How Are PET Scores Calculated?
The date that you take the test and the language and version of the test that you take will not affect your score. The scoring method guarantees that even if you take the test along with a group of examinees with above-average or below-average ability, your score will be no different than if you had taken the test on another date.
The scores are calculated in a four-step process:
- Raw score on the writing task: Details pertaining to the method of calculating scores for the writing task may be found in the “Writing Task” section in “Information and Examples - Verbal Reasoning”, at this link.
- Raw scores on the multiple-choice sections: Each correct answer is worth one point. The number of correct answers in each domain is equal to the raw score in that domain.
- Scores in each of the three test domains: In order to compare the scores of examinees who took different versions of the test or who took the test in different languages or on different dates, the raw scores for the writing task and the raw scores for the multiple-choice sections in each of the three test domains are converted to a uniform scale. The verbal reasoning score includes the score on the writing task, which is weighted at 25%. The scale for scores in each of the three domains is from 50 to 150.
- General PET scores: Each one of the general PET scores is based on a particular weight given to the raw score in each test domain. In the multi-domain score, the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning scores are each assigned double the weight of the score in English. In the quantitative-orientated score, the quantitative reasoning score is given triple the weight of each of the other two scores. In the verbal-orientated score the verbal reasoning score is given triple the weight of each of the other two scores.
The scale for each type of general PET score is from 200 to 800.
A sample score calculation may be found here.