Test preparation

Please note: Each student will need a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse. All equipment needs to be in good working order.

Test preparation

Please read all this guidance thoroughly in advance of the test session.

Before the testing session

It is strongly advised that you go to the Testwise website:

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Getting+Started

Timing

Progress Test in English (PTE) is in two parts. The first part comprises a test of English Skills (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and the second part is a test of reading comprehension based on a single passage for PTE 7 and two linked passages for all other levels.

The order in which the tests are taken is fixed (English Skills then reading comprehension) and the test is untimed. However, the first part is shorter and will take approximately 20-25 minutes whereas reading comprehension will take approximately 40 to 50 minutes (shorter for PTE 7).

The test environment

The test must be administered in a formal test environment with students made aware that they are taking a test and that the usual expectations of behaviour and constraints of a test session will be in place.

It is important that the teacher or invigilator is active in ensuring that students are working their way through the test with intent and that there is no talking or opportunity to copy from another’s work.

Each student will need a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse and all equipment needs to be in good working order.

Checklist for testing

Before the test session

Allow approximately 30 minutes for part one of PTE and 50 minutes for part two of PTE (to include settling time for the students).

Provide a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse in good working order for each student.

Familiarise yourself with these administration instructions

General arrangements for testing

• Be sure the testing room is comfortable.

• Place a ‘Testing – Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.

• Try to forestall any interruption of the testing session by visitors or announcements.

• You may want to set up the computers in advance if your students are young.