The short answer is that it is very difficult to do so because of the following reasons.
1. You can only sit the test by presenting a valid passport. Even a valid driving license which is a common means of proving one’s identity is not accepted as a proof of identity at a PTE test center. Tough, isn’t it?
2. At the PTE center, they scan the palm of your hand and save it in their data base for your later admissions. This will be another security level added to your proof of identity. If, for instance, you take your 10-minute break at the beginning of the Listening section, upon your return from the break, you need to scan your palm of hand and show your passport to the test supervisor for attempting the rest of your PTE test.
3. All candidates are stripped off of their digital devices (mobile phones, tablets, digital watches, …), ornamental accessories (wrist watches, rings, necklaces, …) and writing implements upon their entry to the PTE test center. The only thing you can take with you to the computer room is your passport.
4. The third security factor is your voice signature which is recorded at the start of your Speaking section in the form of Personal Introduction. This voice sample is sent along with your score report to any organization you want to share your score with.
All in all, cheating in the PTE test is not possible unless you have someone at the center to collude with.
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