PTE Academic

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Monday, 25 October 2010

Analyze the essay prompt so you know how to answer

WRITING: Write essay

Essay prompts can be written in a number of ways. For example:
  • You may need to discuss whether you agree or disagree with a statement.
  • You may have to consider how different groups of people might feel about a particular situation.
  • You may need to argue for and against an opinion or discuss advantages and disadvantages of a situation. 
If there is a statement followed by a question, read the question very carefully and note key words. Make sure you know what to do.


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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