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
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option graphical multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (30-50 words)
9 Writing write 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 1 Foundation the theme tends to relate to familiar and routine matters such as hobbies, home, transport, and school. About the test  
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option graphical multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (30-50 words)
9 Writing write 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 tourism, entertainment, travel, and education. About the test
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondance (70-90 words)
9 Writing write 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  
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondance (70-90 words)
9 Writing write 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.

 
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (120-150 words)
9 Writing write 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)  
Section Skill Description
1 Listening 3-option multiple choice
2 Listening and Writing dictation
3 Listening test, note completion
4 Reading 3-option gap fill multiple choice
5 Reading 3-option graphical multiple choice
6 Reading open-ended question
7 Reading text, note completion
8 Writing write correspondence (150-200 words)
9 Writing write 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