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5 easy tips to boost your PTE scores

The PTE Academic test has been proven by candidates to help them achieve their desired English language ability for multiple purposes, including migration and job application.

Below are 5 simple tricks to greatly enhance your score in PTE.


1. Read Aloud:

  • Read Aloud is one of the most underestimated tasks in PTE. It may seem easy but this task plays an important role in assessing a candidate’s speaking and reading skills.
  • Read Aloud task is used to give mark for your pronunciation and oral fluency. You can test how accurate your pronunciation is by checking with OK Google or Siri if you are using an Android phone or an iPhone.
  • Remember that it is always better for you to speak leisurely and people understand you than speaking too fast and nobody can hear a word you are saying.
  • Thus, it is best if you can just pace down your speech and focus on the syllabication of difficult words that you encounter to smoothen out your response and get a higher score for both pronunciation and oral fluency.


2. Describe Image:

  • Inexperienced candidates regularly stumbled upon Describe Image. The way Describe Image is set up may resemble the Writing Task 1 in IELTS Academic, but the approach is completely different.
  • PTE test candidates need to understand that the mean of response and timing are different for these two types of question. As a result, the approach has to be tailored accordingly.
  • This being said, Describe Image is actually much easier than IELTS Writing Task 1. The reason is that you only have 1 minute and 30 seconds to respond, therefore, your response only needs to be simple and straight to the point to get a high score.
  • In your response, don’t forget to include the name of the graph or the picture, its x and y axis, and the 3 most distinctive point in the graph. By the time you have spoken the previously mentioned items, you can safely conclude your description by stating the general trend in the graph.


3. Summarise Written Text:

  • Summarise Written Text in the PTE test is the equivalent of IELTS Writing Task 1. In this task, you are required to summarise a passage in just 1 sentence, from 5 to 75 words.
  • Since you can only write in one sentence, Summarise Written Text will be a challenging feat testing your grammatical skill.
  • The tip here is to try breaking down main ideas into independent complex sentences using the semicolon (;). The semicolon stands somewhere between the period and the comma; it is just perfect to be used in this situation.
  • For example, Summarise Written Text, which is the equivalent with IELTS Writing Task 1, is a difficult exercise for PTE candidates; however, this can be overcome by using the semicolon, a punctuation standing between the period and the comma.


4. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer (Reading)

  • Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer greatly resembles the True, False, Not Given type of question.
  • On the other hand, in Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer, you only have to choose the “true” answer. This means that, if the answers given are false or there is no evidence to support them, they can be completely ignored.
  • When you think about it that way, this task can be considered easier than its counterpart in IELTS.
  • Last but not least, negative marking does apply for this type of question. That is if you choose a wrong answer, you will receive a negative mark, so tread carefully or you may lose all your marks.


5. Fill in the Blanks

  • PTE test candidates may dread Fill in the Blanks as they are usually not able to follow the recording.
  • This greatly depends on the complexity of the words to be filled in. When candidates hear a word that has a tricky spelling, their brain power focuses on the spelling of that particular word, making them unable to follow the audio and miss out other words.
  • The trick here is to neglect the spelling completely while the audio is still playing. That being said, once it stops playing, you still have to inspect the blanks again and consider any potential spelling mistake.
  • With this trick, you won’t miss out any blanks due to losing your tracking of the audio.


For further tips about the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic and information of Seed Training Group PTE Academic Course in Melbourne, please contact 0423 341 424 (Minh) or email


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