In the Speaking section of PTE, your speaking skills will be judged by the way you answer by speaking for the questions you are asked such as to repeat the sentences you heard in an audio clip, respond to the questions asked, describe the image etc. This section of PTE exam starts with the Personal Introduction where you are asked to introduce yourself to the institutions. It takes around 30-35 minutes to complete this section. In this guide, we will discuss each task of the speaking section and also will provide you with some useful tips at the end.
In the speaking section of PTE, there are 5 tasks included other than personal introduction which is not counted for the score but is sent to the institutions. The below table describes the tasks in brief:
|Personal Introduction||You need to introduce yourself||25 seconds to read the prompt and 30 seconds to record your response|
|Read aloud||You are asked to read aloud the text displayed on the screen.||30-40 seconds to prepare|
|Repeat sentence||You have to listen to the sentence played then you need to repeat the same||3-9 seconds to Prepare
15 seconds to Record
|Describe image||You are asked to describe an image that is displayed.||25 seconds to Study the Image and Respond|
|Re-tell lecture||You need to memorize what all is told in the lecture. Then, you need to describe the content in your own words.||40 to 90 seconds to Answer|
|Answer short question||You need to answer the question in one word or a few.||20 seconds (10 to Answer)|
The above tasks are discussed in detail below:
In the personal introduction, you are expected to give some information about yourself to your chosen institutions. You will be given 25 seconds to read the prompt and prepare your response after that 30 seconds will be given to record your response. This part is not counted in the scoring task but the recording will be sent together with your score report to the institutions. You will be allowed to record your introduction only once.
This is the first task of the speaking section of the PTE, and here you have to read a paragraph or a few sentences displayed on the screen with the correct pronunciation and good fluency. You should not hesitate while speaking and pay close attention to commas and full stops. You will also come across a few words which are considered difficult to speak for non-native speakers of English. Try to identify and practice reading those words in the given preparation time of 30-40 seconds.
In this task, you have to repeat a sentence after 3 seconds of the audio. Pay full attention to the computer screen and repeat the sentence without omitting or replacing with any other word. Also, be attentive to the phrases and repeat sentences with grammatical continuity. If you repeat 100% words correctly in the sentence you will gain 3 points, more than 50% in the correct order will give you 2 points and less than 50% is correct, you will gain only 1 point. You will not be given any points if you stay quiet.
Here, you are supposed to describe an image after examining it closely for 25 seconds. You will be given 40 seconds to complete the task. Certain types of questions such as bar diagrams, line graphs, pie charts, process or flow charts, or maps keep repeating in the test. Ensure that you have enough vocabularies to describe all these questions. Always focus more on the key features of the diagram and try to make a perfect conclusion at the end, for effective description. You should follow this: How to improve PTE academic score? Tips and Strategies
Here you need to memorize what all is told in the lecture. Then, you need to describe the content in your own words. You must listen to the recording of the lecture and speak on it for 40 seconds. The recordings would be 80 to 120 seconds long. Besides testing your speaking skills, retell lectures will also need you to be good in your note-taking and listening skills. You should note down the keywords which might include, important nouns, verbs and numbers from the recording.
This is the last task in the PTE speaking section. There will be about ten short questions, and you are asked to answer them in one or a few words. This task evaluates your speaking and listening skills. Questions are simple, but the most complicated part is to understand them and give the right answer promptly.
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Here are some tips that are given according to each task to help you score well in the speaking section of the PTE exam.
So, now you are totally informed about the speaking section of the PTE and also we have mentioned all the tips and tricks you can take advantage of and crack the speaking module well and score high.
All the best..!!
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