PTE General Past Papers Level A1: Foundation
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PTE General - Level A1: Foundation
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PTE General - Level 3: Upper Intermediate Communication
PTE General - Level 4: Advanced Communication
PTE General - Level 5: Proficient Communication
Who is this test for?
This test is for test takers with a beginner level knowledge of English sufficient for survival in social, travel and everyday situations.
Test takers will be expected to understand very short, simple information and to express themselves simply and briefly, in speech and in writing, for practical purposes in everyday situations.
How is this test structured?
The test has a written paper (1 hour 15 minutes) and an oral test (10 minutes).
The written paper is divided into five tasks which are linked to a theme.
At Level A1 Foundation the theme is likely to be a series of everyday situations which the test taker might encounter as a visitor in an English-speaking environment.
Tasks 1 and 2: Listening (written paper)
Tasks 1 and 2 can be a monologue or a conversation with 2 or more people. Test takers may be asked to undertake some of the following tasks:
follow directions or identify places on a map
identify pictures and people based on information heard on the tape
identify simple words, phrases or numbers based on information heard on the tape
mark statements about a text as true or false
complete pictures with information heard on the tape
Task 3: Reading (written paper)
Test takers read two or three short illustrated texts and will be asked to undertake some of the following tasks:
- put a sequence of pictures, illustrations or sentences in order according to information in the text
- mark statements true or false about a picture or text
- match texts with visuals
- multiple choice for recognition of specific information in the text
- answer very simple questions requiring a few key words
Task 4: Discourse Management (written paper)
a) Test takers read and match questions and responses in a dialogue.
b) Based on a series of pictures, test takers select the best response from a range of options.
Task 5: Writing (written paper)
Test takers will be required to write an account related to the theme of the test. This could be in the form of:
an application form
a description of a picture(s)
a message or set of instructions
Oral tests are conducted by both an interviewer and an assessor.
Test takers are assessed in pairs and are expected to ask and respond to each other’s questions, as well as to respond to questions and prompts from the interviewer