PTE Essay Writing Tips PTE Essay Writing Tips

PTE Essay Writing

The Writing section in PTE has the least number of questions amongst all other sections. This section includes two question types: Summarise Written Text and Essay. Both of these question types are fairly simple question types, provided you know the requirements and the way of solving these.

In this article, we are going to discuss anything and everything there is to know about PTE Essay Writing.

What are you expected to do in this question type?

In Essay Writing, you can get 1 to 2 questions in the exam. You will be allotted 20 minutes to write the Essay, with no rollover time. Each essay can give you 15 points, and you must write within 200 to 300 words. Overall, out of 90 in writing, Essay contributes around 11 points. So that means it is an important question type, not the one that can be left out.

How will you be marked?

Each Essay consists of 15 points which will be given through:






Depending on the relevance of your ideas to the given topic



200 to 300 words -> 2 points

120 to 199 or 301 to 380 words -> 1 point



Grammatical structure must be maintained throughout



Proofread for spelling errors



Do not repeat words or use complex language.

Keep it simple!

Structure and Coherence


Ideas must be coherent. You must write 4 to 5 paragraphs

General Linguistic Range


Accuracy and precision of ideas

How can you get that perfect score?

In this question, you will be given an essay topic, on which you would have to write an essay illustrating your thoughts about the topic. There are a few things that need to be kept in mind to nail this question.

The essay must consist of 4 or 5 paragraphs:

  • Introduction
  • Body 1
  • Body 2
  • Conclusion

Introduction: You must give a clear idea of what you are going to discuss about the topic in this paragraph.

Body 1 and 2: In these paragraphs, you must make sure that you discuss the positive and negative impacts about the topic. Also, you must stick to the point, if you wander around and write about something other than what the topic expects, your content score will be deducted.

Conclusion: In this paragraph you must always try and stay in the grey area, which means that never just take one side, always agree with both positive and negative impacts of the topic.

Remember, you will be marked on how relevant your content is regarding the topic which will be given to you.

How would you allot time?

Since you have 20 minutes to write once Essay, you must use your time wisely. Here is an approximate estimate of time:

2 minutes: Planning (It is of utmost importance to plan the essay before writing it. Always think about what you would like to convey, and think of valid points that would justify the topic)

15 minutes: Write the essay

3 minutes: Proofread (This is probably the most significant part, as most of us would write in a hurry and not check the spelling or typos that might happen on the way. Spend 2 to 3 minutes to proofread what you have written)

Keep it simple and to the point! That is what will help you get that perfect score in Essay. Check our Video Tutorials

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