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, 27 September 2010

Make sure you know how the task is scored

READING: Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

Read the instructions carefully. Remember that more than one option is correct in this type of multiple choice item.  

You will score marks for any correct options but you will lose score points for any incorrect options; these include:
•    options that you have clicked on as correct but which are wrong
•    options that are correct but that you have not clicked on

If you click on all the options, because you do not know the answer, you will lose score points. This applies to Multiple choice, choose multiple answers item types for reading and listening.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Note the key words in the prompt before you read the text

READING: Multiple choice, choose single answer

The prompt for this item type may be a question or a sentence that you have to complete. Whatever type of prompt you get, read it carefully because it will tell you what information you need to find in the text.
If you focus on the key words in the prompt, you will find the answer more quickly and spend less time reading the text. This strategy also applies to multiple-choice questions with more than one answer.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Start by analyzing the task

WRITING: Write essay

Before you write anything, note key words in the prompt. Find out the topic, what key points you should focus on to answer the question and any points of view to present and discuss.

Analyzing these four areas will help you to approach the task, structure your essay and decide on your main ideas.

The content of your answer is very important. If you do not write about the topic in the prompt, you will receive no score points at all for this item type.

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