The PTE (or Pearson Test of English) is a standardized test that non-native English speakers may take to demonstrate their skill with the language. Mastering English can open a lot of the doors in the United States, so passing this test could make a huge difference in your life. If you want some help preparing for it, Varsity Tutors can connect you with a PTE tutor who can assist.
Here is the format of the exam so that you know what you are likely to concentrate on during PTE tutoring sessions:
- Speaking/Writing (Introducing yourself, repeating spoken sentences, describing images, writing a 20-minute essay)
- Listening (Summarize spoken text, select words omitted by a speaker, other multiple-choice items)
- Reading (multiple-choice and multiple-select reading comprehension questions)
The exam uses a very specific set up, including a computer for written responses, a microphone for spoken responses, and a headset to listen to both native and non-native English speakers with a variety of accents. The test can feel overwhelming, so your PTE tutor may administer practice exams to help you learn how to manage it all. These practice tests may also identify your strengths and weaknesses so that your tutor can take steps to address them. Talking to a native-level speaker is one of the best ways to build fluency in a language. While people on the street may lose patience if they cannot understand you, your tutor can work with you until you get your message across.
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