PTE Academic

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Monday, 10 May 2010

22 Be ready to speak when you see the status change to “Recording”

Speaking item types that give you time for preparation have a tone that signals when to speak (e.g. Read aloud, Describe image, and Retell lecture). Be ready to speak when you hear the tone. Other Speaking items require an immediate response and have no tone (e.g. Repeat sentence and Answer short question).

For all items, begin to speak when you see the Recorded Answer status change to “Recording”, but don’t speak before it changes or some of what you say will be missed.


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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