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PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. It allows for a standardized and recognized English language assessment with added convenience and flexibility. DISTED College is the only institution in Penang that is offering the Pearson Test of English. There are several standout benefits to taking the PTE Academic as compared to other similar assessments.

Firstly, it is widely accepted by thousands of institutions and professional associations worldwide. Besides that, PTE Academic results are typically available within five business days. This allows for fast processing especially for those who requires their results in a short period of time. Heavy emphasis is placed on ensuring convenience and flexibility and thus PTE is available for testing in all 360 days of the year and more than 200 test centers around the globe. Also, test sessions are run in over 50 countries in the world for even better convenience for test takers. PTE Academic even gives test takers unlimited access to their results and they can send it to as many institutions as they like without any additional charges applied. The test allows takers a reliable and credible assessment that they are able to use anywhere and anytime.

The main purpose of language is for communication purposes and therefore PTE stresses on real-life English skills as opposed to simulated language environments. Students are tested on a variety of skills that are applicable to real life situations. This gives students a better immersion and more realistic test environment and skills are measure in an integrated way. Test takers will have to communicate effectively in their destination by using academically relevant tasks. As the test is 100% computer-based marking, fairness and security is ensured as tests are scored impartially without bias. To ensure test score validity all test centers use state-of-the-art digital biometrics incorporating palm-scanning, digital signatures, secure paperless results, randomized test formats and CCTV.

For those interested in taking up PTE Academic at DISTED College, classes are held 4 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday).

Operating hours

Weekday class – 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Weekend class – 10:00am – 1:00pm

For those interested in signing up PTE Preparatory workshop, click here to register.

Programme Overview

This intensive 2- day course organized by Life Academy is designed to help students get familiarized with all the 20 item types tested in the PTE exam. It focuses on how to achieve the maximum score for each item type.

This preparatory course is strongly recommended for all test-takers as it exposes them to strategies on how to respond to each type of question. The test takers will be taken step by step on the test format for all the four skills (Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading), the assessment and how to interpret the scores.

Preparatory Course:
15 hours over the weekend (Saturday)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This workshop focuses in detail on developing the skills and strategies needed to answer all the FOUR parts in the IELTS examination;

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

Test takers will be taught on how to successfully overcome the exam tricks and apply the tactics for each item types with comprehensive feedback.

For Speaking; students will be exposed to all the three parts in the speaking test. Lots of practices will be given to allow test-takers to speak with absolute confidence.

For Writing; students will be taught the strategies on how to achieve a higher band score in writing for both Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2.

For Reading; students are given intensive practice tests to familiarize themselves with the question types. After the workshop, students will have the knowledge, strategies and skills to achieve a higher band score in the reading part.

For Listening; it focuses on the skills and techniques applied on answering all the four sections in the listening test. As each section becomes progressively more difficult, test-takers are taught how to recognize synonyms and paraphrasing.

Finally, test-takers are tested under timed conditions to experience similar exam situations.

IELTS Workshop

4 Saturdays
10.00 to 5.00pm
15 hours over the weekend (Saturday)

Your Trainer

Vilashini Kandaiah

B.Sc ( Hons )
Diploma in TESOL
Master in Education (TESL)
Doctorate in Education (expected in 2020).

Teaching Experience:

Highly committed English language instructor with more than 15 years of teaching experience.
Patient and goal oriented to assist students from beginner to advanced ESL capacity.
Responsible for curriculum development and the teaching quality of English language programmes. Trained and facilitated students for public speaking. Trainer for IELTS and PTE preparatory courses.