- The first tip is about concentration. Concentration and alertness is very important for exam.
Describe Image: For this item type you will be given 25 sec to study the image and 40 sec to answer.
Now the question/instruction will be like this:
Look at the picture/image/graph in 25 seconds speak in the microphone and describe in detail what it is showing. You’ll have 40 seconds to give your answer.
Don’t waste too much time in reading the instruction. Observe the image/graph/table and utilize 25 sec fully and start speaking as soon as the recording starts.
And same goes for other item types. 25 seconds is a pretty good time.
In case of listening item type say multiple choice multiple answer, a person will speak on some topic and you have to answer a question .For eg.
What are the reasons for draught in Australia?
Now the recording will start playing in 7 seconds,that means you have only 7 seconds to read the question. Because after 7 sec, person will start speaking so if you haven’t read the question how would you know what to hear for..
- The next is about headphones. Though their headphones are good but don’t expect the sound to be as loud as it was in your practice tests. There will be a lot of distraction from around. You could hear other candidates speaking but then you have to bring in the first tip into play that is to say you need to concentrate on your own tasks and don’t listen to what others are saying.
- Next is regarding erasable notepad. The erasable notepad has 10 pages and is long like a long register. It will have plenty of pages so you won’t run out of pages. In rare case if you do, then you can ask for more. You can’t erase the notepad with your hands. If it finishes then you raise your hand and the examiner will bring a new one for you. Exam won’t be paused for this time. For real simulation while u practice, take notes using pen and paper. And regarding note taking you have to take short notes of only main points. Don’t try to take notes word by word. Improve your typing speed too.
- Now a general overview of different item types that might trouble you.
So there are total of 20 different item types and out of which 3 have negative marking. Many people found describe images and retell lecture tough. So will give few tips on them.
As long as long as you are speaking continuously you are good to go, if you keep quiet for more than 3 seconds microphone will stop recording and your answer will be marked as completed. If you still need time to gather your thoughts then u can fill the gaps using ums, ahh…now you might be wondering that will ums, ahsetc will decrease your points. The answer is NO as long as you are not doing them very frequently. So that means during speaking item types you can use ums, ahssetcetc but if you are using very frequently then it will cause your scores to reduce. You can use them during repeat sentence, describe images and retell lectures.
- Most of the tips for describe images are in the book so you may refer that.
Describe images questions. When you get a graph you have to describe main points in 40 sec. there will be a title or heading given, for e.g:
Rainfall, UK, 2001. Followed by graph. So you start that this graph shows/depicts/describes average rainfall in mm in UK for year 2001 from Jan to Dec, or during 1999 to 2010 etc. After this you can start summarizing main points, highs, lows of graph. If time permits try giving conclusion.
6.Re-tell lecture. Re-tell lecture item type comes after describe image item types. There will be 7-8 describe image questions and 2-3 re-tell lecture questions. Now what happens is that re-tell lectures sometimes are accompanied by image/picture which might make u think that this is another describe image question . So this might throw u out of balance so be aware of this.
For re-tell lecture grab your erasable note board and marker and be alert, listen to the recording and start making notes of main points, subordinate points, numbers, dates , percentages etc.
If there is name of a person in the recording for eg: Dr Henry kabutz or some other name you need not repeat the name while giving your response. A simple doctor, or researcher or person is fine.
Re-tell lecture means you have to speak the SUMMARY. So you need not repeat everything word by word.
You just have to give main points. If there is an example in the recording then you need not describe it completely. You can shorten it. Here also the key is that don’t stop speaking. Keep speaking. Proper note taking helps a lot.
Also one more tip suppose recording starts and you are not able to listen or understand some words, don’t panic. I repeat don’t panic. Listen remaining of the recording and keep taking notes. Don’t worry about what you have missed or didn’t understand. After the recording is over, repeat what you understood in your own words.
If you panic then you might mess up the whole re-tell lecture. So ignore what you haven’t understood and move on. There are only 2-3 re-tell lectures so don’t worry much about them.
- Writing: This is the easiest of all. Just exhibit range of vocabulary, spelling should be accurate and follow normal ielts tips that we know. I.e. introduction, main body (2 or more para) and conclusion. This is for essay type. In essay type cover everything that the essay is trying to ask you.
If it asks you to give examples, references then don’t forget them. There is cut, copy paste option available which you can utilize. Also word count will appear below the area where you are typing so don’t worry about you exceeding the number of words.
The other task in writing is summarizing written text. Here there will be a paragraph and you have to summarize it in ONE Sentence. It should be between 5- 75 words.
There is another item type in listening namely SUMMARIZE SPOKEN TEXT. Here you will listen to a recording and summarize. However the difference is that in latter you can write more than 1 line. However in former you have to summarize in ONE sentence. You will get 10 minutes for this. Many people find this as tough as how to summarize a paragraph. Key here is to find topic sentences, main points and using your words, synonyms to summarize the paragraph. Keep in mind that you have to summarize a paragraph so you have to understand what the paragraph is about and what it is trying to communicate. Try to show range of vocabulary, spelling.
Since we are talking about writing, one important tip is punctuation. It is very important in all writing tasks. So things like Capital letters appropriately (start of sentence, nouns), then commas, semicolons etc. should be put wherever necessary.
Another is to practice spelling of confusing words like believe, achieve etc.
Lastly don’t worry much about writing as it is easiest of all.
- Speaking and Writing: These two will happen in one go i.e. together. In case of writing you have 10 minutes for summarizing text. Don’t think that if you complete it by 10, then remaining time will be added in next section.
After this we have reading section which is a bit tough because time is less. Time for reading varies between 32-41 minutes and in this time you have to complete 13-17 item types. The reading item types ARE NOT individual item types. So once you complete the question, move on to the next. In reading the tip is to read fast. When you read fast it not only will save time but when we read fast we understand and fathom much easy compared to when we read slow and word to word. Here also keep track of time. Don’t panic. Don’t rush.
Read the question for multiple choice question clearly. Sometimes they put NOT so beware of that. For eg. What is the speaker NOT trying to say?
In reading section there is one item type namely multiple choice, choose more than one option that has got negative marking so choose the options wisely. A similar item type is there in listening as well. Re-order paragraphs are not difficult and you will do them. For rest of the sections key is to read fast and try to understand what the topic is all about, what the writer is trying to say. Understanding the writer’s intention is very important.
- After reading section there will be 10 minutes break. Instruction for break will be communicated to you in start of the test so don’t worry about that. It is optional.
After 10 minutes the last section is listening section and it is also easy. After writing this is the easiest section. Here also you have to show in your concentration and listening skills. You can increase your headset volume. This should be done in fact at the start of the test. In listening section there can be multiple speakers with different accents so it is possible one person is speaking first 4 lines and rest by other speaker. Don’t let that distract you. Most of the item types are easy.
- There is one more item type where people face problem in speaking section that is Repeat sentence. Here you will hear a sentence and you have to repeat it exactly as you hear it. You need not show accent like the speaker but u can use stress and intonation as necessary. The key to repeat sentence is don’t try to remember it (memory do play a role) but try to understand the sentence, meaning of sentence for e.g the library is located northwest of the chemistry lab. If you focus on meaning then our brain has more chance of repeating it. Also in this item type you have to hold the sentence in your brain cache for few seconds. What happens is that you will hear a recording and then microphone will open after some time so once it opens you have to start speaking.
Also there are some item types in speaking which DON’T HAVE TONE. And they are Repeat Sentence Item types. So in this item type you have to speak as soon as recording appear.
- Regarding listening item types Write after dictation, this one is similar to repeat sentence, the difference being in repeat sentence we have to speak and this one we have to write. Hear the complete sentence, keep in short term memory (just like repeat sentence) and then write it.
PTE academic Experience
SAMPLE PTE STRATEGY
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- Repeat Sentence: – Try to do your level best on this. I think this part carry maximum points. Need paramount concentration on it.
- Describe Image: – Don’t ever try to describe full content. Summary, Highest/minimum information, conclusion (if possible). Must ignore any pause but don’t speak fast and ensure your word is clear to understand. Try to use these words: Gradually, Steep rise, increase, fluctuating, remain stable/steady,surge, the largest group of people, the least common answer, southeast corner of the room/map/layout and so on.
- Retell Lecture: – Again content is not important but ensure you can speak 40 seconds. Ignore “aah”, “hmm” and other paused sound as much as possible; just speak normal voice with fluency.
- Question/Answer: – Try to listen the question properly. Sometimes they give some image or graph and ask question from it. If you are not sure of the answer then repeat the question or mention both the option when try to choose one.
Last but not the least, try to practice speaking in noisy environment such as put the BBC on TV then practice speaking. I found that exam hall was noisy and everyone is shouting during speaking.
One more thing, grammar is important in speaking. Hence, main focus should be on fluency and punctuation.
This part is the most easiest one at-least compared with IELTS.
All the topics are repeated, so it is easy to get the idea before sitting for exam. However, must practice typing with those known topics within given time frame.
Ensure proper grammar and vocabulary. Some of them are as follows:-
Bolster, impeccable, indispensable, parochial attitude, fathom, laudable effort, crux, unbridled/bridled, formidable, inundate, inevitably, jeopardize, emancipation, itinerary, overwhelming, tremendously and so on.
All these words are easy to fit any sentence and increase your vocabulary marks and use connecting words like furthermore, moreover, hence, in addition, besides, nevertheless, nonetheless, although, even though , while, Indeed, in fact, finally, Lastly, In conclusion etc..
Last but not the least, ensure there will be no spelling mistakes.
This section is definitely hard compared with IELTS. Utilize time in single multiple choice and reorder paragraphs.
It is easy to get points in this section and don’t need to make any special strategy for it. However, in my own observation, Highlight Correct Summary, Highlight incorrect words, write from dictation secure more marks and ensure spelling marks in “write from dictation” section.
On the whole, concentration is very vital in PTE-A exam, be confident about yourself and don’t lose hope or get disoriented until the exam is finished.
The structure of this exam is totally different compare with IELTS. Therefore, if you decide to give PTE then try your level best with preparation.
Read aloud: At first you might think it is an easy task, but if you try some sentences, you’ll see you cannot read it clearly, fluently and without disturbing pauses. Pronunciation and fluency is really important, and you have to read like a news reader on TV. Watch your tone, intonation, rises and falls.Practice as much as you can and you’ll be alright.
Describe image: Note that your response time is only 40 seconds, and the information shared on the screen is usually too much, so there isn’t enough time to tell them all and it is not wise to do so. Start with an introduction and speak fluently and clearly in 30 -35 seconds. It is ok if you cannot cover all the info, only focus on extreme figures. This is similar to IELTS academic writing task 1.
Sentences like below are good:
The graph provides information about…
The map illustrates …
the trend has a significant increase
Retell lecture: Focus on the lecture. No need to write down everything the lecturer says. Just take a note about the topic and important categories and stuff. With only 40 seconds describe it fluently and clearly.
the lecture is about…
the lecturer stated that…
Answer short question:
It is about your general knowledge, and you have to practice to become good. The only hard part is when the question is read too quickly.
Summarize: It’s easy, get the whole idea and convert it into one sentence.
It’s like Ielts writing task 2. Spelling and grammar is important. Check word by word and proofread your work. Be aware of time.
READING & LISTENING:-
Have various parts and since the exam is ACADEMIC, you’ll see many new words. The use of collocations is really important and common. Watch your time and practice a lot. Do not stuck in one question and if you miss one do not panic and stay focused.
It’s really important to concentrate and focus the entire time.
Definitely buy the gold kit to prepare yourself and become familiar with exam. They are harder than the real exam.
– offline practice test
– practice test plus
and check the Google docs about the exam essay questions. They really help.
The last thing about the exam is that, at first it introduces the whole part, and then goes through the parts without warning, so you have to be prepared and careful cause timer is counting down quickly.
Practice as much as you can and you’ll see the results. Because with practicing you see that you are improving.
Sample PTE strategy
SHORT ANSWER QUESTION SAMPLES
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ANSWER SHORT QUESTIONS
Q-An older unmarried woman
Q-Sleep enjoyed in the afternoon
The right answer is siesta
Q-Language which is confused and unintelligible
The right answer is jargon
Q-The one who has no money.
The right answer is pauper
Q-A man whose wife is dead
The right answer is widower
Q-A place where dead bodies are kept
The right answer is mortuary
Q-One whose business is to find out criminals
The right answer is detective
Q-The government runs by the dictator.
The right answer is autocracy
Q-One who prepares plans for buildings
The right answer is architect
Q-A great lover of books
The right answer is bibliophile
Q-A place where fishes are kept
The right answer is aquarium
Q-One who tests eyesight and sells spectacles
The right answer is optician
Q-The science of animal life
The right answer is zoology
Q-One who kills animals and sells their flesh
The right answer is butcher
Q-A disease which spreads by contact
The right answer is contagious disease
Q-A man who thinks only for himself
The right answer is egoistic
Q-An animal living both on land in water
The Right answer is amphibian
Q-A building for keeping and feeding horses in
The right answer is stable
Q-A string of beads used for counting prayers
The right answer is rosary
Q-A government publication relating to order, notification, etc.
The right answer is gazette
Q-Art and science dealing with language
The right answer is grammar
Q-A vehicle to carry dead bodies – hearse
A grass eating animal
The right answer is herbivorous
Q-Things of different nature
The right answer is heterogeneous
Q-The point where the earth and sky seem to meet.
The right answer is horizon
Q-Someone who is fond of entertaining guests
The right answer is hospitable
A serpent with many heads- hydra
Q-One who pretends to be what he is not
Q-Worship of idol
Q-A handwriting that cannot be read
Q-A sound that cannot be heard
The right answer is inaudible
Q-Incapable of being burnt
Q-Something that cannot be believed
Q-Something that cannot be cured
Q-Something that cannot be avoidable
Q-Something that cannot be explained
Q-The act of killing an infant
The right answer is infanticide
Q-Not limited by person or number
The right answer is infinite
Q-Something that is quickly and easily set on fire and burned
The right answer is inflammable
Q-That cannot be satisfied
Q-That kills insects
The right answer is insecticide
Q-The one who is unable to pay his debts
The right answer is insolvent
Q-Something that is not applicable
Q-A one who travels from place to place
Q-Anything which is related to youth and young
Q-An animal of Australia with great leaping power
Q-One who know many languages
The right answer is linguist
Q-The eclipse of moon
The right answer is lunar
Q- Animals which give milk
The right answer is mammals
Q-A person who die for his country-
The right answer is martyr
Q-One for whom the money is the most important thing
Q-A cinema show which is held in the afternoons
Q-Morning prayer in church
Q-Belonging to the middle ages
Q-Very particular about very small details
Q-Someone who moves from one place to another
The right answer is migratory
Q-A person who does not believe in the institution of marriages
The right answer is misogamist
Q-A person who hates woman
The right answer misogynist
Q-A government by a king or a queen
The right answer is monarchy
Q-The practice of having one wife or husband
-the right answer is monogamy
Q-Medicine which induces sleep
One who is a new comer
Q-Person publically authorized to draw up or attest contracts etc
Q-One who is new to a trade or profession
Q-Article of food rich in nutrition.
Q-Having a lot of fat in one’s body
Q-A notice of death in a newspaper
Q-A thing no longer in use
Out of date
All of above
The right answer is all of the above
Q-A study of ocean
Q- All powerful, possessing complete power and authority
Q-One who is presents everywhere
Q- One who knows everything
Q- An animal that eats any kind of food
The right answer is omnivorous
Q- One who look at the bright side of the thing
The right answer is optimist
Q- A person without mother and father
Q- A place where orphans live
Q-One who believe in traditional values
Q- A supposed cure for all diseases or problems
Q- Study of disease
– The right answer is pathology
Q- Killer of one’s own father
The right answer is patricide
Q- Properties inherited from one’s father
Q- One who loves his/ her country?
The right answer is patriot
Q- Payment made in consideration of past service
Q- One who looks on the dark side of things?
The correct answer is pessimist
Q- Lover of mankind
Q- Study of stamp collection
The correct answer is philately
Q- Study of words and their roots
Q-The study of sound
- A) Phonetics
- B) Acoustics
- C) all of the above
Correct answer is (c)
Q- The study of the body
Q- One who leads others
Q- One who copies from other writers?
The correct answer is plagiarist
Q- A government by the rich
The correct answer is plutocracy
Q- The practice of having many wives
Q- One who know many languages
The correct answer is polyglot
Q- A figure with many angles or sides
Q- A place where ships seek shelter
Q- A book published after the death of its author
The correct answer is posthumous
Q- Medical examination of a dead body
Q- A short message added on to the end of a letter after the signature-postscript
Q- Water fit for drinking
Q- An animal that preys on other animals
Q- To form an opinion against anybody baselessly
Q-Tendency to quarrel
The correct answer is pugnacity
Q- One who is particular about the purity of one’s language
Q-The study of ancient societies
Q-A person of good understanding knowledge and reasoning power
Q-What is the list of the business or subjects to be considered at a meeting called-
Q-One who possesses many talent is referred as:
Q-A person who is above hundred years
Q-A cinema which is held in the afternoon
Q-A flesh eating plant
Q-A game in which no one wins
Q-A life history written by oneself
Q-A person who always thinks of himself
–self centered /egoist
Q-A person with evil reputation
Q-A paper written by hand is known as-
Q- Detailed plan of journey-
Q-The environment related to organisms is called as-
Q-A thing that is fit to be eaten –
An exact copy-
Q-Anything that leads to death
Answer – fatal
Q-A person who eats too much
None of the above
Q-Likely to break apart easily-
Q-A person living in a foreign country-
Q-Perceptible to ear-
Q-One who does not make mistakes –
Q-One who goes on foot –
Q-The science which treats with life
Q-What are the words called which have the same meaning-
Q-A person living at the same time as another-
Answer – contemporary
Q-Through which light cannot pass
Q-A man dances to the tunes of his wife-
Q-An instrument for viewing object at a distance
Q-Cure of all diseases
Q-Custom of many wives
Q-What is fear of water called-
Q-A woman whose husband is dead
Q-That which is against law
Q-Things of same nature
Q-A list of names of books
Q-A pleasant song used for causing children to sleep
Q-A school for small children
Q-A coworker in the same institution is a colleague or a peer
Q-An assembly of hearers at a conference or concert
Q-A shed for motor cars
Q-A medicine that prevents infection by killing germs
Q-Arena is a
A place for indoor games
A place for hockey
A place for wrestling
A place for racing
Q-What is a dormitory?
Inner part of the city
Sleeping room in an institution
Exercise room in an institution
Q- Grand central terminal, Park Avenue, new york is the world’s largest:-
-largest railway station
-highest railway station
-longest railway station
– None of the above
The right answer is the largest railway station
Q-Entomology is the science that studies
– Behavior of human beings
– The origin and history of technical and scientific terms.
– The formation of rocks
-the correct answer is insects
Q- How many bones do a human being has?
– the right answer is 206
Q- How many intestines does a human being has?
– the right answer is 2
Q- What is baby called when in the womb of mother?
Q- How many players are there in football team?
– the right answer is 11
Q- Big boss is inspired from which international reality show?
– Big brother
– Big don
– The right answer is big brother?
Q- Which is the national bird of India?
– the right answer is peacock
Q- Which is the national flower of India?
– the right answer is lotus
Q- Which is the national animal of India?
– the right answer is tiger
Q- Which is the national fruit of India?
– the right answer is mango
Q- What is reincarnation?
– the re- birth of same soul in another body
– the re- birth of same soul in same body
Answer is the re- birth of same soul in another body.
Q- Who invented zero?
Q- In which century was the computer invented?
– 19th century
– 18th century
– the right answer is 19th century
Q- Who invented computer?
Q- who is the main founder of Facebook?
– Mark Zuckerberg
– William Zuckerberg
– the right answer is mark Zuckerberg
Q- What is the national game of India?
– the right answer is hockey
Q- What classes does the primary level include?
– up to 5
-up to 7
– the right answer is up to 5
Q-What is not a font style?
Q-Control + x are a short used for?
Q-The bones around your chest that protect organs such as the heart are called what?
Q-The two holes in your nose are called?
Q-The meet of cow is known as – beef or pork
Q-Are human’s omnivore, herbivore or carnivore?
Q-What is the sweet substance made by bees?
Q-What is the capital of Italy- Rome or Tokyo?
Q-Trying to predict the weather is known as weather _______
Q-What is the average temperature of the human body?
Answer: 98.6 f or 37 c
Q-Is India a country or a state?
Q-The place where fishes are kept is known as
Q-Archery is the national sport of which country-
Q-What instrument is used to measure angles in geometry?
Q-Which size of the newspaper is smaller? Tabloid or broadsheet
Q-How many milligrams in a gram?
Q- What is the largest cat in the world?
Q-What two colors are mixed to create the color purple- white and black or red and blue?
Red and blue
Q-With which device the earthquakes are recorded?
Q-Which is the second largest country in land- area?
Q-What is the most uncommon blood type in humans – o or b+?
Q-Which word does the “e” in e-mail stand for?
Q-Which is the currency of Dubai?
Q-Which is the largest planet in the solar system – Jupiter or mars?
Q-Which is largest – kilobyte, gigabyte or megabyte?
Q-Which is the largest living bird?
Q-In what season do apples most commonly mature?
Ans : autumn
Q-Which is the largest fish in the world?
Answer: whale shark
Q-which is the tallest animal on the earth-giraffe or zebra?
Q-square is to cube as circle is to ——-
Q-What do most children ride on to go to school?
- A) school bus b) car c) taxi d) motorcycle
Answer : a
Q- What farm animal gives us milk to drink?
Q- in America, what do people call it when children go out to play during a break at school?
Q- If you wanted to dig a hole, which of the following would you be most likely to use?
A)spade b) spanner c)hammer d) hoe
Q- On a clock, if the big hand is on 12 and the little hand is on 3 what time would it be?
- A) 12 0’clock b) 3 o’ clock c) 5 o’ clock d) 9 o’clock
Q- What vehicle runs on a track and blows a whistle?
- A) car b) train c) airplane d) helicopter
Q- What are doctors and lawyers called what they do?
Q- How many players are involved in the football?
Q- Who takes care of the sheep?
Q- Which month has 28 days?
Q- Which is the highest mountain in the world?
Answer: mount Everest
Q- What is the female gender of peacock?
Q- In the following question choose one word that best describes the meaning of the given word.
- B) pleasant
- C) pretty
- D) sanction
Q-choose the correct spelling word from options given below
- A) pesenger
- B) pessenger
- C) passenger
- D) pasenger
Q- What is the antonym of content?
Q- What is the antonym of anxiety?
- A) scare
- B) calmness
- C) leisure
- D) apprehension
Q-What is the cry of lion called?
Q- A long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river is called?
Q-What is 3/4th of percentage called as?
Q-Circumference, radius, diameter form which geometrical shape?
Q-What does an optic person deal with?
Ans- Spectacles If u have pain in teeth whom do you consult?
Q-Name the device of computer having name same to that of an animal.
Q-How many years are in a decade?
Q-Whenever a person goes to an interview, would he be in an enthusiastic mood or sad mood?
Ans- Enthusiastic mood
Q-What special document do most people carry during international travels?
Q-What would you call one half of the percentage?
Q-What do we call the alphabetical list, at the end of the book, that tells you where to find specific information ?
Q- At what ceremony, the students receive their degree or diploma at end of their study ?
Q- what is the chemical formula of water ? Or what is the name of H2o?
Ans-H2o or Water
Q- Which Animal is not a mammal? Butterfly, cow or Goat?
Q-How many years you study for an Undergraduate program?
Ans- 3 years
Q-If you forget the way what will you buy to find your destination?
Q-If something is POST ,then what does Post mean?
Ans- “Post” means after and “Pre” means before.
Q- In hospitals and other shops who gives medicine?
Q- If you face any heart related issue whom you will contact?
Q- what do people wear, if they cant see very well?
Q- In which branch of science, periodic table comes?
Q- when something comes at hault , what does this mean ?
Q- After secondary education, students can study in colleges as well as….?
Q- If a button has come out of shirt, what would someone most likely use to put it back on ?
Ans-Needle and thread
Q- what general part of the day is known as dawn?
Q- what does king or queen wear on their head at official ceremonies ?
Q- what are winter , spring ,summer and autumn?
Q- what is the sweet food produced by bees ?
Q- what do we call organs in our chest that we use to breathe ?
Q- In English calendar, if March comes before April, then which month will come after April?
IMAGE Based Questions:-
1) Two girls are doing something on laptop. What are they doing?
Ans- Browsing Internet
2) Male and female table and their designations are given. What is the name of female employee in the table?
Ans- Elizibath (Female)
3) A windmill is given in the picture. Name this device which is used to generate electricity?
4) A telephone is circulated (Inside Circle). What is the item which is circulated?
Ans- The Telephone
5) A table with 4 to 5 rows and columns with different course names? How many courses the student took?
6) A table is given with different years and months. What is the Preceding year of April?
Ans- Preceding means previous year
7) An image showing a big indoor stadium. What is this building?
Ans- An indoor stadium
8) Look at the table and find sales of which product were increasing every month. 5-6 products were given and only sales of one product was increasing every month.
9) An image of sunrise is given. What is this image showing? Dawn or Dusk?
10) Data is table is given showing bus timing, Stations and departure and arrivals. What was the departure time of bus from a particular station.
11) An image was given and girl was sitting and paper was in the air. What is happening to the paper? Ans- Scattering/ Its getting scattered.
12) An image was given in which 2-3 people had glasses(funnel shaped) in their hand.What are these people doing?
13) A paint in going on in background and a man is wearing gloves. Why is man wearing gloves?
Ans-He is painting
14) A person was wearing goggles blue in colour. What is this person wearing?
15) People are doing something in space on moon. Where are these people?
Ans- On the Moon.
16) A butterfly is shown in an image.How does the butterfly fly?
Ans- With wings.
some helpful answer short questions which for the PTE-A Exams:
- Paying at the counter after shopping – check out
- First story of the basement/building – basement
- Fed up – Negative feeling
- Who do you call in case of leaking pipeline – plumber
- Microscope is used to see – Micro-organism
- Transfer quickly from computer to computer – virus, Downloading
- Democratic government – people vote
- What do you get when you buy something – receipt
- Agriculture based country – farming economy
- Stars or planet – astronomy
- Dead remains of plants – fossils
- Business and advertising PR means – public relation
- What do you need to see thing which are far away – Binoculars
- Magnify minimal objects – microscope
- Who to visit if you have fear of crowd – psychologist
- Means of travelling in developed countries – public transport
- Washing clothes – laundry
- Who is more playing football – men
- Living things – Biology
- Month between September and November – October
- Thing most people use in their home – Bed
- Main difference between a wrist watch and a clock – Size
- Where we store meat – Freezer
- Most important document while driving – Driving license
- Where we can buy floor – Supermarket
- For X-ray – radiology
- Volume of water – liters
- Hand joint with arm – wrist
- wall clock and hand watch – their relative sizes
- City – Urban area
- When moon covers sun -solar eclipse
- Orbits the sun – Planet
- Football in-charge – referee
- cardiologists – heart
- event placed in time order – a timeline
- sea water different from fresh water – Salt
- University courses – orally or written assessment
- washing clothes – in the bathroom
- protect motor bike rider’s – Helmet
- leap year – 366 days
- fitness – more exercise
- Europe is home to – United kingdom
- arrival at hotel – reception or check-in
- job title building designer – architecture
- watches a sport event – spectator
- climb to roof – ladder
- don’t feel like eating – appetite
- improve health n fitness – diet and more physical exercise
- What is the name of ground military forces? – Army
- What is someone that can’t see called? – Blind
- What do you call the middle of something? – Center
- Whose job is it to treat people that are ill or have an injury at a hospital? – Doctor
- What is the process of teaching and learning called? – Education
- What kind of book is written by a person about their own life? – Autobiography
- What is the red liquid that flows through a body? – Blood
- What is the payment of a student’s education by an organization called? – scholarship
- What is piece of paper with official information written on it? – document
- What is the name of a building where you can borrow books? – library
- Who is a person that makes bread, cakes and pastries? – baker
- What organ controls your speech, feelings, body movement and thoughts? – brain
- What piece of equipment shows a person what direction they are traveling? – compass
- What is a series of events that happen in your mind while you are sleeping? – dream
- What is that person belongs to an organization called? – member
- Who cuts men’s hair? – barber
- What is it called when two or more people are speaking to each other? – conversation
- What is a violent conflict between two or more countries? – war
- What do you call the number of people living in a specific area? – population
- What do you call a person that can’t hear? – deaf
- What is the day that someone is born? – birthday
- What plan shows how much money is available and how it will be spent? – budget
- What is the name of a system of government in which the people elect their leaders? – democracy
- What planet do we live on? – earth
- What is the job of someone that looks after your teeth and gums? – dentist
- What is the time period before noon is called? – ante meridian
- What is the time after noon called? – post meridian
- What organ do cardiologists specialize in? – Heart
- Which section of news paper gives the editor an opinion? – editorial
- what instrument used to examine very small thing – microscope
- What is the destructive program that spread from comp to comp – a virus
- what term used for animals that gives birth to – mammals
- System of government where people vote for people – democracy
- piece of paper that you bought an item – a receipt
- What you call the document that tells your qualification and work exp? – CV, curriculum vitae, resume
- How would you describe economy largely based on farming? – agricultural, rural
- What is the study of stars and planet called? – astronomy
- In business and davit what is PR stand for? – public relations
- What emergency service called at see? – coastguard
- Name a month fall bet April and June? – May
- what word describe moving a website from internet to your comp – downloading / download
- What is called a picture doctor take to see inside body? – an X-ray
- What crime has someone stealing from shop committed? – shoplifting
- If someone feeling ill they will say ‘they are feeling under the ___’ what? – weather
- [under the weather – Feel sick, poor health, tired or exhausted]
- Who is person in-charge of a football match? – the referee
- Last game in sporting competition that decide champ? – the final
- What is the general term for painting at country side or natural view? – landscape
- Found in office (a printer and other two options)? – a printer
- There are two types of sporting contests: one is amateur; and other is ___? – professional
- Where would you find the whale (tropical forest, ocean)? – ocean
Tips on Achieving a Good Score in PTE | Study Abroad
In a world where IELTS and TOEFL have held a hegemonic position for quite some time now, Pearson Test of English (PTE) is fast emerging to cement its position as a reliable and balanced test of English proficiency. PTE assesses speaking, writing, reading and listening skills in English language. The test is endorsed by GMAC- owners of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). One of the biggest advantages of PTE is fast delivery of results. Results are available usually within 5 business days as compared to 13 days and one month that IELTS and TOEFL takes to deliver results respectively. PTE is fast gaining acceptance and is being recognized by organisations worldwide for example, UK border agency for visas and DIAC in Australia for student visas. PTE is a computer based exam.
Since people are largely unaware about PTE and the way exam is conducted, certain difficulties arise whilst preparing for the paper and attempting the paper. Given below are some tips which will help students to achieve a better score in PTE- Academic. Read on:-
While attempting writing tasks, use correct punctuations: commas, full stops, capital letters, etc. When asked to summarize text, make sure that your response must be between 5 to 75 words. Responses less than 5 words and more than 75 words will not be scored.
While writing an essay, identify the main topic; areas one needs to focus upon and any specific point of view that you might be asked to take. Keep in mind the word limit which is usually between 200-300 words.
During speaking, respond quickly and keep on speaking. Microphone will automatically stop recording after 3 seconds of silence. You will be given 10-40 seconds depending upon the task, to look and understand the text before recording starts.
In speaking section, make sure that you include as many important points as you can in the short span of time that you get. Make use of complex and compound sentences and stress on words which you feel need to be highlighted.
In reading section, use prompts and text boxes that appear along with the text in different tasks, carefully to get an idea as to what the text is about. These will help you understand the main idea of the text.
Develop your vocabulary and grammar skills to help you tide over reading sections easily.
When you take notes while attempting listening section, make sure that you note down the main idea as well as the supporting arguments which will essentially help you to frame your response in a better way and will fetch you good marks.
Remember to thoroughly check what you have written for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Give yourself sometime to re-check your responses once.
Many students get intimidated by the complex nature of PTE. However, all one needs to be is little organized and attentive and they can clear this test with flying colours.
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Q- Coat had a stain on it where would they take? – a dry cleaner’s
Q- What are the things that ‘hens lay’ called? – eggs
Q- The people who use ___ to obey the rules and protect the public from criminals are called? – the police
Q- On what geographical location would someone be living if their country is surrounded by water on all side? – an island
Q- What general part of the day is known as dawn? – a sunrise
Q- [Part of the Day: “Dawn–Twilight–Sunrise, Morning, Daylight / midday-afternoon, Evening, Sunset–Twilight–Dusk, Night”]
Q- What are the people that plant food, raise crop are commonly known as? – farmers
Q- If a button has come off a shirt, what would someone most likely use to put it back on? – a needle and thread
Q- What appliance do people use to keep their food cool and preventing from spoiling? – fridge
Q-To crossover from one side of the wide river to another without using boat, what is usually required? – a bridge
Q-What is a painting of a person’s head is called? – a portrait
Q- Where do we find urban area in a city or country side? – in a city
Q-What we call it, when moon completely blocks out the light from the sun? – a solar eclipse / an eclipse
Q- What point of the compass is directly opposite east? – west
Q- Where does u pay for your purchases at the super market? – (at the) till / checkout
Q- What does u call an apartment that is beyond ground level (a basement apartment or a penthouse apartment)? – a basement apartment
Q- What features do pianos and computers have in common? – a keyboard
Q- If you are feeling ‘fed up’ it is positive or negative feeling? – a negative feeling
Q- “I am fed up with being put down and made to feel stupid”]
Q- What we call a period of ten years? – a decade
Q-A specialist who repairs leaking water pipes is called a ___? plumber
Q- A famous canal links the meditation sea with the Indian Ocean, is it the Curran or Suez Canal? – the Suez canal
Q- Where would you keep the meat you wish to keep frozen at home? – in a freezer
Q- What is the most imp doc you would have to show if you would to hire a car? – a driving license
Q- Where would you go to work out on a trade mill? – a gym / gymnasium
Q- What piece of equipment would you use to go diving in a sea, an aquaplane or an aqualung? – an aqualung [ aqualung – a portable breathing apparatus for divers ; aquaplane – a board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat]
Q- Where would you most likely go to buy some flowers (a bakery, a florist or a super market)? – a supermarket
Q- which hospital dept you go for x-ray (radiology or cardio) – a radiology
Q- Where would you go to see an exhibition of sculptures? – to an art gallery / to a museum
Q- Would you measure volume of water in liters or kilos? – liters
Q- What’s the joint called where your hand is connected to your arm? – the (or your) wrist
Offline Practice PTE-A Exam:
- What organ do cardiologists specialize in? – (the) heart / hearts
- If telescopes are used to locate distant objects, what instrument is employed to magnify minuscule objects? – (electron) microscope / microscopes
- Which kind of punishment for a crime is the less severe, an imprisonment or community service? – community service
- How many sides are there in a bilateral agreement? – two
- Which is the longest: a decade, a millennium or a century? – a millennium
- A manufacturing process releases noxious gases. What is the most important safety measure for workers at this plant – ensuring good ventilation, or appropriate footwear? – (ensuring good) ventilation
- A list of events placed in time order is usually described as what? – a chronology / a timeline
- If a figure is hexagonal, how many sides does it have? – six
- What key mineral makes sea water different from fresh water? – salt
- In the animal kingdom, is the purpose of camouflage to attract a mate, to find food or to hide? – (it’s) (the purpose is) (to) hide
Where we can buy floor – Supermarket
For X-ray – radiology
Volume of water – litres
Hand joint with arm – wrist
Diving Sea – aqua lung
for earth/place – aqua place
Personal paiting of the face – portrait
City – urban area
When moon covers sun -solar eclipse
Short answer Question Samples
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It is best to be clear in what you speak. Record any practice attempts you make. Listen to it. Send it to some experts here and ask them to judge on what the mistake is. Often, people from the same country like friends and all have same speaking habits and can’t judge properly.
Furthermore, take all notes while the retell lecture and other stuffs.
For the read out loud, be clear and confident. Speak with enthusiasm.
For the describe image:
Topic – 1 sentence on the topic. Make sure you paraphrase the topic and dont just say it as it is.
Trend/axes – Say ” the x axis of the graph shows so and so and ranges from so and so while the y axis denotes so and so ranging from so and so.
High – Speak about the highest value on the graph
Low- Speak about the lowest
Conclusion – Say a sentence on the conclusion if time is enough or else leave it.
PTE ACADEMIC TEST BUILDER ( MCMILLAN TESTBUILDERS)
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PTE ACADEMIC TEST BUILDER ( MACMILLAN TESTBUILDERS)
STRATEGY FOR PTE ACADEMIC – SUCCESS
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Following is the strategy suggested.
Familiarity with computer based test.
As it is computer based, time bound exam, having a better typing speed will help. In case you have slow typing speed try to improve it a bit.
Get to know each question type in all sections.
You can get information on what to expect in each question type under each section on youtube or on ptepractice.com (Paid). You can also learn what are the best ways to solve each question type. This is a must for good score. E.g. reorder paragraph can be solved better using instructions given in youtube video and they are (I heard) worth 20 points each.
Try to give a sample exam on web
ptepractice.com sample paper will cost you 35$ ( ~2300INR ) and it will be exact replica of original test. You will get scores for it and will know what sections to improve. Much better than giving exam twice.
Make notes on each type of questions (Very important)
Make a list of all question types and marked them easy/medium/hard during preparation. Mark re tell lecture/repeat sentence hard, but slowly learn which questions should be made quick notes for (Re tell lecture) and which one should only be solved based on memory (repeat sentences). In the end ‘ll realise that all question types are marked as Easy. Even otherwise repeat sentence looks tough but after practice it is one of the easy ones.
Make note of flow of exam.
This one is included in fourth point as well. Along with notes on each question, make notes section wise, try to learn which question follows which one. Describe image is followed by Retell lecture and is quite a change as Re tell lecture sometimes come with an image causing confusion. This will keep you well prepared.
Strategy for PTE academic – Success
DESCRIBE IMAGE TYPE QUESTION TIPS
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- This item having second highest weightage after re-tell lecture. So be focussed on this, to achieve good scores in Speaking module.
- There are 6 to 7 different types of things will get for this item type. Like describe bar-graph, line-graph, pie-chart, block-diagram, table, photo, picture, to name but a few.
- You will get around 6 to 8 items. Including all different types of images as cited above.
- Need to use different vocabulary words in this. For example you need to follow below phrases to describe-
This bar-graph depicts the Australia population for 1950 to 2000. It noticeably showed from 1950 to 1970 the growth of people is steady. However, from 1970 to 1990 fell down and touched the lowest value 35 Billions. In and all, at last , it again took off and reached the maximum value of 56 Billions.
Other starting phrases are: This pie-chart illustrates………..
This block diagram shows ……………
This picture / photo demonstrates……………
This line-graph denotes………..
- Do not use much pillar words like (hmmmm, uhhh, etc) and not take long pauses.
- Try to speak full time (40 seconds)
- Content is not much important, however it is also one of the important factor. Main focus should be on pronunciation and oral fluency. Do not follow any separate pronunciation, use neutral pronunciation.
- Try to identify main/key/essential points given in the diagram and describe those points.
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Ways to crack PTE Academic (Multiple choice single answer)
PTE (Academic) Tips for MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE SINGLE ANSWER
The purpose of this task is to assess your ability to read an academic text for a variety of purposes, including reading for the main idea, reading for specific details, reading for the writer’s purpose, analysing discourse, making inferences, and assessing the quality and usefulness of a text. The texts are up to 300 words long and cover a variety of academic topics drawn from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each text has one multiple-choice question; there will be between three and five answer options to choose from, only one of which will be correct. You will have either two or three items in this part. The individual questions are not timed. You will have a fixed time of between 32 and 41 minutes to complete the entire Reading part, depending on which form of the PTE academic you receive.
- Read the question before you read the text. This will tell you what information you will be reading for.
- Scan the answer choices to further help you focus on the information you will be reading for.
- Skim the text to get an idea of its general content and the main idea. You should be able to answer the question “What is the passage mainly about?” in your own words.
- Read the entire text again carefully. Pay attention to details that support the main idea.
- Read the question and the answer options again. Select the correct answer if you know it. If you are not sure about the answer, eliminate any options that are obviously incorrect, and choose from those that remain.
- If you do not know the answer, and are unable to eliminate any options, guess. Never leave the question unanswered. If you leave the question unanswered, it will be marked as incorrect. By guessing, you have the possibility of answering correctly.
Tips & Tricks for PTE
Tips For Listening :-
Try to write down the fill in the blanks on erasable notebooks while listening, if you will type while listening it will be quite difficult for you.
If you are not sure for the word try to write which suits best according to tense and meaning of the sentence.
There are mainly five wrong words in highlight incorrect.
Try to read the MCQ before listening the audio in given time.
Do not listen in high volume.
In Dictation use correct punctuation marks according to sentence.
Note down the main points while listening summary – dates, time, place etc.
The first strategy to score in English exam is you should have good English.
PTE gives you higher chances of scoring. (Not based on the rumours that they purposely lower your score in either writing or speaking so that you keep on giving money.)
Following is the strategy suggested.
- Familiarity with computer based test.
As it is computer based, time bound exam, having a better typing speed will help. In case you have slow typing speed try to improve it a bit.
- Get to know each question type in all sections.
You can get information on what to expect in each question type under each section on youtube or on ptepractice.com (Paid). You can also learn what are the best way to solve each question type. This is a must for good score. E.g. reorder paragraph can be solved better using instructions given in youtube video and they are worth 20 points each.
- Try to give a sample exam on web
ptepractice.com sample paper will cost you 35$ ( ~2300INR ) and it will be exact replica of original test. You will get scores for it and will know what sections to improve. Much better than giving exam twice.
- Make notes on each type of questions (Very important)
Make a list of all question types and mark them easy/medium/hard during preparation. Mark re tell lecture/repeat sentence hard, learn which questions should be made quick notes for (Re tell lecture) and which one should only be solved based on memory (repeat sentences).
5 Make note of flow of exam.
This one is included in fourth point as well. Along with notes on each question, make notes section wise, try to learn which question follows which one. Describe image is followed by Retell lecture and is quite a change as Re tell lecture sometime come with an image causing confusion. This will keep you well prepared.
Speaking is little tough. You have to be fast & attentive as well.
- For describing image & graphs, check for sample videos on Youtube. You basically have to note the key words and describe the image appropriately.
- Retell lecture is little cryptic. Again, note down the key points in the lecture and rephrase it in your own words.
Guys, you need to concentrate more on below points.
- Rearrange the paragraph (Reading) – you need to figure out the past tense at the starting sentence (that would remain the 1st sentence of paragraph).
- Skimming the text in reading, just chunk out the repeated words in the single choice/multiple options in 4-5 seconds and later concentrate on the main passage where the word appears and match the relative meaning.
- Same for listening single & multiple choice.
For listening no need to worry, but you need to be fast in filling up the sections. (Note down in the erasable notepad which they will provide and later enter the answer in these sections)
- Speaking – paragraph reading – Speak fluently and try to see the next words which you need to speak as it comes. Do not try to speak in any US/UK accent.
- Repeat the sentence – Try remembering the words as they say OR try repeating the same words without sound as much as you can because there will not be any beep after the main audio ends, you need to start it immediately.
- Describe an image – Chunk out the main points in the image and speak continuously till the time ends and more over concentrate on the Vocabulary and Grammar.
Note: for Writing you need to segregate the paragraphs and starting, firstly, secondly and in a nut shell or conclusion like so on, and you need to check the timings as you would run out of time.
In the test centre, they would provide erasable note book and marker. Erasable note book consists of 8 pages (it is more than enough to use). Before starting the test, examiner would ask you to check the marker, how it’s functioning. Moreover, you do not put the marker cap open (once you use the marker, close it with marker cap) because perhaps it may dry up with atmosphere air. Finally you are not supposed to erase anything, which you wrote during the exams.
Finally crucial section reading is not in predefined order, make practice that by seeing question/image/prompts,
You came to know the type of question. For example,
If you see the symbol radio button in responses/ options list– its mc csa( single answers)
If you see square boxes in responses/options list — its mc cma (multi answers)
If you see two big boxes, consists small boxes of sentences — understands that re-order paragraph questions.
If you observe drop down options in the response list – its fill in the blanks reading. Final item left is fill in the blanks reading and writing.
In and all, do practice the tests as much, then you become familiar with that.
‘Repeating the sentence’ scores are for Listening and speaking. So If you are not able to get all the words but are able to pronounce clearly whatever who have said, the marks would be reduced for listening and not for speaking
In speaking section, what matters the most is pronunciation and fluency. Accent definitely doesn’t matter and never try speaking in British/American accent. Make sure you read the sentences the way British/American people do – there should be a clear difference in your tone (high/low pitch, tempo) when you are reading a question verses when you are reading a sentence which ends with a full stop. Tip – Relax and keep calm.
In reading section, allot 10-11 minutes only for re-order paragraph section. This is where people lose marks. Even though a certain order looks correct, it may not be. Try different orders and see if any of them makes sense. Don’t forget to keep a watch on the remaining time and number of questions left in the upper right hand side corner of your screen.
Listening and Writing sections are pretty straight forward. However, in “summarize spoken text” under listening section and “write essay” under writing section, allot at least 5 minutes only to review what you just wrote. Do not spend too much time thinking what to write or how to arrange your sentences and paragraphs, you will run out of time! Take just a minute or two to think and then start writing whatever comes to your head. In the last 6-7 minutes, arrange/correct your sentences, form paragraphs, review your answer for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
1) You need to be familiar with the exam pattern.
2) PTE is a time-intensive test, so if you do not take time to handle your time very well, you will land in big trouble.
3) The practice exam is tougher than the actual exam and would give you a good idea where you can improve.
4) Check spellings in what you write, else, it would really reflect pretty poorly on your overall score.
5) Don’t worry too much about” Describe image” as regardless of how you assess yourself, the computer always scores you better.
6) Try not to use the same words repetitively.
7)Be careful with re-arranging paragraphs and re-ordering sentences as they are not scored the way you think( look it up if you don’t know).
If you are unhappy with your PTE Academic score, you may request a rescore. Before doing this, test takers should take the following into consideration:
- PTE Academic is automatically rescored; therefore, it is unlikely that your overall scores will change.
- Only spoken responses and open-ended written responses are rescored.
- In the unlikely event that your score changes, it may go up or down.
- If your score changes, it will replace your previous score.
You may only request a rescore of your most recent PTE Academic test. You cannot request a rescore if you have already either scheduled another test or sent your score to an institution.
To order a rescore, you must contact Pearson Customer Service within 14 calendar days of your score report being made available to you.
The fee for rescores is available from the Customer Service team. In the unlikely event that either your Overall, Communicative Skills or Enabling Skills scores change, the rescore fee will be fully refunded.
Below are some nuances of the exam you might find useful.
- After each question which is not individually timed – when you press next you will be asked for a confirmation to proceed.
- Do not try to linger at one question during the listening section because of the time factor. If you are reasonably confident move on to the next question. Note that even when it is waiting for the recording to play and while the recording is playing the actual test timer keeps running so you need to keep up with this.
- There is some noise due to other students, so try to increase volume of your earphone to close to max right at the beginning of repeat sentence section, even if the existing level is audible.
- Speaking fluently during the speaking section is the most important thing rather than content. Content has to be on topic but not necessarily exact. You can check the 3 practice tests provided with the Official guide CD and the responses to the retell lecture to get an idea.
- Erasable note board and pen – The note board is a long notepad – about 16 inches long and 10 inches wide. Writing surface is plastic like and pen is erasable marker. You are required not to erase what you write during the exam.
- Listening – Summarize lecture – This requires you to write up to a maximum of 70 words for which it is easy to get content. So u can be calm if you do not understand what is being spoken in the beginning as you will get enough information through the lecture and have enough content. Note down a couple of facts / factors and you can elaborate on that.
- Your passport is the only document that needs to be taken.
In this case/item, we get 6 or 7 different items Bar-graph, line-graph, pie-chart, photo, table, block diagram, photo /picture. Around you’ll get 6 to 8 questions. Whenever, you start the question use different phrases like
This graph depicts………..
This photo illustrates………….
This pie-chart describes………
Use some business trending terms like inclined, take off, decreased , increased, dramatically, rise, rose to name but a few. Repetition of words would not affect negatively always but try to use synonyms or broad vocabulary (rich vocab).
While describing, content is not much important (but it is also one factor/try to figure it or tell relate to that). Do not use many pillar words/sounds (hmmm,uhhhh) and avoid long pauses. Better to speak for full time (whole 40 seconds). Oral frequency and pronunciation plays a significant role in this item. Forget that you’re at test centre, try to feel you are describing to your friend or colleague, describe it straight way. Don’t be tense or nervous.
Writing section is the easiest to score.
Only two types of questions.
Essay can be done easily in 20 minutes. Take about 5 minutes to think/plan and start writing.
Generally it is recommended to have 3-4 paragraphs in it.
1st for introduction to the topic, 2nd for mentioning your opinion/agreement/disagreement on the topic, 3rd for explanation/reason for the same and 4th conclusion.
Writing summary is also easy and can be easily mastered with practicing few samples.
Introduction: Be fluent, even if you repeat anything its ok but do not use many fillers like umm, hmmm, etc. It is not marked but fluency will be judged from this section onwards.
Read Aloud: Be fluent, do not stop for more than 3 seconds, use proper intonation (check official guide to PTE-A or offline practice test), DO NOT USE ANY ACCENT- be in your natural voice and accent with proper stress on words and sentences.
Repeat sentence: Try to memorise the words, sentences etc. listen to news, radio etc. and try to memorise set of words.
Describe image: describe the major changes or figures, do not pause, don’t worry too much about the content, do not try to correct your words because you will make more errors by doing this.
Retell Lecture: jot down the names, places, figures and end message of the speaker, you have enough time to write, try to get the main idea, again-do not pause while the recording is playing.
Answer Short Question: Make sure you answer is in 1-2 words (depends on question).
In the end, make sure you click next when the recording status changes to complete.
Your test room can be really noisy as everyone will be speaking at the same time, so one need to be an active listener.
Pre introduction section would not consider while evaluation. However, these recordings are sent to universities for candidates, those who want to apply for higher studies.
Introduction section is a timed section of 1 min (60 sec), one should speak about 1 or 2 or more things in listed on monitor. Generally need to speak about personal details, education, job/work, what about future plans, hobbies or interests, why you choose PTEA test, etc.
For Summarize written text. First the word limit is 30 to 50 words.
To summarize – the 300 – 400 word text speaks about 1} a topic 2} 2 or 3 different aspects of that topic. Identify the topic and the aspects. No need to go into details – just come up with phrases that summarize the topic and each aspect being discussed and link it in a sentence, it should be simple with words like – Because, Used to be – but now is, which has, due to this/which etc. Also, yes please use punctuation marks as required. Check the examples on internet and www in the official guide. It even uses a semicolon.
Write down key words (those that really mean something and are particular to the context)
Then just talk generally about the subject and use some of those specific words. No need to retell every single detail – tell about what it is in general and then give a specific detail with some of the specific words you caught, any detail you understood. So keep calm and do your best, don’t worry if you can’t fill the 40 seconds.
Speak slowly (consciously), read carefully (repeat). If you don’t understand a word memorize its sound. And every single word you don`t know how to pronounce look up in the dictionary…
Listen attentively to what the lecture is trying to convey. Stick t to the word limits. Use synonyms and more effective words to convey the message.
- Identifying and removing redundant information in summaries
- Taking notes while listening to a recording
- Communicating the main points of a lecture in writing
- Organizing sentences and paragraphs in a logical way
- Using words and phrases appropriate to the context
- Using correct grammar
- Using correct spelling
- Using correct mechanics
Only one type of question, which appears in two sections, has negative marking. It is the ‘multiple choice, choose multiple answers’ type questions, which appear in the reading as well as listening sections.
As with any test – preparation is the key and here are four key steps to success. You need to have the right level of academic English for your goal. There are lots of free materials on the internet that you can use. More importantly, Pearson publishes a huge range of print and digital English materials that will help you improve your level. In relation to PTE Academic, we have lots of recommended resources to develop academic English and we’re always producing more!
Secondly, anyone taking PTE Academic needs to know the test and develop strategies to answer the questions. Again there are a number of materials that give information about the test format, timings, key test tips and practice for the 20 different task types.
Thirdly, focus more time on weak areas. If tasks like essay writing are more challenging for you, practice writing more essays!
Finally, practice, practice, practice. You need to repeatedly practice tasks in the test and analyse the sample answers so you know what’s tested and what makes a good response. You also need to put yourself under timed conditions and pretend you are doing a real test. It will prepare you mentally and emotionally for “Test Day”.
Key tips for test day:
Make sure you’ve prepared so that you have the right level of English for your goal, know the test format and timings and have practiced the test questions. Arrive early at the test centre. If you’re rushed, it will affect your performance.
Write with full sentences, capital letters and full stops. You can lose marks if you leave out punctuation and write entirely in capital letters. Don’t repeat lots of words that you hear or read. Try to paraphrase within your answers. Be confident of your answer choices when you answer the multiple choice, multiple answers tasks (Reading and Listening ) and highlight incorrect words (Listening) because you can lose marks for any wrong answers that you choose.
(Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture, Answer short question)
Don’t worry too much about managing your time. In the speaking section, the computer will control the time you spend on each task – all you have to do is click ‘Next’.
Speak at a good volume and at a normal pace. If you speak too quietly or quickly, this may affect your score.
If you make a mistake, carry on. You couldn’t waste time correcting yourself and getting stressed.
(Summarize written text, Write essay)
Manage your time. You have 10 minutes for Summarize written text and 20 minutes for Write essay.
Write within the word limits or you’ll lose marks. Your answer for Summarize written text should be one sentence of 5-75 words and your essay should be 200-300 words.
(Multiple choice, choose single answer, Multiple choice, choose multiple answers, Re-order paragraphs, Reading: Fill in the blanks, Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks)
Manage your time. You have 32-41 minutes to complete all the tasks in this section so make sure you are strict about how long you spend on each task.
Give yourself plenty of time on the multiple choice questions. They make look easy but they are quite challenging.
(Summarize spoken text, Multiple choice, choose multiple answers, Fill in the blanks, Highlight correct summary, Multiple choice, choose single answer, Select missing word, Highlight incorrect words, Write from dictation)
Be smart about using the erasable note board booklet. There is very little ‘checking’ time in the Listening part of the test so either type notes onto the screen or know exactly how much time you have to transfer notes from your note board booklet to the screen.
Manage your time. Don’t spend too long on the multiple choice questions, make your answer choice and move on or you risk losing marks on other tasks. Remember the Listening part of the test has the most task types to get through.
So how do the tests compare?
A: Question format
Language proficiency is a difficult subject to score people on in an economically sustainable manner, and therefore understand why written exams / tests are based on 4 main “pillars” of language such as L | R | W | S .
However, a lot of language proficiency falls through the cracks between these pillars, particularly under examination conditions. The essence of comprehension, paraphrasing, reading between the lines, inference of information, situational context and awareness, interpretation, humour etc. are mostly lost.
PTE-A addresses some of these more “intangible” (for the lack of a better word) skills, by using integrated questions / item types. Integrated item types, refer to the method of testing more than one ability at a time. For example, you may be asked to summarise a piece of written text in your own words, capturing the essence of the text in only one sentence. This will test your writing and reading skills at the same time.
Another good example, is that you will be played an audio clip, which you will need to summarise in written form, testing your listening and writing skills concurrently.
Even with alien subject matter, with PTE-A close your eyes and listen to audio recordings and understand the meaning behind the lecture / audio discussion and then apply your understanding to the questions asked. Even “hard” pieces of written text with confusing vocabulary, get the gist of what’s written (or understand the word because of the context it was used), and apply logical deduction to come to the answer(s) (there are some multiple choice answers with multiple correct answers). In the situations where you needed to verbally summarise a recording (testing listening and speaking together), even though if you couldn’t note down (on the erasable notebook you get) all of the main points and fancy words used, you must be able to paraphrase, based on the core understanding of the audio clip.
In IELTS test there is no crossover / integrated questions, but they also try to ascertain whether a candidate can capture the meaning of written or spoken English, by asking questions that rely on very specific vocabulary used (or in the case of listening, misdirection). Using the reading module as a prime example, the questions become progressively harder towards the final two reading essays, and the candidate must understand the essay as a whole, to be able to find the information relating to the question he’s looking for. A vital tip for anyone taking the IELTS still, is Do NOT skip read the final essay, focussing on key words – read the whole thing. Skip reading works fine in the first couple essays, NOT the last!
So in summary of the question types:
During our school-going years, most of us came across two types of teachers. There was the more progressive teacher, who wanted you to do well but encouraged you to think for yourself using all the tools you have available to yourself (reasoning, deduction, argument etc.). You didn’t find those classes any easier, but you applied what you know and did well as a result.
On the flipside, there was the old mean teacher, who used to try trip you up, by using subtle nuances in their questions to you in exam papers they set. Often you would know the correct answer, but because of a mean spirited twist to the question, you got the whole thing wrong.
PTE-A is like the progressive teacher, IELTS-G the latter.
B: Question content
Not an awful lot to write about here, apart from the fact that the content, though more academic in nature, much more interesting in PTE-A. About the subject matter of a lot of the questions, less of a chore to answer. Your views may differ, but the fact that the PTE-A is “real world” content throughout the test vs. the scripted nonsense in the IELTS listening, or the world’s most boring essays in IELTS.
There’s nothing to say about the requirements to score 8 / 79 as a minimum for each module to attain the points you need. The distinction is a bit arbitrary and an average score is already reflective of modern use of language.
However, as a direct result of the question format, PTE-A has a massive advantage for candidates. For example, if you make a mess of a question, you have the opportunity to make up for it, in questions or sections to follow. Using the “summarise written text” (testing reading and writing) as an example again, if you make a bit of a dog’s dinner of your summary, it’s OK – you have other questions later on (or preceding it) where you’re tested on the same skill(s). Added to this, mistakes can also still earn you a partial credit in some circumstances… let that sink in for a second. Obviously this does not apply to all circumstances (multiple choice answers obviously only has right / wrong values).
In IELTS-G, in the reading module, if you make more than 3 mistakes out of the 40 questions asked of you, that’s it – you’re done, no “8” band score for you.
Yet another direct result of the question format (and also location, but we’ll cover that bit below), is the timing of the test. The subject of timing can be broken down into multiple sections; namely: Exam length, booking urgency and time taken for results to be returned.
The PTE-A test requires you to make snappy conclusions, without needlessly relying on you to cover a lot of information. You’ll have ample time, though not excessive, to complete all tasks and question types. Some of this boils down to reading passages that are not overly long and some of it boils down to the fact that you can absorb information quickly by looking at an image / listening to audio / video etc.
In the IELTS-G you have to hand write your essays, meaning that not only do you need to concentrate hard on writing clearly and accurately on some mundane topic you care nothing about, but also means that this extra care and the time it takes to correct errors, eats into the time allowed to write the essay.
Because PTE-A is computer based, at least you’ll be able to read what you have written on the mundane topic, but also easily spot and correct errors, without the paper looking like a bomb went off on it. You can proof read it too.
IELTS: 2 weeks
PTE-A: 5 working days
E: Location / Testing centre
IELTS-G tests are taken in halls (apart from the speaking, which is a one-to-one interview), where you sit in a row of candidates, similar to how you used to sit high-school / university exams. It’s overseen by a handful of invigilators, who at times act like they are prison wardens, or treating candidates like children.
PTE-A, you take your test in a smaller room, in a closed-off cubicle in front of a PC. With the PTE- A you’ll be lot more at ease, feeling like you are taking a test on your own sitting in front of your computer with no outside pressure or the rigmarole of entering test centre numbers etc.
PTE-A is the vastly superior test to take. It is more reflective of your English skills, by testing it in a less obtrusive way than IELTS does. It also enables you to do better, by presenting the test in a modern medium (PC based), using modern scenarios (combination of integrated questions, using real world, audio recordings, video clips, images and so forth)
If you struggle with English, this may not be the silver bullet you’re looking for as PTE-A is not easier. The test merely fairer on the candidate, but you still need the base-skills being tested.
Answer Short Question
Fill in the Blanks Questions
Listen fill in the blanks questions
Multiple Choice Multiple Answers
Repeat a sentence questions
Select Missing Word Questions
Summarize Spoken Text Questions
Write from dictation
PTE-Academic Useful Tips for Reading Section:
Tips for Reading Part:
To start with PTE-Academic Reading, time it contains for this section is 32-41min (depends on questions in the exam) and the item types it includes are:
Multiple-choice, choose single answer
Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
Reading: Fill in the blanks
Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks
Tips for Multiple-choice, single and multiple answers:
Focus on keywords in question and search in the text and then look in options.
Most of the time, Pay close attention to the frequency of words (always, often, sometimes, never many, all, never, only.. etc) eliminate those options and find the correct answer.
Look for main reason/text and concentrate on repeated words to find the correct answer.
Negative marking is applicable for multiple answers.
Time management: max 90sec each question in single answer type and max 2min for each question in multiple answers.
Tips for Re-order Paragraphs:
Look at Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases (depends) order to form the sentences.
Consider the clue words.
Frame the order of sentences using the Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Repeated words, Time phrases, etc…
Concentrate on pronouns he, she, him, her, they, them, these, those, etc. these sentences will never come in first.
Repeated words – the hint here is, most of the time word in one sentence if the same word is in other sentences come in an order.
Time manage – try to answer the question with in 4min.
Tips for Fill in the Blanks:
Concentrate on parts of speech before and after the blank, it helps in finding the missing word.
Select the word, which mostly collocates with words beside it.
Skim for the main idea of the text.
Most of the time, missing word synonym will be in the text, it helps in finding answer.
Time manage – 2min for each question approx.
Note: Follow the above tips you can score maximum marks in the PTE Exam. And the item types may not be in order in the Exam.