Essay Writing Tips

Essay Writing Tips

Quick Tips to Improve Score in Essay Writing:

 

  1. Take the time to plan your points.
  2. Be attentive to the instructions i.e. the word limit (200-300 words).
  3. Read the topic and know the type of essay.
  4. Ensure that you write in the academic English language.
  5. Do not use bullet points.
  6. Write in clear and concise paragraphs.
  7. Be very careful with grammar and be sure to write correct spellings.
  8. Correct punctuation will add to the marks.
  9. Support your ideas with relevant examples.
  10. Never mention too many ideas in a single paragraph as the chances of many of them being irrelevant are high.
  11. Always proofread the essay after completing it by spending 2-3 minutes.
  12. Divide the essay into sections.
  13. Include an introduction and conclusion.

Other References:

PTE for Nursing Registration – https://englishfirm.com/2020/11/09/pte-for-nursing-registration/

Summarize Written Text Tips

Summarize Written Text Tips

The writing section comprises either of the following three combinations:

  • 2 Summaries & 1 Essay
  • 3 Summaries & 1 Essay
  • 2 Summaries & 2 Essays

The time allotted for these three combinations is 40 minutes, 50 minutes, and 60 minutes respectively. The summary must be completed within 5 to 75 words in 10 minutes.

  • Learn wise Use of Complex Sentences – Complex sentences create room for more mistakes. So, practice to write complex sentences and use them wisely. Avoid the use of commas and semicolons if you are unknown to their correct usage. The use of proper punctuation marks and capitalization is also important.  Complete your Summary in Just ONE Sentence
  • Summarize the most important points, not EVERY point.
  • Use connectors – (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So)
  • Two-Step Reading – Carefully read the entire paragraph once, and try to understand the meaning of the text. While reading it for the 2nd time, note down the keywords and phrases.
  • Don’t copy the whole sentence.
  • Try to use synonyms and write it down in your own words as much as possible.

Other References:

PTE for Nursing Registration – https://englishfirm.com/2020/11/09/pte-for-nursing-registration/

Retell lecture Tips

Retell lecture Tips

Firstly, you can break PTE retell lecture down into three parts; listening, note-taking and retelling. Some tips for this exercise are:

  • Take quality, legible notes – Use the erasable notepads. Some test-takers take notes hurriedly and their handwriting suffers. When it’s time to re-tell, they struggle to understand their own handwriting. When retelling, don’t add anything to most notes. Put a full stop. Keep them short.
  • Try to improve note-taking speed – You may use flowcharts, abbreviations, or shortcut methods.
  • Keep an eye on the timer –  While you are writing, keep track of the timer, so that you know you’re on track.
  • Avoid unnecessary pauses – If you are making a pause or gap for more than 3 seconds, the mic will stop automatically.
  • Use connectors – Use ‘furthermore’, ‘moreover’, ‘firstly’, ‘in addition’ etc. as fillers.
  • Use quality templates – Templates give you the basic structure of re-telling the lecture. 
  • Extra – 
    • Read English language newspapers and read Science Daily. Listen to news audio. Another thing you should do is listen to TED talks.
    • Write down new words that you find while reading/ listening (their meanings, collocations, and other forms). Then spend a few minutes two or three times a day reviewing the lists. 

Sample Template:

  • The speaker was discussing TOPIC
  • First: He/She mentioned KEYWORD 1
  • Second: He/She described KEYWORD 2
  • Third: He/She talked about KEYWORD 3
  • Fourth: He/She discussed KEYWORD 4
  • Fifth: He/She suggested that KEYWORD 5

Other References:

PTE for Nursing Registration – https://englishfirm.com/2020/11/09/pte-for-nursing-registration/

Describe Image Tips

Describe Image Tips

In the PTE exam, you will encounter with the different types of PTE describe images such as:

  1. Bar Graph
  2. Line graph
  3. Table
  4. Maps
  5. Pie chart
  6. Flowchart diagram
  7. Venn Diagram
  8. Pictures

A description of any image or thing is only completed when it has three ingredients. First, introductory statement; Second, key highlight point; Third, the conclusion.

 

  1. Avoid ‘umming’ and ‘urring’ while speaking. This will reduce your oral fluency and overall marks.
  2. Remember to avoid the grammatical mistake while forming the sentence.
  3. Prepare a structure and practice over and over again to speak automatically in this format. Don’t try to speak for a full 40 seconds. 
  4. Keep a mental note of the time you have to speak. You must speak only the main ideas. Practice the speaking in below format
  • 10 Seconds for introduction
  • 20 Seconds for highlighting key points
  • 6 Seconds for conclusion
  1. Be aware of the different Vocab especially statistical vocabulary that you can use for charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, and so on.
  2. Learn to describe trends and use words to emphasize the important points of the image.  
  3. It is not necessary to always use the same words as in the image. For example, you can mention the percentages using words like quarter, hale, nearly double, and so on.

Other References:

PTE for Nursing Registration – https://englishfirm.com/2020/11/09/pte-for-nursing-registration/

Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

In the Read Aloud Exercise, you will be analyzed for 2 parts: Reading and Speaking with 30 marks for Reading and 20 for speaking. Scoring is in 3 categories – Content, Oral Fluency, and Pronunciation  All these contribute 5 points each to the exercise thus adding up to a total score of 15 points.

  • Content – Scoring for content means you do not add, skip, or replace any words. 
  • Oral Fluency – It is a measure of how smooth and naturally delivered your response is. The scoring depends on the rhythm, stress, and phrasing of your speech. For best results, try to speak at a natural speed – neither too fast, nor too slow – with proper phrasing.
  • Pronunciation – The only catch here is that the words spoken by you should be understandable to maximum regular speakers of the English language. This means you should speak very loud and clear.

Tips to Maximise Your Score:

  1. Use the 40 seconds of preparation time like a trial run, where you survey the text, the places where there are punctuation marks. 
  2. Make mental notes of where you need to pause, the words you need to stress upon, etc.
  3. Use proper stress on words carrying vital information.
  4. Don’t speak before the tone and try to finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end.
  5. If the microphone does not hear anything for more than 3 seconds, then the recording will stop.

Other References:

PTE for Nursing Registration – https://englishfirm.com/2020/11/09/pte-for-nursing-registration/