All tasks in PTE Academic are machine scored. Scores for some task types are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.

Formal aspects refer to the form of the response, e.g. whether it is over or under the word limit for a particular task type. The quality of the response is represented in the enabling skills. 

Communicative Skills Scores

The communicative skills measured are listening, reading, speaking and writing. The score range for each skill is 10-90 points.

Enabling Skills Scores

The enabling skills measured are grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary and written discourse. The scores for enabling skills are based on performance on only those tasks that assess these skills specifically. The score range for each skill is 10-90 points.

Some speaking and writing items are scored for Content. Content scores identify how appropriately the content of a spoken or written response addresses the item prompt. Some writing items are scored for Form. Form scores are based on formal characteristics of the response such as the number of words. Content and Form scores contribute to overall and communicative skills scores, but do not contribute to any enabling skills scores.

For some speaking and listening items, when the content of a response to an item is scored as not dealing appropriately with an item prompt, or if formal requirements of the response are not met, no score points for the response will be given. Here are the two examples giving descriptions of essay responses that will not receive any score points:

1. An essay which addresses a completely different topic from the item prompt (content)

2. An essay which is less than 120 words (form)

For detailed PTE scoring information, please see PTE Academic Score Guide v.12.