Is There Any Negative Marking in PTE?

All tasks of PTE Academic are one hundred percent scored using their automated scoring technologies. The two types of PTE Academic scoring system are:

  1. Correct or Incorrect. One point will be awarded for every correct answer. An incorrect answer is equivalent to zero points, not a negative score.
  2. Partial credit. Points will be given for correct responses. All incorrect answers will be deducted from the points earned for correct ones. If all answers are wrong, no points will be given.

The following task types use the Partial Credit scoring system:

Task Task Description Skills assessed
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answer After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response. Reading
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response. Listening
Highlight correct summary After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording. Listening and reading

To have a better understanding of the Partial Credit technique, let’s use the below example:

A multiple choice, choose multiple answer reading task has six options and the correct answers are options 1, 3, 5 and 6.

If you’ve answered 1, 3, 5 and 6, the maximum score points will be awarded. If you’ve chosen 1, 2, 3 and 4, you will receive two (+2) points for the right responses and negative two (-2) points for the wrong ones. Thus, your overall score for this task is zero (0) points. If your answers are options 2 and 4, you will not receive negative marks. Instead, you will receive no points at all.

The PTE Academic Score Guide provides a detailed guideline on how the task types are assessed and scored. You may download it at, PTEA Score Guide.

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