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Pearson Speaking and Writing Exam Structure

In This Speaking Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. You will have approximately 77-93 minutes to complete this part. The table below shows the speaking and writing part of the test.

Speaking and Writing Exam
Part 1: Speaking and writing

Section 1  Personal introduction 

Section 2

  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture 
  • Answer short question Section

Time allowed

1 minute 30-35 minutes
Section 3-4 : Summarize written text

20 minutes

Section 5

Summarize written text or Write essay

10 or 20 minutes Section 6 Write essay ! 20 minutes

Section 6 Write Essay !

20 minutes
The minimum and maximum timings indicated foi4eseClibnsin the speaking and writing part of PTE Academic do not add up to the total minimum and ions maximum the t est times are stated for this part of the test (77-93 minutes). This is because different vers of balanced for total length. No test taker will get the maximum or minimum times indicated on all sections.

PTE Academic is an integrated skills test. Some item types in this part of the test also assess reading and listening skills.

In Section 1, before starting the scored part of the test, you will be asked to orally introduce yourself. You are not assessed on your performance in the Personal introduction section. Your response offers an additional security measure for institutions and provides some impression us; you as a person to university admission officers. Your response will be sent together with ,Your score report to the institutions you select. You could talk about one or more of the following:

  •  your interests
  •  your plans for future study
  •  why you want to study abroad
  •  why you need to learn English
  •  why you chose PTE Academic

You will have 25 seconds to read the prompt and 30 seconds to record your response. The recording status box on screen will let you know when to start recording and when to complete your response. You must reply in your own words, as naturally as possible. You will not be able to re-record your response, so make sure you are ready to speak. The image below shows the Personal introduction section of the test.
In Section 2, there is a single timed speaking section consisting of 35-42 independent and integratec skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. You will have approximate!) 30-35 minutes to complete this section. Different response formats are used in the speaking par of PTE English test Academic.

Sections 3-6
In Sections 3-6, there are three to four writing tasks, depending on the combination of items ix a given test. Each task is in an individually timed section. Different response formats are used ix the writing part of PTE Academic.

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