It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Three PTE tips to instantly boost your results on the PTE exam, without putting in any work!
This isn’t voodoo magic, just benefiting from a deep understanding of how this test is structured and assessed.
Unlike some other English tests, PTE Academic is completely computer-based, which means there is naturally going to be an element of ‘following the formula’. This is a good thing for you, because when you take out the ‘human’ element, you get exactly what you expect and prepare for, and you don’t get any nasty surprises.
So what are the three tips?
Tip One: Wait one second (and only one second) before you speak into the microphone
You will, in the course of your preparation, often hear that you shouldn’t pause for more than 3 seconds in giving your answer.
This is absolutely true – if you pause for 3 seconds, the microphone will cut out and you will score no points for that answer. When you’re trying to get a good score, this can spell DISASTER.
But the opposite is just as true – if you speak too quickly, the system may not recognise the first part of your answer.
So don’t rush in – make sure you time your answer in the sweet spot; one second in. DO that, and you absolutely can’t go wrong!
Tip Two: In the Writing Section, limit your summaries to one sentence.
Where a response requires you to summarize your response, resist the temptation to go beyond the bare necessity.
In practice, this means that you should only use one full-stop, and that should be at the end of your sentence. If you need to use a connector in order to fully get your point across, that’s fine. But write more than one sentence and you could suffer for it.
You might be tempted to write something like: “Mary had a little lamb. One day, Mary’s lamb followed her to school. The teacher got angry as a result.” This is actually three individual sentences. In the PTE context, you’d be better expressing yourself along these lines: “Mary had a little lamb, which one day followed her to school and made her teacher angry.”
Same meaning, mostly the same words, but a connected sentence construction.
Tip Three: In the Listening Section, your summaries should be several sentences.
Contrary to the preferred approach outlined in tip two, when you find yourself tackling the listening section the best approach is to write using several sentences. Be careful with your time allocation, but take the space you need to explain fully your interpretation of what is being said.
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