PTE Rescoring: Things to consider before applying for re-marking
Students can apply for a re-score for most professional examinations, including the PTE Test. Many examinees consider re-scoring as their last resort to increase their marks and achieve their desired scores. Unfortunately, it is not recommended to apply for a re-scoring in PTE Test and here are the reasons why:
- PTE is a Computer Scored Test
Examinees who apply for a re-score usually suspect that there must be an error in the marking system. However, you should remember that it is the computer that assigns the scores to the examinees. This same computer system reprocesses your responses during re-scoring. It would be a waste of your time and money to question the accuracy and credibility of a computer.
There is not much difference in the marking and therefore, it is highly unlikely that your overall score will change.
Few students who tried to remark their scores will receive this kind of reply-
- Informal email reply on re-scoring
Re-scoring applicants receive informal email replies with no feedback of student performance. Students who want a re-score believe that their answer deserved more marks than what were awarded. It would be ideal to get back a re-score feedback which explains why we have gotten the current marks so that we can improve ourselves better. But applicants of re-scoring do not get such feedback and are left in the dark about the validity of their answers.
- The Re-Scoring Fee
You will get and find out your re-scoring fee by contacting the customer service team after the PTE exam. This will only be fully refunded if your overall, communicative or enabling skills scores are improving. This occurs very rarely and most of the time, the students’ scores remain the same.
The student who had received the reply in the picture above reported that he did not get refund.
- Only spoken responses and open-ended written responses are rescored.
It is suggested that you should only consider rescoring if you have not achieved your expected scores for the spoken and written responses. Hence, before you decide to do the rescoring, you should be very clear and confident about which parts you expect to get higher marks on.
If you suspect that you have been marked wrong for some multiple choice questions, it is not necessary to rescore.
- Your Score Can Go Down Too
Remember that by re-scoring, you also have the risk of getting lower score. If your score changes, the new score will replace your old score.
Given all that, weighing the benefits and costs of applying for remarking is important. It might be more beneficial to use the money to book for another test and achieve your target score next time rather than going for the remarking.