Test preparation practices and their links to score gains on the Pearson PTE

This study explores the nature and extent of test preparation for the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) and any links between test preparation activities and improved test performance.

Overview

The study's findings will offer insights into the ways candidates prepare for the PTE A in the Australian context, where other tests (eg International English Language Testing System (IELTS)) have been dominant for many decades.

Of particular interest to the field, is the question of whether a different test like the PTE A, with design features that set it apart from tests like IELTS and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), will generate different kinds of washback from that documented in published research on other language tests.