What is “PTE”?
The PTE or the Pearson Test of English is a standardized way of measuring a person’s ability to communicate in English. This computer-based exam measures an individual’s capacity to communicate effectively in 4 parts: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
The exam lasts for 3 hours straight and is taken in a secure testing environment. The exam mixes communication skills two at a time. i.e: listening and reading, reading and speaking, etc. Because the exam is computer based, there’s more assurance of it being graded objectively.
Who is the PTE for?
The PTE is for non-native English speaking students who wish to study abroad. The intention behind having a standardized exam is to prepare students for their international experience!
Why do you need it?
Passing an English proficiency exam is a prerequisite for a lot of universities all over the world – especially high ranking ones. Aside from needing to pass the PTE to get into your dream school abroad, it might also be something you’ll need, should you choose to work in another country. The rationale being – to efficiently work or study abroad, you must have a strong command in the universal language.
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When are the results released?
Another good thing about the PTE being computer-based is the efficiency in checking. Because it’s a machine behind the exam, the results are out much quicker than other English proficiency examinations! In fact, if you take the PTE – you’ll likely get your results after 5 working days!
How does it work?
There are 4 basic steps to getting your PTE recommendation.
Step 1: Register & Book
Register for an account online through their official website. From there you’ll be asked to choose a testing center, that’s either in Cebu or in Manila. Once you’ve scheduled your testing date, you’ll be asked to settle a booking fee worth $205. Be careful though, because booking late may cost you more. The booking fee jumps up to $256.25 if you book it late!
Step 2: Prepare
Once you’ve successfully registered and booked online, you’ll have to prepare for the test! You can do this by, going through the materials PTE has for you. Alternatively, you can also take review classes in review centers around the country.
Here are a few review centers that will help you prepare for the PTE:
Step 3: Take the test
Take your preparation to the test – literally! Make sure you get the time and place right and be there at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam. A designated PTE personnel will assist you through the check in process upon arrival. Afterwhich, a valid government-issued ID, digital photograph and signature, and your biometrics (scanning of your palm and fingerprints), will be requested.
Here’s a list of IDs that are valid for the PTE:
- Government-issued driver’s license
- Military identification card
- National identification card
- Social Security System ID
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC ID)
You’ll be asked to leave belongings that you won’t need for the exam at a locker assigned to you. From there you’ll be led to your exam venue and it’s test time!
Step 4: Get your results!
The hardest part is over, all you got to do now is sit back and wait for your results!
Whether as a student or a professional, taking the PTE is taking a leap towards your international goals. If you’re looking for opportunities to be an international student, we’ve got lots of content for you over at our Study Abroad blog section at Edukasyon.ph!