PTE Rescore/Recheck: Everything You Need to Know

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic is a popular English proficiency test used for various academic and professional purposes. While the computer-based test boasts of high accuracy, there might be instances when you feel your score doesn’t reflect your true abilities. In such cases, you might consider a PTE rescore. This article provides an in-depth exploration of the PTE exam rescore and rescoring process, offering valuable insights for those considering this option.

What is a PTE Rescore?

A PTE rescore is the process of re-evaluating your Speaking and Writing sections by the same automated scoring engine used in the initial assessment. This means that no human intervention occurs, and the entire process is based on pre-defined algorithms.

Should You Request a Rescore?

This decision depends on various factors:

  • Confidence in your performance: Were you confident in your Speaking and Writing skills during the test? Did you feel you performed well?
  • Score discrepancy: Is there a significant discrepancy between your score in Speaking and Writing and the other sections?
  • Urgency of the score: Do you urgently need your score for immigration or other purposes?

Important Things to Remember About PTE Rescore:

  • Only Speaking and Writing sections are rescored: The Reading and Listening sections, which are multiple-choice based, are not eligible for rescoring.
  • One rescore per test registration: You can only request a rescore once for each test you take.
  • No guarantee of a score change: The rescore process can result in your score going up, staying the same, or even going down.
  • Time limit for requesting a rescore: You have 14 calendar days from the date your score is released to request a rescore.
  • Rescore fee: There is a fee associated with requesting a rescore.

Rescoring services

There are two services related to rescoring one is Technical review and Machine rescore.

Service 1: Technical review

If you believe that your reported speaking score was affected by a technical issue, you may request a technical review. This service will check for any technical issues in your audio recordings that may have caused an inaccurate score.

Before doing this, you should take the following into consideration:

  • The technical review service will not change your scores. Only a machine rescore, which is a different service, could do so.
  • The fee for the technical review service is USD 50, which must be paid before the service commences.
  • If the technical review indicates that there were no technical issues in your audio recordings, you will be informed and you will not be refunded your technical review fee or your test fee. You retain the right to book a new test at your own cost.
  • If the technical review identifies technical issues in your audio recordings, your test fee will be refunded. If you used a voucher to pay for your test, a free credit voucher will be provided. Your technical review fee will also be refunded.

The outcome of a technical review will be shared with you within 15 business days of Pearson receiving your application.

To request a technical review, please submit this form. Applications for a review must be made within 15 business days of you receiving your test results.

Service 2: Machine rescore

You have the option to initiate a machine rescore if you want to contest your PTE test results.

However, consider the following points before proceeding:

  • All PTE tests are machine-scored, making significant changes to overall scores unlikely.
  • Only spoken and open-ended written responses are eligible for a machine rescore.
  • In the rare instance of a score change, whether it increases or decreases, the machine rescore fee will be refunded. Note that the test payment will not be refunded.
  • If your score does change, it will replace the previous score, and an updated score report reflecting the new score will be issued.
  • You can request a machine rescore only once per test registration.
  • The option for a machine rescore is available only for your most recent PTE Academic test.
  • If you have already scheduled another test, you cannot request a machine rescore. To initiate a rescore, contact the Customer Support team within 14 calendar days of your score becoming available.

Information about the machine rescore fee can be obtained from the Customer Support team.

Please be aware that payment for a machine rescore can only be processed via phone.

FAQs on PTE Rescore and Technical Review

How can I determine if I need a PTE rescore?

Consider your confidence in Speaking and Writing, any significant score differences, and the urgency of your score. If these factors concern you, a rescore might be worth exploring.

Can I request a rescore for the Reading and Listening sections?

No, the rescore option is available only for the Speaking and Writing sections; it does not apply to the multiple-choice-based Reading and Listening sections.

Is there a guarantee that my score will change after a PTE rescore?

No, the rescore process may result in an increased, unchanged, or decreased score. There is no guarantee of a particular outcome.

Can I request multiple rescoring attempts for the same test?

No, you can only request one rescore for each test registration.

Is there a time limit for requesting a rescore?

Yes, you have 14 calendar days from the date your score is released to request a rescore.

What are the eligible sections for a technical review?

The technical review is specifically for the Speaking section. It checks for technical issues in your audio recordings that may have affected the accuracy of your score.

Can a technical review change my scores?

No, a technical review does not alter scores. Only a machine rescore can potentially change your scores.

What happens if a technical issue is identified during the review?

If technical issues are found, your test fee will be refunded, and if you used a voucher, a free credit voucher will be provided.

Is there a fee for a technical review, and when should I pay it?

Yes, there is a USD 50 fee for a technical review, and it must be paid before the review process begins.

Can I apply for a machine rescore after a technical review?

Yes, you can apply for a machine rescore separately. Remember, a technical review does not change scores; it only identifies technical issues.

What happens if my score changes after a machine rescore?

If your score changes, the machine rescore fee will be refunded. However, the test payment will not be refunded.

Can I request a machine rescore for any PTE test I have taken?

No, you can only request a machine rescore once per test registration, and it applies only to your most recent PTE Academic test.

Can I request a rescore if I have already scheduled another test?

No, you cannot request a machine rescore if you have already scheduled another test.

How long does it take to receive the outcome of a technical review?

The outcome of a technical review will be shared with you within 15 business days of Pearson receiving your application.

How can I initiate a technical review?

To request a technical review, submit the form provided in the article link within 15 business days of receiving your test results. The form link is here.

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