PTE gaining popularity in Bangladesh

The most popular and widely accepted English language proficiency tests so far are International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). However, a similar language proficiency test namely Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), introduced by Pearson, is gaining popularity in Bangladesh.

PTEA can provide an alternative to those who have failed to achieve the desired score in IELTS or TOEFL after several attempts.

PTE Academic is accepted by all Australian universities, as well as by professional associations and state government departments and accepted by institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD. Students around the world provided feedback that PTEA is significantly easier to pass than IELTS and it is evidently seen that students studying for only five weeks and getting significantly better marks than IELTS.

Like the other language tests, PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing, but all via computer in a single 3 hour test session of total 90 marks. To complete a PTE Academic test, a student needs to attend a Pearson test centre. The examinee uses a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts of the test: speaking and writing (together), reading and listening. Students can register online for their exam two days before the test. The results are published typically within 5 business days. There are twenty different question types ranging from multiple choices to essay writing including interpreting information, re-ordering, re-tell lecture and some others.

Source: Prothom Alo. Date: August 22, 2016

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