The PTE Marks Distribution is unlike any other English competency tests. Each section can give you 90 points maximum. There are a total of 20 tasks in PTE, out of which 11 tasks contribute marks towards two sections. For instance, let’s consider Read Aloud from the Speaking section. In this task you are given a paragraph which you will have to read loudly. Now in this task, because you read the task loudly, you get the speaking score, but you also read the paragraph, so you get the reading score as well.
There are three levels of difficulty in the tasks in PTE:
- High Priority Tasks
- Medium Priority Tasks
- Low priority Tasks
High Priority Tasks:
These are the tasks which contribute heavily towards two sections. The tasks include:
- Read Aloud
- Repeat Sentence
- Write from Dictation
- Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks
You would get around 6 to 7 questions of this type. Each question contributes 15 points. This task contributes towards Reading and Speaking sections. It accounts for around 44.3 points in total, out of which it contributes 22.2 in the Speaking section and 22.1 in the Reading section.
You would get around 10 to 12 questions of this type. It contributes around 13 points for each question and contributes towards the Listening and Speaking sections. It accounts for around 51.8 points altogether, out of which 32.1 points go to Speaking and 19.7 go towards Listening.
Write from Dictation:
You would get around 3 to 4 questions of this type. It contributes marks towards the Listening and the Writing sections. This question type has a different marking criterion. You get 1 point for every correct word that you write in a sentence. It can give you a total of 46.5 points, out of which 26.8 go to Writing and 19.7 go to the Listening section.
Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks:
This is the first question in the Reading section. It is one of the most important questions, as it gives you marks in Reading as well as Writing. You could get around 5 to 6 questions of this type. Here the marks are given according to the number of blanks that you answer correctly (1 mark for each correct blank). It contributes a total of 44.4 points, out of which 22.3 points go towards Writing and 22.1 go towards the Reading section.
These four question types are the most important ones, without which it would be impossible to get the desired scores. So, make sure you pay extra attention and practice these question types daily.
Medium Priority Tasks:
The next in line are the Medium Priority tasks. These are the mixture of individual and partial crediting tasks. These tasks include:
- Describe Image
- Summarise Spoken Text
- Re-tell Lecture
- Summarise Written Text
- Highlight Incorrect Words
- Reading – Fill in the Blanks
- Listening Fill in the Blanks
This is one of the tasks in the Speaking section. This task contributes marks only towards the Speaking section, there is no partial crediting for this task. It can contribute around 22.2 points in total towards Speaking. You can get around 6 to 7 questions of this type in the exam.
Summarise Spoken Text:
This is the first task in. the Listening section. It contributes points towards the Listening and the Writing sections. You can get around 25 points from this task, out of which you can get 11.9 in Writing and 13.1 in Listening.
This again is one of the tasks from the Speaking section and contributes points towards two sections: Speaking and Listening sections. This task can give you a total of 20.9 points, out of which you get 11.1 in Speaking and 9.9 in Listening. It is important for the Speaking section, so the way you deliver the answer here is going to be key.
Highlight Incorrect Words:
This is one of the last tasks of the exam. It is the 7th task in the Listening section. This task can give you points in two sections: Listening and Reading sections. This task has negative marking, so you need to concentrate while you solve this question type. It can give you a maximum of 16.7 points, out of which you get 8.9 in Reading and 7.9 in the Listening section.
Reading – Fill in the Blanks:
This task is in the Reading section (as the name suggests). This question type only gives you points towards the Reading section. Here you get 1 point for every correct blank that you select (1 for the correct answer, 0 otherwise). You can get around 4 to 5 questions of this type in the exam, giving you a total of 14.8 points in the Reading section.
Listening Fill in the Blanks:
This task is in the Listening section. It gives you points in both Listening and Writing sections. You can get around 2 to 3 questions of this type in the exam. You get 1 point for every correct blank that you write (with the correct spellings and capitalisation rules). You can get a total of 14 points; 7.4 in Writing and 6.6 in Listening.
These tasks are somewhat important so make sure you know how to solve them and how they can benefit your scores.
Low Priority Tasks:
The last category is Low Priority tasks. These are the tasks that don’t contribute much towards your score. Although if you desire 79+ you need to focus on these tasks as well. There are two sections here:
- Write Essay
- Reorder Paragraph
You can get around 1 to 2 questions in the exam. This question is in the Writing section. It only contributes towards one section, no partial crediting. In total you can get around 11.2 points from this question towards the Writing section.
This is a task from the Reading section. This task also gives you points only in one section, no partial crediting. You can get around 2 to 3 questions from this task. You get 1 mark for every correct pair that you find in a single question. You can get 5.9 points altogether in the Reading section.
Answer Short Question:
This is the last task in the Speaking section. This question gives you points in two sections: Speaking and Listening section. You can get 10 to 12 questions of this type in the exam. You can get 1 point for every correct answer that you give. In total you can get around 9 points from this task; 2.5 in Speaking and 6.6 in the Listening section.
| i. Reading – Multiple Choice Multiple Answers
| ii. Reading – Multiple Choice Single Answers
| iii. Listening – Multiple Choice Multiple Answers
| iv. Listening – Multiple Choice Single Answers
| v. Highlight Correct Summary
| vi. Select Missing Word
The above six tasks are very low priority tasks, these don’t contribute much, although you can’t leave them unanswered. Make sure you select the answer and then press Next.