How To Score in PTE?

June 2, 2022

A computer-assisted scoring system administers, evaluates, and grades the Pearson PTE test. In essence, no person is involved in the marking procedure for the PTE Academic exam.

Since 2009, PTE Academic has effectively used digital technology to judge test takers' answers and automatically calculate an English language proficiency score. Let us learn more about the PTE marking system and the PTE score format to better prepare for the PTE Academic test.

Understanding Enabling Skills Scores on the PTE

Individuals' ability to communicate in spoken or written English is highlighted in Enabling Skills. Grammar refers to your ability to employ proper grammar in the phrases you use in your responses. 

It evaluates grammatical structures such as subject-verb agreement, word order, and the capacity to employ complicated language. Oral Fluency assesses if your speech delivery in the Speaking portion is smooth and natural. The ability to be understood while creating spoken sounds is known as pronunciation.

A native English speaker should easily understand your words. Variations in pronunciation and accents due to geography are allowed as long as they are understood correctly. The pronunciation is straightforward. The dictionary form of either American or British English should be used to write (or type) the words. Making acceptable word choices and displaying a wide variety of your lexical resource is what vocabulary is all about. Similarly, instead of repeating the same term repeatedly in your answers, utilize synonyms to demonstrate range. Written Discourse evaluates your points or arguments' logical progression and meaning in your responses.

How Can a Machine Calculate a PTE Score?

Pearson, the company that launched PTE Academic, has created automated scoring engines and innovative technology. The engines for PTE tests were fed millions of sample responses from thousands of people worldwide. The people who took part in the study came from various backgrounds and were not all native English speakers. As a result, PTE's automated scoring algorithms have access to a large amount of data to learn the pattern of human writing and speaking, especially in reaction to the types of questions posed in the exam.

Furthermore, the automated scoring engines have been trained to analyze answers and assign a score using procedures similar to those employed by human examiners. The software is based on the scores provided to test takers by human raters in the study. Consider how your phone autocorrects your messages as you type, how Google Search answers your inquiry before you do, or how Microsoft Word highlights grammatically incorrect words. A comparable system is in use here.

PTE Writing Answer Scoring

PTE Academic uses an automated scoring engine called Knowledge Analysis Technology (KAT) to interpret the meaning of written answers. 

KAT evaluates test takers' responses using a mathematical technique called Latent Semantic Analysis, which involves analyzing many texts.

The Intelligent Essay Assessor tool is used to grade the essays. This tool can decipher written communication and determine whether or not the responses are off-topic.

PTE Speaking Evaluation

The speaking section of the PTE test is scored using Pearson's Ordinate technology. The computer considers factors such as speech speed and rhythm and voice quality, intonation, word choice, and pronunciation.

PTE Listening Evaluation

Question Type

                                                  PTE Marking System

Summarize Spoken Test 

The content score ranges from 0 to 2, depending on whether or not the lecture's key points are covered.

A summary of 50 to 70 words receives 2 out of 2 points. 
You get one if your summary is between 40 and 49 words or between 71 and 100 words. 
This criterion gives no points to answers that are less than 40 words long or longer than 100 words long and answers that lack punctuation marks.

Grammar: 2 for no grammatical mistakes; 1 for some grammatical flaws but no message failure; 0 for several defective sentence structures.

2 for good word choices; 1 for a few errors; 0 for several mistakes in vocabulary.

If there are no spelling errors, the score is 2 out of 2. 
One spelling error receives a score of one out of two, whereas several spelling errors receive a zero out of two.

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

1 point for each correct answer. For each incorrect choice, one mark is deducted. For example, if the correct responses are options 'A' and 'B,' but you chose 'A' and 'C,' you will receive +1 for A and -1 for C, resulting in a total score of 0. Making several mistakes will not lower your score below 0 points.

Fill in the blanks

1 point for each accurate word in the blank that is spelled correctly.

Highlight correct summary

1 mark for each correct choice.

Multiple-choice, choose a single answer

1 mark for each correct choice.

Select missing word

1 mark for each correct choice.

Highlight incorrect words

1 mark for each correct choice.  1 mark is deducted for making an incorrect choice.

Write from dictation

Each word from the question correctly spelled is 1 mark for Content. Inserting, omitting, or replacing the words is an error.


PTE Reading Evaluation

Question Type

                                     PTE Marking System

Reading and writing: Fill in the blanks

1 mark for each correct answer in the blank.

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

1 mark for each correct choice. 1 mark is deducted for making an incorrect choice. For instance, if the correct answers are options ‘A’ and ‘B’ but you selected ‘A’ and ‘C’, then you get +1 for A and -1 for C, which means you get 0 overall. Making multiple errors will not reduce your score below 0.

Re-order paragraphs

1 mark for each set of two correct answers. For example, if the correct sequence is A-B-C-D-E and your answer is A-B-C-D-E, there is only a set of two correct answers: D and E. So, you get 1 mark. Although A is correct, it does not get any score because it is not part of a correct pair.

Reading: Fill in the blanks

1 mark for each correct word in the blank.

Multiple choice: Choose the single answer

1 mark for each correct choice


Scores on the PTE

Following the conclusion of the PTE Academic exam, you will earn PTE scores on a scale of 10 to 90 for each of the skill parts. In addition, you will receive an overall score. From the PTE score table below, look at the scoring pattern to see what each range of PTE score means.

PTE Academic Score

                                          Level Description

Above 85

Can comprehend almost everything heard or read with ease. Can synthesize information from various oral and written sources, reassembling arguments and accounts into a logical presentation. Can explain themselves in a spontaneous, fluent, and accurate manner, distinguishing more delicate shades of meaning even in more complex settings.


Can comprehend and discern latent meaning in various challenging, more extended materials. Can communicate fluently and freely without having to look for words. Can communicate effectively and flexibly in social, academic, and professional settings. Can write clear, well-structured, thorough material on complex topics using organizational patterns, linkages, and cohesive devices in a controlled manner.


Can grasp the essential points of a complex text on real and abstract issues, including technical talks in their field of expertise.  Can interact with native speakers with a level of conversational fluency and spontaneity that allows for frequent interaction without strain for both parties. Can write clear, extensive language on various topics and convey a point of view on a current situation, including the benefits and drawbacks of alternative options.


Has a good enough command of the language to handle most everyday situations but will need to repeat things and make many mistakes. Can handle ordinary spoken language but will struggle in noisy situations. Can confidently exchange factual information on routine and non-routine subjects in his or her area. Can pass on thorough details with confidence. Can comprehend the bulk of recorded or broadcast material on personal interest issues presented in clear standard speech.


Can comprehend the essential points of clear standard input on topics commonly met at work, school, or in leisure. Can deal with most problems that may happen while visiting a country where the language is spoken. Can write a simple connected text about familiar or personal issues to them. Can express events and experiences, dreams, desires, and ambitions, and give reasons and explanations for ideas and plans in a concise manner.


Can comprehend words and commonly used terminology in areas of immediate importance (e.g., basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in easy and ordinary jobs that require a straightforward flow of information on familiar and routine topics. They can share aspects of their upbringing, immediate environment, and immediate needs in basic terms.


Can grasp and apply common everyday idioms and short words to meet specific needs. Can introduce himself and others and ask and answer questions about personal data like where he lives, who he knows, and what he has. Can converse straightforwardly if the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to assist.


PTE Score Accepting Countries

Candidates for higher education in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and Germany, among other countries, must take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test. 

One of the most widely acknowledged computer-based English tests, PTE Academic, is commonly taken for studying abroad and immigration purposes.

What Is the Validity of PTE Scores?

Candidates frequently question the legitimacy of their PTE scores. They should be aware that their PTE results are valid two years after the exam date. After two years, the expired PTE results would be automatically withdrawn from the test taker's account.

When Can I Retake the PTE Exam?

Candidates who do not receive their desired PTE results frequently seek to retake the exam. Candidates who want to retake the PTE Academic examination can do so by registering for a second PTE exam five days after the first. As a result, there is no limit to how many times you can take the PTE exam. Between two PTE test registrations, just a 5-day interval must be maintained.

What Is an Appropriate PTE Score?

Candidates are frequently left wondering what a decent Pearson test score is. PTE Academic test takers should know that every university has a minimum PTE score. Candidates are expected to attain the same or higher number to be considered for admission. A good PTE score may qualify an applicant for admission to most universities that accept PTE scores. A good PTE score improves your prospects of admission to the university, but it also puts you in the running for any scholarships offered by the university.

What Is the Average PTE Score?

In the PTE score calculator, an average PTE score is neither too high nor too low. Every university will have a minimum PTE score, and candidates will be expected to acquire the same or higher number to be considered for admission. Candidates are encouraged to aim for a higher than average PTE score since this will improve their prospects of admission to the institution and their chances of receiving any scholarships offered by the university.

Steps to Send your PTE Score Report:

  1. Access your myPTE account.
  2. 'View Score Reports' will appear.
  3. 'Send Scores' will appear.
  4. Select your institution by typing the name of the institution.
  5. Choose your favorite course of study by typing the name of our chosen course.
  6. Review your information, then scroll down and click "Next" to confirm.
  7. Repeat the process for each institution.

PTE Score Re-Scoring

Candidates can request a rescore if they are unhappy with their PTE scoring. However, because the PTE Academic is a computer-scored test, the possibility of an error is relatively low. 

Only open-ended written comments and oral responses are rescored. Candidates can only request a rescore for their most recent PTE Academic Exam. They won't be able to do so if they've already scheduled another test or delivered their score to an institution. 

If the score changes, the new score will take the place of the old one, and the original score report will be updated to reflect the latest score.

The Advantages of the PTE Scoring System

  1. Bias is wholly eliminated because no humans are involved.
  2. There is no one-on-one interview with the examiner, unlike IELTS, which can be difficult for some.
  3. People with poor handwriting benefit from typing instead of writing.
  4. It's simple to arrange your preparation based on the computer's restricted metrics.

The Disadvantages of the PTE Scoring System

  1. Human examiners understand body language and contextual meaning, while computers do not.
  2. Developing native-like fluency and pronunciation isn't easy, which is essential for good grades.
  3. Typos are expensive. Every single misspelled word will lower your score.


Please contact our counselors at Prasana International Education if you have any further questions about your Pearson Test (PTE Exam). We will give you the best services and assist you with all of your PTE Exam preparation.