Awesome tips on how to score more in PTE Speaking:
Part 1 of the PTE starts with Speaking and Writing. This part of the test has a number of integrated tasks and assesses your ability to speak and write in an academic environment.
Unlike other English assessment tests like the IELTS or TOEFL, the PTE test starts with the speaking test.This means that candidates who are shy and inhibited in their speaking abilities, may find this test challenging.
If you are unaccustomed to speaking in English, practice all parts of the speaking test, several times with a friend or a tutor to gain confidence.
Once you take the speaking test and are comfortable you will approach the other parts of the test such as writing, reading and listening with a lot of confidence.
- Time management :
Time management skills plays a predominant role in PTE Speaking test, as each section is well-structured and timed. One more important thing that we need to remember all the time is that no extra time will be given to check the answers; once the microphone closes you can no longer record and within 40 seconds, there is no time to correct your responses.
Let’s see the following example that comes under “Describe Image”:
Look at the pie chart below and describe in detail. You will have 40 seconds to give your response.
In the above example, it’s clearly mentioned that you will be given only40 seconds for your response. Moreover, you will be given 25 seconds for preparation. Once the preparation time finishes it automatically allows you to record your response. Immediately after the 40th second, the next image will be displayed on your computer screen.
- In any speaking task, start speaking as soon as the microphone opens.
- Use the time given before the microphone opens to skim the image/text and form your answers (each task varies—it’s usually between 25-40 seconds)
- There is not much time here to take down notes in detail.
- Spontaneity :
It really matters especially inthe time based PTE Speaking test, how quick you respond. As you will get a limited time to prepare for the response, you need to be as fast you can. Along with this, you also need to be ready with the best answer.
Very important when responding to “Answer short question”,” Read Aloud” and “Repeat Sentence” tasks.
In these tasks there is really no time to make notes. Rely entirely on your listening skills and respond quickly.
- Memorizing skills:
Repeating from memory plays an important role in PTE Speaking test.
There are 2 sections, in which you need to remember all the important points and to add those points to your response.
- Repeat sentences
- Re-tell lecture
Repeat sentencesis one of the best areas that you can score more. Listen intently and memorize as much as you can.There is no time to take down notes.
Re-tell lecture: – For this you need to recollect as much as you can. Along with this, you also need to concentrate on the key points and the supporting ideas, in order to score well. You can jot down a few points here but the more you can memorize the easier it will be for you to repeat what you heard.
Notes taking is one of the most useful techniques in PTE Speaking test which can be useful for multiple questions like, “re-tell lecture” and “describe an image”.
Listen keenly and jot down important points in “Retell the lecture”.
Let’s see an example and a sample answer for the “describe an image” task under PTE Speaking test:
The above examples gives details of number of the students who come late to college during weekdays. Give in detail what the graph is showing.
In the 25 seconds given, form sentences in your mind and jot them down: latecomers, Monday highest number of late comers, Friday also high, Tuesday and Thursday low, Wednesday slightly higher.
- Now form the introductory sentence: the given bar graph shows
- Read what is written on the chart or graph—this should give you a clue on how to start speaking
Let’s see the sample answer.
“The given bar chart tells about the average number of the students who come late to college in a week. On Monday, the number of latecomers is high whereas, the number is less on Tuesday and Thursday. Again on Friday, the number of latecomers rises. Wednesday the number of latecomers is higher than Tuesday but on Thursday the number again dips to equal Tuesday numbers. On the whole, the number fluctuates day to day. It is not specified here as to why these numbers fluctuate.”
- Pronunciation,intonation and clarity:
If it is a face-to-face interactive speaking session, the examiner can comprehend, even if you speak in a low voice. Or else, sometimes, you will have a chance to rectify your speech errors and can correct it immediately.
The PTE Speaking Test however, is a computer based exam and you need to record your answers with the help of a microphone. Moreover the microphone times out and there is no opportunity of going back and correcting yourself.So, you need to be careful while speaking.
- Speak loud and clear into the microphone
- Do not pause for a long time and use too many non-words like “uh, um, aah, hmm.”
- Pause when you have completed a point
- Raise and lower your voice at points when required and give expression to your speech—do not be monotonous.
In PTE Academic Speaking Test, the test takers needs to focus on various aspects like fluency, accent, rhyme and rhythm, intonation, clarity in ideas….among other aspects mentioned above.
The best way to ace the PTE Speaking Test is to practice, practice and practice. Take a lot of mock tests. Time yourself while taking the test.This is most crucial to your passing the test.