The Professional English Assessment for Teachers (PEAT) Test is designed to determine the level of competence in English of overseas trained teachers who wish to gain approval to teach in NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) government schools. It is not an assessment of subject matter competence but an assessment of English language skills within the educational context. The result obtained in each language component of the PEAT indicates whether your proficiency is of a standard which would enable you to teach and interact effectively and confidently in a school setting in NSW.
Only those overseas trained teachers who have obtained prior approval from the Teacher Recruitment Unit at NSW DEC are allowed to register for this test.
NSW DEC requires candidates to achieve Band A or A+ in all components in order to pass the PEAT.
|Test Format||Description||Test Time|
|Listening - 3 sections||Section 1: Two-way discussion (2.5 mins - played twice),
multiple choice questions.
Section 2: Three-way discussion (2.5 mins - played twice),
multiple choice questions.
Section 3: Monologue (4 mins - played twice),
note taking answers
|Reading - 3 sections||Section 1: NSW DEC policy text (approx 900 words),
multiple choice questions.
Section 2: Workplace related text (approx 700 words),
multiple choice questions and single word cloze
Section 3: Authentic sample of student writing (handwritten), multiple choice questions.
|Writing - 3 sections||Section1: Writing an incident report
Section 2: Writing a letter home
Section 3: Authentic sample of student writing (typed),
identifying errors and providing written feedback on student’s work .
|Speaking - 3 sections||Section 1: Interview and discussion (5 mins)
Section 2: Role play (preparation 4 mins; performance 5 mins)
Section 3: Presentation (preparation 4 mins; performance 5 mins)
|TOTAL TEST TIME||3 hours 25 minutes|
|Exam Day||Exam Date||Applications Close*||Location|
|Saturday (Places available for
Listening, Reading & Writing
|1 March 2014||14 February 2014||Randwick|
|Saturday||12 April 2014||28 March 2014||Randwick|
|Saturday||24 May 2014||9 May 2014||Randwick|
|Sunday||6 July 2014||23 June 2014||Randwick|
|Saturday||16 August 2014||4 August 2014||Randwick|
|Saturday||27 September 2014||15 September 2014||Randwick|
|Sunday||2 November 2014||20 October 2014||Randwick|
|Saturday||6 December 2014||24 November 2014||Randwick|
*Note you are advised to apply before the closing date to ensure a place in the test. If a test is full you will be offered a place in the next available test date.
|Registration Time||PEAT Component|
|8.30 am - 9.00 am||Full Test
|10.15 am - 10.30 am||Writing Component|
|11.45 am - 12.00 pm||Speaking Component|
UNSW Institute of Languages
22-32 King Street
Randwick NSW 2031
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When do I get my candidate number and speaking time?
You will be given a label with your candidate number when you register on the test day. A Speaking test list can be found in the foyer on the first and second floors. You should check this carefully for your Speaking test time.
Can I change my test date?
Yes, as long as you do so more than 10 working days before the test date. There will be a transfer fee of AUD$95.00. You will need to apply to Student Services for a transfer to another test date and pay the transfer fee. Requests for transfers received within 10 working days prior to the test date will not be accepted unless accompanied by a medical certificate and transfer fee of AUD$95.00.
Can I cancel my test?
Yes. If you do so more than 10 working days before the test date you will receive a refund, less a cancellation fee of 20% of the test fee. If you cancel within 10 working days prior to the test date, refunds are only available under exceptional circumstances. You must apply in writing to Student Services. If your refund is approved there will be a cancellation fee of 20% of the test fee. Please email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I change my address?
You should email Student Services at: email@example.com for any changes to your contact details.
Can I attempt each test component separately?
No. When you first sit the PEAT you must take the full test. Once you have attained a Band A+/A in one or more of your components you will need to retake all those remaining components in each subsequent attempt until you achieve a Band A+/A in all four components.
Can I apply for a re-mark?
Yes. Re-marks are only available for the Writing and Speaking components. You can apply for a re-mark by completing the PEAT Re-mark Report and Credit Card Authorisation Form.
UNSW Institute of Languages offers a series of four PEAT workshops concentrating on each of the PEAT test components - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each workshop will focus on PEAT skills and strategies rather than on language development and includes information about the content of the PEAT, skills and strategies for the PEAT, and timed test practice.
You must be an overseas trained teacher seeking employment with the NSW Department of Education and Communications (DEC) and preparing for PEAT to enrol in the PEAT workshops.
UNSW Institute of Languages provides free access to two sample tests which are representative of the actual PEAT test tasks. You should use this Exemplar material under strict assessment conditions following the timing and instructions exactly to gain a good idea of your ability in the different components.
The Answer Key is included at the end of the Exemplar material. Where exact answers cannot be given, the criteria indicate what the examiners are looking for.
If your application form is not complete and the documents attached are not correct or if they are missing, we will not be able to process your application until they are received.