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Hi All,

I would like to seek an advice from people who took PTE and achieved desired scores. I took the PTE exam recently (after 2 month of intensive preparation) and received very poor score (37) in speaking. (Pronunciation -21, Oral Fluency - 29)

I was surprised to see my speaking score. I'm not a native English speaker but I consider myself as a fluent speaker as I've been using English as a primary language since last 10 years.

Prior to the real exam I took two official mock test from PTE and I scored 60+ in speaking (even though my mic was poor quality). Considering the score from mock test, I expected that I would score 70+ in speaking.

When I compare the mock exam and real attempt, in mock exam I didn’t click next button as soon as I completed the speaking. I waited until the status change as ‘completed’ after 3 sec.

But, in the real exam, I didn’t wait for that 3 sec to complete. I clicked next button immediately after I completed my speaking. I did the same for all section in speaking.
I doubt that above could be the reason for low speaking score. My recording looks like not uploaded to PTE software due to the immediate ‘Next’ button click.

Can anyone clarify on above? I couldn’t find anything from PTE official guides saying that we need to click next as soon as we complete the speaking.

PTE Experts !! Appreciate your help on above. This will help for future PTE candidates to act correctly during the speaking section. Thanks.
 
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I clicked next on everything after I was finished speaking.

It might be worth uploading a sample of you reading something for others to listen to..
 

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Hi Rahul,

Have you checked the voice record before the testing? ( the "testing testing one two three" section) .

If your mock test presents 60 + , your real test should be 60 -/+ 5 points .

And do not place the mic too near to your mouse. You could search on youtube they have tutorial about the position of mic. Good luck :)
 

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Hi Rahul,

Have you checked the voice record before the testing? ( the "testing testing one two three" section) .

If your mock test presents 60 + , your real test should be 60 -/+ 5 points .

And do not place the mic too near to your mouse. You could search on youtube they have tutorial about the position of mic. Good luck :)
Hi KK,

Thanks for the reply. I have tested my mic before the exam start. I can hear my own recording without any issue. For the Mic position, I kept the mic below my mouth near to my chin. I should have tried to keep the mic above the nose :( . Do you think this could be the issue? I'm trying to re-take the exam as I need 65+. let's see.
 

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I clicked next on everything after I was finished speaking.

It might be worth uploading a sample of you reading something for others to listen to..
Hi Rob, Did you click next even for the sections such as 'Describe Image' and 'Re-Tell lecture'? lot of people suggest to click next as soon as finish speaking for 'Read aloud' and 'Repeat sentence' But not for 'Describe Image' and 'Re-Tell lecture'. It seems that my describe image and re-tell lecture scores are marked as zero.
 

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Hi Rob, Did you click next even for the sections such as 'Describe Image' and 'Re-Tell lecture'? lot of people suggest to click next as soon as finish speaking for 'Read aloud' and 'Repeat sentence' But not for 'Describe Image' and 'Re-Tell lecture'. It seems that my describe image and re-tell lecture scores are marked as zero.
Hi Rahul,

I clicked next on everything as soon as I was ready to avoid leaving the mic hanging for 3 seconds where I might cough or clear my throat etc.
 

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Hi Rahul,

I clicked next on everything as soon as I was ready to avoid leaving the mic hanging for 3 seconds where I might cough or clear my throat etc.
That's the right way to do. Whether you click Next once you're done, or don't click till the timing bar completes, it shouldn't matter. I hope you spoke till at least 36-38 secs in Describe image and never paused for more than 3 secs anywhere.
 

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That's the right way to do. Whether you click Next once you're done, or don't click till the timing bar completes, it shouldn't matter. I hope you spoke till at least 36-38 secs in Describe image and never paused for more than 3 secs anywhere.
I was simply pointing it out for Rahul. (perhaps you are too?) You are probably correct, it shouldn't matter, the point I am making is that I don't think clicking the next button is the reason Rahul got an unusually low score, I did that very same thing on all speaking parts and scored 90.

As for microphone position, I put the mic at the lowest it would go, it wasn't below my chin, but I listened back to myself to make sure there wasn't unwanted breathing noises, and the volume was ok, I also made a point of speaking loudly, not shouting, but being sure I wasn't whispering too as on my mock tests I scored lower when I didn't speak loud enough.
 

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Hi, Clicking next will not affect your score. I think the mic was not placed correctly.
 

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Hi, Clicking next will not affect your score. I think the mic was not placed correctly.
Your guess is 100% correct. I managed to get 77 in the next attempt by keeping the mic above my nose level. ( my first attempt speaking score was 37)

Thanks all for the valuable suggestions and advise.

For those who are reading this thread, to avoid the confusion caused by my question, I can confirm that "clicking Next button" will not affect your score as I clicked next for all section and still scored 77.

Having said that, Clicking next button too early for "Describe Image" and "Re-tell lecture" is not advisable. It may reduce your 'content' score. Please try to speak at least for 30-35 sec.

For Read aloud, Repeat sentence and Answer short question, you can click next as soon as you finish the task.

There are already a lot of suggestions on how to score high in speaking. Just to add my two cents, PTE speaking is all about fluency and pronunciation.

For all those people who are struggling to improve pronunciation, I would say fluency is the key for your success.

No one can change their pronunciation pattern overnight. so, focus to improve your fluency. you will be able to get high score.

PM me if anyone need help or advise How I improved my speaking score from 37 to 77. I would be happy to help you. I believe in good karma :)
 
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Your guess is 100% correct. I managed to get 77 in the next attempt by keeping the mic above my nose level. ( my first attempt speaking score was 37)

Thanks all for the valuable suggestions and advise.

For those who are reading this thread, to avoid the confusion caused by my question, I can confirm that "clicking Next button" will not affect your score as I clicked next for all section and still scored 77.

Having said that, Clicking next button too early for "Describe Image" and "Re-tell lecture" is not advisable. It may reduce your 'content' score. Please try to speak at least for 30-35 sec.

For Read aloud, Repeat sentence and Answer short question, you can click next as soon as you finish the task.

There are already a lot of suggestions on how to score high in speaking. Just to add my two cents, PTE speaking is all about fluency and pronunciation.

For all those people who are struggling to improve pronunciation, I would say fluency is the key for your success.

No one can change their pronunciation pattern overnight. so, focus to improve your fluency. you will be able to get high score.

PM me if anyone need help or advise How I improved my speaking score from 37 to 77. I would be happy to help you. I believe in good karma :)

Hi Rahul, I am unable to send you private message. It might be due to the less number of posts u made so far. Can u please make couple of posts more to see whether u can PM me? I am not sure whether I am allowed to share my personal email in the forum.

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Hi Rahul,


I too had similar experience recently when i took PTE Exam last week. I scored only 37 in speaking with 10 points for oral and fluency. I was surprised to see the score sheet as I score a decent mark of 70's during mock test.

During exam, I have placed mic below my chin level and I do check the sample recording before start of exam and adjusted the mic so that there is no sound during breathing. I'm definitely sure that something has went wrong through speaking session.

I have sent an email to PTE seeking clarification; not sure whether they will respond to this. I'm bit confused whether need to re-take one more time.

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The way I look into the issues with the MIC level and related cases is mainly that most of us are not used to wearing a headset. People who have worked in the call center/customer service environment will have this experience of placing the microphone correctly and since majority of the folks do not have that background it is difficult.

The best way to place the microphone is on the side and the boom has to be adjusted to be min 2 fingers away and max three fingers.

The other point of breathing sounds etc can be avoided, if you keep yourself cool. Its obvious you are tensed for the exam but we need to keep our cool and the rest will be history. :)
 

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Your guess is 100% correct. I managed to get 77 in the next attempt by keeping the mic above my nose level. ( my first attempt speaking score was 37)

Thanks all for the valuable suggestions and advise.

For those who are reading this thread, to avoid the confusion caused by my question, I can confirm that "clicking Next button" will not affect your score as I clicked next for all section and still scored 77.

Having said that, Clicking next button too early for "Describe Image" and "Re-tell lecture" is not advisable. It may reduce your 'content' score. Please try to speak at least for 30-35 sec.

For Read aloud, Repeat sentence and Answer short question, you can click next as soon as you finish the task.

There are already a lot of suggestions on how to score high in speaking. Just to add my two cents, PTE speaking is all about fluency and pronunciation.

For all those people who are struggling to improve pronunciation, I would say fluency is the key for your success.

No one can change their pronunciation pattern overnight. so, focus to improve your fluency. you will be able to get high score.

PM me if anyone need help or advise How I improved my speaking score from 37 to 77. I would be happy to help you. I believe in good karma :)
Hi Rahul,

My scores are

W-80
R-62
L-64
S-33 (too low , oral fluency - 10)
My practice scores were way too higher for speaking (70 something)
This could be a microphone issue ,Please advise for correct microphone setting or any other issue
 

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Hi Rahul,

My scores are

W-80
R-62
L-64
S-33 (too low , oral fluency - 10)
My practice scores were way too higher for speaking (70 something)
This could be a microphone issue ,Please advise for correct microphone setting or any other issue

Can you do a read aloud and describe image, upload in google drive and share the link here. Will take a look and advise.
if your oral fluency is 10, I think there should be something wrong with your mic. Can you tell us how tested your mic, before the exam started?

I read the contents of that page, as if I am doing a read aloud and replayed the recording and checked the volume and other parameters.
 

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Hi Another shocker for me, scored 10 for oral fluency.Mic, below the chin level.I assessment exams from E2 learning too and they rated me at 70, with extensive practice.Guys, what is this issue with this mic.I score 60 for speaking(49 oral fluency) in my first attempt and i am guessing the mic was above my nose level (not sure though),Kindly advise,urgently!!!
 

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I just scored a 90 in speaking after being in the 70s. Clicked next on everything. Just made sure that the mic was not too close.
Also one thing i did differently was to speak a little bit louder than i did previous times. Previously i was speaking like i was speaking on a cell phone and other candidates were a bit louder. Tried speaking with a bit more volume and it helped both with capturing the voice as well as being more open in my speech.
 

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Your guess is 100% correct. I managed to get 77 in the next attempt by keeping the mic above my nose level. ( my first attempt speaking score was 37)

Thanks all for the valuable suggestions and advise.

For those who are reading this thread, to avoid the confusion caused by my question, I can confirm that "clicking Next button" will not affect your score as I clicked next for all section and still scored 77.

Having said that, Clicking next button too early for "Describe Image" and "Re-tell lecture" is not advisable. It may reduce your 'content' score. Please try to speak at least for 30-35 sec.

For Read aloud, Repeat sentence and Answer short question, you can click next as soon as you finish the task.

There are already a lot of suggestions on how to score high in speaking. Just to add my two cents, PTE speaking is all about fluency and pronunciation.

For all those people who are struggling to improve pronunciation, I would say fluency is the key for your success.

No one can change their pronunciation pattern overnight. so, focus to improve your fluency. you will be able to get high score.

PM me if anyone need help or advise How I improved my speaking score from 37 to 77. I would be happy to help you. I believe in good karma :)
Hii buddy
i have given the pte exam twice. in my forst exam i scored 64 in speaking, 82 in oral fluency and 20 in pronunciation. in second exam i scored 61, 85 in oral fluency and 11 in pronunciation. please help me on this. how can i improve my pronunciation.

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Tervinder
 
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