PTE Spelling: UK or US???

Have you ever wondered which English spelling convention to use in the PTE test? Well, you have come to the right place.

PTE spelling is important. Although it won’t be the end of the world if your spelling score is low, it is still better to get it right.

Test Format of PTE Spelling

On the Pearson official website, test takers can find the test format of every task. Today, let’s have a look at PTE spelling specifically.

It clearly says that the computer recognises English spelling conventions from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. However, test takers need to be consistent in a given response. That is, it’s better not to mix them.

Technically speaking, you only need to be consistent in one response, for example, in one ESSAY or one Summarise Spoken Text, but the reason why we tell students not to mix UK and US spelling is that it might become a habit. If you don’t distinguish between UK and US spelling, you might mix them in a given response without realising that.

PTE Spelling Rules

Luckily, there are some rules for us to learn more about UK and US spelling conventions. Here are some examples for you to follow.

  • UK/US: analyse/analyze
  • UK/US: colour/color
  • UK/US: travelling/traveling
  • UK/US: centre/center

You can also search for “UK and US spelling differences” on the Internet, and there are going to be many lists to which you can refer.

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