Summarise Spoken Text

Summarise Spoken Text

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The listening section of the PTE exam includes 8 question types. Basically, it tests the candidate’s listening abilities. Summarise Spoken Test is one of the most important question types that contribute the points towards Listening as well as Writing sections.

 

What is expected out of you through Summarise Spoken Text?

 

In this section, the candidate can get 2 to 3 questions, where they will hear an audio with the prompt length of 60 to 90 seconds. The audio starts automatically and is played only once. This audio would be a lecture, listening to which the candidate has to create a summary. The candidate is given 10 minutes to finish this task, with no rollover time. The summary must be between the range of 50 to 70 words. There is a text box which is provided to write the answer along with “Cut”, “Copy” and “Paste” buttons. The points for this task are calculated on the basis of the precision of the candidate’s answer according to the relevance of the lecture.

 

Mark Distribution for Summarise Spoken Text:

 

This question type can give you 10 points each, which is based on 5 main parameters:

  1. Content: Content is scored by determining whether your answer includes all the key points from the lecture, and the relevance of your content. If you are not able to capture the key points from the lecture, your summary will be scored zero.
  2. Form: Form is scored by counting the number of words that you write from your response. The number of words have to be between the range of 50 and 70 words. Although, if your response is less that 40 or more than 100 words, your response will be scored zero for the entire summary.
  3. Grammar: Grammar is scored by checking the structure of the sentences in your response. Your response must have a clear and concise meaning.
  4. Spellings: Your response must have no spelling errors. Each question must follow only a single spelling convention. Do not mix the spelling conventions in a single response.
  5. Vocabulary: Vocabulary is scored according to the relevance of the lecture, and the use of academic words in your response.

 

Let’s have a look at how we can solve this question type:

 

To score a perfect 10 in Summarise Spoken Text, you would have to take notes of relevant and important key words and/or phrases while listening to the lecture, in the erasable notepad which is provided in the exam. Next, you would be writing your response in the given text box. You can use the format, which would make it easier for you to form your answer. You would have to just put in your keywords and phrases in the format and make sure your structure of the answer is precise and grammatically correct. Spend your time wisely, and make sure you have time remaining at the end to proofread your response. Along with relevance, time management is extremely important for this question type.

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Negative Marking

Negative Marking

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One of the many questions that candidates are concerned about is “Is there any negative marking in PTE?” The answer to this is YES. There are a few tasks that can give you negative marking in the PTE exam.

What sections give you negative marking in PTE exam?

 

The tasks that give you negative marking are:

  1. Multiple Choice – Multiple Answers -> Reading Section
  2. Multiple Choice – Multiple Answers -> Listening Section
  3. Highlight Incorrect Words -> Listening Section

How to avoid Negative Marking in PTE?

 

Multiple Choice – Multiple Answers (Listening and Reading)

In these question types, you have to select answers that are correct (usually 2-3 answers) from given 4 to 6 options. If you select the correct answer, you get +1 for your response, but if you select the wrong response, you get a -1 for your response. If for the answers that you’ve selected, your score is less than zero, the total score, however, would just be “0”. As negative marking does not affect the overall scoring of the respective sections.

In order to avoid negative marking in these questions, you must:

  • Select at least one option as your response. Never leave any question unanswered in PTE.
  • Pick the option that you are 100% sure of. If you are in doubt, do not select that option.
  • If you feel that you are confident about just one answer, then select just one option. This would help you avoid any negative marking.

Highlight Incorrect Words (Listening)

In this question type, you would be listening to an audio and the transcript would be in front of you, however, a few words from the text would be replaced with a similar looking or a similar sounding word. You need to highlight those incorrect words in order to get the score. This question contributes to the Listening and Reading section.

How are you scored here?

  • For selecting an incorrect word, you get “+1”,
  • For NOT selecting an incorrect word, you get “0”,
  • For selecting a correct word, you get “-1”.

In order to avoid negative marking in this question, you must:

  1. Select the word which you are confident about
  2. If you are doubtful about any word, do NOT select that word
  3. If you have selected the correct word, immediately click on it again to unselect it, to avoid negative marking
  4. Do not select any word once the audio has ended.

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PTE Marks Distribution

PTE Marks Distribution

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The PTE Marks Distribution is unlike any other English competency tests. Each section can give you 90 points maximum. There are a total of 20 tasks in PTE, out of which 11 tasks contribute marks towards two sections. For instance, let’s consider Read Aloud from the Speaking section. In this task you are given a paragraph which you will have to read loudly. Now in this task, because you read the task loudly, you get the speaking score, but you also read the paragraph, so you get the reading score as well.

There are three levels of difficulty in the tasks in PTE:

  1. High Priority Tasks
  2. Medium Priority Tasks
  3. Low priority Tasks

High Priority Tasks: 

These are the tasks which contribute heavily towards two sections. The tasks include:

  1. Read Aloud
  2. Repeat Sentence
  3. Write from Dictation
  4. Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks

Read Aloud:

You would get around 6 to 7 questions of this type. Each question contributes 15 points. This task contributes towards Reading and Speaking sections. It accounts for around 44.3 points in total, out of which it contributes 22.2 in the Speaking section and 22.1 in the Reading section.

Repeat Sentence:

You would get around 10 to 12 questions of this type. It contributes around 13 points for each question and contributes towards the Listening and Speaking sections. It accounts for around 51.8 points altogether, out of which 32.1 points go to Speaking and 19.7 go towards Listening.

Write from Dictation:

You would get around 3 to 4 questions of this type. It contributes marks towards the Listening and the Writing sections. This question type has a different marking criterion. You get 1 point for every correct word that you write in a sentence. It can give you a total of 46.5 points, out of which 26.8 go to Writing and 19.7 go to the Listening section.

Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks:

This is the first question in the Reading section. It is one of the most important questions, as it gives you marks in Reading as well as Writing. You could get around 5 to 6 questions of this type. Here the marks are given according to the number of blanks that you answer correctly (1 mark for each correct blank). It contributes a total of 44.4 points, out of which 22.3 points go towards Writing and 22.1 go towards the Reading section.

These four question types are the most important ones, without which it would be impossible to get the desired scores. So, make sure you pay extra attention and practice these question types daily.

Medium Priority Tasks: 

The next in line are the Medium Priority tasks. These are the mixture of individual and partial crediting tasks. These tasks include:

  1. Describe Image
  2. Summarise Spoken Text
  3. Re-tell Lecture
  4. Summarise Written Text
  5. Highlight Incorrect Words
  6. Reading – Fill in the Blanks
  7. Listening Fill in the Blanks

Describe Image:

This is one of the tasks in the Speaking section. This task contributes marks only towards the Speaking section, there is no partial crediting for this task. It can contribute around 22.2 points in total towards Speaking. You can get around 6 to 7 questions of this type in the exam.

Summarise Spoken Text:

This is the first task in. the Listening section. It contributes points towards the Listening and the Writing sections. You can get around 25 points from this task, out of which you can get 11.9 in Writing and 13.1 in Listening.

Re-tell Lecture:

This again is one of the tasks from the Speaking section and contributes points towards two sections: Speaking and Listening sections. This task can give you a total of 20.9 points, out of which you get 11.1 in Speaking and 9.9 in Listening. It is important for the Speaking section, so the way you deliver the answer here is going to be key.

Highlight Incorrect Words:

This is one of the last tasks of the exam. It is the 7th task in the Listening section. This task can give you points in two sections: Listening and Reading sections. This task has negative marking, so you need to concentrate while you solve this question type. It can give you a maximum of 16.7 points, out of which you get 8.9 in Reading and 7.9 in the Listening section.

Reading – Fill in the Blanks:

This task is in the Reading section (as the name suggests). This question type only gives you points towards the Reading section. Here you get 1 point for every correct blank that you select (1 for the correct answer, 0 otherwise). You can get around 4 to 5 questions of this type in the exam, giving you a total of 14.8 points in the Reading section.

 

Listening Fill in the Blanks:

This task is in the Listening section. It gives you points in both Listening and Writing sections. You can get around 2 to 3 questions of this type in the exam. You get 1 point for every correct blank that you write (with the correct spellings and capitalisation rules). You can get a total of 14 points; 7.4 in Writing and 6.6 in Listening.

These tasks are somewhat important so make sure you know how to solve them and how they can benefit your scores.

Low Priority Tasks:

 The last category is Low Priority tasks. These are the tasks that don’t contribute much towards your score. Although if you desire 79+ you need to focus on these tasks as well. There are two sections here:

Section 1:

  1. Write Essay
  2. Reorder Paragraph
  • Answer Short Question

 

Write Essay:

You can get around 1 to 2 questions in the exam. This question is in the Writing section. It only contributes towards one section, no partial crediting. In total you can get around 11.2 points from this question towards the Writing section.

Reorder paragraph:

This is a task from the Reading section. This task also gives you points only in one section, no partial crediting. You can get around 2 to 3 questions from this task. You get 1 mark for every correct pair that you find in a single question. You can get 5.9 points altogether in the Reading section.

Answer Short Question:

This is the last task in the Speaking section. This question gives you points in two sections: Speaking and Listening section. You can get 10 to 12 questions of this type in the exam. You can get 1 point for every correct answer that you give. In total you can get around 9 points from this task; 2.5 in Speaking and 6.6 in the Listening section.

Section 2:

Question Types Marks
   i.            Reading – Multiple Choice Multiple Answers 3.0
   ii.           Reading – Multiple Choice Single Answers 1.5
   iii.          Listening – Multiple Choice Multiple Answers 2.6
   iv.          Listening – Multiple Choice Single Answers 1.3
   v.           Highlight Correct Summary 2.8
   vi.          Select Missing Word 1.3

 

The above six tasks are very low priority tasks, these don’t contribute much, although you can’t leave them unanswered. Make sure you select the answer and then press Next.

 

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Describe Image PTE

Describe Image PTE

Describe Image PTE

Describe image contributes 25 internal points to Speaking. So to improve the score, it’s necessary to understand how to answer describe image. 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.

Different types of Describe Image

 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

Quick tips to describe the image

  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.

 

Score distribution

It is critical that you understand the score distribution. You will be analysed 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. 

Guidance for PTE speaking

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Read Aloud PTE

Read Aloud PTE

Read Aloud PTE

In PTE Read Aloud Exercise, you will be analysed 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 Improve Read Aloud:

  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.

 

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Scoring Criteria in PTE Exam

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