The Test Session

Introducing PTE

Please introduce the test in your own words. Something along the lines of the following should be sufficient:

‘Today you are going to take an English test. All instructions are given through the voice over and you should listen carefully to make sure you understand what you have to do. There will be some examples of the types of questions in the test, so listen carefully – you can repeat these examples if you need to.’

Students must work in silence but, if they have a query, they should raise their hand and wait for the teacher or invigilator to approach them. Answer any questions at this stage and explain that you cannot help with any of the test questions.

All directions, examples and practice items are part of the test and are delivered via the audio.

While the students are taking the test the teacher or invigilator should walk around to check that they are progressing appropriately, that they are not having difficulty with the methods of answering and, importantly with digital tests, that they have not rushed through any part of the test without attempting to answer some questions.

Accessing PTE Digital Edition

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The order in which PTE is taken is fixed and students must work through part 1 and then part 2.

It is possible to take a break between parts. Testing can be completed over one or two sessions and may be carried out on one or two days.

At the beginning of the first part of PTE there is a series of examples to show the students how to answer the different types of questions. These are the same for each level of PTE.

Here is the first example:

Students can work through the examples at their own pace and go back again to see what they need to do. If the students are young (for example those taking PTE 7 and PTE 8) you may want to oversee this part of the process.

Ending the test

At the end of the first part of the test the following screen will appear:

Pupils should click on End Test to end the test.

Students can then continue through the test onto PTE Part 2.

Students use the NEXT and BACK buttons to navigate through the questions. Note that at the end of the spelling section, students will be unable to return to check their answers once they have completed the section.

In the reading comprehension sections they can go back to the story or the text by clicking on the 'Back to story' or 'Back to text' buttons which appear as part of every question.

The audio tells the students this but you may want to check as you invigilate that they understand how to do this. Here is an example:

PLEASE NOTE FOR PTE 7: The complete story is read to the students as they listen. The audio helps the students with the practice question and then they will read the story, questions and answer options from this point; the questions and associated text appear on the same screen. The students read the text (after the practice question), each question and the answer options independently and they will be able to find the answer to each question on the same screen.

You may want to invigilate closely to make sure that all students understand what they need to do in this part of the test.

At the end of part 2 the following screen will appear:

Once students have exited Part 2 their results will be saved.

Their results will be stored automatically. Students must not try to exit the test or close the screen by clicking on the cross at the top right hand corner as this will cause results to be lost.

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