B1

Who is it for?  

This test is for test takers with intermediate English for practical use in study, work, travel and other everyday purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand and express in speaking, and writing information, ideas, feelings, opinions and common functions about everyday situations in straightforward spoken and written language.

How is it structured?

The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 2 Intermediate the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

About the test

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondance (70-90 words)
9Writingwrite text (100-150 words)

Spoken test (7 minutes)

 

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

1.             sustained monologue

2.             discussion

3.             describe picture

4.             role play

Level 3

Exam time: 2 hours

DDesigned to be aligned with CEFR level B2

Who is it for?  

This test is for test takers with intermediate English for practical use in study, work, travel and other everyday purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand and express in speaking, and writing information, ideas, feelings, opinions and common functions about everyday situations in straightforward spoken and written language.

How is it structured?

The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 2 Intermediate the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters, such as home and shopping.

About the test

 

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondance (70-90 words)
9Writingwrite text (100-150 words)

Spoken test (7 minutes)

 

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

1.             sustained monologue

2.             discussion

3.             describe picture

4.             role play

Level 4

Written test: (2 hours and 30 minutes)

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level C1

Who is this test for? 

This test is for test takers who are applying for higher education in an English speaking institution and/or are wishing to demonstrate an advanced level in English for social, academic and vocational purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand the explicit and implicit meaning of an extensive range of complex, written and spoken communication in social, academic and professional contexts, and to express experiences, opinions and attitudes accurately, appropriately, flexibly and effectively in the spoken and written form.

How is this test structured?


The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 4 the theme tends to be quite abstract, such as global issues like pollution and conservation.

 

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondence (120-150 words)
9Writingwrite text (200-250 words)


Spoken test (8 minutes)

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

  1. sustained monologue
  2. discussion
  3. describe picture
  4. role play

Level 5

Designed to be aligned with CEFR level C2

Who is this test for?

This test is for test takers who are applying for higher education in an English-speaking institution and/or are wishing to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English for social, academic and professional purposes.

Test takers will be expected to understand stated and unstated functions and the explicit and implicit meaning of the content of written and spoken communication in a wide range of social, academic and professional contexts, and to express themselves in the spoken and written form effectively with a high degree of accuracy, appropriacy and style.

How is this test structured?


The test has a written paper and a spoken test. The written paper is divided into nine tasks which are linked to a theme. At Level 5 the theme tends to be quite abstract, such as global issues like pollution and conservation.

Written test (2 hours and 55 minutes)

 

SectionSkillDescription
1Listening3-option multiple choice
2Listening and Writingdictation
3Listeningtest, note completion
4Reading3-option gap fill multiple choice
5Reading3-option graphical multiple choice
6Readingopen-ended question
7Readingtext, note completion
8Writingwrite correspondence (150-200 words)
9Writingwrite text (250-300 words)


Spoken test (8 minutes)

The spoken test consists of a timed interaction between a test taker and an interlocutor. There are 4 sections to the test.

  1. sustained monologue
  2. discussion
  3. describe picture
  4. role play