Mark Distribution in PTE

In PTE, each item/section has a total number of marks which may slightly vary depending on the item length and type. These marks are distributed amongst you Overall Score, Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening along with your enabling skills- Grammar, Oral Fluency, Pronunciation, Spelling, Vocabulary and Written Discourse.

PTE  has provided students with an example in the Writing Module- Write Essay:


[Source: PTE Academic Score Guide Version 8/ October 2017]

Accordingly, each item in PTE has a total score which are distributed in a similar way to different skills. Here’s an overview on how each item/section is approximately marked individually.

Item Type Number of items Total Maximum Marks for Item (Approx.) Scoring Sections

 

Speaking and Writing (approximately 77-93 minutes)
Read Aloud 6-7 10+ each

depending on length of prompt

Reading and Speaking

Oral fluency, pronunciation, content

Repeat Sentence 10-12 13+ each Listening and Speaking

Oral fluency, pronunciation, content

Describe Image 6-7 15 each Speaking

Oral fluency, pronunciation, content

Re-tell Lecture 3-4 15 each Listening and Speaking

Oral fluency, pronunciation, content

Answer Short Question 10-12 1 each Listening and Speaking

Vocabulary

Summarize Written Text 2-3 7 each Reading and Writing

 

Essay 1-2 15 each Writing

Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, written discourse

Content: development, structure and coherence; form, general linguistic range.

 

Reading (approximately 32–41 minutes)
Multiple Choice Single Answer 2-3 1 each Reading
Multiple Choice Multiple Answers 2-3 1 each correct answer Reading
Re-Order Paragraphs 2-3 1 correct adjacent textboxes Reading
Reading- Fill in the Blanks 4-5 1 each correct word Reading
Fill in the Blanks 5-6 1 each correct word Reading and Writing

 

Listening (approximately 45-57 minutes)
Summarize Spoken Text 2-3 10 each Listening and Writing

Grammar, vocabulary, spelling

Content: form

Multiple Choice Multiple Answers 2-3 1 each correct answer Listening
Fill in the Blanks 2-3 1 each correct word Listening and Writing
Highlight Correct Summary 2-3 1 each Listening and Reading
Multiple Choice Single Answer 2-3 1 each Listening
Select Missing Word 2-3 1 each Listening
Highlight Incorrect Word 2-3 1 each correct word Listening and Reading
Write from Dictation 3-4 1 each correct word Listening and Writing

[Source: PTE Academic Score Guide Version 8/ October 2017]

Remember, these marks are an approximation for each item calculated according to PTE’s latest Score Guide (Version 8/Oct 2017). They have been calculated to give you a better understanding on how many marks each item carries and which skill it is marked on. Do not take the total marks as definitive.

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