Common mistakes made in the PTE exam

Common mistakes made in the PTE exam

In all the PTE tutorials that are created, people always talk about the methods and techniques to tackle different exercises. But, it’s equally important to also discuss the common mistakes everyone makes during the examination so that we get a broader idea of applying these techniques properly:

  1. Check your Headset: Do you know how to test your headphones or the importance of doing the same? Testing is not just looking into the sound or volume, but rather checking your pronunciation and fluency. Make sure you do not create any air sounds while you speak.
  2. Self Introduction: You would probably give your self-introduction in only about 40-50 seconds. The reason why you are told to give a self-introduction in the first place is to bring down your sound to match a certain recording of sample sound the software stores. It helps the software to detect which country the candidate is from, from your fluency, pronunciation, etc. As a result, this would make your end result seem more precise.
  3. Speaking too fast: Many people make the mistake of thinking that a talking speed is the same thing as fluency. You can have a very high level of English and still be completely impossible to understand. Another thing to consider is that when people are nervous, they naturally speed up. We all do it, and it’s a natural reaction to stress. You need to remember that you are scored for speaking and reading. When you speak fast the software doesn’t understand a single word you read. So slow down!
  4. Using too many fillers: Most of us use fillers while we are thinking of a word to fill the next part of our sentence. In PTE speaking tasks, you are given some time to collect your thoughts before you are recorded. Use this time to mentally choose the 2-3 concepts you will address in your response so you are not in a dilemma to think of the next thing you need to say. It would be also helpful if you have a basic structure planned out for what you are going to speak.
  5. Reading the paragraph in your mind: In the Read Aloud Exercise, most people tend to rehearse their paragraphs in their minds. But when they start reading it aloud, they make way more mistakes than they think. Always rehearse your paragraph aloud so that you are clearly aware beforehand on what you are going to speak out.
  6. Fluency: Make sure you speak in the same pace throughout the exam. This is because your fluency will be scored based on the gaps and pauses you take in between sentences. Make sure to keep it consistent. 
  7. Replacing words: Never try to replace a word with other words having the same meaning because it will reduce the content.
  8. Summarize Written Text: Many test-takers lose marks by writing multiple sentences in the Summarize Written Text Questions. Write a single sentence that ends with one full-stop. Use connectors if needed, but use only one full-stop. 
  9. Avoid using colloquial language: PTE Academic Test expects you to use formal, academic language. So never try to use colloquial language.
  10. Word Limit: Always check whether you have crosses your word limit or whether you have not met your minimum limit in all writing exercises.

 

These are only the general points to keep in mind. To know more you can visit Englishfirm.com and check out all our courses. If you are looking for any help, or a mentor to guide you through your preparation, Englishfirm is always there for you. For all face to face classes, you can book a free session at englishfirm.com website. Also, if you just need a mentor. to evaluate and give feedback for all your reading, speaking, listening & writing sections, please email us at mockpte@englishfirm.com

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Summarize Written Text

Summarize Written Text

In this blog I am going to give you a few tips on the Summarize Written Text exercise in the writing module.

 

I will give us a brief overview of this exercise. Different from the regular scoring criteria, Summarize written texts focus on 5 categories namely – Content, Form, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Spelling.

 

Content means you must include 4 or 5 keywords in the paragraph. When you read the paragraph, try to understand the topic on which the paragraph is written on and try to bring up with few keywords that closely associate with it. Content contributes 2 pts.

 

The form specifies the word limit of the summary we are writing which is 5-75 words.** Here you must make sure that you do not exceed the word limit and also do not go below the minimum range. If both conditions are not met, you will be scored zero on the total 1 pts that form contributes.

 

To score for vocabulary, make sure there is no repetition of words. Also, make sure you do not make any grammar or spelling mistakes. All these contribute 2 pts each and you will lose a pt for every mistake that you make.

 

The most important point to note is that the final answer needs to be only a single sentence. So, you will get 2-3 questions with 10 minutes per question. There is a shortcut to tackle this exercise. To know that please do watch the first video and visit our website. 

 

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Answer Short Questions

Answer Short Questions

In this blog I am going to give you a few tips on the Answer Short Questions exercise in the speaking module.

This exercise is the easiest one among the total 5 in the speaking module. Basically, you will be asked a question that could be answered in one or two words. The audio will play the question and as soon as the audio finishes, you can record your answer. If the answer is correct, you will be scored full marks. In a case where you don’t know or are not sure of the answer, just reply back “don’t know”. Its always better to do that rather than stumbling because the software can detect your audio disruption when you pause and can immediately stop your recording. 

 

In Answer Short Questions, there is an internal scoring of 10 pts to listening and 5 pts to speaking. The only way to tackle this exercise is by trying out maximum number of questions possible. Don’t worry, as most of the questions are on general topics.**

 

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Describe Image

Describe Image

In this blog I am going to give you a few tips on the Describe Image exercise in the speaking module. 

Basically, an image would be displayed on the screen and a preparation time of 25 seconds will be given to you. Within this prep time, you will have to frame sentences in your mind that could possibly describe the image shown on the screen. After the prep time, you will hear a beep to start your recording which would last for a time period of 40 seconds. To tackle the exercise, you might need a spontaneous language constructing ability.

 

It is critical that you understand the score distribution. You will be analyzed on Content, Pronunciation, and Oral Fluency. You can maximize your score in Oral Fluency by speaking continuously and can maximize your score in Pronunciation if you speak very loud and clear with stressing the words correctly and taking in to account the correct techniques to deal with vowels, consonants, connected sentences, etc. For content make sure you describe the image rather than labeling it. So you will be scored based on how well you will describe the image. All the 3 sections contribute 5 pts each thus adding up to a total of 15 pts. 

 

There will be different types of images you will get including general bar charts, double bar charts, Maps, Line charts, Pie charts, Multiple graphs, diagrams, processes, tables, etc. There will be 6-7 questions in this exercise. 

 

There is an easy method through which you can tackle this exercise. This is by generalizing your description content into 3 parts – Introductory sentence, Image Description, and Concluding Sentence. Both the introduction and conclusion must only take up to 5-10 seconds each and the Image description should be around only 25 seconds so that you do not cross the time limit. 

 

There is also an easy method to approach this exercise. You can create a basic template of your content for all the 3 subparts. To get our template, please do sign up at Englishfirm.com. In conclusion, this exercise contributes 25 internal points to Speaking. If you are looking for any help, or a mentor to guide you through your preparation, Englishfirm is always there for you. For all face to face classes, you can book a free session at englishfirm.com website. If you just need a mentor. to evaluate and give feedback for all your reading, speaking, listening & writing sections, please email us at mockpte@englishfirm.com. We will assign you a free PTE mentor.  So, please sign up and check out Englishfirm.com to know more! Thank you for tuning in!

Retell Lecture

Retell Lecture

we are going to discuss the fourth exercise in the speaking module – Retell lecture. Here you will be shown an ***image with an audio playing along, and an audio recorder below. As soon as the audio finish, you will have to summarize what you had heard in the lecture when the recording starts. So, this is a revision session of the first part of the video which includes a detailed content of the same. Don’t forget to check that out after this.

 

First, I will brief a few important points of this task. This exercise contains 3-4 questions contributing 15 pts each. The audio will be up to 2 min. You will get a preparation time of 10 seconds before the recording starts which will also comprise a time period of 40 seconds for your recording. Retell lecture contributes an internal scoring of 10 pts each to listening and speaking.

 

There are few steps to follow which can ease this exercise. Before the audio plays, try to observe the image given so that you can guess the topic on which the lecture is about. When the lecture begins, take notes on the important points that are mentioned in the audio, basically go for the keywords. This will help you to summarize the lecture. As soon as the lecture is finished you will get 10 seconds to prepare before you speak, which is quite a very little time. So try to recollect hat the lecture was about and go through the key pts during that 10-second break.

 

There is a basic template that you can follow similar to the Describe Image exercise which I had mentioned in the previous video. If you have not seen the video yet, please do check it out at Englishfirm.com.

 

So if you are looking for any help, or a mentor to guide you through your preparation, Englishfirm is always there for you. For all face to face classes, you can book a free session at englishfirm.com website. If you just need a mentor. to evaluate and give feedback for all your reading, speaking, listening & writing sections, please email us at mockpte@englishfirm.com. We will assign you a free PTE mentor.  So, please sign up and check out Englishfirm.com to know more! Thank you for tuning in!

 

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Audio 

Audio with picture 

Video with audio