Speaking & Writing is the first section of the PTE and will take approximately between 75-90 minutes. It includes 6 tasks in total. Before commencing these tasks, you will record a brief oral introduction of yourself, and this will not be assessed. It is for security purposes only.

PTE Speaking Tasks

Read Aloud Task

In the “Read aloud” task, a short text will appear on the screen in front of you.

You will have 35 seconds to read the text before the microphone starts recording you. When the microphone begins recording, clearly read the text out loud.

The microphone will stop recording after 35 seconds (unless you remain silent, in which case it will stop after only 3 seconds).

Repeat Sentence Task

In the “Repeat sentence” task, you will see the audio recorder box again.

After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody reading out a sentence. When the recording has finished, you must wait until the microphone turns red and then repeat the sentence exactly as you heard it.

You’ll have 15 seconds to repeat the sentence (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).

Describe Image Task

In the “Describe image” task, an image will appear in front of you. This image is might be a graph, picture, map, chart or table.

You will have 25 seconds to study the image before you give your response. Once the microphone turns red, you must describe the image you see in as much detail as possible.

You will have 40 seconds to respond (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).

Re-Tell Lecture Task

In the “Re-tell lecture” task, you will see the audio recorder box again. Next to it, there might be an image that relates to what you will hear.

After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody giving a lecture.When the lecture has finished, you must wait 10 seconds until the microphone turns red and then summarize what you heard in the lecture in your own words.

You’ll have 40 seconds to “re-tell” the lecture (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).

Answer Short Question Task

In the “Answer short question” task, you will see the audio recorder box on your screen. After 3 seconds, a recording will start to play and you will hear somebody asking you a question.

When the recording has finished, the microphone will immediately start recording your answer after only 1 second.

You’ll have 1o seconds to give your answer of one or a few words (unless you remain silent, in which case the microphone will stop recording after 3 seconds).

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PTE Writing Tasks

Summarize Written Text Task

In the “Summarize written text” task, you will see a short reading passage. Underneath, you will see a response box for you to input your answer.

Summarize Written Text

After reading the passage, you must write a one-sentence summary of what you read. It should be between 50 and 70 words, with NO MORE than 70 words in total.

You will have 10 minutes to complete this task.

Write Essay Task

In the “Write essay” task, you will see a prompt appear in front of you.

The prompt will make a statement and then ask you to express how much you either agree or disagree with the statement. It will encourage you to support your points with reasons and examples from your own experience or observations. Underneath the prompt, there will be a response box for you to input your answer.

You will have 20 minutes to write a brief essay (200-300 words maximum) in response to the prompt


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