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Hi Everyone,

I have been seeing many people asking for Tips for the PTE-A English Exam and I would like to pen down all notes that I had made during my preparation.

Hope this will help everyone in their preparations.

Speaking

  1. Read Aloud

    Read with proper pauses, intonation and stress
    Better to group a few words together
    Keep your natural rhythm
    Practice before actually answering​
  2. Repeat Sentence

    Listen for phrases in the sentence
    Copy the emphasis in the sentence​
  3. Describe Image

    Introduce Image
    Explain Key Features
    Conclude

    Introduce Image - This graph represents the Title + X-axis or as appropriate for the given image (10 seconds)
    Key Features - Most noticeable features and smooth talk (20 seconds)
    Conclusion - start with word "Overall" or "In Conclusion", single sentence (10 seconds)
    Note: Oral Fluency is more important than Content.​
  4. Retell Lecture

    Make note of key points quickly
    Get the gist of the lecture
    Speak at least 5 sentences
    Use arrows & symbols in the Notes to indicate order or flow
    Speak fluently and with correct pronunciation
    Start with "The speaker said.."​
  5. Answer Short Questions

    Be Precise
    Answer in 1 - 3 words
    Listen carefully​

Writing

  1. Summarize Written Text

    Identify Key Points
    Use FANBOY connector words. FANBOY = For,And,Nor,But,Or,Yet
    Strictly less than 70 words ideally 40 - 50 words
    One sentence only
    Use max of two commas
    Start with Capital and end with full stop​

  2. Writing Essay

    Essay Template
    (suited for essays asking my opinion)
    Keep it to 230 - 250 words

    (Introduction)
    These days, there is an ongoing debate between people about ______________. While it is possible to claim that______________ , my view is that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. In this essay, I shall explain my point of view by analysing both sides of the argument.


    (2nd Paragraph)
    There are several reasons why _____________________. One of them is that ___________________. It can also be argued that ___________________. It should also be taken into account that ________________.


    (3rd Paragraph)
    Those who argue for __________ have a different view and say that it can actually be a good thing. Firstly, it is claimed that ____________. Then, there are concerns about __________________.

    (Conclusion)
    While there are strong arguments on both sides of the case, my personal opinion is that _________. I would strongly recommend that _______________.​

Continued in the Next Post.
 

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Reading

  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read and Understand the Question
    Read Passage and Understand
    Choose YOUR Answer and Eliminate other incorrect Answers​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking
    Can have 2 or 3 correct options - Choose wisely and don't push yourself

    Read Question and Understand
    Read Passage with Focus and Understand
    Eliminate Answers and Choose the right options​
  3. Re-order Paragraphs

    Search for Heading/Topic Sentence that stands alone
    Check Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases order to re-order the sentences.
    Proper Nouns - Atlantic Ocean, Walt Disney, etc
    Common Nouns - Man, Mountain, etc
    Pronoun - He, She, They, Them, etc
    Articles Usage - a, an, the. "The" refers to a noun already introduced earlier
    Time Phrases - Passive voice refers back to another sentence
    Other Phrases - However, Moreover, Although, Also, etc​
  4. Fill in the Blanks (Both Reading\Writing)

    Skim through the Passage first
    Concentrate at parts of speech before and after the Blank
    Practice Collocations​

Listening

  1. Summarize Spoken Text

    Start writing with "The speaker said..."
    Other tips same as Re-tell Lecture

    Make note of key points quickly
    Get the gist of the lecture
    Write at least 5 sentences
    Use arrows & symbols to indicate order or flow
    Write with correct pronunciation​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  3. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking - be cautious
    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  4. Highlight Correct Summary

    Write down in notepad
    Understand what is conveyed by speaker
    Use elimination method
    In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.​
  5. Fill in the Blanks

    Note down in notepad
    Careful listen to nouns - singular/plural?
    Take care of Spellings. Answer is Wrong if Spelling is wrong.​
  6. Select Missing Word

    Straight forward.
    Listen Carefully.
    Get the Gist of the speaker.​
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words

    Single Left Mouse Click on the Incorrect Word.
    Be Quick as the speaker can be fast at times.​
  8. Write Dictation

    Use Notepad or Type, whichever is more comfortable.
    Start with Capital and End with Full stop.​

Please modify the tips according to your comfort. Good luck with Practice.
All the Best Everyone. :thumb:
 

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Reading

  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read and Understand the Question
    Read Passage and Understand
    Choose YOUR Answer and Eliminate other incorrect Answers​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking
    Can have 2 or 3 correct options - Choose wisely and don't push yourself

    Read Question and Understand
    Read Passage with Focus and Understand
    Eliminate Answers and Choose the right options​
  3. Re-order Paragraphs

    Search for Heading/Topic Sentence that stands alone
    Check Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases order to re-order the sentences.
    Proper Nouns - Atlantic Ocean, Walt Disney, etc
    Common Nouns - Man, Mountain, etc
    Pronoun - He, She, They, Them, etc
    Articles Usage - a, an, the. "The" refers to a noun already introduced earlier
    Time Phrases - Passive voice refers back to another sentence
    Other Phrases - However, Moreover, Although, Also, etc​
  4. Fill in the Blanks (Both Reading\Writing)

    Skim through the Passage first
    Concentrate at parts of speech before and after the Blank
    Practice Collocations​

Listening

  1. Summarize Spoken Text

    Start writing with "The speaker said..."
    Other tips same as Re-tell Lecture

    Make note of key points quickly
    Get the gist of the lecture
    Write at least 5 sentences
    Use arrows & symbols to indicate order or flow
    Write with correct pronunciation​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  3. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking - be cautious
    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  4. Highlight Correct Summary

    Write down in notepad
    Understand what is conveyed by speaker
    Use elimination method
    In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.​
  5. Fill in the Blanks

    Note down in notepad
    Careful listen to nouns - singular/plural?
    Take care of Spellings. Answer is Wrong if Spelling is wrong.​
  6. Select Missing Word

    Straight forward.
    Listen Carefully.
    Get the Gist of the speaker.​
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words

    Single Left Mouse Click on the Incorrect Word.
    Be Quick as the speaker can be fast at times.​
  8. Write Dictation

    Use Notepad or Type, whichever is more comfortable.
    Start with Capital and End with Full stop.​

Please modify the tips according to your comfort. Good luck with Practice.
All the Best Everyone. :thumb:
I appreciate your effort, this helps.

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Reading

  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read and Understand the Question
    Read Passage and Understand
    Choose YOUR Answer and Eliminate other incorrect Answers​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking
    Can have 2 or 3 correct options - Choose wisely and don't push yourself

    Read Question and Understand
    Read Passage with Focus and Understand
    Eliminate Answers and Choose the right options​
  3. Re-order Paragraphs

    Search for Heading/Topic Sentence that stands alone
    Check Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases order to re-order the sentences.
    Proper Nouns - Atlantic Ocean, Walt Disney, etc
    Common Nouns - Man, Mountain, etc
    Pronoun - He, She, They, Them, etc
    Articles Usage - a, an, the. "The" refers to a noun already introduced earlier
    Time Phrases - Passive voice refers back to another sentence
    Other Phrases - However, Moreover, Although, Also, etc​
  4. Fill in the Blanks (Both Reading\Writing)

    Skim through the Passage first
    Concentrate at parts of speech before and after the Blank
    Practice Collocations​

Listening

  1. Summarize Spoken Text

    Start writing with "The speaker said..."
    Other tips same as Re-tell Lecture

    Make note of key points quickly
    Get the gist of the lecture
    Write at least 5 sentences
    Use arrows & symbols to indicate order or flow
    Write with correct pronunciation​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  3. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking - be cautious
    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  4. Highlight Correct Summary

    Write down in notepad
    Understand what is conveyed by speaker
    Use elimination method
    In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.​
  5. Fill in the Blanks

    Note down in notepad
    Careful listen to nouns - singular/plural?
    Take care of Spellings. Answer is Wrong if Spelling is wrong.​
  6. Select Missing Word

    Straight forward.
    Listen Carefully.
    Get the Gist of the speaker.​
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words

    Single Left Mouse Click on the Incorrect Word.
    Be Quick as the speaker can be fast at times.​
  8. Write Dictation

    Use Notepad or Type, whichever is more comfortable.
    Start with Capital and End with Full stop.​

Please modify the tips according to your comfort. Good luck with Practice.
All the Best Everyone. :thumb:
You are simply awesome!....

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awesome post. Thanks a lot for your effort.
 

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Hi vincyf1,

Wow just realized that you passed the PTE score with a perfect score. I am wondering how did you do that? Please share some tips and materials that you used to study.

I took the test 4x and still with no luck and I need to get 79+ for all modules.

Appreciate if you can help sharing some materials. Thanks.
 

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Reading

  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read and Understand the Question
    Read Passage and Understand
    Choose YOUR Answer and Eliminate other incorrect Answers​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking
    Can have 2 or 3 correct options - Choose wisely and don't push yourself

    Read Question and Understand
    Read Passage with Focus and Understand
    Eliminate Answers and Choose the right options​
  3. Re-order Paragraphs

    Search for Heading/Topic Sentence that stands alone
    Check Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases order to re-order the sentences.
    Proper Nouns - Atlantic Ocean, Walt Disney, etc
    Common Nouns - Man, Mountain, etc
    Pronoun - He, She, They, Them, etc
    Articles Usage - a, an, the. "The" refers to a noun already introduced earlier
    Time Phrases - Passive voice refers back to another sentence
    Other Phrases - However, Moreover, Although, Also, etc​
  4. Fill in the Blanks (Both Reading\Writing)

    Skim through the Passage first
    Concentrate at parts of speech before and after the Blank
    Practice Collocations​

Listening

  1. Summarize Spoken Text

    Start writing with "The speaker said..."
    Other tips same as Re-tell Lecture

    Make note of key points quickly
    Get the gist of the lecture
    Write at least 5 sentences
    Use arrows & symbols to indicate order or flow
    Write with correct pronunciation​
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  3. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers

    Has Negative Marking - be cautious
    Read question before audio starts
    Stay focused till the end​
  4. Highlight Correct Summary

    Write down in notepad
    Understand what is conveyed by speaker
    Use elimination method
    In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.​
  5. Fill in the Blanks

    Note down in notepad
    Careful listen to nouns - singular/plural?
    Take care of Spellings. Answer is Wrong if Spelling is wrong.​
  6. Select Missing Word

    Straight forward.
    Listen Carefully.
    Get the Gist of the speaker.​
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words

    Single Left Mouse Click on the Incorrect Word.
    Be Quick as the speaker can be fast at times.​
  8. Write Dictation

    Use Notepad or Type, whichever is more comfortable.
    Start with Capital and End with Full stop.​

Please modify the tips according to your comfort. Good luck with Practice.
All the Best Everyone. :thumb:
Thanks for these valuable tips
 
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good work mate ... can you please specify the number of questions in each category e.g.
Read aloud = 30 questions
one word answer = 15 questions just like that ? it will help alot im planning to take PTE exam this month. thanks
 
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good work mate ... can you please specify the number of questions in each category e.g.
Read aloud = 30 questions
one word answer = 15 questions just like that ? it will help alot im planning to take PTE exam this month. thanks


Good point.
One thing to note is that the number of questions vary a lot. I will try to put together something.


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Reading



  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer



    Read and Understand the Question

    Read Passage and Understand

    Choose YOUR Answer and Eliminate other incorrect Answers​


  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers



    Has Negative Marking

    Can have 2 or 3 correct options - Choose wisely and don't push yourself



    Read Question and Understand

    Read Passage with Focus and Understand

    Eliminate Answers and Choose the right options​


  3. Re-order Paragraphs



    Search for Heading/Topic Sentence that stands alone

    Check Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases order to re-order the sentences.

    Proper Nouns - Atlantic Ocean, Walt Disney, etc

    Common Nouns - Man, Mountain, etc

    Pronoun - He, She, They, Them, etc

    Articles Usage - a, an, the. "The" refers to a noun already introduced earlier

    Time Phrases - Passive voice refers back to another sentence

    Other Phrases - However, Moreover, Although, Also, etc​


  4. Fill in the Blanks (Both Reading\Writing)



    Skim through the Passage first

    Concentrate at parts of speech before and after the Blank

    Practice Collocations​





Listening



  1. Summarize Spoken Text



    Start writing with "The speaker said..."

    Other tips same as Re-tell Lecture



    Make note of key points quickly

    Get the gist of the lecture

    Write at least 5 sentences

    Use arrows & symbols to indicate order or flow

    Write with correct pronunciation​


  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer



    Read question before audio starts

    Stay focused till the end​


  3. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers



    Has Negative Marking - be cautious

    Read question before audio starts

    Stay focused till the end​


  4. Highlight Correct Summary



    Write down in notepad

    Understand what is conveyed by speaker

    Use elimination method

    In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.​


  5. Fill in the Blanks



    Note down in notepad

    Careful listen to nouns - singular/plural?

    Take care of Spellings. Answer is Wrong if Spelling is wrong.​


  6. Select Missing Word



    Straight forward.

    Listen Carefully.

    Get the Gist of the speaker.​


  7. Highlight Incorrect Words



    Single Left Mouse Click on the Incorrect Word.

    Be Quick as the speaker can be fast at times.​


  8. Write Dictation



    Use Notepad or Type, whichever is more comfortable.

    Start with Capital and End with Full stop.​





Please modify the tips according to your comfort. Good luck with Practice.

All the Best Everyone. :thumb:


Good one Vincyf1 , very helpful for test seekers
 

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Hey Vincyf1, can you check the essay according to the script. I tailored little bit to include the example, as I am preparing the script for a friend of mine whose English level is not so good, let's say at 5 band. Can you please point out to improve it further.

1. Traveling overseas to study is overrated. We have brilliant scholars who have studied locally. In

your opinion, is travel really required for higher studies?



These days, there is an ongoing debate between people about the importance of studying abroad. While it is possible to claim that local universities also produce competent scholars, my view is that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. In this essay, I shall explain my point of view by analysing both sides of the argument.



There are several reasons why it is believed that the foreign education is better than the domestic one. One of them is that a degree from the foreign prestigious universities is much valuable for the future. It can also be argued that the foreign schools implement technical tools to aid the academic studies that would become more useful to have in the students’ arsenal. For example, while
pursuing my study abroad, apart from the theoretical knowledge, I also learned to use various computer programs, such as Arena Simulation, SolidWorks and so on. This is not the case for most universities in my home countries.

Those who argue for local education to become scholars have a different view and say that it can actually be a good thing. Firstly, it is claimed that not everyone is lucky enough to have a sufficient family fund for studying into the foreign universities, and this often ended to the heavy debt to the students’ shoulders. Then, there are concerns about homesickness especially for the one who leave their family for the first time.



While there are strong arguments on both sides of the case, my personal opinion is that obtain the foreign degree is in fact provide much more value for the students’ future. I would strongly recommend that it is a good investment for higher studied from the foreign universities.

Sorry for the format, I have to do it via mobile phone, so please ignore the paragraphing. It has just four paragraph.

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Hi Vincyf,

I have given my PTE 5 monhts back and got the desired result of 65+ but due to unexpected behavior of DIBP this yuear I am planning to get more points in EOI for my wife also.

Yesterday only she have registered for PTE and left with only 20 days preparation.

Your tips are really helpful and I conquer that they are absolutely awesome to crack PTE for everyone who have a very short time for prep.

God Bless. You make my life a lot easy today.
 

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Hey Vincyf1, can you check the essay according to the script. I tailored little bit to include the example, as I am preparing the script for a friend of mine whose English level is not so good, let's say at 5 band. Can you please point out to improve it further.
Hi Buddy,

You have already done a great job. I would be nitpicking but I think it will help improve your points with a few minor corrections that I recommend:

1. It would be better to use shorter simpler sentences than complex long ones to avoid any possible punctuation mistakes. For example, in the below sentence, I think a comma will be necessary to help in better comprehension.

It can also be argued that the foreign schools implement technical tools to aid the academic studies that would become more useful to have in the students’ arsenal.

2. In the below sentence, instead of "my home countries", the more apt usage would be "my home country"

This is not the case for most universities in my home countries.

3. I would look at improving the structure of the below sentence:

Firstly, it is claimed that not everyone is lucky enough to have a sufficient family fund for studying into the foreign universities, and this often ended to the heavy debt to the students’ shoulders. Then, there are concerns about homesickness especially for the one who leave their family for the first time.

My Version:
Firstly, it is claimed that not everyone is lucky enough to have sufficient family funds for studying at foreign universities, and this often ends up with the burden of a heavy debt on the student. Then, there are concerns of homesickness especially for the ones who are leaving their family for the first time.



I don't mean to offend you in anyway. I hope these suggestions help you. :)
All the Best. :thumb:
 
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