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PTE General: Preparing you for success!

Pearson Test of English General (PTE General) is an English test designed to assess a general English language proficiency, especially for Lower Secondary, High School students, and young adults through different levels. Designed and accredited by Pearson – the world’s largest learning company, PTE General is an excellent assessment solution of general English, with a wide variety of real life, communicative tasks.

An ESOL International Qualification

  • PTE General tests are fully accredited by OFQUAL – UK’s Office of Qualifcations and Examinations Regulations
  • PTE General tests are accredited as ‘ESOL International’ qualifications by the Welsh Assembly Government and CEA
  • PTE General certifications are provided by Pearson Edexcel – the largest examination board in UK

Widely Recognized

PTE General is accepted around the world by universities, ministries of education and employers as proof of English language proficiency.

Accurate Assessment Tool

The item types in each PTE General test are grouped together around topics referred to as themes. These themes are linked and expanded across levels, allowing students to get familiar with the PTE General test format and have a better understanding of their English proficiency as they progress through every level.

PTE General Incorporates Integrated Skills

This is important because when communicating in English, students are often required to combine several language skills to perform a task, for example listening to information and writing about what is heard.

PTE General - The Approved Assessment For Lower Secondary & High School Students In Ho Chi Minh City

PTE Genearl is approved by Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Education and Training (DOET) as the English proficiency assessment for Lower Secondary and High School. Among the 6 levels, students year 6-12 are recommended to take PTE General Foundation A1, Level 1 and Level 2, depending on their English level

Grade CEFR LevelPTE General
6A2 +Foundation (50-55 points)
7A2 ++Level 1 (50-52 points)
8< B1Level 1 (53-55 points)
9B1Level 1 (56-60 points)
10B1 +Level 2 (50-52 points)
11< B2Level 2 (53-55 points)
12B2Level 2 (56-60 points)

Test Format

PTE General consists of 2 parts:

  • Written test (Listening – Reading – Writing): 75-95 minutes
  • Oral test: 5-7 minutes/candidate. Face to face speaking test with an interlocutor
LevelWritten testOral testTotal
Foundation (Level A1)1 hr 15 mins5 mins1 hr 20 mins
Level 11 hr 35 mins5 mins1 hr 40 mins
Level 21 hr 35 mins7 mins1 hr 45 mins

Question Types

The Written test consists of 9 questions types:

  • Graphical multiple choice
  • Dictation
  • Text, note completion
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Open-ended question
  • Write correspondence
  • Essay

The Oral test consists of 3 – 4 item types:

  • Sustained monologe
  • Discussion
  • Picture description
  • Role play

Test papers are marked by qualified examiners assigned by Pearson.

All Written papers are sent back to Pearson to be marked by Peason’s examiners.

All Speaking sessions are administered with qualified local interlocutors, recorded and sent to Pearson for marking.

The grades awarded for the test are Distinction, Merit or Pass. If test takers do not achieve a Pass grade, they receive a Certificate of Attendance

In Vietnam, EMG Education is the exclusive partner to administer PTE General in the country. From 2017, EMG Education has been working with the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City to deliver the PTE General in Ho Chi Minh city.

These are PTE General Test dates for 2018 and 2019:

For more information about the test and how to register, please contact EMG Education.

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