A lot of adults who want to stay in English speaking countries have to pass the PTE exam. No wonder the internet is flooded with PTE exam tips and tricks, which also confuse the candidates preparing for the PTE exam. Here we’ve gathered top tips in each section to hack your PTE exam like a pro.
So, let’s begin:
1. Speaking And Writing Section Tips
Read Aloud Trick
In the PTE speaking segment, the first question is to read the paragraph displayed on your computer screen. Before the recording begins, you have time (35 sec) to review the paragraph.
Make the most of your time by carefully reading the context and picking out any difficult-to-spell terms. In short, when practising the paragraph, start to read it rapidly. If you have difficulty pronouncing any word, bypass that word and keep reading constantly. Develop a rhythm in your speech and continue speaking without pause. At the end of a sentence, take a break for a little bit and then continue.
If you don’t quickly click on the next tab on the computer screen after you finish reading the question to move on to the next question, you’ll be given a zero for that question, despite your correct attempt.
Repeat Sentence Trick
The next PTE question in the speaking segment is the repeat sentence question, which requires you to listen to a sentence through the microphone and repeat it. This section will be straightforward if you have a good memory; if you don’t, don’t worry; here is a method.
Start with a clear mind, pay attention to the statement, imagine what you listened to in the audio, and attempt to remember the primary idea of the statement. Repeating a higher number of correct words will result in a higher score. Nonetheless, don’t pause; instead, attempt to speak all of the words or form a whole sentence, as the computer simply requires constant speech at this point. So just say what comes to your mind about the context.
Describe Image Trick
The 3rd question in the speaking part is to describe an image. In this, you have to explain an image in depth. You will be given 25 seconds until the recording begins to take notes about the key aspects.
The image showed on the computer screen could be a graph, bar chart, or picture. Except for the graph and bar chart, the rest of the describe image questions are freestyle, meaning you can say whatever comes to your mind about the picture as long as you stick to the pattern below.
In case of graph note down
- The axes information.
- Highest, lowest, and central points.
- Describe the graph or pie chart’s title.
- State the graph’s axes or the pie chart’s axes.
- Mention the values of the highest, lowest, and average points.
- At the end concluded the graph.
Don’t click next before the 40 seconds in the recording bar have ended. Also, don’t stop talking during the 40 second period, as the machine will assume you may not have enough material or understanding skills to speak.
Re-Tell Lecture Trick
The 4th question is the re-tell lecture. The purpose of this question is to have you repeat the audio coming from the computer. When you’re speaking, don’t pause, even if you make a mistake. It’s critical to pay close attention to the recording since it will give you plenty to talk about and keep the microphone occupied during the response period.
- Carefully listen to the recording and write down the key points.
- Keep the lecture’s storyline in mind as it helps you to talk longer.
- When the computer is done playing the lecture statement, you will be given 10 seconds to frame the statement, think about it, and tailor it.
- Start with “The lecture is about.”
- Use the words that were spoken in the lecture.
- It doesn’t matter if your story makes little to no sense; what matters is that you must keep speaking in the microphone to keep it engaged until the recording time is over.
Academic Write Essay Trick
This is the last question in the PTE speaking and writing section. You are required to write an essay on the given topic between 200-300 words. It’s best that you at least write 220-250 words. To attempt successfully, try to divide your essay into four parts. The parts should comprise of:
- Intro to topic
- Paragraph 1 on topic
- Paragraph 2 on topic
- Concluding paragraph
2. PTE Reading Section Tips
Don’t Waste Time Correcting Mistakes
The most important skill to acquire is how to keep your voice consistent while speaking. This means that when you speak to a computer, it just demands perfect speech continuity. So, if you make a mistake or misspell a word in speaking, ignore it and continue to the next word without delay or hesitation.
Speak Aloud and Consistently
Quite a lot of people have excellent oral communication abilities, but they score below 50. The changing voice level is the reason behind this.
When our speech is captured inside a computer, it is turned into an electrical signal, which is then analyzed. If the output signal is weak, the computer assumes the speaker is not an articulate person, and thus the speaker receives a low score. So, make sure to keep your voice level consistent by speaking loudly from the start until the end, and do not let your voice level fade.
Don’t take Pauses
Maintain a calm demeanour and stay focus. Speaking is the most basic of all PTE modules and only requires a continuous flow of sound, irrespective of context. Remember to speak without pausing and maintain a stable voice level; you will certainly receive a complete score in this part.
3. Listening Section Tips
Trick for Write from Dictation
There are 2-3 dictations/lectures comprising 50-70 words in this question. It’s similar to the Re-tell lecture question in the speaking section, but instead of speaking, you just had to write. To obtain the most points, try to write between 65 and 70 words. Take notes and pay attention to the dictation/lecture.
Trick for Summarize Spoken Text
This one is also similar to the Re-tell Lecture. When the computer is playing the lecture audio, you should note the important keywords/aspects of the lecture. Then start discussing them in the manner the audio was played. For example, after you are done noting the keywords and it’s time for you to speak, you can start by saying the following.
The speaker was discussing (mention the topic title/name). He started by mentioning (the first keywords/aspect). Then he talked about (the second keyword/aspect). He described (the third keyword/aspect). In addition, he also discussed (the fourth keyword/aspect). Last but not least, he mentioned (the fifth keyword/aspect). Finally, he concluded/suggested (the sixth keyword/aspect).
These were some of the PTE tips and tricks for during exam. However, taking PTE online courses can also help immeasurably with your PTE preparation.