PTE

TEST OVERVIEW

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).

PTE 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. It is developed by Pearson Language Tests and administered by Edexcel, the exams are accredited by QCA; the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. 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, France and China, have also signed up to accept PTE Academic.

It is a computer-based exam which focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. The test assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities of non-native speakers of English who need to demonstrate their academic English capability — often to obtain places at English-speaking universities, higher education institutions or as proof of their language ability for a visa application. 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.

PTE Academic Acceptance
The test is internationally recognized and is accepted for admissions for thousands of programs. PTE Academic acceptance includes top UK universities, top US universities and government organizations.
PTE Academic is also accepted by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for Tier 4 and Tier 2 visa applications. There is now 100% recognition from Universities in Australia. All universities accept PTE Academic.

PTE General
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.

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 (CEFR) 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.

CEFR level PTE General Exam time
C2 Proficient Level 5 2H55
C1 Advanced Level 4 2H30
B2 Upper Intermediate Level 3 2H
B1 Intermediate Level 2 1H35
A2 Elementary Level 1 1H30
A1 Foundation Level A1 1H15

Reading, writing, listening and speaking are tested at all levels.

PTE Young Learner test
PTE Young Learners (formerly London Tests of English for Children) 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

Level PTE Young Learners Exam time
1. Firstwords 1H
2. Springboard 1H
3. Quickmarch 1H
4. Breakthrough 1H15

ABOUT PTE TEST
Who Administers The PTE?
It is developed by Pearson Language Tests and administered by Edexcel, the exams are accredited by QCA; the Qualification and Curriculum Authority.

Who Is It For?
The PTE test is necessary to test English language usage of non-native English speakers who want to work, study or emigrate abroad.

What Is The PTE Test Like?
You can choose between the PTE Academic, General or Young Learner versions of the test. Each test is tested at specific levels as designed by Pearson.

Where Do I Take The Test?
The PTE tests are administered at accredited Test Centres throughout the world. In the case of PTE Academic, see test locations below.

PTE Academic Test Centers In Nigeria
You can take our English language test, Pearson Test of English Academic at any of our testing centers.
If we have a test center open but you cannot find a date, you can request another date here.
Nigeria –
Kaduna
Lagos
Owerri
Port Harcourt
Abuja
Ibadan

When Can I Take The Test?
Arrange with us to know the available test dates. There are frequent dates, usually on Monday to Friday (excluding Saturday and Sunday).

What Materials Do I Need?
We have the recommended textbooks for sale in our office. View Here for sample of available textbooks in our office.

How Long Does it Take Test Score To Be Delivered To Mailing Addresses?
It may take up to 10 – 15 business days to mail the hard copy of PTE Academic results to individual mailing addresses.

PTE Academic Test Score Requirements
Rest assured, there’s no passing or failing score. Score requirements are established by individual colleges and universities; check your selected schools to learn their required PTE Academic test scores. 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

Getting My PTE scores
Your scores will be posted online, usually within 5 days after the test date.

How long is my PTE Academic scores Valid?
PTE Academic score not more 2 years are still valid

PTE REGISTRATION AND COACHING
You can choose your PTE dates and take your test in one of the designated centres in Nigeria. Detailed information regarding PTE registration and coaching will be given to you free of charge in our office. There you will be told how to apply to take the PTE tests. When you have decided what date you want to take the test, fill up our application form as will be provided you in our office or by your online Counselor. When filling the application form, ensure to read the form carefully and complete it as directed. Make sure you enter the correct format:
Academic, General or Young Learner depending on the requirements of the school or organization you wish to apply to.

How Much Does It Cost To Register and Coach for PTE EXAM?
For registration and coaching fees kindly refer to our price list Click here…

REGISTRATION AND COACHING FOR PTE EXAM
How to Register?
Registration forms are available in our office; therefore hurry up and register now.
You can also download a paper version Click Here or complete an online version of the registration form Click here…
A note about your ID. You must provide the same ID on test day as you put on your application form – a different ID will result in you not being allowed to take the PTE test. If for some reason, you have to renew your ID or if you lose it, contact the PTE test centre immediately so that they can find some other way of verifying your identity. If you do not notify the PTE test centre before test day your ID will not be acceptable.

Renewing your ID often results in a new number being issued. Some PTE test centres also require a photocopy of your ID and if this is different, even if it has the same number, you will not be allowed to take the PTE test. If in doubt, contact your PTE test centre.
After completing the form, scan it together with the bank teller showing deposit of the appropriate registration fee and two passport sized photos.

Many centres do speaking interviews on a different day to the main test. If you need to have the interview on the same day as the main test be sure to write a covering letter indicating this and explaining why. The PTE test centre will oblige if possible.
Once your application has been received and processed you will be sent a confirmation letter with details of the time and date of the test. You will also receive other instructions such as what to do on arrival, where to go and so on. Read these carefully. Every PTE test centre is different so we can’t give you more specific details here.

PTE Coaching/Preparation at MEC
The best way to prepare for the PTE test is to attend our coaching/training at MEC. A good study plan will be helpful for PTE test Preparation. The first thing that should be done when preparing for PTE test is to get yourself familiar with the test. PTE test is an exam you MUST register and pass in case you are aspiring to get admission or emigrate into any of the native English speaking countries. It is not an easy task to get a high score; it requires total dedication and of course a good preparation.

The PTE test preparation can be divided into three major parts. The first is gaining knowledge and there is no alternate solution to this part. You have to study hard to do well in the exams. The second important part is to practice well to gain speed. The third but the most important part is to prepare yourself mentally for the exam. This will give you a lot of confidence before and during the exam.

Preparing for PTE Academic
It is essential to prepare for PTE Academic, whatever your level of English. There are many ways to prepare for our test, see below for a list of resources that will help achieve the score you need.
At Multinational Educational Consulting we offer both Regular and Intensive coaching for PTE Academic Preparatory Course. It is a preparation class for minimum of one month allowing candidates to familiarize themselves with the test, pick up useful tips and practice online. The test does not aim to teach English but it is a preparation class aimed at getting candidates to pass their test first time round.

PTE Academic – Test Format
PTE Academic is a Computer – Based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing sections of the test taker. Twenty (20) innovative and integrated item types, comprising of authentic academic test content from a variety of international contexts and scenario. The maximum duration of the test is 3 hours.

Call us on 08060581501 to book you for PTE coaching/preparation and obtain study materials.

Once you know the exact PTE you are taking, the next step would be to know about the syllabus of the exam. It will be very useful to go through some old PTE tests and get hold of some good study material. You can study through books, in the coaching centre or with friends. Note that the choice of a good textbook is very important.

The second part of mental preparation is about keeping your mental peace during the examination. This will be possible if there are no external factors affecting you. It is important that you get to the test centre early enough, carrying the necessary item(s) for proof of identification with you and knowing the directions from your house to the test centre. This will not only give you confidence but also save a lot of time during the examination.

Time required for PTE coaching/preparation entirely depends on the knowledge and skill you may have acquired in the past and the level may vary for students from different backgrounds. You can not exactly define the time required for the study but tentatively it may take up to a month for an average student. In this time you have to prepare yourself keeping in mind the format of the exam and also take as many practice tests as possible.

View Here our available Study Materials

At MEC we offer excellent coaching plans for our students, ranging from weekdays and weekend coaching. Our teachers will help simplify the entire exam for you within the shortest possible time so you can do well at the end.
Click Here to download the application form.

All completed forms must be accompanied with a bank payment teller, showing deposit of the appropriate fees (Exam registration, Coaching and Study materials) and should be scanned and emailed to us. Note that only signed forms will be processed.
Call a MEC Counselor on 08060581501 or 08055730374 to ask for our bank account details and the Counselor’s email.

Can MEC Register & Coach Students Who Are Not Residing In Lagos?
The answer is Yes. The only way we can assist you if you are outside Lagos is via Skype video call. After the exam registration by us, we will automatically create a skype ID for you, which will enable you attend all classes online at agreed time between you and your teachers. You will also need to buy our study materials/textbooks + CDs for easy follow up both during and after each class. When this is in place, you will be glad you ever dealt with us.

PTE TEST DATES
PTE Test Dates In Nigeria
PTE is written every day of the week (Mondays – Friday) excluding Weekends (Saturday and Sundays)

NOTE: Registration should be done two weeks before the day of the examination.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTION?
To see answers to some of our Frequently Asked Question at MEC regarding PTE registration and coaching, kindly visit http://www.mecnigeria.org/faq/

ENGLISH TEST EQUIVALENCE TABLE
Do you find all of the different English language test scores confusing? Do you have trouble comparing between the various English test scores? Do you have trouble comparing a TOEFL score to a PTE or IELTS scores? Well, that’s understandable because there are a number of different language tests and they all have different systems. Even the TOEFL Paper Based Test, TOEFL Computer Based Test (TOEFL CBT), and TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) all have different scoring schemes.
The table below shows comparisons between various test scores

TOEFL Paper TOEFL CBT TOEFL IBT IELTS PTE
0 – 310 0 – 30 0 – 8 0 – 1.0 N/A
310 – 343 33 – 60 9 – 18 1.0 – 1.5 N/A
347 – 393 63 – 90 19 – 29 2.0 – 2.5 N/A
397 – 433 93 – 120 30 – 40 3.0 – 3.5 N/A
437 – 473 123 – 150 41 – 52 4.0 37 – 40
477 – 510 153 – 180 53 – 64 4.5 – 5.0 41 – 45
513 – 547 183 – 210 65 – 78 5.5 – 6.0 46 – 52
550 – 587 213 – 240 79 – 95 6.5 – 7.0 53 – 64
590 – 677 243 – 300 96 – 120 7.5 – 9.0 65 – 84
Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Score Top Score
677 300 120 9 90