PTE Collocation

PTE Collocation

PTE Collocation – Introduction

A very important part of the PTE exam, especially the PTE Reading section, is the understanding of collocations. They are extremely helpful for you to solve the Reading Fill in the Blanks and Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks easily. They can also sometimes help you form your answers better in Essay or Summarise Spoken Text.   So, let’s see how they help.

How can collocations help you solve better?

Collocations are a way to avoid ambiguous words like “very beautiful” and “very nice”, that we otherwise use in normal spoken language. There are a set of words that help you replace these ambiguous words by better fitting words into the context, and most importantly, by retaining the original meaning of the context. An understanding of collocations will be beneficial for your Reading section, as that is one of the most dreaded and challenging sections of the entire PTE exam.

Let’s dive into the basics!

What is Collocation?

Collocations are fixed expressions that are made common by regular speakers of the language. A simple definition would be – A grouping of two or more words in English that are frequently used together.

Think of it as words that usually go together, there might be other words that have the same meaning, but in English it is preferred to use just these groups of words together, to convey the message and not change the meaning of the text. Also, they are usually used by the native speakers of the language.

Types :

There are seven main types of collocations, which are:

  • Noun + noun (collective nouns)
  • Adjective + noun
  • Noun + Verb
  • Verb + noun
  • Adverb + adjective
  • Verb + prepositional phrase
  • Verb + adverb

Examples :

To understand them a tad better, let us have a look at some examples.

Noun + Noun

Let us all welcome them with a round of applause.

Adjective + Noun

Don’t make a big deal about things that don’t matter.

Noun + Verb

Her plane takes off in ten minutes.

Verb + Noun

I want everyone to pay attention.

Adverb + Adjective

They are fully aware of the consequences.

Verb + Preposition

The man confessed to stealing the money.

Verb + Adverb

The place was awfully quiet.

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PTE Repeat Sentence

PTE Repeat Sentence

In this blog I am going to give you a few PTE Repeat Sentence tips in the speaking module. 

PTE Repeat Sentence Introduction

Firstly, I will give you a description of the exercise. You will get 3 seconds to prepare after which you will hear a single sentence (which might be comprised of 4-5 seconds). After 2-3 seconds you will ***hear a beep to repeat the sentence what the speaker said.

You will probably get 10-12 questions with 13 points to each question. So this exercise is quite important. You will be scored on 3 sections namely – Content, Oral fluency, and Pronunciation with Content contributing 3 pts and the rest 2 contributing 5 pts each. 

Tip 1 

For content, you will attain the maximum score only if you can tell all the words in the correct sequence. Even if you skip any word, or you forget a word as you speak, try to replace it with any other word that comes to your mind because when you make any disruption, you will be compromising your score in Oral Fluency. So, 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.

Tip 2

The only way to tackle this exercise is focussing on the first part of the exercise. When you will hear the audio, try to understand the sentence rather than memorizing it. Try to split the sentence into parts having a meaning. And then when you try to repeat the sentence, try to mean what you say so that you will focus more on what you are trying to say meaningfully rather than just repeating the words you just heard. This will naturally improve your Oral Fluency and Pronunciation. 


In conclusion, this exercise contributes an internal scoring of 20 marks to Listening and 30 marks to Speaking. The only way to tackle this is by practicing maximum questions possible. 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 website. If you just need a mentor. to evaluate and give feedback for all your reading, speaking, listening & writing sections, please email us at [email protected] We will assign you a free PTE mentor.  So, please sign up and check out to know more! Stay tuned for more PTE Repeat Sentence Tips.

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Written Discourse PTE

Written Discourse PTE

Understanding PTE Written Discourse:

PTE Written Discourse is one of the major challenge that aspirants face while attempting PTE examination . No wonder lots of student end up loosing marks on written discourse. SO, to make it easy for reader and aspirants aiming to get maximum score in PTE Englishfirm has presented an easy guide towards getting maximum marks in Written Discourse.

In dictionary words discourse symbolizes expressing one’s opinion in a logical flow and progression.

In the PTE score guide, Written Discourse is explained in following terminology:

‘Written discourse skills are represented in the structure of a written text: entailing its internal coherence, logical development and the range of linguistic resources used to express meaning precisely. Scores for enabling skills are not awarded when responses are inappropriate for the items in either content or form.’

So, in order for students to get high score in written discourse they need to follow a meaningful and logical sequence of content and also the paragraph structure should be coherent making use of appropriate vocabulary and punctuation. Thus, if a student goes off topic or beats around the bush and not included main points in their essay there is a high chance of missing out on written discourse score.

Hence, essay is the biggest contributor that gives marks to written discourse.

Improving the score:

Englishfirm has compiled a list of few things that you as a student can do in order to get high score in Written Discourse.

1. Topic understanding and planning out the main points

Always read your question first and take time to understand the topic. Once you understood the question always plan the essay you are going to write. Take time to think about your main point and supporting points for it.

2. Find keyword

PTE Software scans for your keyword. So, make sure to pick the correct keyword and repeat it at least once in each of your paragraph. It is one of the most important to do as missing out on this you can loose marks not only for written discourse but also for content.

3. Be coherent

Always follow a structure for your essay which should include 5 Para structure containing introduction, body 1, body 2, body 3 and finally a conclusion. Englishfirm provides a template to make it easier for student to get good score in writing and to do it in within 20 minutes time.

4. Grammar Accuracy and Lexical Resource

Not only it is important to address essay well and structure paragraph correctly but also it is crucial to use a range of sentence structures, such as compound (sentences which contain 2 independent clauses) and complex sentences (ones which contain an independent clause and a dependent clause). Additionally, it’s important to be familiar with English punctuation rules, including comma usage, colons, semi-colons, and apostrophes.

5. Time Management

In the end your writing depends on how you spend your time because to be perfectly candid, 20 minute time is not enough to write 200-300 words essay following all the grammatical rule, sentence structure and linguistic range. That’s why Englishfirm has made it far simpler for students with one template that fits all question so that you can clear PTE with ease and flying colours.

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