If you prepare carefully, the essay question is a great opportunity to boost your score on the PTE Academic test.
The first, and most obvious point, is that the essay you write needs to be about the topic in the ‘prompt’ – that is, in the box displayed.
If you write about a different topic, no matter how well you write, you won’t get any points for the question. That’s an obvious point, but it can be easy to lose track of things when you are under the pressure of a test!
But we also have a few other tips for you, to make sure that when you sit down to write your PTE essay.
TIP ONE: Make sure your essay is more than 200 words, and less than 300 words long.
Anything below 200 words is not long enough to properly demonstrate your ability. However, do not exceed 300 words, because even if your writing is excellent you risk losing focus, wasting time and ending up with a worse score overall.
TIP TWO: Keep your essay logical and clear.
One of the most common mistakes we see is where candidates try to be too smart. Your job, taking the PTE Academic test, is to demonstrate that you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the English language and how to use it.
You won’t get extra points by trying to be William Shakespeare; however, you could trip yourself up. Remember, in the race between the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise won by putting in a consistent, solid, but not showy, performance!
TIP THREE: Nail your introduction.
The first impression counts. Your introductory sentence is an opportunity for you to show how competent you are in setting up your essay from the beginning. Take a bit of time and make sure your introduction sets up the flow into the rest of the essay.
Demonstrate that you understand the topic and get your reader’s attention early – and see the benefits flow with a boost in your score.
TIP FOUR: Stay focused and on topic.
The best essay is one that is sharp, expressive (but not too much) and covers all the relevant information in a way that is clear and easy to understand. The flow id logical, with each sentence sensibly continuing from the previous one.
It’s only one question, so don’t panic – but if you get the small things right, you will surely enjoy a big benefit as a result.
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