PTE Academic

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Make sure you know how the task is scored

READING: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

Read the instructions carefully. Remember that more than one option is correct in this type of multiple choice item.  

You will score marks for any correct options but you will lose score points for any incorrect options; these include:
•    options that you have clicked on as correct but which are wrong
•    options that are correct but that you have not clicked on

If you click on all the options, because you do not know the answer, you will lose score points. This applies to Multiple choice, choose multiple answers item types for reading and listening.


  1. Oh man thanks for the information. I really din't knew that there are negative marking. But can you please tell me that if we dint answer a question then is there negative marking for that answer.

  2. If there are 4 parts in a single question; say a,b,c,d and only one is corrected in answer. would i loose 3 points or all the points?
    same as in fill in the blanks, if there are 4 blanks in single question. would i loose all points or of a incorrect answer only?

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  11. If I choose only one answer, do I still get 1 mark or I will get zero because I have to pick at least 2 asnwers ?

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Important Test Tips

* Do
Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc
Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about ‘sport’ NOT ‘science’
Keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks
Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording

* Don’t
Write ENTIRELY in capital letters. Only use capitals when needed: at the beginning of sentences, names, etc
Click Next (N) before you have completed the task and are ready to move on