Pearson test of English is a computer-based test based on automated scoring system. PTE Academic reports an overall score, communicative skills scores and enabling skills scores. PTE will score like any other English proficiency test but additively, you will receive score as per the parameters of Standard English descriptors which are named as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse. They have been named as Enabling Skills.The enabling skills are used to rate performance in the productive skills of speaking and writing. The score range for each skill is 10–90 points.
Common European Framework, the trademark for language ability explains English proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking on a six-scale grade. CEF has graded English speakers into three bands
- A1-A2 (Basic User)
- B1-B2 (Independent User)
- C1-C2 (Proficient User)
PTE A possesses concordance with TOEFL and IELTS.
PTE A is a complete computer based test conducted and assessed by computer. Integrated scoring-system is quite flexible and reliable. You can apply for rescoring of your given test. And you can also reschedule your exam within 48 hours. You can apply for PTE A before 48 hours and the result is available within five working days. The best part is you can download your score card and sent it directly to a university or college for which you are applying.
Type of scoring:
Scores for item types assessing speaking and writing skills are generated by automated scoring systems. There are two types of scoring:
1.Correct or incorrect
Some item types are scored as either correct or incorrect. If responses are correct, a score of 1 score point will be given, but if they are incorrect, no score points are awarded.
Other item types are scored as correct, partially correct or incorrect. If responses to these items are correct, the maximum score points available for each item type will be received, but if they are partly correct, some score points will be given, but less than the maximum available for the item type. If responses are incorrect, no score points will be received.
All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response. No individual examiner will be there and integrated item questions will assess speaking, reading and listening skills simultaneously. All items in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some item types are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.
SCORING OF ESSAY
HOW PROMPTS ARE SCORED:
The item type is rated on content; form; vocabulary; spelling; grammar; development, structure and coherence; and general linguistic range.
The item is first scored on content. If no response or an irrelevant response is given, the content is scored as 0.
If an acceptable response is provided (a score is received for content), the item will be scored on form. If the response is of the appropriate length, a score will be given and the response will then be rated on the remaining traits: vocabulary, spelling, grammar; development, structure and coherence; and general linguistic range.
The scores for content, form and the enabling skills traits (vocabulary, spelling, grammar, development, structure and coherence, and general linguistic range) add up to the total item score.
The enabling skills scores awarded for the item contribute to the enabling skills scores reported for performance on the entire test, which for this particular item type include vocabulary, spelling, grammar and written discourse.
The total item score contributes to the communicative skills score for writing, as well as to the overall score reported for performance on the entire test.