PTE Academic

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Monday, 3 May 2010

21 Make good use of the time available before each audio item

The time available before each audio item begins varies, but make sure you use this time well.

For example, in Summarize spoken text, use the 12 seconds before the short lecture begins, be ready to take notes on the Erasable Noteboard Booklet as soon as the lecture starts. The audio status counts down so you know when the lecture will begin.

In Read aloud, use the time before recording begins to read the text aloud for yourself, so that you have practiced it before the microphone opens and recording begins. 

In Multiple choice, choose multiple answers, read through the text of the question and the answer options and think what they mean so you know what to listen for.


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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