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How to Ace PTE Academic –

Pearson Test of English(PTE) Academic is computer-based testing on Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills of English language. A good preparation strategy, a good typing speed, and a good command over the English language are all you need to get the desired results. This article aims at providing you with some handy tips and strategies to better equip you for the PTE Academic test.

(Also, check All About PTE)

PTE Academic test – Section-wise Strategies

In the test, you will come across 20 different question formats. Since the test assesses real-life, academic English, you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear varied accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so practicing from varied sources for the listening and writing sections, will be favorable.


1Read AloudDaily practice with tongue-twistersContinue speaking even if you make a mistake
2Repeat SentenceDivide it into 3-4 phrasesFocus on the content and keywordsRepeat with meaning and intonation i.e. raise voice at important words, lower at end of the sentenceYou can close your eyes to memorize the sentence
3Describe ImageStart by introducing the image by saying a phrase like – “This image shows or depicts..”Don’t re-start or repeat a sentence as there is a very limited timeTake help of words from the imageStay calm & focusedUse about 35 seconds of time overallConclude with a single sentence, even if you are not sure that it is right or wrong as only your fluency is being scored
4Retell LectureMake notes, especially note down 4-5 keywords from the lectureUnderstand the theme & contextRemember to use titles like doctor instead of full names
5Answer Short QuestionMake use of articles like a, an, the etc. before some words
PTE test
PTE test

PTE Academic test – Writing

1 Summarize Written TextRead and understand the textNote down the keywordsSummarize each para in a single sentenceDon’t try putting in information from your knowledge, rather use information from the given text onlyCapture the whole essence of the textUse key points and sub-pointsAvoid using examplesPay attention while using grammar and punctuations
2Essay200-250 words are the ideal length of the essay to write in 20 minutesDivide your essay into around 4 paragraphs to include the introduction, body in 2 paragraphs and a concluding paraProvide examples, arguments, and numbers from the text to support your answerMake correct use of grammar and vocabulary in a given context.There’s only one way to score high in an essay, i.e. to practice more and more


1Multiple-Choice, Choose Single AnswerIt is a good idea to look at the questions first and then read the textRead and understand the central idea of the passageDo attempt all questions as there is no negative marking on the wrong answersAs it is a multiple-choice question, use the rule of eliminationRead the last lines very carefully as you will get the central idea
2Multiple-Choice, Choose Multiple AnswersQuestions are not asked sequentially from the passage, so try to remember the information  that you readSelect only when you are sure of the options
3Re-order ParagraphsLook for an appropriate heading to start off.The first sentence never starts with he/she/they/those etc. so eliminate those as the starting sentence
4Fill in the BlanksAttempt all the question as there is no negative markingLook for the word that fits the contextMostly missing word has a synonym in the given text


1Summarize Spoken TextWhile listening, close your eyes for better concentrationYou are allowed to make notes of the recording so use it to your advantageBegin your answer by stating that “The speaker was discussing”Close the summary with something like “Finally he suggested”Pay attention to the repetition of words, it will provide you with the themeLimit the answer to 65-70 words
2Multiple-choice, Choose multiple answersGo through the questions first so that you can listen for the answersThese questions have a negative marking so be cautious of guessworkStay focused to listen for all the points
3Fill in the blanksListen for even small details like if the word was singular or plural, etcUse Notepad to make notes
4Highlight Correct SummaryTry to determine the central idea of the speakerChoose by elimination technique from the given options                         
5Select Missing WordBy going half-way through you would be able to understand the central idea of the speaker
6Highlight incorrect wordsBeware of blind guesses, as this has negative markingBefore submitting, check once if there are any more incorrect words
7Write from dictationUnderstand the dictation, it will be easier to reproduceAnswer this one directly by typing on the computerProofread for any spelling mistakes, punctuation, articles, singular/plural etc.

Apart from these preparation tips, practicing the test itself is one of the best ways to get ready for the test. PTE has its official scored practice tests available that can be taken for an estimate on your score. Based on the results of this test, you can work on your grey areas. And once you apply these strategies, you will be appearing for your test. Thus, taking you a step closer to your dream college.

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