Tips for teaching PTE Academic


Teaching a test preparation course can be challenging, particularly for a high stakes test, such as PTE Academic, given its significance for students. With adequate preparation and familiarisation with the test’s structure, teaching PTE Academic doesn’t need to be daunting at all. In fact, it’s one of the most rewarding education experiences you’ll have as a teacher.

So, what is the best way to prepare students for sitting PTE Academic? In order to adequately prepare students for the test, teachers need to have strong knowledge of the structure of PTE Academic.  

There are resources you can leverage to familiarise yourself with the test and ensure your students achieve their desired score. There’s a video series on frequently asked questions, which helps to provide insights on the importance of preparation, the required skillset applied in the test, and even the role of algorithms in the marking process, which is unique to PTE Academic.  

LISTEN: Episode 3 — Preparing for PTE Academic and why you should forget about IELTS and enjoy life 

Additionally, there are extensive teacher resources, which work well to help you gain a deep understanding of how to teach PTE Academic and how to prepare your students for test day. Once you have built up your knowledge base on the structure of PTE Academic, another useful activity is to learn more about how the test is scored and how computer-based testing (CBT) works.  

There are several content-rich resources that articulate the power, efficiency, and fairness of algorithms and automated scoring technology, which is what makes PTE Academic unique among its paper-based assessment counterparts.