PTE Academic

Are you preparing for PTE Academic? This blog brings you test tips that will help you perform when taking PTE Academic. Visit for more information about the test and the relevant test preparation resources available.

Monday, 14 December 2009

2. Find out the meaning of phrases relevant to PTE Academic

For example, information about PTE Academic uses the term ‘item type’. An ‘item’ means the whole test task and includes the instructions, the content, what you have to do to respond and how your response is scored. An ‘item type’ is a particular kind of item such as Multiple choice: choose single answer, or Read aloud, or Write essay, and there 20 different item types in the test.

You can see the format of the screen for different item types in the PTE Academic Tutorial.

You will find the meaning of words used in information about PTE Academic in the Glossary of The Official Guide to PTE Academic.

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Important Test Tips

* Do
Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc
Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about ‘sport’ NOT ‘science’
Keep strictly within the word limit given for writing tasks
Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording

* Don’t
Write ENTIRELY in capital letters. Only use capitals when needed: at the beginning of sentences, names, etc
Click Next (N) before you have completed the task and are ready to move on