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How to score high in PTE read aloud

HOW TO SCORE HIGH IN PTE READ ALOUD

 

HOW TO SCORE HIGH IN PTE READ ALOUD:

PTE Read aloud is one of the very first question types you will encounter in the PTE test and it is a part of the speaking module. It assesses both speaking and the reading skills. There are generally 6 to 7 questions in this item type. All one needs to do is read aloud a text generally between 60 to 70 words in the manner expected by the machine scoring system.

 

Strategies for scoring high in PTE Read Aloud

 

  • Do not waste time to read the instructions. Practice and be aware of this item type.
  • Many test-takers stammer or hesitate due to nervousness. Be calm while reading.
  • Make sure you give meaning to the text and do not read without expression.
  • The preparation time for each question varies from 25 to 40 seconds. In the preparation time, go through the difficult and the alien words.Also, use this time to understand the text. This is very important so that you can read the text with the right intonations and stress the right words.
  • You get 40 seconds to read aloud after the preparation time.
  • Start reading immediately with a steady rhythm
  • Read loudly and clearly
  • If you pause for more than 3 seconds while responding, the microphone will automatically stop recording.

 

You will be awarded marks on the following criteria:

 

  • Content – reading the correct words
  • Pronunciation – making the correct sounds
  • Oral fluency – reading with a natural fluent tone of voice

 

Scores:

 

Each replacement, omission or insertion of a word counts as one error. Maximum score depends upon the length of the task prompt. You will score higher if your fluency shows a natural rhythm which is given by chunking and grouping the words and stressing the right words.

 

To get a better score, you have to display these sub skills which test your ability

  • Speak with a purpose
  • Read the text aloud
  • Speak at a natural rate
  • Produce fluent speech
  • Use correct intonation
  • Use correct pronunciation
  • Use correct stress on words
  • Speak under timed conditions

 

Tips for scoring high in PTE Read Aloud

 

  • Read aloud questions will be chosen from an academic text and it will have one or more of the 3 macro purposes i.e. to repeat, to inform and to explain. So do not speak monotonously like a robot. When you speak with a purpose, you subconsciously take appropriate pauses, stress on certain words and use correct intonations. So the listener comprehends the meaning, attitude and emotions you have towards the topic. Use your imagination to speak like a professor who intends to communicate important and fascinating information. This will help you use raising intonation to show a contrast and falling intonation to show that you have finished a point or a sentence.
  • The Rate of speech varies for every individual. You will have plenty of time to complete the answer. So do not read too fast or too slow. Speak naturally with the meaning to be pleasant.
  • Read in a constant smooth rhythm without hesitations, repetitions and unwanted pauses by grouping words meaningfully. Give short pauses at commas and semi-colons and long pauses at full stops. If you make a mistake, do not correct yourself as you will be scored less.
  • Machine scoring system assesses whether all the consonants and vowels are pronounced in a manner that is easily understood by general speakers of the language. Understand the meaning of words with similar spellings or pronunciation and pronounce them accurately. Meaning of the sentences can be altered by stressing on the wrong words.

Ex:  Let’s eat children.

Let’s eat, children.

 

Practice questions:

 

  1. The ability of regular exercise to lower expenditure on medications is indubitable. Take diabetes patients as an example. The more time they spend on outdoor activities, the less money they spend on medications and other therapies. So the physicians advise stepping up daily physical activity. Starting to exercise is really worth it, at any age.

 

Solution

Intonation/Pauses – The ability of regular exercise (short pause) to lower expenditure on medications (short pause) is indubitable. (Long pause) Take diabetes patients as an example. (Long pause) The more time they spend on outdoor activities, (short pause) the less money they spend (short pause) on medications and other therapies. (Long pause) So (short pause) the physicians advise stepping up daily physical activity. (Long pause) Starting to exercise is really worth it, (short pause) at any age.

 

  1. The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18th June 1815 near Waterloo in present day Belgium. An Imperial French army under the command of Emperor Napoleon was defeated by combined armies of the Seventh Coalition, an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army.

 

Solution

Intonation/Pauses -The Battle of Waterloo (short pause) was fought on Sunday,(short pause) 18th June 1815 (short pause) near Waterloo (short pause) in present day Belgium. (Long pause) An Imperial French army(short pause) under the command of Emperor Napoleon (short pause) was defeated by combined armies of the Seventh Coalition,(short pause) an Anglo-Allied army (short pause) under the command of the Duke of Wellington (short pause) combined with a Prussian army.

 

  1. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas. At this year’s show Concept and Crossovers seem to be the real buzz words, with a number of our most beloved sedans now having gone hyper hybrid.

 

Solution

Intonation/Pauses – The North American International Auto Show (short pause) (NAIAS) (high intonation) is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, (short pause) providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, (short pause) people and ideas. (Long pause) At this year’s show (short pause) Concept and Crossovers (short pause) seem to be the real buzz words, (short pause) with a number of our most beloved sedans (short pause) now having gone hyper hybrid.

 

 

March 5, 2018

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