NEW PTE Exam Updates July 2024

NEW PTE Exam Updates July 2024

In July 2024, Pearson introduces significant updates to PTE, including a new mock test platform, voucher code delays, scoring changes for template tasks, trial questions, and note-taking sheet policies.

Key Updates in PTE 2024 July 2024

Changes in Pearson Official Mock Test

Pearson is rolling out a new platform for its official mock tests. If you have purchased a mock test, ensure you complete it before July 31st, 2024. If you are unable to do so, Pearson will provide a new test, though it may be a bit of a hassle. For those planning to take the exam after July, it might be wise to wait until August to take advantage of the updated platform.

Voucher Code Issues

Many students have reported delays in receiving their voucher codes after purchasing the mock test. If you face this issue, contact Pearson’s customer complaints team through their website. You will need to fill out a form and provide additional details via email. The process can take 5-10 working days, so be patient.

Scoring Changes in Template-Based Tasks

Pearson has updated its scoring algorithms for template-based tasks like essays, the Describe Image, and the Retell Lecture sections. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Essays: Content is now crucial. Earlier, templates without relevant content could score well, but that’s no longer the case. Ensure you include relevant keywords in your essays.
  • Describe Image and Retell Lecture: Older templates are now obsolete. Use updated templates and refer to our tutorials for guidance.

Trial Questions

Since April 2024, Pearson introduced two trial questions that are not scored. These questions will likely remain until August. These trial questions do not impact your overall score, so it’s advisable to skip them. If you choose to attempt them, follow the Retell Lecture template but do not stress over their completion.

Time Management in Listening Section

Students have faced challenges in the listening section, particularly with Write from Dictation tasks. It’s crucial to manage your time efficiently. Avoid spending too much time on listening fill-in-the-blanks and multiple-choice questions. Prioritize Write from Dictation, as it significantly impacts your listening and writing scores.

Note-Taking Sheet Changes

Some test centers have reduced the number of note-taking sheets provided to one double-sided sheet. If you need more space, request additional sheets from the invigilator before you run out of space to avoid disrupting your performance.

Tips for Adapting to the Changes

  • Practice with Updated Templates: Ensure you are using the latest templates for tasks like Describe Image and Retell Lecture.
  • Manage Your Time: Focus on efficient time management, especially in the listening section.
  • Stay Calm and Prepared: If you encounter trial questions or face note-taking sheet limitations, handle them calmly and follow the provided solutions.

These updates by Pearson are aimed at improving the PTE experience and ensuring fair scoring. Stay informed, practice diligently, and follow the updated guidelines to enhance your chances of success. 


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