A Comprehensive Understanding Of Scoring Criteria In PTE-A Test
For anyone who has seen the PTE Score Card, there are many questions that must have flocked their
What is the difference between the communicative and enabling skills?
Does enabling skills score affect the overall score? How?
Can anyone score higher in any or some of the enabling skills and get a lower score in the communicative
skills or a score low overall?
Is the overall score average of all scores?
How are these scores awarded?
Woooaah! That are many questions in one breath! However, we understand! And there might be other queries too that
arise in your mind just like many students also ask us. Because PTE has an Automated Scoring methodology, it makes
the test taker a little inquisitive which is again even legit as its imperative to have a thorough understanding of
the Scoring Criteria before you appear for the PTE Academic Test or start a full fledge preparation. After all, each
point leads you closer to your target score and loss of one point can result in you missing to achieve the high
Imagine you score 78 and
miss by one point to get 8 band equivalent score! Ouchhh…..
That is awful lot of pain
Especially if you are applying for a Permanent Residency to Australia, you will know the value of each and every
point. Not to miss even for the students trying to score a scholarship.
So, here we are deciphering the PTE Scoring!
We have done most of the work for you and while we explain you in detail about the scoring of PTE, we advise you to
be a little patient. Let us first have a look at the PTE Score Card.
Hey! If you have already appeared for PTE and unfortunately missed to achieve your required score then you can analyse your score card here and
understand in depth your strong and weak areas to further work on improving specific skills.
As you can see, a test taker is scored for "Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing" which makes up "Communicative
Skills" and "Grammar, Oral Fluency, Pronunciation, Spelling, Vocabulary, Written Disclosure" which is makes up
"Enabling Skills". Finally, you get the Overall score. All of the scores of these skills are on a scale of 10-90.
PTE being an integrated style of testing, each of the 20 task types of the test impact the scores of more than one
Overall PTE Score
Your performance in every question of the test affects your Overall Score. It is comprehensively calculated on the
basis of your performance and attempted questions.
Communicative Skills Scoring
Your Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing is score makes up the communicative skills score. There are several
questions asked in the PTE-A test that tests more than one of these skills. For example, the task of 'repeat
sentence' tests listening and speaking, the task of 'read aloud' tests reading and speaking. There are test
questions which assess reading and writing, listening and writing or listening and reading. Thus, they affect the
score of two skills.
Enabling Skills Scoring
Enabling Skills marks a test-taker's performance in Writing and Speaking. Grammar, Oral Fluency, Pronunciation,
Spelling, Vocabulary, Written Disclosure scores are determined as a part of enabling skills.
||How They Are Assessed
Proper use of language and syntax
Clear, natural, and smooth speech
How words are spoken and whether spoken words are understood by most regular English speakers?
Whether AmE or BrE is followed throughout the test; also, spellings for everything are checked
Depending on lexical level and choice of words to convey the messages matter
Structure of the sentence, how well the message is conveyed, logical development, coherence, and
linguistic resources' level
Delving deeper into the enabling skills score, one or more of these can be tested in a question. Grammar is assessed
thoroughly in both essay writing and it plays a crucial role in summarize written text task, too. Similarly, during
speaking, your Oral fluency, pronunciation and spelling will be tested. While reading tasks will assess your
spellings too (remember fill in the blanks)! That is the reason to understand what the task demands. Pay
close attention to the instructions.
Here is an example provided in the Official PTE Score Guide:
>It shows how essay in PTE Writing is scored. First it checks for 'Content'. If that is not found, it scores
a zero on that item questions. If there is 'Content', it further moves to check 'Form', and from
there to the 'traits' of enabling skills. The cumulative score of 'Content', 'Form' and
the 'Enabling Traits' make up the total score of the essay.
Now the score of the 'Enabling Skills' here are reflected in the Overall enabling skills score in your scorecard.
Thus your score of essay affects the points in 'Writing' (i.e in the Communicative Skills), the points of
skills in 'Enabling Skills' and thus, Overall!
You can read the scoring criteria for each type of question here in our PTE Guide.
Pearson also elaborates about the various technologies it uses in its automated scoring system. PTE Writing is
assessed with the help of a tool named "Intelligent Essay Assessor" (IEA) combined with the "Knowledge Analysis
Tool" (KAT) engine. A mathematical method known as Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) is used to analyse the written
text just like a human. It is intelligent enough to identify text that is off-topic.
The speaking in PTE is scored using the Ordinate technology which recognises various types of speeches, native as
well as non-native and evaluates everything about the speech including the rhythm, speed and timing.
Thus, PTE Tests are examined accurately by using carefully and logically built systems. We understand how you feel as
the PTE Scoring is the crux of the matter but so Byzantine! Yup, you read that right, 'byzantine', a
bizarre and word unheard of which gets your brain nerves perplexed and intimidates you too! Well, it means
'complex'. (Hey, did we just give you a hint of Vocabulary here! )
While we will discuss about vocab in next blog entry, you can certainly start practising one module at a time. Log in
to PTE Tutorials and try a full length test. There are plenty of practice materials to help you ace
individual tasks of PTE. Numerous students have already got their desired score by practising with resources from
PTETutorials.online. It is time you rush
too towards your target PTE score!