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Pearson PTE Test - Introduction

The Pearson test, or PTE, is attempted each year by those who wish to study or work in English-speaking countries. It is an acceptable proof of English language proficiency for visas for countries like the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. With the PTE score calculator, your PTE result is calculated and your score then determines your entry to the country or university. 

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Proven Preparation Strategies for Pearson PTE Test

PTE Describe Image, PTE Read Aloud, PTE Repeat Sentence and other tasks make up the Pearson PTE test. With the appropriate tools and methods for each task, scoring well becomes effortless, and you get the test result of your dream!

● Read Aloud

Task: Read Aloud task tests your reading and speaking skills. You are given a text to read, and you have a window of about 30-40 seconds to go through the text and familiarise yourself with the words before the microphone opens. 

Strategy:

  • Do not repeat words, nor rush through them. In case of unfamiliar words, keep the phonics rules in mind and apply them to reading those words. 
  • Look for context clues, i.e. use the surrounding words to understand a word you do not know. 
  • Refrain from stressing about prepositions and articles. 
  • Practice reading by linking the final sound of a word to the next word to get the correct intonation and tone.
  • Read aloud   a variety of texts every day.

● Repeat Sentence

Task: This short answer task integrates speaking and listening skills. You have to read a sentence, remember it and repeat it using the exact wordings and pronunciation.

Strategy:

  • Pronounce all the sounds clearly, and stress the critical words while speaking.
  • Learn to break long sentences into smaller chunks to remember the information quickly.
  • Remember the basic word order in English: Subject+ Verb+ Object. It improves comprehension and memorising of sentences.
  • Practice reading loudly and work on the sounds that are difficult for you.
  • While reading, practice differentiating between content and function words so you can learn to stress on the content words. 

● Describe Image

Task: In the Describe Image task – you will be given an image from an academic source: graph, pie chart, map, table, or image. You will get 25 seconds to study the information depicted. 

Strategy:

  • Use technical terms associated with graphs and charts: declined, accelerated, went up, tapered down, stabilised.
  • Structure your description with :
  • an introduction: the image states……
  • the main body: mentioning the details
  • A conclusion: From this graph, we can conclude that…
  • Quickly scan for relevant information: what is the graph showing, what is the highest figure, and what is the lowest figure?

● Re-tell Lecture

Task: This long answer task tests your speaking and listening skills. You will hear a lecture and get 10 seconds before speaking into the microphone. You get 40 seconds to give your response.

Strategy:

  • Jot down content words, important dates and figures, and the main ideas while listening.
  • Use connective and transition words to join your thoughts together while speaking. 
  • Do not translate from your native tongue into English while speaking; instead, think in English.

● Answer Short Question

Task: Understand a short recorded question and give your response to it.

Strategy:

  • Read about different subjects and topics to build your knowledge bank.
  • Understand the unfamiliar words in the context. 
  • Build on vocabulary to use words related to the topic in the question. 
  • Pay attention to ‘direction’ words that guide you regarding the information required to answer. 

● Summarise Written Text

Task: A short answer writing test assessing your reading and writing abilities. You must analyse a text and extract key points to present them in a sentence. 

Strategy:

  • Scan for keywords
  • Create a sentence with the keywords which contain the summary of the passage.
  • Practice writing short summaries regularly.
  • Pay attention to grammar and word count.

● Write Essay

Task: A long answer item in which your writing skills are used to write a persuasive essay on the given topic.

Strategy: 

  • Understand the topic and the point of view you have to present
  • Have a strong opening statement and a valid closing argument. 
  • Look for keywords in the prompt.
  • Divide the essay into an introduction, main body and conclusion.
  • Practice writing on different topics 
  • Always read your essay after you have finished writing it. 

● Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

Task: You must read a text and choose the correct answer from the given options. 

Strategy: 

  • Concentrate on understanding the gist of the text.
  • After choosing your response, quickly check all the other options to ensure you have made the right choice. 

● Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

Task: Read and analyse the text and choose the correct options. 

Strategy:

  • Identify keywords in the options given and then look for them in the text. 
  • Use the text’s headings and subheadings to locate the information required.

● Re-Order Paragraphs

Task: It tests your reading skills and expects you to rearrange the information boxes in the correct order

Strategy:

  • Go through all the boxes and identify the one that sounds complete. Take that text as the first sentence. 
  • After identifying the introduction, look for the language flow and coherence in the other boxes. Logically arrange them.
  • Re-read the arrangement to determine whether the paragraph sounds logical and if there is a natural progression in the text. 

● Reading: Fill in the Blanks

Task: Evaluating your reading skills, this task demands that you read the text and fill in the blanks using contextual and grammatical cues.

Strategy:

  • Read and understand the text
  • Check the words next to the blanks as they will provide clues to the logical answer for the blanks.
  • Analyse the options given to choose the one that fits the best.
  • Read as much as possible to build your vocabulary and word bank.

● Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks

Task: Identify the correct answer for the blanks given in a text. Options are provided for each blank.

Strategy:

  • Practice collocation as word pairing activities helps in such a task.
  • Read the text to predict the correct option for the blanks.
  • Go through the other given options to determine whether your chosen option is correct and relevant grammatically and contextually. 

● Summarise Spoken Text

Task: A long answer item evaluates your listening and writing skills. You have to carefully listen to the spoken text and then summarise the information heard.

Strategy:

  • Note down facts, figures and terms. Exclude the names of the speakers but not their professions, if mentioned. 
  • Paraphrase and condense the information noted. 
  • Read your response for grammar and other mistakes.
  • Practice writing summaries for such a task.

● Listening: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers

Task: A multiple-choice task that tests your listening ability. You have to listen to an academic text and choose more than one correct option for the question related to the text.

Strategy: 

  • Identify what the question is asking and the information given in the options. 
  • Concentrate on the gist or the essence of the text being read out.
  • Reading different texts from various fields helps to prepare for this task.

● Listening: Fill in the Blanks

Task: Listening and writing skills are tested in the mentioned task. You have to listen to a recording to determine the appropriate words for the blanks given in the transcript.

Strategy:

  • Read the text with a clear head before the recording begins. You will get an idea of the information you must look for in the recording.
  • Write down the root words even if you cannot write the entire words at first.
  • Re-read the text after you have filled in the blanks to ensure that words fit logically and grammatically. 

● Highlight Correct Summary

Task: Listen to the recording and choose the most appropriate summary for the information heard. 

Strategy:

  • Scan through the options given before the recording begins
  • Make notes while listening to the recording, to focus on the main ideas of the text being read out. 
  • Compare your notes to the options given and eliminate the wrong, distracting ones.

● Listening : Multiple Choice, Single Answer

Task: Listen to the recording of an academic topic and choose the correct response for the given questions.

Strategy:

  • Read the options carefully.
  • Note down the keywords you come across in the recording.

● Select Missing Word

Task: Using contextual and grammar clues, you have to identify what the speaker in the recording will say.

Strategy:

  • Skim through the options given.
  • Figure out the gist of the recording and pay attention to important words. 
  • Read through the options again toward the recording’s end to help determine the correct answer.

● Highlight Incorrect Words

Task: You have to carefully read a transcript and listen to the recording to determine the differences between the two. 

Strategy:

  • Read the text and scan for content words.
  • While listening, pay attention to all the words.
  • Keep comparing the content words on the screen with what you hear in the recording.

● Write From Dictation

Task: A short answer task, you have to listen carefully to the recording and then write it down.

Strategy:

  • Write down the content words, and use abbreviations for as many words as possible. In this way you can write more words swiftly.
  • Use your knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and memory skills to complete the sentence
  • Use phonics awareness to figure out unfamiliar words. 

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What to Expect on the Test Day

You might be overwhelmed on the Pearson PTE test day. Don’t be, as we will guide you regarding the test experience.

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  • A PTE Test Centre Administrator will greet you when you arrive at the centre.
  • The Administrator will guide you regarding the procedures to be followed. Do ask the Administrator any doubts that you have regarding the test or its procedure.
  • Your identity will be confirmed by checking your ID. Make sure you carry acceptable ID proof. 
  • Your digital photo and signature will be taken. 
  • You will sit in partitioned booths having a computer, an audio headset, a notepad and a pencil.
  • Make sure you arrive 30 minutes early at the test centre to complete all the formalities. 

Debate on the Use of "Templates"

There has been a raging debate among Pearson PTE aspirants regarding using templates for various tasks. Are these templates relevant? Would they increase your chances of scoring in the test? Would the software figure out that you are following a template and reduce your marks? 

Essay writing is where many prefer a template as it makes preparation easier and ensures that your essay passes the PTE standards.

Templates are an excellent boon for PTE, but it is always recommended that you tweak them and personalise them during the test. Such a practice will ensure originality and does away with the apprehension of the software detecting commonly used templates.

Edulyte’s PTE mentors have prepared some templates you can use during the test. 

● PTE Essay Template

You can use the PTE Writing Essay templates given below and modify them as per your requirement. The templates are created to make essay writing a hassle -free task and save you time during the test.

Template:

(Introduction)

There has been an ongoing debate between people about the validity of ______________. While there is a possibility to maintain that ______________ , but I believe that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. 

 

(2nd Paragraph)

There are several reasons why _____________________. Foremost is that ___________________. It can also be debated that ___________________. However, we should also not overlook that ________________.

 

(3rd Paragraph)

Those who argue in favour of __________ have a different view and say that it is beneficial. Firstly, it is claimed that ____________. But what about the concerns regarding __________________? They seem to turn a blind eye towards it. 

 

(Conclusion)

While both the groups have strong arguments, I believe that_________. I firmly stand for the viewpoint that _______________.

 

Template

(Introduction)

There is no doubt that _________________ on the grounds that __________.Some hold the ground that _____________, whereas others propound _______________. Both viewpoints must be weighed before coming to a concrete conclusion.

 

(2nd Paragraph)

The supporters put forward that _________. Thus, their belief of ___________________ stands ground. In exemplification, _______________.It can be therefore inferred that ___________________. Thus, _____________________.

 

(3rd Paragraph)

Nevertheless, the other group holds states that ______________. In addition, they have __________________________ to prove their point. Eventually, it cannot be overlooked that _______________.

 

(Conclusion)

In the end, I firmly believe that ____________________. However, while both the groups have strong reasons to _________________, we cannot turn a blind eye to __________________.

● PTE Describe Image Template

Describe Image templates with answers are a saviour if you struggle to make sentences for Describe Image in PTE practice. Here are a few examples that can come in handy on the test day.

The bar graph showcases the Social Media usage in Australia by age and gender. It can be discerned that the age group of 25-34 years spend the most time on social media with the number of users being 2,583,000.Teenagers and old people clearly are the ones spending the least amount of time on social sites with the numbers 248,500 and 861,000 respectively. Interestingly, there is not a huge difference between the genders when it comes to accessing social media. I can however see that among teenagers and old age people, more females spend time on social media compared to their male counterparts Overall, I can conclude that this graph illustrates crucial information and justifies that people in Australia spend considerable time on social media. 

● Template for the Bar Graph in Describe Image PTE

  • The bar graph reveals/ represents (TOPIC) and (CATEGORIES SHOWN)
  • The chart clearly states that the (HIGHEST DATA SHOWN) is   (NAME OF THE CATEGORY) , which is (THE  FIGURE).
  • On the other hand  (LOWEST DATA SHOWN) is  (NAME OF THE CATEGORY) , with the figure of (FIGURE).
  • In conclusion, I can clearly say that (SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES/TRENDS)

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Overview of Preparation Resources (Free and Paid)

Go through the list of the resources that can act as great PTE tools for a complete preparation.

Official Guide to PTE Academic

Necessary in the list of Pearson PTE test books comes in e-book and print versions. From the book, you will learn about the test structure, how it is conducted, the scoring format and the guidelines for the PTE exam. The e-book also has 200+ practice test papers. In addition, you get access to an online question bank and their answers, information about the test, and digital resources. The Official Guide to PTE Academic pdf is accessible online.

PTE Academic Question Bank

You get 300 PTE Academic questions and answers to build your skills and boost your prep. Questions are times to stimulate the test experience.

Sample audio and written answers guide you regarding the most appropriate ways of answering PTE questions. 

Scored Practice Tests

There are scored practice tests available. With past tests and Pearson scoring algorithms, these tests give you a clear understanding of your preparation. There are five practice tests to choose from – Versions A, B, C, D & E. Each version is two hours long and has a unique set of questions.

Group classes offered by Experts on Edulyte

You might need more assistance from question banks and books for the PTE test to get the desired score. That is why a substantial number of test-givers are turning to online learning. Online classes instruct on the fundamentals of the test and train you to score well in each segment. In addition, you get the benefit of the following: 

  • Learning anywhere, anytime
  • Global tutors to give you the best training
  • The flexibility of choosing your class timings
  • Affordable classes and no commuting save time and money
  • 24/7 accessibility to learning resources 

The PTE Academic Official Preparation App

With apps becoming necessary in academics, Pearson has created the official PTE Academic Official Preparation App. The app is free and has features like:

  • short practice activities
  • detailed information about the test format
  • interactive questions with answers
  • suggestions for test prep based on performance

Click here to download the app.

PTE Academic Tests Plus Vol 1

Among the books for the Pearson PTE test, the book is crucial for your prep and comes with the answer key, allowing students to compare their answers for all test segments and check with the scoring rubrics. Furthermore, it has complete practice tests with authentic test questions by PTE Academic test writers. Moreover, it has MP3 recordings for all the exam listening and speaking tasks. In addition, the book has detailed guidance, strategies and tips to teach you how to do each task type in the PTE exam.

PTE Academic Practice Test Plus Vol 2

The book mentioned above for Pearson PTE helps prepare for speaking and listening parts and gives access to audio files for practice. It has an annotated answer key and score guide to help you assess your answers. Furthermore, it has four complete practice tests with authentic test questions. In addition, the book has detailed guidance, strategies and tips to teach you how to do each task type in the PTE exam.

Wiley's PTE Advantage for the Academic Module (WIND)

A must for every PTE aspirant; it analyses solved examples for questions related to all four skills. The book is designed per the needs of all PTE exam aspirants worldwide. The book content is enriched with real-life tips, strategies, examples and practice exercises for the test. It also comes with a Scratch card for Free online PTE (Academic Test) and 3 comprehensive mock tests with answer keys & solutions.

A brief history of PTE Exams

The complete form of PTE is Pearson Test for English. It is a renowned English language proficiency test that empowers you to study or work abroad. The test is accepted in universities across English-speaking countries. 

The Pearson Language Tests – a unit of Pearson PLC Group is responsible for conducting the PTE to assess the English language skills of non-native speakers of the English language. Pearson PLC is a British multinational educational and publishing company.

In 2009, Pearson Language Tests created the Pearson Test of English Academic. The test is scored under the CEFR guideline. It is recognised by nearly 6,000 organisations worldwide. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to get a 90 in the PTE Exam?

Of course! With the proper prep, you can score 90 in your PTE. Proper guidance, regular practice and dedication make it a possible score. 

How to start PTE preparation at home?

You can prepare for PTE from the comfort of your home. We recommend that you follow our tips while preparing for PTE at home:

  • Join PTE prep online classes
  • Set your score goal
  • Be thorough with the test format
  • Figure out your weak areas
  • Set a schedule and follow it religiously
  • Use good study materials

How many times is the PTE exam conducted in a year?

The PTE test is conducted throughout the year. Check the Pearson website to find out the test dates in your region. 

How long does it take to prepare for PTE Academic?

You need an average time of between 4 and 6 weeks, to prepare well for the PTE.

How do PTE online classes work?

PTE online classes with Edulyte, give you the advantages of learning face-to-face from the comfort of your home. Get global tutors to train you by following the simple steps:

  • Sign up for free: Create an account with us at Edulyte in a few easy steps.

  • Search as per requirements: look for PTE classes or PTE tutors. Check the tutors’ expertise, qualifications, availability, fees and timings.

  • Join a class: Choose the tutor, click on the class timings, pay the fees and start training for PTE in minutes!

What is the passing score of the PTE Academic Exam?

There are no passing marks for the PTE Exam. Scoring between 65-75 are considered good PTE scores for admission to top universities.

How effective is PTE test tutoring online?

Our PTE experts formulate learning outcomes reports and provide comprehensive insights and remedial solutions in their classes. We ensure that every student gets the appropriate teacher input throughout the course. It permits the student to learn fast and effectively.

Can I speak to the tutor first before booking the session?

We understand that you may have queries concerning PTE training. Our tutors will reply to your questions shortly. Every tutor on Edulyte offers one discounted trial lesson, typically for 30 minutes. You may send your queries via email to support@edulyte.com

Can I reschedule my PTE prep classes?

You can reschedule your lessons. However, we recommend talking to your teacher at least 24 hours before your scheduled lesson to do so. For more details, please refer to the cancellation policy.

Can I do a free PTE practice test and get a higher score?

Just attempting one or even ten PTE practice tests isn’t enough to score high. Expert guidance is a must to achieve the score that will get you into the university of your choice. 

I am confused! Should I take IELTS or PTE?

And this is a trying question asked by anyone who wants to take an English proficiency test. 

While the PTE (Pearson Test for English) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) claim to be the gold standard for English language tests, you can zero in on which test you wish to attempt depending on why you are attempting the test. 

How does Pearson Test work?

You can apply to appear for the PTE at any time of the year. To register for the test:

  • Visit the Pearson website
  • Create your Pearson account
  • After registration, within the next 48 hours, you will receive your login credentials
  • Select a test centre near you and the time slot and day.
  • You will be asked to pay the PTE fee to finalise your booking. 

I am confident in one skill/set of skills in the English language and require help only for a particular skill. Does Edulyte have skill-specific courses?

We endeavour to support you in every way. Therefore, we have trainers providing courses for specific skills. These will focus on the areas you require help in and provide you with tricks to excel.

What is the test format of PTE?

The PTE is divided into 3 segments:

  • Speaking and Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening

Will my PTE score be valid after a year of taking the test?

Yes. The PTE certification has been valid for two years since the result was issued.

What is the duration of the PTE exam?

The PTE exam lasts for 2 hours.

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