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How does Negative Marking Work in PTE Academic Test?

Now is the time to stop worrying about negative marking in PTE, and make your preparation perfect.

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If you are taking the PTE Academic Exam anytime soon, one of the many questions that you may have faced in the course of your PTE Preparation is “Does PTE have negative marking?” and “How does that negative marking impact your score?” There is some confusion about the concept, and through this blog post, we will address the issue. Before we get into talking about negative marking, we will first discuss the idea of partial credit.

In every enabling skill, the test-taker is awarded some marks in every skill, even if there are mistakes. For instance, in oral fluency, if the test-taker demonstrates even a little bit of skill, he/she will be awarded some points. This marking system is called partial credit.

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The main thing you need to keep in mind while preparing for such competitive exams is that you need to be accurate. Flickr

Now, on to negative marking. To be sure, there are three tasks in PTE that use partial credit to deduct -1 point for every answer that is not correct. The three tasks are:

  •    Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers (Reading module)
  •    Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers (Listening module)
  •    Highlight Incorrect Words (listening module)

How does the scoring work?

The scoring works like this:

Correct answer        1 point

Incorrect answer    -1 point

Let’s talk about this task by task:

Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

Let’s suppose that a question has four choices (say A, B, C and D), and the correct options are C and D.

If you select C & D, you score 2 points. If only C is selected, you score 1 point. Please note that you don’t lose 1 point for not picking D as well. Same goes for the test-takers who choose D as the correct option. They score 1 point.

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This marking system is called partial credit. Pixabay

For further clarity, if you select B, C and D, you get 2 points for choosing the correct option (C&D) and lose 1 point for picking the wrong choice (B).

Therefore, your final score from the task is 2-1=1.

Following the same line of logic, if you select all the options (A, B, C and D), you score 2 points for choosing the correct choice (C&D) and lose 2 for selecting two incorrect options (A&B). Your final score is 0.

(Please note the minimum score that you will receive is 0 & NOT -1).

Highlight Incorrect Words

In this section too, the concept of ‘partial credit’ is used. It is not possible to get a negative mark, and the minimum you can score is 0.

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In every enabling skill, the test-taker is awarded some marks in every skill. Pixabay

We hope that through this blog post, we have removed any clouds of doubts that you may have had over negative scoring, have been removed. Now is the time to stop worrying about negative marking in PTE, and make your preparation perfect.

If you are into PTE self-preparation, you can download the PTE Tutorials mobile application (available on Android and iOS). Alternatively, you can also go for Online PTE Coaching, to strengthen your preparation, and get your doubts resolved before you take the test!

Best of luck!

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Children In California To Return To School, 3 Weeks After The Wildfire

Schoolwork will probably be secondary to dealing with trauma and reconnecting with friends, said Paradise High Principal Loren Lighthall.

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Erica Hail hugs her son Jaxon Maloney, 2, while preparing her older children for their first day of school since the Camp Fire destroyed their home in Yuba City, Calif. VOA

Eight-year-old Bella Maloney woke up next to her little brother in a queen-size bed at a Best Western hotel and for breakfast ate a bagel and cream cheese that her mother brought up from the lobby.

And then she was off to school for the first time in nearly a month.

For Bella, brother Vance and thousands of other youngsters in Northern California who lost their homes or their classrooms in last month’s deadly wildfire, life crept a little closer to normal Monday when school finally resumed in most of Butte County.

“They’re ready to get back,” Bella’s mother, Erica Hail, said of her children. “I think they’re sick of Mom and Dad.” At school, “they get to have time alone in their own space and their own grade and they get to just be by themselves.”

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Erica Hail, back left, dresses son Vance Maloney, 5, while preparing her children for their first day of school since the Camp Fire destroyed their home in Yuba City, Calif. voa

Schools in the county had been closed since Nov. 8, when the blaze swept through the town of Paradise and surrounding areas, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and killing at least 88 people in the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. About two dozen people remain unaccounted for, down from a staggering high of 1,300 a few weeks ago.

About 31,000 students in all have been away from school since the disaster. On Monday, nearly all of them went back, though some of them attended class in other buildings because their schools were damaged or destroyed, or inaccessible inside evacuation zones.

Bella was shy and not very talkative but agreed she was excited to be going back. She wanted to see her friends.

The small, tidy hotel room with two queen beds has been home to the family of five for some two weeks. Since they lost nearly everything to the fire, there was little to clutter up the space. The Hails are booked there until February.

“Bella, what time is it?” Hail asked her daughter, waking her up in their hotel room.

“Seven dot dot three five,” came the 8-year-old’s sing-song reply. 7:35. It was time to brush her teeth, comb her hair and hit the road for a nearly hourlong drive to school in the family SUV.

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Bella Maloney, 8, arrives for her first day of school since the Camp Fire leveled her family’s home, in Durham, Calif. VOA

A few minutes later, at seven-dot-dot-four-seven, they were out the door.

Some families driven out by the inferno have left the state or are staying with friends or relatives too far away for the children to go back to school in Butte County.

The Hails — whose five-bedroom, two-bath home in Paradise was destroyed — are staying in Yuba City, a long drive from their new school in Durham.

It was shortly before the 9 a.m. start of the school day when they pulled up to Durham Elementary School, where Bella is in third grade and Vance is in half-day kindergarten.

Across the county, nearly all of the teachers are returning to provide a familiar and comforting face to the children.

“It’s important that the kids are able to stay together and have some sort of normalcy in the crazy devastation that we’re having now,” said Jodi Seaholm, whose daughter Mallory is a third-grader.

Mallory underwent radiation in October to treat a recurrence of brain cancer and showed no fear, Seaholm said, but “this situation with her house burning down has absolutely devastated her.”

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Trees reflect in a swimming pool outside Erica Hail’s Paradise, Calif., home, which burned during the Camp Fire. VOA

Counselors brought in from around the country were in nearly every classroom Monday to help children who were distressed by their escape through a burning town and the loss of their homes, Paradise school Superintendent Michelle John said at a celebratory news conference. Many of the teachers lost their homes as well.

“Our kids are traumatized,” John said. “Their families are traumatized.”

Most of Paradise High School survived but is inaccessible.

The district doesn’t have space yet for intermediate and high school students whose classrooms were rendered unusable, so for the 13 days before the holiday break begins, they will learn through independent study. They will have access to online assignments and a drop-in center at a mall in Chico where they can get help from teachers or see classmates.

Also Read: Australia Suffers From Heat And Fuel Wildfires

Schoolwork will probably be secondary to dealing with trauma and reconnecting with friends, said Paradise High Principal Loren Lighthall.

“They don’t have their church, they don’t have their school, they don’t have their work, they don’t have their friends. They don’t have any of that stuff, and we’re asking them to write five-paragraph essays?” Lighthall said. “It’s just unreasonable at this point. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to be super flexible with what we require.” (VOA)