PTE Academic Mastery: Repeat Sentence

The ‘Repeat Sentence’ question integrates listening and speaking skills, and requires you to understand and remember a sentence, and repeat it using the same words and pronunciation.

Number of items 10-12
Prompt Length 3-9 seconds
Time to answer 15 seconds
Scoring Partial credit
Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scored Listening and speaking

Oral fluency, pronunciation


Subskills tested Listening: Understanding academic vocabulary; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent.

Speaking: Speaking for a purpose (to repeat, to inform, to explain); speaking at a natural rate; producing fluent speech; using correct intonation; using correct pronunciation; using correct stress; speaking under timed conditions.

  1. Take note of the speaker’s pauses and word stresses. Copy the speaker’s intonation and listen to those very brief moments where he pauses to introduce new information. 
  2. The blue box that shows your recording status will show a bar that represents your microphone. Focus your eyes to it then speak when it is open. 
  3. Do not imitate the speaker’s accent. Candidates are advised to be natural and clear when speaking. Having an accent like that of a native English speaker does not give added points. 
  4. Understand the meaning of the sentence. Understanding the thought helps us recall the words. Practice this task to train your brain. 
  5. If you stutter halfway during recording, get back up and continue speaking. Avoid stuttering and uttering non-words (uhhhm and ahhh). These are incorrect words and can lessen your score for this task. 
  6. Listen intently. Do not spend the time given to write the words you hear.
  7. Do a lot of practice to improve, not just your fluency and pronunciation, but also your short-term memory. I’ve heard a lot of complaints from candidates that they cannot finish the sentence because there’s just too much to recall. The best solution to this dilemma is to enhance your memory. Make it sharp.


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