Pearson Language Test (PTE)
Pearson Language Tests
is a unit of the Pearson PLC
group, dedicated to assessing and validating the English language usage of non-native English speakers. The tests include PTE Academic, PTE General (formerly London Tests of English), and PTE Young Learners (formerly London Tests of English for Children). These are scenario-based exams, accredited by the QCA
and administered in association with Edexcel
, the UK
’s largest examining body.[citation needed
In 2009, Pearson Language Tests launched the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)which is endorsed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organisation responsible for the GMAT
(Graduate Management Admission Test).The test score has been aligned to the levels defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF of CEFR)
. PTE Academic is delivered through the Pearson VUE centres which are also responsible for delivering the GMAT
(Graduate Management Admission Test) worldwide.
Upon release, it was recognized by nearly 6,000 organizations. The test is approved for use by the UK Border Agency and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship for visa applications. The test is read by a computer rather than a human grader to reduce waiting times of the results for students.
Pearson Test of English Academic
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an English language
test designed to assess the readiness of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level English language instruction program. Pearson created PTE Academic in response to demand from institutions, government and other organizations for a more accurate way of testing non - native English language students who enter the English-speaking academia world.
PTE Academic is endorsed by the Graduate Management Admission Council
. Amongst other universities, London Business School
in the UK
, Harvard Business School
, Stanford Graduate School of Business
, and Yale University
in the USA
accept PTE Academic scores. Other institutions in other countries, including Spain
, have also signed up to accept PTE Academic. These include leading business schools such as INSEAD
and HEC Paris
, IE Business School
and SDA Bocconi
in Italy . In addition to the business schools, there are also a number of arts and music colleges who accept the exam's scores. In February 2013, opened a new test center in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia in association with the Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services.
It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. This is to say that integrated language is used throughout the test and students will listen to a variety of accents and academic language which they will encounter at English-speaking higher education institutions.
The exam will include an unmarked voice recording of the candidate, which is part of advanced biometric data that should assist institutions in verifying the identity of candidates and should aid them with their admission decisions. The test will be a maximum of 3 hours long and takers can expect their results to be delivered to them, online, within 5 working days.
Test scores are reported on the Global Scale of English, a standardized, numeric scale from 10 to 90 which can measure English language proficiency more precisely with reference to the widely known set of levels distinguished in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
, or CEFR.
PTE General (formerly known as the London Tests of English) are international English language exams for speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL
). It is developed by Pearson Language Tests and administered by Edexcel, the exams are accredited by QCA
, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. In some countries (Poland, Greece) the oral interview is assessed by locally trained assessors, whereas in other countries (France, Italy) they are entirely graded in London.
PTE General are theme-based exams designed to test how well a learner can communicate
in authentic and realistic situations, and not on how well they remember formal vocabulary and structures. For this reason, the tests use real-life scenarios rather than grammatical
exercises. They test the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. There are six levels which are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
. The Framework was developed by the Council of Europe
to enable language learners, teachers, universities or potential employers to compare and relate language qualifications by level.
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Reading, writing, listening and speaking are tested at all levels. The alignment of the London Tests of English to the CEFR has been established by mapping the test specifications to the CEFR descriptors. This mapping process was submitted to an external audit by University of Westminster. Work is in progress to further improve the robustness of the alignment on the basis of empirical data. Levels 4 and 5 of the PTE General are accepted for entrance to universities in the UK and by a variety of international companies.
London Tests of English have been formally accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
PTE General were originally developed by the University of London
Schools Examination Board in 1982. The Examination Board merged with Business & Technological Council
(BTEC) in 1996 to become Edexcel, the largest examining body of academic and vocational in the UK.
PTE Young Learner test
PTE Young Learners (formerly known as LTEfC) are international English language exams for young children (aged from 7 to 12) who are learning English as a foreign language (EFL
). They test the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
PTE Young Learners exams are based around the amusing adventures of the Brown family. The exams are theme based and designed to be fun and motivating. At the lower levels they aim to test how well children can use language structures and at the higher levels how well they can use language to complete communicative tasks. For this reason, the tests use real-life scenarios rather than grammatical exercises.
There are four PTE Young Learners levels
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WHAT IS PTE ACADEMIC?
PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test designed to measure the listening, reading, speaking and writing skills of test takers who are non-native speakers of English
WHY TAKE PTE ACADEMIC?
Fast results - typically within 5 business days
Flexible test dates
A single three-hour test session
View scores before sending to institutions
Free unlimited score reports for 2 years from the test date
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A TEST?
Register online by visiting www.pearsonpte.com/register
Registration can up made up to 48 hours before a test
WHERE CAN I TAKE IT?
The current test center is at Kathmandu College of Management, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal. There may be up to 3 sessions per day during busy times.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
PTE Academic costs $ 170 in Nepal
WHO RECOGNISES PTE ACADEMIC?
PTE Academic is recognised by universities and colleges worldwide. For an up-to-date list of recognizing institutions visit www.pearsonpte.com/whoaccepts
The test is also accepted by the UK Border Agency for visa applications and the Australian government (DIAC) for student visas.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE TEST?
Visit www.pearsonpte.com/prepare for online preparation materials such as unscored and scored practice tests, recommended texts and test tips
This site also shows you our partners in your area who offer preparation courses and can help with registration
We recommend that you view our free online tutorial www.pearsonpte.com/prepare
HOW DO I CHECK MY SCORES?
You will receive an email from Pearson when your results are available to view online. Login to your account and click ‘View Scores’
HOW WILL THE UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE I APPLY TO CHECK MY SCORES?
You must send your score to the university/college through your Pearson account
Sign into your account, select your PTE Academic score and click on ‘Send Scores’
All general inquiries about PTE Academic should be directed to email@example.com