Unlike the PTE Academic test, we are unable to support any rescore or appeals process for the scored practice test. Although the Online Scored Practice Test is designed to simulate a PTE Academic test format, it can’t simulate the actual conditions of the full test. Therefore, your score report for the Online Scored Practice Test should be seen as an indicator and may not fully reflect what your performance could be under full test conditions.
It’s important to understand that enabling skills scores, such as oral fluency and pronunciation, are only based on performance on those items that assess those skills specifically. Enabling skills are tested fewer times and scores are not awarded when responses are inappropriate for the items in either content or form. Based on this, the error measurement of the enabling skills is much wider than that of the communicative skills.
This implies that a few errors or a few correct answers on those items when assessing the enabling skills make them vary considerably; this is the reason why enabling skills scores are not the primary indicators used for most institutions. While communicative skills are awarded based on a much higher number of items and, due to this, the error of measurement is lower. Your communicative speaking score is the best reflection of your overall ability.
When completing the speaking question, not using a microphone or the quality of your microphone may have impacted your score slightly and holding a microphone too close to your mouth (which in turn records your breathing) is not recommended.
It’s important to remember that your microphone will automatically switch off if you do not speak for up to 3 seconds, so if you did not respond immediately, your audio may not have recorded.
We recommend speaking at a natural volume with a conversational tone. If you complete the practice test sample questions, you can listen back to your recording to evaluate your speaking. We have some video prompts on our site which cover the question type and provide some testing tips. You can also look for further advice and tips from our what can I do to improve page.
For further information on the way enabling skills and communicative skills scores are awarded, we would advise all candidates to carefully read our Score Guide.