Many first-time PTE test takers are not satisfied with their scores and they are often surprised by their low scores. In such cases, candidates often wonder if it's worth the risk and the price to ask for a rescore. If you happen to be in the same boat, then read to find out exactly why I think opting for a rescore is more trouble than it's worth.
Not Every Module Is Rechecked
As is widely known, if a candidate is not satisfied with the scores they have received, they are well within their rights to request a rescore or recheck of your test. However, not all parts of your exam will be sent for rechecking. Since the reading and listening module questions all have fixed and specific answers, it is highly unlikely that the computer algorithm used to check these components would have made an error when checking this part of the exam. For this reason, only the speaking and writing module can be sent for rechecking.
This is quite pricey since it costs $100 to request a rescore from Pearson, and you need to so within 14 days of obtaining your score.
Pearson checks all PTE academic scores twice before they are given to candidates. This means that your scores are most likely accurate and there is a very slim chance that you will see any change in your score.
Its Usually Human Error Instead Of A Technical Fault
In reality, most speaking scores are lower than expected due to human error on the part of the candidate rather than actual technical faults. For example, some candidates stop speaking for more than 3 seconds and the microphone switches off, or things like heavy breathing or not speaking clearly into the microphone affect your score. Faulty microphones or other test equipment are a rarity and are usually dealt with in a timely manner on test day.
You Can Lower Your Score!
Unlike other language proficiency tests, PTE Academic scores can actually be lowered after being rechecked, and this is a more likely outcome than a score increase
Why It's Better To Retake The Test Than Ask For A Rescore
Fortunately, test takers are allowed to take the PTE academic exam as many times as they wish in order to achieve their desired scores. In this case, you should use this retest as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Try to improve your preparation for the next time you take the test, especially in the test section you scored most poorly in.
Take a good and honest look at your previous preparation methods and schedule to determine how you can improve upon these areas. Make sure that you give yourself sufficient time to really well prepare and improve your English language skills and abilities. Continuously gauge your progress by taking authentic PTE practice tests.
The smart thing to do is to take the money you would use on taking the test multiple times and spend it on a course that will provide you with the strategies and skills that will guarantee you a better score next time. I believe the easiest and stress-free way to do this is to find a PTE teacher, who can help you identify your weaknesses and help you to improve in these areas. Often students have gaps in the understanding of particular types of questions and are completely unaware of it until these issues are pointed out by a professional.