PTE Academic Reading Tips For Nervous Readers

Warning: This PTE Academic Reading Tips article contains a lot of memes. Very few of them (okay, none of them!) are going to be funny. I apologize in advance. If you don’t recognize a meme, I have helpfully linked each meme to its definition so that we can all laugh at my hilarious jokes together. 

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You’ve been warned…

Let’s face it: Reading is one of the most difficult skills ESL learners need to master for a test like the PTE Academic. Sure – it looks easy on the surface – and it’s less stressful than speaking another language confidently, but reading well is somewhat of a gift.

Don’t worry, a lot of native English speakers struggle with reading comprehension questions too- I remember that most of my university English courses involved learning how to “skim”, “scan” and “read between the lines” on what seemed like 10 million random texts.

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This was a direct quote from my University English professor on the first day of class… just kidding! I just wanted an excuse to use the “unhelpful teacher” meme!

Okay, we get it: Reading is hard. Now what? I think what is most important to remember is this: Good reading skills take time to develop. So, if you’re a nervous reader or you’re failing the PTE reading practice tests and you’re writing the PTE next week, RESCHEDULE RIGHT NOW! If reading is your weakest skill, you’re going to need at least a month of preparation if you want to give yourself a fair shot.

With this in mind, here are some PTE Academic Reading tips for all those nervous readers out there:

PTE Academic Reading Tips: Become a person that reads for interest

I know, these people are totally weird. But they’re also great readers, and that’s what you should be doing! Science Daily, BBC and National Geographic are fantastic sources of content for you to read daily. As a bonus, a lot of PTE reading material relates to history, science or current events, so these sources will also be useful in putting you in the right mindset for the PTE reading material!

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Don’t listen to the “paranoid parrot“; reading is fun!
At least once a week, complete this independent reading exercise:

Step 1: Choose an article of about 250-300 words (the same length as the texts on the PTE!)

Step 2: Quickly scan the article and try to identify and write down the keywords in the text.

These might be:

  • Words that repeat themselves (e.g. The word “sperm-whale” in an article about marine preservation)
  • Words that match or mean the same thing as the article’s title (e.g. The title of the article is “Drinking too much water can be damaging to health” and you see the word “over-hydration” in the text)
  • Words that introduce an idea or action (e.g. A word that describes what the subject of an article thought or did, like “The diver explored the most elusive caves in the Indian Ocean”, or “The author concluded that drinking more than 10 glasses of water is detrimental to the human body”.

Step 3: Now, “speed-read” the text to try to fill in some context around your keywords.

Watch out for:

  • Any sub-headings, bolded or underlined phrases in the text
  • An introductory or topic sentence, points the support the topic sentence, and a concluding sentence. Keep in mind,the information in the introduction and the conclusion will often be the most useful!

Step 4: Now that you’ve finished speed-reading, take a moment to write down what you think the most important points in the article are.

Try to answer these questions:

  • From what perspective is this article written (i.e. was it written by a journalist or researcher, or maybe by the subject of the article him/herself?)
  • If you had to choose the 3 most important pieces of information given in the article, what would they be?
  • What is the article’s main message?

Step 5: Once you have written down your answers, read the entire article slowly, paying close attention to the details. Compare what you read with your notes – do you think you captured the main points and important keywords in the text? Was your “speed-reading” process almost as helpful as your careful reading of the complete article?

This exercise will not only get you started on the path to becoming a reader, it will also let you know how much work needs to be done. If you aren’t getting the important information from an article when you try to identify keywords, speed-read and take notes, you are not even close to ready for the PTE Reading questions!

Remember to PRACTICE this exercise as much as you can.

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If the “ancient aliens” guy know the secret to PTE success, you should too!

PTE Academic Reading Tips: Develop Your Vocabulary

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but an extensive vocabulary is key when it comes to succeeding on a reading test like the one on the PTE Academic. Think of it this way: The more words you know, the fewer you don’t know! This means that fewer words will confuse you and take away from the overall meaning of a text. One of the best PTE Academic Reading tips I can give is to get to work on your vocabulary now. Like right now.

When improving your vocabulary, pay special attention to developing your knowledge of these word types:

Synonyms: These are the alternatives to any given word. The PTE reading section is notorious for containing synonyms of keywords in its texts, so make sure you’re prepared.

  • Vocabulary Goal: Try to learn 5-10 new synonyms from thesaurus.com every week.

Collocations: Collocations are words that are often grouped together in the English language. The terms “abstract concept” and “critical thinking” are great examples. The PTE reading section is filled with collocations, and the more you know, the better!

If you would like our super helpful PTE Academic Collocation list, fill out the form below and we’ll send it to you! 



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Seriously, if you don’t know where this meme is from, you need to click this image right now to find out!

Homonyms & Heteronyms: Homonyms are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently, like “male” and “mail”. Heteronyms are words that sound different or have completely different meanings, but are spelled identically, like “row” (line) and “row” (fight). Knowing your homonyms and heteronyms will ensure you aren’t getting words confused on test day.

  • Vocabulary goal: Memorize 5-10 words from the homonym list and 5-10 words from the heteronym list every week. Make sure you know how to use them differently!

Make sure you watch all of the vocabulary lessons on the E2 Core Skills YouTube Channel, including this one!

PTE Academic Reading Tips: Identify your reading level

Wow, I really should have put this one of the top of the reading tips list- but I’ll just hope that you have made it this far in my article (I may like reading, but I’m a lazy writer!) Knowing your reading level is crucial in knowing how to study for a reading test and build your reading comprehension skills. How can you do this?

3 word article rule: When reading an article, make sure there are less than 3 words you don’t understand in its first paragraph. If it’s a short article (300 words or less), skim the text to find all the words you don’t understand and write down their definitions. Then, read the article using your written definitions to help you get past those big, scary words!

Practice questions: Be careful with these. There are heaps of reading comprehension practice questions out there, but many of them are poor quality and are nowhere near the level of the real PTE Academic Reading questions. Practice with our free PTE materials on the blog, or sign up for a free trial of the E2Language PTE preparation course for PTE-level reading activities and questions.

Here’s the important thing: Only use practice questions to identify your reading weaknesses. You’ll learn absolutely nothing from doing the same thing over and over, so once you know where you are struggling, stop doing practice questions and start working on the skills you need to build, like your vocabulary or “skimming/scanning” abilities! If you don’t take this approach, none of the PTE Academic Reading tips or practice questions in the world will make any difference to your score. If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, drop us an email and we’ll help you get on track!

Overall, you have nothing to lose from improving your reading. Good readers are the best writers, so you’re basically getting double the profits by investing your time and effort in your reading abilities! Just don’t become like me and waste all of your time reading funny Buzzfeed listicles

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Just a reminder that I am definitely a “Socially Awkward Penguin“!

I hope you found my PTE Academic Reading tips helpful! Feel free to comment if you have any of your own reading tips, or if you have any concerns about the PTE reading section in general.

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The PTE Listening Test: Tips for a PTE 90

The PTE Listening Test can be tricky if you don’t pay attention to the prompts and lack good preparation. If you are looking for PTE Listening material to study with, this article will be a good guide for you. 

I also recommend the E2Language Mini Mock Tests and PTE listening practice tests to develop useful methods and practice for all the PTE tasks.

The PTE Listening Test tasks:

  • Summarise spoken text
  • Listening multiple choice, choose multiple answersPTE Listening Test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Listening multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

Each of the 8 tasks on the PTE Listening Test focuses on testing different skills.

Summarise spoken text 

It is what it says: a 35- 40 second summary of a spoken text. It tests your ability to take notes; identify a topic; summarise the main ideas; organise your sentences and paragraphs in a logical way; use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Actively listen from the first word—not wait until it makes sense! It may not make sense until the end, in which case at least you will know what the topic is. So, note the keywords from the moment the speaker starts speaking. A keyword may be a single word or short phrase.

Listen for keywords …

Keywords may include main ideas, dates, people’s names, place names, statistics and numbers. Write these down on your erasable notepad.

After you have listened to the spoken text and taken notes, you will have ten seconds to organise them. Group similar ideas together. You need 5 to 6 good keywords and you probably have more notes than you need. Be selective to capture the main ideas from the text.

E2Language members are provided with a framework to use. Select your keywords from your notes and insert them into the framework. Elaborate on one or two sentences.

Watch the time …

Keep a strict eye on the time and aim to finish at 35 seconds. Practise watching the time as you speak. This will let you know that you need to shorten your sentences or elaborate a little on your keywords. The more good practise you do, the more prepared you will be, so ensure you practise the tasks under Listening, Summarise Spoken Text on the E2language website.

You will be awarded marks for content, form, grammar, vocabulary, spelling. Marks count for Listening and Writing.

Listening multiple choice, choose multiple answers

In this task, you will be tested on your ability to comprehend the main ideas in a text and determine which connections between pieces of information. There is negative marking where points are deducted for incorrect options. So, if a test taker scores 2 points for correct options, but the scores -2 for two incorrect options chosen, they will score 0 points overall for the item.

Skim the possible options. Listen very carefully. You may take notes to help you focus and remember, especially names and numbers. Read the options and eliminate the incorrect ones, select the correct ones. Check your answers and submit.

You will be scored 1 for each correct response and -1 for each incorrect response. 0 is the minimum score.

PTE listening test checklist

Fill in the blanks

This task tests your ability to understand academic vocabulary and identify words and phrases appropriate in a context.

The best way to improve your score in this section of the PTE Listening Test is to improve your vocabulary. Read three articles from www.sciencedaily.com daily and use the E2Pronounce app as a dictionary to find the meaning of words that you are unfamiliar with. By reading you will increase your vocabulary which will improve your reading as well as your listening comprehension.

You will be scored 1 for each word spelled correctly, with 0 the minimum score.

Highlight Correct Summary

This task tests your ability to identify a topic, follow a sequence of information and comprehend a different accent.

You will listen to a text of 60-90 seconds. You will then select the correct summary from a list of possible options. Only one summary will be correct. The other options may be similar but there will only ever be one correct option.

Read every word in each option before you make your selection. Sometimes some words or phrases that you heard are in each option, but do not be tempted to select the first option that you think is correct on this basis, but rather read each option from the first word to the last. The meaning may change during the sentence!

Marks are awarded as 1 for a correct response and 0 for an incorrect response. These marks count towards both your PTE Listening Test and PTE Reading Test results.

Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer

Similar to the Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer, in this task, you will be tested on your ability to comprehend the main ideas in a text and determine connections between pieces of information. Skim the possible options. Listen very carefully. You may take notes to help you focus and remember, especially names and numbers. Read the options and eliminate the incorrect ones, select the correct one. Check your answer and submit.

Marking is 1 for correct response and 0 for an incorrect response.

Select Missing Word

In the PTE listening ‘select missing word’ task, you will be tested on identifying a topic, theme or main ideas and form a conclusion from what a speaker says. As the instructions state:

You will hear a recording about (topic). At the end of the recording the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.

Do not take notes. Listen for meaning. You will either know or not know the answer.

Practise often from the E2Language site to build your confidence.

Marks are 1 for a correct response and 0 for an incorrect response.

Highlight Incorrect Words

You will hear a recording and read a transcript of the recording which differs from what the speaker says. You will click on the words in the transcript that are different.

Negative marking applies. So, if you score 2 points for correct options but then score -2 for two incorrect options you will score 0 points overall for the item.

Listen and be prepared to act quickly. If you are uncertain about whether to click on the word or not, do not click on the word.

Write from Dictation

Here you will be tested on academic vocabulary, follow an oral sequencing of information and use of correct spelling.

You will be asked to listen to a sentence and type the sentence in a box exactly as you hear it. You will only hear the sentence once, so listen very carefully and write as much of the sentence as you can.

Listen carefully and write the sentence down on the erasable pad. You can then type the sentence on to the screen. If you are a very good typist then you can type directly on to the screen as you listen. Work quickly and accurately.

Marks are awarded as 1 for each word correctly spelled. 0 for each incorrect or misspelled word. Marks count towards the PTE Listening Test and PTE Writing Test.

To do well in the PTE Listening Test, register and attend the E2Language Live Listening Classes. This will give you a chance to complete a PTE listening practice test.

Our E2 PTE YouTube Channel has some useful PTE Listening  videos, including this one:

Remember to familiarise yourself with each part of the PTE Listening Test and practise to ensure that you know what each section is asking you to do. Understand the marking, and work as accurately and efficiently as you can.

Feel free to leave a comment and I look forward to seeing you in a live class or a tutorial!

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Written by David Williamson

 

PTE Preparation Tips From An E2Language Student (Who Scored Straight 90’s!)

Manjunath is an E2Language student who recently took the PTE and received straight 90’s on his first try! He kindly offered to write a blog for us in order to provide PTE preparation tips from a student’s perspective. 

Manjunath’s Story

I would like to share an inspiring story about the PTE Academic with you guys. I scored a low 6.5 in the writing section of my IELTS in my second attempt. I required 8 in all bands of the IELTS for my immigration and was struggling to get the desired score. I started thinking about alternative English exams which could potentially get me over the line. Ultimately, I started researching other tests such as the PTE, TOEFL ibt and OET. I found that PTE Academic was a good option and started reading about the different tasks. It is also vital to know and understand the scoring guide.

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Jay and Manjunath met up for a coffee after the PTE!

PTE Preparation Tips For Newbies

To begin with, I would like to say that it is essential for you to choose the right test. IELTS is good for people who find it difficult to speak to a computer. The reading and listening sections of the IELTS are comparatively easier. The PTE Academic writing section is much simpler to crack, whereas the speaking and reading modules are slightly complicated. Having said that, with continuous practice and perseverance, you can crack both the modules. It is also important for you to improve your typing speed (if you are slow in typing) which is a key factor in the writing task.

It is also very important to prepare properly. I do not think you can prepare for 2 weeks and get a 79+ in all modules. I started my PTE preparations 5-6 months back and put in extra effort in the last 1-2 months. I purchased the actual PTE mock tests from the official Pearson website.

Once you get a basic idea about the tasks and practice a few questions using the Pearson book or YouTube, you should take both scored PTE practice tests. These tests give you an experience of the actual PTE and the algorithms used for marking are the same as the real PTE exam. In my first practice attempt, I scored 84 (Speaking), 75 (Reading), 74 (Writing), and 76 (Listening).

Do not be disappointed if you get a low score. You will get an idea about where your focus should be. This will help you in working out methods to tackle obstacles in the actual testing environment. I would suggest people use this test as an opportunity to improve their overall language skills. This will not only help you in the exam but also in your future endeavours. As a non-native speaker, it was very important for me to revise basic vocabulary and grammar which was helpful in the reading and writing tasks.

Finding E2Language

The only issue with the PTE was the lack of practice material available. I started watching YouTube videos and came across an interesting online teaching platform called E2Language. I started watching the free videos such as the Core Skills classes, methods webinars, and mini mock tests. I required more practice and signed up with E2Language. I took the ‘I’m nervous’ package with them ($250 AUD) which gave me enough practice materials to work with.

The teachers were extremely nice and friendly. I would like to thank Jay, Kaia, Colin, David, Jamal, and the other members of E2Language for their continued support, motivation, and guidance. I could not have achieved this amazing score without their assistance. They provided feedback & assessment on the different tasks, plenty of PTE preparation tips, and all the necessary techniques & strategies I needed to improve my scoring.

There are several free PTE methods webinars on the E2 PTE Youtube channel, and you can access a methods webinar for all of the PTE tasks when you become a paid student.

PTE Preparation Tips For Test Day

On test day, it is very important to relax and calm your nerves. Once you enter the exam room, just go through the instructions thoroughly and check the headphones. It is mandatory to check the microphone and check your recording. If you feel that the recording is not proper, get your headphones changed.

The Speaking tasks came first and just came one after the other, so it is very important for you to know the sequence and pattern beforehand. You must speak with minimal or no hesitation, because it contributes to your oral fluency score. Speaking is scored based on content, oral fluency, and pronunciation.

The next task was Writing which was the easiest for me. I practiced a variety of summarize written text and essays which helped me in the actual exam. Getting assessment for these tasks from E2Language was helpful during the test.

Reading was tricky and I was running out of time. You should have a method to tackle all the reading tasks and vocabulary is important in answering them correctly. It is also crucial to have a good understanding of the different parts of speech and basic grammar to answer these questions. I used the process of elimination technique to get the right answer for the multiple choice questions.

Listening was comparatively easier and, like Reading, time management is key. The tasks after summarize spoken text are not individually timed, so you need to handle the allocated time efficiently.

In A Nutshell…

I had an amazing experience with the PTE Academic. Enjoy each task as it comes. Do not think about the next or the previous task and just concentrate on the task at hand. This will help you in improving focus and concentration, which is of paramount importance in the PTE. Moreover, get proper guidance from E2Language before taking the exam. They will give you important PTE preparation tips and strategies which you can use in the test and get a high score.

Good luck and never give up. I hope my story inspires you guys into achieving something great. My PTE Academic and IELTS scores are as follows….

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My IELTS General Scores: Listening – 8.5, Reading – 8.0, Writing – 6.5, Speaking – 7.5, Overall Score – 7.5
My PTE Academic Scores: All 90’s!

The E2Language team would like to congratulate Manjunath on his amazing (and well-earned) PTE success!! Make sure you check out his detailed PTE Academic Success Story video on Youtube. Manjunath, thank you for taking the time to share your PTE preparation tips and experience with fellow test-takers! 

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Written by Manjunath I.

PTE or OET? Which Test Should I Take?

Many of our students are confused about whether they should take PTE or OET for immigration and employment purposes, so we decided to provide some facts about which test may be right for your situation. 

Hi my name is Jay and I’m one of the expert teachers at E2Language. E2Language is the OET’s only authorised ‘feedback provider’. We are the only institute trained by the OET to give feedback on writing and speaking. We have an online OET course that is second to none. Our materials and our methods get students the score they need.

But is OET the right test for you? Although you are a medical professional, you can take other tests, such as the PTE. Should you take the OET? Here are some reasons why and why not that you should consider…

PTE or OET: Why you should take the OET instead of the PTE.

Medical vocabulary

The main reason doctors, nurses and physios take the OET instead of the PTE is because they feel more comfortable with the vocabulary associated with their profession. In the OET writing sub-test you must write a letter using vocabulary that you are familiar with. You will not be faced with a question prompt about ‘spaceships’ or ‘global warming’. The same goes for reading and listening: The words you hear will be medical words; they will be familiar to you.

Professional development

The other big reason why doctors, nurses and physios choose the OET over other tests is because they feel it relates to their professional development. The tasks that you do in the OET are ones that mirror the workplace environment. Listening to a consultation and taking notes in the listening sub-test, for example, is one such real-life task. Writing a discharge letter is another. The test can prepare you for your upcoming job in the hospital or clinic whereas the PTE will not really apply.

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The OET takes into account the English skills that you will need in the workplace if you are a healthcare professional.

PTE or OET: Why you should take the PTE instead of the OET.

It’s cheaper

The cost of the PTE is substantially less than the OET, so if money is an issue then PTE might be a better option.

It’s quicker

The results of the PTE are released within 2-3 days of taking the test, so if time is an issue for you then the PTE might be a better option.

It has more tasks

Why would more tasks be a better thing? Wouldn’t that make it a worse test to take? Well… it depends on your attitude towards taking the test. If you see the PTE or OET as a barrier that you have to get through then it doesn’t really matter what you have to do, but if you see these tests as an opportunity to improve your spoken, written and comprehension of English then the PTE is arguably a more ‘rounded’ English tests. It tests more aspects of your language and as such gives you more opportunities to improve your English all ‘round. For example, in the reading section of the PTE there are five different tasks, each of which tests a different aspect of reading and vocabulary. Preparing for the PTE, then, gives you a better insight into English language.

Make sure you check out our blog’s free PTE practice questions and PTE writing sample.

It’s on a computer

I’m not sure about you, but I can’t write with a pencil anymore. Years of typing on a keyboard has rendered my handwriting skills redundant. While I haven’t taken the OET, I have taken the PTE and the IELTS. Typing, for me, is far easier than writing by hand.

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The PTE is completely digital, which is certainly an advantage for tech-savvy test takers!

There aren’t many OET preparation materials

One of the problems with the OET is that the preparation materials are extraordinarily difficult to create. As such, there are very few ‘sub-tests’ on the internet to practice with, and usually what you find is sub-standard. E2Language is different in that our preparation materials are top quality. However, if you need HEAPS of practice materials because your English is low, then you should opt for the PTE because we have more practice materials. On the other hand, if your English is already very good, then you should consider doing the OET because you don’t need that much practice.

If you decide to take the PTE, make sure you visit the E2 PTE YouTube channel for webinars and video lessons like this one:

What else do you need to know about the OET?

If you are leaning towards the OET as your preferred test, there are some other things you should know before you go ahead and book your test.

A) Get feedback

Vocabulary and grammar aside, the way that you write a referral or a discharge letter is quite complicated. The method of selection, transformation and organisation requires practice, and more importantly, it requires feedback. You shouldn’t just get any old feedback, however. You need expert feedback from people who are officially trained by the OET – in other words, us. We know what you need to do to get an A or B on the OET writing.

B) Learn methods

OET Reading Part A is a real killer. You have 15 minutes to answer about 30 questions – or 1 question per 30 seconds. Without a method – without a step by step approach to this sub-test it is virtually impossible to score highly. There are two skills that OET candidates consistently fail and they are writing and reading.

PTE or OET: What should I do now?

If you need to become a registered nurse or practice medicine in Australia, for example, and you need to pass the OET or another test like the PTE then you should start your preparation immediately. Don’t underestimate how challenging these tests are. We’ve had candidates who have completed a four year nursing degree in Australia – who have written essays and done workplace practice – yet fail the OET several times because they did not prepare adequately. This is the final step before you land your dream job – don’t let this test stop you.

If you decide to take the OET, make sure to visit our E2 OET YouTube channel for some free webinars and video lessons like this one:

Do you still feel like you need some expert advice about whether you should take PTE or OET? Contact us and one of our knowledgeable tutors can help you make your decision and select the PTE or OET preparation course that best suits your needs!

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Written by Jay Merlo.

PTE Summarize Spoken Text: What you need to score a PTE 90

Summarize spoken text is one part of the PTE Listening section of the test. If you are looking for PTE material to study with, then this article will be a good guide for you.

I also recommend the weekly E2Language task webinars and PTE mini mock tests to develop useful methods and practice for all the PTE tasks. 

Summarize Spoken Text: The Task at Hand

The purpose of the summarize spoken text task is to test your ability to comprehend, analyze and combine information from a lecture and then summarize the key points in writing. It assesses both listening and writing skills. You will listen, take notes and write.

The instructions you will see are as follows:

You will hear a short lecture. Write a summary for a fellow student who was not present at the lecture. You should write 50-70 words.

You will have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.

Basically, you will reduce a 60-90 second spoken text to 50 to 70 words. You will have ten minutes to complete the task. The analogy that we like to give is that you are at a lecture that your friend is unable to attend so you are going to summarize it for them. You will listen, take notes and give them the important information from the lecture.

The speaker will speak for 60-90 seconds. While listening to the lecture you are going to write down the keywords. These keywords will be nouns, verbs and phrases mainly of one, two or three words. The important thing is that you write brief notes of the main ideas. You can write exactly what the speaker says word for word and paraphrase them later.

The great thing about E2Language is that when you become a member we will give you a structure to use in your summarize spoken text response. It is the same framework to use in retell lecture. Retell lecture, of course, is speaking task, but the response structures are identical. Using the framework will help you to score 90.

Note Taking

Write quickly and VERY neatly as you will need to reread your own handwriting. Messy scrawl is impossible to read. I know, as my writing is often messy scrawl and impossible to read! So, take up a reasonable amount of space on the notepad with your notes and do not cram them into a corner.

While listening, take notes of the main ideas. Begin writing soon after the speaker begins in order to get the ideas down. Don’t wait until it starts to make sense—it may not!

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In the Summarize Spoken Text task, you need to ensure your writing is neat and organized!

Timing

My first advice is to use all ten minutes you are given, as you will not be given any credit for time not used. Use the time to refine your response so that it contributes to your overall score of 90! I recommend the following timing:

  1. Listen and take notes (using your pen and pad) for the 60-90 seconds.
  2. Recall the main ideas for another 30 seconds.
  3. Draft a response. Take four (4) minutes to do this.
  4. Review and rewrite for 3 minutes, checking the following:
    • Does your response include the main ideas from the text?
    • Does your response make sense?
    • Is your word choice correct?
    • Is your spelling correct? (Do not use words you cannot spell)
    • Is the grammar correct? Check: verb tenses; subject verb agreement; singular or plural verbs.

Writing Your Draft

After taking the best notes you can, refine them for 30 seconds by continuing to recall from the spoken text while it is in your memory. You need good notes to draw on. Group your ideas together. Now begin to write up the framework from your notes, paraphrasing the ideas into your own words where you can. Make sure that you include the topic in the first sentence. Each sentence must have a main noun and verb and is structured grammatically correctly.

Writing Your Good Copy

After the draft, and this should take about four minutes, DO NOT SUBMIT. Instead, spend about three minutes reviewing your writing checking for errors and improving your word choice to ensure your response is correct and contains all the main ideas. Check spelling and punctuation. You should be proud of the work you submit, and taking the time to do it thoroughly will ensure that you do not lose valuable marks for careless errors.

Keep an eye on the time. Make sure that you will finish the task and submit it before the ten minutes are up.

So, the keys are:

  • Listen well
  • Take great notes of the topic and main ideas
  • Write down what you can remember hearing after the recording has stopped
  • Complete the draft using the E2Language framework
  • Review the draft making corrections
  • Submit!

Our E2 PTE YouTube Channel has quick tips for the PTE tasks, including Summarize Spoken Text!

I recommend practicing as many summarize spoken text tasks from E2Language as you can and submitting assessment tasks for feedback once you are a member. The feedback will be provided by a qualified teacher whose advice will boost your score.

Feel free to leave a comment and I look forward to seeing you in a live class or a tutorial!

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Written by David Williamson

When should I ask for a PTE rescore?

After a disappointing PTE result, it’s tempting to request a PTE rescore. But is it worth it?

It is a sad, old tale. A student has prepared for weeks ahead of their life-changing PTE for which they have paid dearly in both time and money. They turn up on test day hopeful that they will achieve the required 65 points in each skill. They feel positive about their performance on test day. They tell their friends and family that this time they’ve done for sure, they can start preparing the rest of their papers for migration to Australia. Then comes the feeling of depression when their results come through three days later and discover that they’re a few points short in two of the communicative skills.

In such circumstances, it is natural to react with anger. We lash out and look for someone to blame: “The test centre was wrong!”, “My microphone was faulty!”, or “This whole test is rigged against me!”. Most common of all is “I’m going to lodge a formal complaint with Pearson!”, and this is what I’ll talk about below.

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It’s incredibly frustrating when you feel like your score doesn’t reflect your effort and skills. But is it worth asking for a rescore?

For anyone reading this article who is thinking about challenging their PTE results, I recommend that you to be cautious. Unfortunately it is very unlikely that Pearson will change your score; in fact the best English idiom to describe how often scores will change is ‘once in a blue moon’.

If you’re thinking about a PTE rescore, consider this information first:

  1. It’s not cheap: Be ready to spend over $100 to appeal your score.
  2. The results are, in reality, very reliable. (Pearson already scores every test twice to be safe)
  3. Technical issues, such as faulty microphones, are very rare. (Human error like loud breathing is much more common and is not considered a technical issue).
  4. Marks can be revised down as well as up, and a score decrease is actually more likely than a score increase.

Deciding if a PTE rescore is right for you

Here is the information taken from the official Pearson FAQs page regarding what you should do about a score if you are unhappy about it. I have added my observations in an effort to help you make the decision that is right for you.

If you are disappointed with the score you have achieved, you can take the test again. [There is no discount as a repeat customer; there is no ‘loyalty bonus’.]

You may retake PTE Academic as many times as you want, although you must wait until you have received your scores from one test before booking another. Institutions will not see your scores unless you allow them to by sending your scores to them via the website. [This is a good thing about the PTE: quick results and quick to rebook if need be.]

This means that institutions will not be able to see if your scores are better or worse than previous attempts. You can send them to an unlimited number of institutions, but you may only select seven recipients at any one time (per score order).

Test scores are valid for up to two years from the date of the test. After that, you will no longer be able to view those scores on the website. [This is all fair enough, and is a common feature of high-stakes EFL tests.]

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Getting a PTE rescore can be costly and disappointing

Requesting a PTE rescore

If you are unhappy with your PTE Academic score, you may request a rescore. Before doing this, test takers should take the following into consideration:

  • PTE Academic is automatically rescored; therefore, it is unlikely that your overall scores will change. [The algorithms and technology are impressive. They’re not amateurs.]
  • Only spoken responses and open-ended written responses [ie: essay, summarise written text and summarise spoken text] are rescored. [This alone should give you pause for thought! Are you so confident about your spoken performance that you would risk the money and potential loss of marks?]
  • In the unlikely event that your score changes, it may go up or down. [Translation: buyer beware! More often than not, you’ll lose marks!]
  • If your score changes, it will replace your previous score.

You may only request a rescore of your most recent PTE Academic test. You cannot request a rescore if you have already either scheduled another test or sent your score to an institution.

To order a PTE rescore, you must contact Pearson Customer Service within 14 calendar days of your score report being made available to you.

The fee for rescores is available from the Customer Service team. In the unlikely event that either your Overall, Communicative Skills or Enabling Skills scores change, the rescore fee will be fully refunded. [As I said before, the chances are once in a blue moon. But you never know, you might be the lucky one!]

I hope this article clarifies things a little better for PTE rescore hopefuls. If you’ve ever received a rescore, let me know in the comments what the experience was like for you!

Written by Colin David. 

PTE Repeat Sentence Tips

Note: You can hover your mouse/cursor over a red, underlined word to see its definition.

Many of our E2Language students have difficulty with the PTE Repeat Sentence task, which is certainly not as straightforward as it appears!

What’s important to understand is that this task is not just about pronunciation; it’s about memory as well. As a general rule, humans can only keep about seven small pieces of information in their short-term memory at one time, and (rather inconveniently!) the ‘Repeat Sentence’ task generally contains over 7 words.

This article will outline some tips that will help you work on sharpening up both your memory capacity and your pronunciation skills.

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Perhaps healthy short-term memory is the missing puzzle piece to your PTE Repeat Sentence success…

PTE Repeat Sentence Tips for Pronunciation:

Among other skills, the PTE Speaking tasks assess your fluency and pronunciation, and these particular skills are especially important for the PTE ‘Repeat Sentence’ task. Many people who speak English in their everyday lives are surprised when they score low on pronunciation and fluency, and they can get quite discouraged with their abilities. The truth is, most ESL learners develop their own pronunciation habits and speed/rhythm without realizing it- and it’s hard for them to break these habits because they are totally unaware of them!

For instance, we currently have a student from Bangladesh who has the vocabulary of an experienced college professor but he speaks so darn fast that it’s incredibly difficult for a native speaker to understand him! Many of our students also have a habit of blending words together because they think this demonstrates fluency in English. For example: “He said I should explaimysituatioimmediatelyto my teacher.” Unfortunately, the PTE evaluators are looking for good enunciation, and the “blending” trick doesn’t work too well for test-takers.

So, what can be done?

Listen to a podcast, audiobook, radio show etc. in English every single day. Make sure that you are listening to a native speaker talk about a topic, and pay special attention to their intonation, speed and rhythm.

Go to Ted.com and watch one of the excellent “Ted Talks” provided there. Download the transcript for the video you are watching and read along, making notes of words you are unsure how to pronounce. Listen to how the speaker pronounces these words. Then, try recording yourself pronouncing the word or the sentence around it. Listen back to the original and compare it with your version.

Get a speaking partner. I cannot stress this enough! If possible, set up meetings with a conversation partner who is a native speaker, either online or in person. Not only can you practice using your grammar and vocabulary, you can work on imitating your partner’s accent and receive valuable feedback from them about your pronunciation and fluency.

Our E2Language PTE courses offer an app called ‘E2Pronounce’, in which you are scored on your pronunciation and given useful feedback about where you are going wrong. We also provide an academic word list to help you target your pronunciation for the PTE. You can check out our course options here.

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Use E2Pronounce if you want to see a big improvement in  your pronunciation skills.

PTE Repeat Sentence Tips For Improving Memory

As I mentioned before, a large part of succeeding on the PTE Repeat Sentence task is your capacity for memorization. Many of our students run into the issue of not being able to remember a full sentence because it’s too long to memorize efficiently. Some people try to remedy this problem by taking notes while they listen- but this rarely works. Sadly, there simply isn’t enough time to record the entire sentence accurately.

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When I took the PTE, I found that the best strategy was to close my eyes and focus completely on the audio. Remember though, I had the advantage of being a native speaker and therefore the ability to predict certain words based on patterns I commonly hear in English. Most ESL learners do not have this luxury. Here is what I suggest:

Start practicing specific memory games or activities to develop your short term memory. Take a look at these suggestions, or play an online memory game like this one. Expanding your short-term memory capacity will help you take in more information and keep it in your mind for a longer period of time.

Try “chunking” words together as you listen. This strategy is a commonly used technique for improving memory, and it comes in handy for short sentences in particular. What you need to do is group words together rather than processing them individually. For example, if you hear the sentence: “Last week I was told something completely different”, you can group the words into phrases like so: “Last Week”, “I was told” “Something completely different”. Understanding the components of each sentence as “chunks” rather than listening for each individual word makes it easier to recall the sentence accurately.

Take a look at our “PTE Repeat Sentence: Secrets for Success” video for another example of this strategy:

Practice, practice, practice! The more you hear examples of sentences like the ones you will hear in the real PTE, the more your brain will adapt to memorizing this information. You can use the Ted Talk strategy I mentioned above for pronunciation to help you here. Listen to the speaker in a video say a sentence, then pause the video and try to write down the sentence exactly as it was said. Rewind and check your answer, or check the transcripts for the video if you are still unsure. And if you haven’t already, sign up for our PTE free trial course and try out our practice questions. We have a lot of them!

Overall, the PTE Repeat Sentence task is all about practice. You must practice imitating native speakers to improve pronunciation and fluency, and you must practice sample tasks in order to improve your memory capacity and technique. A lot of people fail this task simply because they think it will be one of the easier speaking tasks and they don’t bother brushing up on the skills it tests. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake!

Do you have any tips for ‘Repeat Sentence’? If so, we’d love it if you would share them with us below!

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Written by Kaia.

5 Ways South Asians Can Improve Their PTE Speaking Score

This PTE speaking score improvement article contains several complex vocabulary words and expressions.These words are hyperlinked to their definitions to help you if necessary. Make sure you click on a word or expression if you do not understand it!

Over the life of this blog, there have been several excellent articles aimed at helping future PTE test takers improve their marks in the speaking section of the test. Kaia addressed these issues when she wrote entertainingly about her experience with the speaking section in her first PTE, and published another in which she gave some insight into how to improve one’s fluency.

Are you falling short on your PTE speaking score?

Issues arising from the speaking section, while relevant for all test takers, have special resonance for people from South Asia. It is all too common for people from the sub-continent to score well in the other three areas yet fall short – and often very short! – when it comes to their spoken performance on the PTE.

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A number of test takers from South Asia struggle with their PTE speaking score in particular.

As I wrote in my previous blog post, this can be extremely vexing for such candidates: they speak English very well, use English every day, work in English, write in English, make calls in English and yet, mysteriously, they are getting 48 in the PTE. In that article, I mentioned five key areas that south Asians need to focus on to ensure success in their PTE speaking score.

1) Do not speak too quickly.

It is essential that you adopt a speed which you can maintain for the duration of the test. Being an internet-based test, like the TOEFL, the PTE depends on your input to provide you with a score. But unlike the TOEFL, no human ears will hear your spoken submissions, meaning that every word you say must be recorded by the algorithm. You are not doing yourself any favours by prattling on like a lunatic.

The key to speaking in the PTE is quality rather than quantity. It is better that you say 40 or 50 words in 35 seconds and cover all the mains points than attempt to cover every single issue you have identified in a double graph, force out 100 words in 40 seconds and get cut off before your conclusion.

It is also very hard to sound natural if you are speaking too quickly, so just slow it down. A standard to measure yourself by is good quality news reading and high quality public speaking.

Check out Kaia’s “Common Questions” video for more tips about handling the time-limit and boosting your overall PTE speaking score.

2) Do not mumble.

If the computer cannot hear you, the computer cannot mark you. I hear from our students (and from Kaia!) that, out of respect for the people around them, they have tried to speak into the microphone in hushed tones when they are in the test centre. This simply will not do. Do not deny the computer the opportunity of hearing what you have got to say.

Many PTE test takers complain about how noisy the test centre can get during the test, especially during the speaking section. Well, it is what it is, and if you are having a problem with the noise remember that it is just as bad for everyone else. (Still, I think that noise-excluding headphones for everyone would be a very good idea.) A useful way of training for the test is to have a radio playing in the background while you are practicing your speaking. To make it even more annoying, make sure the background noise is in a language you understand, making it harder to tune it out. The more prepared you are for the realities of the PTE, the better your performance come test day. For more tips about adjusting to the noisy PTE testing environment, read our “Exam Secrets” blog article.

3) Make sure your enunciation of words is clear.

Are you being clear about where one word ends and the next word begins? The careless blending of words, as opposed to the natural blending of words, needs to be dealt with. What does this mean for your speaking? Take, for example, the sentence: “We have been together for a long time.” Now, speaking naturally, this would come out something like: “Wiv bin tgethr fra long time.” Pronouncing every single phoneme would be forced and weird, but that is a little bit like the way you are meant to speak in the PTE.

When you practice on your own and recording your efforts, pay close attention to your enunciation. Are the words clear enough? If in doubt, re-record it as any times as it takes to make it clear as a bell. The PTE criteria ask test takers to speak clearly enough for a native speaker to understand you. I would go further and encourage you to speak clearly enough for a competent, non-native speaker to get every word.

Watch this video if you want to learn more about how an accent can affect your PTE speaking score.

4) Make sure your tone sounds natural.

You would probably agree that belting out your words at a mile a minute is a bad idea (see above), but you must not slow yourself down so that you end up talking like a robot from Star Wars! For example, saying “I-do-not-believe-that-there-is-any-good-reason-for-doing-this” would get you low marks, even though it’s grammatically correct. Why? Although you are pronouncing the words clearly, enunciating well, avoiding hesitations (see below) and speaking at the right pace, there is nothing natural about your delivery. Basically, keep it real!

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Don’t be talking mechanically like a Star Wars Storm Trooper. Use the Force to maintain a natural balance… in your speaking, of course!

5) Avoid all hesitations, umms and aahs.

This is another part of normal, day-to-day speech that is totally unacceptable in the PTE. The most obvious thing you can do is slow down (see above). This will give your brain time to think of the words you are going to say next. Most of the time, words just tumble out of our mouths willy-nilly, so being fully aware of what you are saying can be a disturbing experience for many. It’s a bit like becoming aware of your breathing or blinking. Nevertheless, get used to doing this whenever you practice ahead of your test. It is a good idea to become self-conscious of this every time it happens. If you are recording yourself, go back to the start and try again.

I promise you that making the most of these 5 suggestions will not only boost your PTE speaking score, but your overall confidence in spoken English too. Go ahead, try it out!

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Written by Colin David.

Breaking the Pattern: Priyanka’s E2Language PTE Success Story

Note: This E2Language PTE article contains some complex and unique English expressions (idioms). These expressions are hyperlinked to their definitions to help you if necessary. Make sure you click on an idiom if you do not understand it!

Priyanka began her E2Language PTE experience with us in early November, and unfortunately she came to us with an all-too-familiar story. A resident of Chennai, she works for an American multinational corporation and wants to migrate to Australia with her husband. Aiming for a minimum of 65 in every communicative skill, Priyanka had taken the Pearson Test of English four times since last February. She was educated in English, works in English every day, has many of her social interactions in English and regularly reads books and journals in English.

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Despite being educated in English and using it in daily life, Priyanka repeatedly failed the PTE speaking section.

Priyanka’s First Attempts:

In January, in anticipation of her first test, she bought the blue and green covered ‘Official Guide to PTE Academic’. She was disappointed to discover that, while her overall score was 67, her speaking result was a mere 48. Unperturbed, Priyanka immediately applied for another test two weeks later. She went back to the blue Pearson book to prepare a little bit more, then went back to the same test centre for a second bite at the cherry. This time, Priyanka was shocked to discover that her score remained almost unchanged: 69 overall, and 50 in the speaking section.

Priyanka’s husband urged her to enrol in a PTE course at a local English school, which she did. The hours were not ideal, since her job requires her to be at the office at 8am and she cannot leave until after 6pm. Traffic and unpredictable meetings meant she almost never made it to class on time. Still, she tried her hardest for the duration of the four-week course and re-sat her test. Imagine how crushed she was to get exactly the same overall result as before, with a slightly worse result in her speaking! Priyanka was crushed. Investing in three tests, one book and a four-week course over three months, as well as the time she had put aside to study, all to no avail was unbearable. Her husband was outwardly trying to keep his cool, but having got 72 on his first attempt at the PTE, he was getting nervous.

On her fourth attempt, Priyanka did not even tell her husband. Believing that somehow fate had dealt her a bad hand in her previous tests (“Perhaps the questions were just exceptionally difficult in those PTEs?” “Maybe the system was rigged?”) she did no preparation and booked herself for a test at the earliest opportunity. Once again, failure. Priyanka was disappointed. She was unable to sleep and even missed a couple of days of work due to the stress. Her dream of moving to Australia with her husband was crumbling before her eyes, all because of the speaking section of the PTE.

How Priyanka Found Our E2Language PTE Course:

In late August, when Priyanka was almost at her breaking point, she decided to do a quick search for PTE material on YouTube. It had not occurred to her to look online for help before, but Jay’s webinar on Describe Image was exactly what she needed. She went to our website and registered for free to our E2Language PTE course before having a free information session, which is when I first ‘met’ her.

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It was Jay’s E2Language PTE “Describe Image” Webinar that changed the game for Priyanka. Watch it here by clicking the screenshot.

Priyanka told me her tale of woe and her desperation was clear. After a few minutes of talking her down from the metaphorical ledge, I suggested she take one of our packages. Obviously, her focus was on improving her speaking; in every one of her previous tests she had scored over 65 in each of the other skills. I mentioned several issues which are commonly experienced by south Asian speakers of English taking the PTE.

The five key things to remember are:

  1. Do not speak too quickly: adopt a speed which you can maintain for the duration of the test.
  2. Do not mumble: if the computer cannot hear you, the computer cannot mark you.
  3. Make sure your enunciation of words is clear: where does one word end and the next word begin?
  4. Make sure your tone sounds natural: you should not sound like a robot.
  5. Avoid all hesitations, umms and aahs: these are fatal to your speaking score.

South Asians like Priyanka are surrounded by English all the time. If it is not their first language, it practically is: at work, at play, at school, everywhere. But be warned! Constantly speaking, reading, writing and listening to English on a regular basis does not a test taker make. The algorithm that marks your speaking does not care whether you are from South America, south Asia or South Australia, so treat it with respect.

I also told Priyanka to take a very deep breath and not to fret. She had until the first semester of 2017 to obtain the PTE result she needed, so there was no need to rush her preparations and risk yet another failure. She and I had a shared objective: that her next PTE would be her last!

Priyanka’s E2Language PTE Training was a success!

As it turned out, participating in our webinars, practicing and recording herself every day, in addition to the two 1:1 tutorials she took with E2Language made all the difference. Priyanka retook the PTE in November and achieved an overall score of 78, including 71 in the speaking.

Priyanka’s story is not unusual. You need only look at the testimonials on the E2Language Facebook page to realise that. Being properly prepared for the PTE, learning our methods and knowing how to tackle all 20 sections of this challenging test makes all the difference in the world.

Is your story similar to Priyanka’s? Are you desperate to pass the PTE and discouraged by your past attempts? We can help. Share your story with us in the comments below.

 

 

Written by Colin David.

 

 

How to Increase Your PTE Oral Fluency

Note: This PTE oral fluency article contains some complex English vocabulary. Many of these vocabulary words are linked to dictionary.com so that you can check their meaning while you read. Make sure you click on a hyperlinked word if you don’t understand its meaning.

Lately E2Language has received a lot of questions from students asking how to increase their PTE oral fluency score. The good news is that fluency is easy to build; you just have to persevere through your insecurities. And trust me – everybody has insecurities about speaking in a foreign language! I have enough embarrassing French pronunciation stories to put you to sleep, so I won’t share them here. Just know you that you’re not alone!

First off, we need to draw a big distinction between two concepts that get confused a lot. These concepts are: fluency vs. accuracy.

English Fluency

Fluency is your ability to speak continuously in English without unnecessary pauses or fillers (umm, ahhh etc.), no matter how many grammar and vocabulary mistakes you make. Being fluent doesn’t mean you are speaking perfect English, it merely means that you are speaking comfortably and others are able to understand you. In my opinion, anyone can be fluent in English with enough practice and confidence.

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Fluency means speaking continuously, even if you make mistakes!

English Accuracy

Accuracy is your ability to speak fluently in English without making mistakes. Here is what you need to understand: fluency comes first and accuracy follows. You will never speak English with accuracy if you are not fluent first. And obviously, the more fluent you are, the more accurate you will become with practice.

So remember: When it comes to your PTE oral fluency score, the test assessors are interested in how natural your speech sounds, how well it flows and how comfortable and confident you come across. They are not interested in counting the number of mistakes you make while you speak.

With this important distinction in mind, let’s get to some key PTE oral fluency tips!

PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Get a conversation partner

This is an incredibly helpful way to build your fluency over time. The key here is to pick a partner who is dedicated to simply having a conversation with you. This person should not correct you every time you make a mistake, nor should they give you any tips about the way you speak (at least not until the conversation is over!).  Find someone who speaks fluent English and who has interesting things to say about topics you want to discuss. Talk about the news, the latest movies or your relationships – whatever you find riveting! If you are interested in a topic, you are more likely to forget about the mechanics of the conversation and focus on enjoying the actual content.

Here are some do’s and don’t’s:

Do: pick an interesting conversation partner who is a native or near-native English speaker.

Do: talk about topics you are actually interested in, not just something related to PTE material.

Do: ask your partner to tell you what they notice is improving about your fluency after the conversation.

Don’t: ask your partner to correct you or give you language tips while you are talking.

Don’t: forget to have a two-way conversation with your partner, rather than a monologue of you practicing your English!

If you don’t know any native speakers of English or feel uncomfortable practicing with a friend, try conversationexchange or a similar website to find your conversation partner!

PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Build your vocabulary

One of the major reasons why people find it difficult to speak without pauses and fillers is because they are constantly searching for the correct vocabulary. Vocabulary is built over time, but there are a lot of ways to boost your repertoire on a daily basis. Check out our great PTE vocabulary article for some helpful tips about how to do this. And make sure you always follow these two important rules:

Rule 1: If you notice you use the same word all the time, go to thesaurus.com immediately and find some synonyms for that word. You must broaden your lexical horizons!

Rule 2: If you’re engaged in a conversation and don’t know a word, describe it to your conversation partner. Don’t stop talking! The person will likely supply you with the word you need and you can continue the conversation without interruption.

For example:

You: “I was walking past this place yesterday, it’s a place where people go when they don’t have anywhere else to stay and they live on the street…”

Conversation partner: “A homeless shelter”

You: “Yes, a homeless shelter. Anyway, I was walking past this homeless shelter and I realized that I really wanted to volunteer there.”

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Describe a word if you don’t know it, don’t stop talking!

PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Use English every single day

It doesn’t matter if it’s in the shower, to your cat, to the mirror or in your car. Use English as much as you possibly can. Some non-native speakers use English at work, with their friends or with their families. Even these people can benefit from chatting to themselves in the shower while they get ready for work or practicing a speech in front of the mirror. Practice builds confidence. The big advantage of practicing by yourself is that you can’t get embarrassed if you make a mistake. A little bit of practice every day could make an enormous difference to your confidence and – by extension – your oral fluency. So:

Do: Set aside time to speak in English every single day, even (and especially!) if you are all alone. Make it a habit, like brushing your teeth!

Do: speak about whatever comes to mind without worrying about grammatical mistakes.

Don’t: Beat yourself up about not knowing how to say something. Rather, try to look it up online or in a dictionary.

Don’t: Talk to yourself in public in front of strangers. You might get some strange looks! 🙂

PTE Oral Fluency Tip: Listen, listen, listen!

When you listen to people speaking English, stop worrying so much about what they are saying and start noticing how they are saying it. English has rhythm, tones and patterns that you might not be picking up on right now because you are so concerned about getting your grammar right! A large part of becoming a fluent English speaker is being able to mimic the way native-speakers talk. And at first it really will just be about mimicking them, because you won’t understand why people choose to talk the way they do. But after awhile, you’ll start recognizing patterns and you will be able to identify when it is appropriate to use a certain tone or inflection in your speech.

Here are some more do’s and don’t’s:

Do: listen to the radio, TV shows and people around you for clues about how people talk in different contexts.

Do: practice mimicking the way native-speakers use their voices to convey meaning.

Don’t: be so concerned about getting your grammar right that you end up talking like a robot.

PTE Oral Fluency
Listen to English audiobooks, radio and podcasts for speaking clues from native speakers!

Confidence is Everything

Overall, oral fluency is improved when you immerse yourself in English as much as possible and let go of your insecurities about making mistakes. It’s hard to let go of your fears, but as soon as you do, fluency becomes achievable, as does accuracy. Believe me, it’s easier than you think.

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Written by Kaia Myers-Stewart