Scoring Criteria in PTE Exam

Scoring Criteria in PTE Exam

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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Last-Minute Tips for PTE Exam

Last-Minute Tips for PTE Exam

General tips:

  • Have the habit of speaking, listening, and reading in English. 
  • Be completely aware of your weak areas and strong areas and practice accordingly.
  • Relax your mind, and give rest to you a day before the exam.
  • On the test day, go to the test center a bit early. Carry your ID proof (passport) and other important documents.
  • Make sure the devices like keyboard, microphone, and headphones are working properly.
  • Pay attention to the timer. 

Speaking Section:

  • Here, the questions will come with a timer.
  • Keeping a good audible tone, not too loud nor too soft and a normal pace of speaking.
  • Do not pause even if you make a mistake. Speak continuously.
  • Practice the pronunciation of the words you find difficult.
  • Train yourself to practice in an environment with a little hustle-bustle.

Writing Section:

  • Manage your time effectively.
  • Write in a structured format.
  • Keep the attention of the word limit 
  • For the question, summarize written text, take note that it should be in one single sentence of 5-75 words. Also, make right use of punctuations.
  • Do not submit your essay even if you have completed it well before the time ends. Review it one last time.

Reading Section:

  • Certain types of questions have negative marking. So make sure you give a good thought before answering those questions. 
  • Reading section tests your grammar skills very well. Do not make any grammar mistakes.
  • Keep track of time.

Listening Section:

  • You will be having an overall time of 45-57 minutes to answer the various types of questions asked. Thus, manage your time between the questions.
  • Pay attention as the audio will be played only once. There is no going back and replaying.
  • You will be having an erasable note board booklet. Take care of the overall time.

So what we gave you is a hint on the general key points to note while you take this test. There are many more points to consider. Kindly check our website to know more!


Common tips that can be followed for Writing Exercises

Common tips that can be followed for Writing Exercises

Some tips you can follow for exercises in the Writing module are:

  • Try to understand the essay topic entirely.
  • Find the keywords.
  • Follow a predefined essay structure.
  • Follow a proper sentence structure and check its formation
  • Remember to use formal words.
  • Once you have written a meaningful essay, recheck and read your entire content to find areas of improvement.
  • For writing a summary, write a single sentence.
  • Check for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Manage time efficiently.
Common tips that can be followed for Speaking Exercises

Common tips that can be followed for Speaking Exercises

Basically, there are 3 important scoring sections under which you will be examined:

  • Content
  • Pronunciation
  • Oral fluency

Scoring for content means you don’t add, skip, or replace any words while you read. Pronunciation means you pronounce the words loud and clear and Oral fluency means you speak continuously without any disruption. 

Some tips you can follow are:

  • Keep speaking continuously. The microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds of silence, or pause, or a gap. 
  • Click Next when ready to move on.
  • Maintain consistency in your speaking pace.
  • Pay attention to your pronunciation. It should be clear.
  • There are some predefined templates for some of the questions (Describe Image and Retell Lecture). Try to practice following a specific template.
Common tips that can be followed for Listening Exercises

Common tips that can be followed for Listening Exercises

Listening  section is divided into 8 sub exercises:

  1. Summarize Spoken Text
  2. Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer
  3. Fill in the Blanks
  4. Highlight Correct Summary
  5. Multiple Choice, Single Answer
  6. Select Missing Word
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words
  8. Write from Dictation

Some common tips you can follow are:

    • Prioritize crucial tasks that carry the most weightage. These would actively contribute towards getting you a great score. 
    • The more familiar you are with the examination pattern, the less time you waste in figuring out how to handle a question.
    • You should be able to know when to manage time & when to let go or skip a question.
    • Concentrate on topic sentences and most repeated words.
    • Most of the time the rate of speech is fast. So be careful and listen.
    • Answers are mostly paraphrased. Be careful.
    • Note the answers in erasable notepad given by them and later fill the answers.
    • Note keywords in question.
    • Narrow down the options within the given time.
    • Understand the context of listening.
    • Keep track of the time.