PTE Academic Tips and Tricks

The three ‘P’s for cracking the PTE are Preparation, Practice and Paraphrase.

The following are PTE tips amassed from various sources across the net. Just wanted to put it all at one place so that I don’t have to run across the internet when I decide to write the PTE. Hope its useful to all. Thanking all who helped to compile this huge list.

PTE or IELTS?

Personally, I think PTE is a lot easier than IELTS. Also, because it is computer administered, the human subjectivity element is low. In addition, you get PTE results in a day while in IELTS, you get the results in 10-13 days.  A big disadvantage of PTE is that availability  of free study material for PTE is extremely scarce.  So, my personal opinion is that the choice of PTE vs IELTS would be dependent on the score you’re targeting. For a target of 6 and  above, I think the PTE is the way forward. If on the other hand, you’re targeting an 8+ score, then I’d suggest IELTS purely because there are study material available to prepare for it.  Mind you, its easier to score 8+ in PTE, however, if you find yourself weak in a particular area (say oral fluency), there are very less material available on the net to improve yourself in your identified weak area. For IELTS however, even though its more difficult per se, there’s tons of study material available to strengthen yourself in your identified weak spots. So ultimately it depends on your strengths. Do your research and decide for yourself which is better for you.

I bought the PTE GOLD TEST PREPARATION KIT for $59.99 but the only advantage I gained was that I got exposed to the exam format. You only get one run of  the timed scored tests and the scored tests never tell you which questions you got wrong – it merely gives you a score but does not help you in any way to assess your strengths and weaknesses.

 

PTE Exam Format

PTE Exam format

General Tips

Get accustomed to the test, not many people have taken a computer based test prior to taking the PTE.

Practice

Practice listening and writing at home as it will increase your speed

Results comes in your mail id even before you wake up

 

Invest in familiarizing yourself with the test format and be ready for all questions types before giving the actual exam.

Write with full sentences, capital letters and full stops. You can lose marks if you leave out punctuation.

Don’t repeat lots of words that you hear or read. Try to paraphrase.

Be confident of your answer choices when you answer the multiple-choice, multiple-answers tasks (Reading and Listening) and Highlight incorrect words (Listening) because you can lose marks for any wrong answers.

Well i did appear for IELTS 2 years ago and I find PTE to be a bit difficult because one needs to be really active… If u don’t say a word in 3 seconds for speaking then the question is marked completed and u score 0 for that question.

 

Just before the test

Get to the test center early (if possible be the first person) and ask the administrator to give you a corner seat, so you’ll have only one neighbor and hence is relatively more peaceful.

Arrive early. If you’re rushed, it will affect your performance.

Increase the volume of the headphone to 70-80% that would be the optimal level to negate other voices at the same time not hurting your ears.
Check whether the given pen (actually it’s a marker) is writing properly.  It is vital as my pen stopped writing during my listening section and I had to face few difficulties. If possible try to get from the assigned person a spare pen.

 

PTE SPEAKING TIPS

To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by asking you to repeat sentences, respond to questions and summarize passages.

IMPORTANT TIP: You must finish before the progress bar reaches the right hand side. If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop. You will not be able to re-record.

Speak calmly and with confidence . Focus on retell lecture and describe image as these two task carry more than half of the marks.

Sit upright and take a deep breath before you start.  Speak clearly and loudly (don’t shout though). And don’t think you are disturbing other test takers by speaking loudly – that should be the last thing on your mind.  One way to check your decibel levels is to observe the decibel meter while taking the practice tests. Try to hit the high greens and low reds.

As a personal note, I tried speaking just like this guy – if you notice, all the individual words coming out of his mouth are well enunciated, distinct and clear.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1uAImH4GwA

Speak calmly and with confidence. Focus on retell lecture and describe image as these two task carry more than half of the marks.

You must finish before the progress bar reaches the right hand side. If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop. You will not be able to re-record.

If you make a mistake, carry on. Don’t waste time correcting yourself.

Speak at a good volume and normal pace. If you speak too quietly or quickly, this may affect your score.

 

PTE Academic Personal introduction Tips

This is an opportunity to give your selected institutions some information about yourself. This item is not scored.

Tips for Personal Introduction:

  • Your interests
  • Your plans for future study
  • Why you want to study abroad
  • Why you choose this test
  • Why you need to learn English

Speak at least 3topics or more of above mentioned with in 30sec. Over all in speaking section most important is you’re “FLUENCY”.

PTE Academic Read Aloud

For this item type you need to read a written text aloud. The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to prepare, depending on the length of the passage. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”. You are only able to record your response once.You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

Remember to start speaking ONLY after the tone/countdown starts. I made this mistake in the beginning and only later did I realize that I was losing marks.

Use the given 30-40 seconds to read through the text and identify the difficult words were you might struggle. Pay attention to flow of the sentences such as full stop, commas. Try to read the sentence like a news reader with some intonation and purpose. Quite straight forward. We get around 7-8 questions in this section.

Don’t worry too much about time. In this section, the computer will control the time you spend on each task – all you have to do is click ‘Next’.

Like this guy says, use hand gestures and open your mouth wide while talking.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbSn3GBQNuY&spfreload=1

SMILE while talking.

More Tips for Read Aloud:

  • Fluency is your first priority
  • Scan for hard words and Spell it clearly before it starts recording.
  • Rising and falling tone for some words is important.
  • Be aware of Plurals, don’t spell wrongly.
  • No long disconnection of sentences.(i.e. Gap to each sentence)
  • Uneven words, Irregular Phrasing
  • Beware of Inappropriate stress and incorrect pronunciation to some words.
  • Before it starts recording, read once the total sentence.
  • Don’t be too fast (in recording cannot understand) and too slow.
  • Time for this section is more sufficient.
  • Don’t keep silence more than 3sec.
  • And last tip is your tone must be NATURAL.

 Mind the “read aloud” items, you can maximize your speaking score by reading word by word, pronouncing each one clearly however if you don’t take care of word stress and rising and falling intonation patterns your reading score will suffer.
PTE Academic Repeat Sentence:

For this item type you need to repeat the sentence you hear. We get around 8-10 questions in this section. The audio begins to plays automatically. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and repeat exactly what you heard. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”. You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

BEST TIP

With a right strategy you can ace “Repeat sentence” –  For example if you have to repeat “The director’s office has moved to the second floor of the administration building”, while listening to the audio you can quickly jot down the first letter of each word. In this case that would be T D O H M T T S F O T A B. You may not be able to finish it by the time the audio clip ends but you can take an extra second to complete it, remember you have 3 seconds before which you have start your response. You need some practice to ace this strategy so don’t try it directly in the exam. Practice it a lot and get comfortable with the strategy before the test.

More Tips for Repeat Sentences:

  • Fluency
  • Close your eyes and listen to keep concentration on listening.
  • No long pauses, Clear voice.
  • Be careful of adding new text or omitting Listened text.
  • If you can’t remember whole sentence at-least give importance to Keywords.

See tips from ‘Read Aloud’.
PTE Academic Describe image:

For this item type you need to describe an image. The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to study the image and prepare your response. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’. You are only able to record your response once.

BEST TIP

Have a template prepared before the exam for each type of graph – the usual ones are pie charts, bar charts, line graphs and combination of them.

More Tips for Describe Image:

Please try to understand the graph or image given , and prepare an outline for given 25 seconds . Start with what image or graph is about and go on describing. Once you reach 35 second stop, if you try to add another sentence after 35 second there is high chance that you might not complete the sentence and you will be penalized for incomplete sentence.

One good point for my side is when you describe the graph and if you are not getting what to say, you can firstly describe what the image is depicting with words like The graph is showing,illustrating or depicting whatever you see as the starting words, secondly you can say about the numbers which are on the vertical axis and the years which are on the horizontal axis , following this you can add the units like the graph has degree celcius as unit or the million dollars or percentage . Please say these things if you feel weak as a speaker, your main focus should be to say at least 3 sentences

  1. you can say about the topic .

2.you can say the unit

3.you can say the horizontal and vertical axis points like years or percentage .

Once you reach 35 second stop, if you try to add another sentence after 35 second there is high chance that you might not complete the sentence and you will be penalized for incomplete sentence.

Please try to understand the graph or image given , and prepare an outline for given 25 seconds . Start with what image or graph is about and go on describing .

For the describe image, I followed my rule for giving out the following information only and it worked.

**Topic – 1 sentence on the topic. Make sure you paraphrase the topic and dont just say it as it is.

**Trend/axes – Say ” the x axis of the graph shows so and so and ranges from so and so while the y axis denotes so and so ranging from so and so.

**High – Speak about the highest value on the graph

** Low- Speak about the lowest

** Conclusion – Say a sentence on the conclusion if time is enough or else leave it.

Many of them feel it difficult, but it is not that much difficult. Just follow the below tips.

  • Use the words like To illustate…, It depicts to show that…,
  • Speak about Highest and Lowest figures or keypoints. ( Most Important)
  • Fluency, Speak with good voice.
  • In describing image use the words – on the left hand side, on the right hand side, next to, above, below or bottom, at the top, foreground, background. Just keep on practicing with these words.
  • For graphs you can use – ‘X-axis on graphs shows…. range……’, and ‘Y-axis on graph shows…. range….’
  • Use the words like over, about, under… to point out the values on axis. If you use those words no need to be exact value.
  • Don’t keep silent, speak something about the image you see.

Try to speak about most of the information from the image in an organized manner than sharing (all/most of) the information in an unorganized manner. We get maps, graphs (run-chart; bar graphs; pie-chart; trend graphs etc). We get around 6-8 questions in this section.


PTE Academic 
Re-tell Lecture:
For this item type you need to re-tell what you heard. The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image related to the audio. After the audio finishes, you have 10 seconds to prepare. The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’. You are only able to record your response once.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note board provided.
Yet another demanding section. Luckily we get around 2-3 questions in this section. The image gives a bit of idea about the narration. Try to note the key points and don’t waste time on examples too much. Understand the theme of the lecture and try to start with that. Something like Topic sentence, references or examples if any and conclusion in 40 secs.

Focus on pronunciation and fluency.

In Retell Lecture : Try to get the overall idea and theme of lecture and repeat it within 40 seconds . Remember you don’t require to tell everything but only main points. Try to speak at least 4-6 sentence. That covers overall all ideas.

More Tips for Retell Lecture:

  • Note the keyword by understanding the context of the topic, so you can give your best.
  • For name you can use titles. ex: Dr. James Alexandra says…. so you can say just ‘ dr says…’.
  • If possible try to catch 3-5 sentences it’s enough to re-tell the lecture.
  • While taking notes just omit vowel and note keywords it saves the time. (Practice it)
  • Use phrases like ‘The lecture provides brief information about….’ or ‘According to the speaker, he said…..’ etc… to elaborate the given lecture.
  • Fluency is most important, whatever you speak also.
  • Don’t keep silent, speak something relates to lecture.

Retell lecture  understand the theme and note some points from the lecture and when starting please say IN the following lecture the speaker has talked about  name the topic and then add some points which you have heard and I would say please speak as it is the speaking module .

Try to get the overall idea and theme of lecture and repeat it within 40 seconds. Remember you don’t require to tell everything but only main points. Try to speak at least 4-6 sentence. That covers overall all ideas.
PTE Academic Answer a short questions in one ore few words:

For this item type you need to reply to the question in one or a few words. The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and answer the question with one or a few words. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”. You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

There are close to 10 questions. Few questions are straight forward. Like if time period before noon is called ante meridian, what is the time after noon called. But, there are few questions where you might need to go through a given picture which might vary from process flow diagram or a chart or whatever… to answer the short question. Just try to see and understand the give picture on the toe and answer. You should be OK.

BEST TIP

There is no tone here. REMEMBER TO SPEAK ONLY AFTER THE COUNTDOWN STARTS.

Tips for Short Answer Questions:

  • If you don’t know the answer, just repeat the words in the question.
  • Don’t forget the articles a,an,the before some words.
  • Below is some questions and answers, whatever I have collected.
  • In speaking section, make sure that you include as many important points as you can in the short span of time that you get. Make use of complex and compound sentences and stress on words which you feel need to be highlighted.

 

PTE Academic WRITING TIPS –

 

PTE Academic Summarize Written Text:

In this item type you may get 2-3 questions on summarizing text. To talk about this it is not much difficult to say just we need some amount practice on it. Before attempting the try at-least 10 summarize questions. So you can give your best in the PTE-A Exam. To summarize the text you’ll have 10min for each question, so time is enough for it.

BEST TIP

Take time to understand the content properly so you know the key broad idea of the text. Check for word count, grammar, punctuation and spellings before hitting ‘Next’.

Tips:

  • Summarize the text about 30 words only, don’t exceed more than 50 words.
  • Use only one full stop at the end of sentence.
  • Capitalize the starting words and nouns (Names) in the sentence.
  • No more than 30 words for best answer. ( Min 5 words, Max 70 words)
  • Be aware of Spellings, Plurals, Pronunciations.
  • Concentrate on Topic Sentences, Repeated words.
  • No examples, Reasons and Illustrations.
  • Summary must written in third person form. Don’t use I, We… etc.
  • Most of the Summarize the answer from the last para so concentrate on it.
  • Try to summarize each para first later concentrate on it and make it single sentence.
  • Time manage – 3min Planning, 5min writing, 2min checking for mistakes(spelling, grammar).

Practice summary writing  and write below 75 words with only 1 full stop means only one full stop . For this you can search for the main word of the topic  in the first line only  and   and after reading the lower paras you will be  able to make a   good summary ,try to write in your own words by paraphrasing the words and sentences .

For essays 200-300 words  please be to the point and write what is being asked and use Firstly,secondly  in conclusion to end your paragraphs and please add some examples in essay as they briefs your idea .

Summarize written text, Write essay. Write within the word limits. Your answer for Summarize written text should be one sentence of 5-75 words and the essay should be 200-300 words.

  • While attempting writing tasks, use correct punctuations: commas, full stops, capital letters, etc. When asked to summarize text, make sure that your response must be between 5 to 75 words. Responses less than 5 words and more than 75 words will not be scored.

The trick is to write in ONE sentence. Try using transition words. Strategy would be to understand what the given para is trying to convey. Be objective, don’t dwell over finer example. Try to use as many own words as possible. A sample would be – “Agriculture has fallen into a debt; loans; high cost for seeds and manual labor, resulting more barrowing and loans and further example stating bad shape of farming and farmers relative to debt; barrowing etc etc” – Agriculture is caught-up in a vicious cycle; that should suffice. We get around 2-3 questions in this section.

 

PTE Academic Write An Essay:

BEST TIP:

Have a template for this section prepared even before the exam and try to fit your essay into your template. More often than not, it would require you to take a stand or share your position between two given points of view. You can use the template that this person uses.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1CH7Z1pjlo

More tips:

In exam you may get one or two questions, it cannot be exact. To write an essay you are having 20min for each (if 2questions).

  • While writing an essay, identify the main topic; areas one needs to focus upon and any specific point of view that you might be asked to take. Keep in mind the word limit which is usually between 200-300 words.

Tips:

  • Plan your essay in an order by checking it whether it is a Opinion essay, advantages & disadvantages, or Problem & Solution.
  • Be aware of Spellings, Grammar, Plurals.
  • Use good Vocabulary to score good marks.
  • Essay structure – Intro, Body, Conclusion.
  • Try to write atleast 3-5 paragraphs. Intro – 1para, Body – 2-3paras, Conclusion – 1para.
  • No use bullet points.
  • In the body section give examples, reasons, and statistics to describe.
  • Time Manage – 3min Plan, 14min writing, 3min checking (spellings, grammar).

Note: To score more marks mainly be aware of spellings, grammar, and vocabulary. And just follow the above tips you can score maximum marks in the PTE Exam.

Essay: As I mentioned before, most of the essay types are argumentative or persuasive types. So, take any IELTS or TOEFL essays and practice . Now, to write between 200-300 words. 50 Words Introduction, 75 words Para1,75 words para 2, 50 Conclusion . You can juggle between word count in Intro and conclusion. The timings – 3 Mins planning, 7 Mins Intro and Para 1, 7 Mins para 2 and Conclu and finally 2-3 Mins revision. Hence, typing speed (around 30 WPM) and thinking English is utmost important.

The difficulty is on-par with IELTS for essay writing but here in PTE-A, we are going to type in a system than writing using a pencil. So, erasing, correcting and re-ordering of the text will be much easier. Trust me, it saves lot of time. That’s the reason we are able to write around 250+ words in PTE-A even though the given time is just 20mins. Most of the times the essays are something like give your opinion and do you agree or disagree. Try to follow Ryan (IELTS-Argumentative essays) writing videos from youtube. That will be of great help.

PTE Academic READING TIPS

Reading is all about time management. This section has 15 questions that need to be covered in 41 minutes – so a strategy would be to spend about 2 minutes for each question and if you find yourself taking more than 2 mins on a question, leave and go to the next.  My tip here is to spend more time with both the ‘fill in the blanks’ sections, as they have the most marks and try spending as little time for Multiple Choice One Answer (MC1R) – maybe just a minute and a half.  Also, another tip is try visualizing whatever you’re reading – this helps to understand the key concept in most messages in one read only.

  • During speaking, respond quickly and keep on speaking. Microphone will automatically stop recording after 3 seconds of silence. You will be given 10-40 seconds depending upon the task, to look and understand the text before recording starts.

 

PTE Academic Multiple-choice, choose single answer:

BEST TIP

I really liked this piece of advice – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhUr3gGMmi4 . Read and understand the question first. Then read the text to find “your” answer to the question. Then check the options to find your answer there.

We get around two to three questions.  Might be little bit tricky however read with purpose and don’t read the options before going through the text. This strategy helped me. Understand the purpose of the para and match the summary sentence. Difficult ones would be inferring the paradox of a given sentence from the para. Having said that, this section is OK to handle. Watch out for the timer, do not spending too much time.

PTE ( Academic) Tips for MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE SINGLE ANSWER

The purpose of this task is to assess your ability to read an academic text for a variety of purposes, including reading for the main idea, reading for specific details, reading for the writer’s purpose, analyzing discourse, making inferences, and assessing the quality and usefulness of a text. The texts 23 are up to 300 words long and cover a variety of academic topics drawn from the humanities, natural

sciences, and social sciences. Each text has one multiple-choice question; there will be between three and five answer options to choose from, only one of which will be correct. You will have either two or three items in this part. The individual questions are not timed. You will have a fixed time of between 32 and 41 minutes to complete the entire Reading part, depending on which form of the PTE academic you receive.

TIPS

  • Read the question before you read the text. This will tell you what information you will be reading for.
  • Scan the answer choices to further help you focus on the information you will be reading for.
  • Skim the text to get an idea of its general content and the main idea. You should be able to answer the question “What is the passage mainly about?” in your own words.
  • Read the entire text again carefully. Pay attention to details that support the main idea.
  • Read the question and the answer options again. Select the correct answer if you know it. If you are not sure about the answer, eliminate any options that are obviously incorrect, and choose from those that remain.
  • If you do not know the answer, and are unable to eliminate any options, guess. Never leave the question unanswered. If you leave the question unanswered, it will be marked as incorrect. By guessing, you have the possibility of answering correctly.

 

PTE Academic Multiple-choice, choose multiple answer:

Check above video – read and understand the question; go through the options and then try to read the text only once to find the answers.

More tips:

Try to select only the most appropriate answers as there is a negative marking for this section. Most of the times two options will be correct out of the five given option.

Note: It is not applicable always, Use this trick only when the time is not sufficient to answer.

  • Look for main reason/text and concentrate on repeated words to find the correct answer.
  • Negative marking is applicable for multiple answers.
  • Time manage: max 90sec each question in single answer type and max 2min for each question in multiple answers.

 

Tips for Multiple-choice, single and multiple answers:

  • Focus on keywords in question and search in the text and then look in options.
  • Most of the time, Pay close attention to the frequency words (always, often , sometimes, never many, all, never, only.. etc) eliminate those options and find the correct answer.

 

PTE Academic Re-order paragraphs:

BEST TIP

I really liked this piece of advice – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diDOazeqrb8

More tips:

I got a bit easier stuff. While practicing I struggled big time in this section. Also this section, if I am not wrong has more marks under direct reading section. Strategy would be to identify the topic sentenceand they just follow the flow of the message this para is trying to convey. Got three questions in this sections. Couple of questions with four sentences to be placed in order and one question with just three sentence to order. Hopefully, I have done all of them correctly. Pretty straight forward, if you identify the topic sentence. OK, what is a TOPIC sentence? Sentence which can stand alone and looks like a statement then having some kind of reference or relation to other sentence in the given list. Sometimes a concluding sentence would also sound similar; however, major difference b/w topic and concluding sentence is that conclusion sentence try to recommend or predict or draws a conclusion.

Tips for Re-order Paragraphs:

  • Look at Proper Nouns-Common nouns-Pronoun-Articles Usage-Time Phrases(depends) order to form the sentences.
  • Consider the clue words
  • Frame the order of sentences using the Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Repeated words, Time phrases, etc…
  • Concentrate on pronouns he,she,him,her,they,them,these, those, etc.. these sentences will never come in first.
  • Repeated words – the hint here is, most of the time word one sentences if the same word in other sentences come in an order.
  • Adjectives – the hint here is, ex: better comes after good. so first is good-better.
  • Time manage – try to answer the question with in 4min

 

PTE Academic Fill in the blanks: (From Drop-down option or Drag and drop)

Yet another easy section, I would say. (My results are yet to come so I will not go over the board). Strategy should be not to see the drop down options. Read the para and understand the purpose and meaning it is trying to convey. Post-which you will know what word to fill-in even without seeing the drop-down options. Now, if you check on the available options, it will make life easier.

Tips for Fill in the Blanks:

  • Concentrate on parts of speech before and after the blank, it helps in finding the missing word.
  • Select the word, which is mostly collocates with words beside it.
  • Skim for the main idea of the text.
  • Most of the time, missing word synonym will be in the text, it helps in finding answer.
  • Time manage – 2min for each question approx.

Note: Follow the above tips you can score maximum marks in the PTE Exam. And the item types may not be in order in the Exam.

 

PTE Academic Listening TIPS

PTE Listening is very easy and scoring if you pay attention to all parts of test carefully. The following are the different parts of PTE Listening:

  • Summarize Spoken Text
  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer
  • Select Missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from Dictation

 

PTE Academic Summarize spoke text:

Listen carefully and take notes.

Listen attentively to what the lecture is trying to convey. Strict to the word limits. Use synonyms and more effective words to convey the message. OK let me use the same example: “Agriculture has fallen into a debt; loans; high cost for seeds and manual labor, resulting more barrowing and loans” – Agriculture is caught-up in a vicious cycle; that should suffice. We get 2 questions in this section.

Tips for Summarize Spoken Text:

  • Make a note while listening the text, vomit the vowels and practice you can save a lot of time.
  • Use the words, “The speaker says….”
  • Concentrate on topic sentences and most repeated words.
  • Time manage- 3min plan, 5min write, 2min check (Spellings, Grammar).

Please write on the notepad what you hear, if not all but at least the starting topic and the main theme of the topic and write them in your own words for summarize spoken test and almost all the listening part.

Be smart about using the erasable note board booklet. Use it if you know you have enough time to transfer your answers onto the screen for certain tasks or just type notes directly onto the screen.

Manage your time. Don’t spend too long on particular tasks at the expense of others. Remember the Listening sections have the most task types to get through!

It tests your notes taking ability. Unlike, Toefl IBT , the sentences are about 90 Secs. So, take all the points in short forms, do not concentrate on spellings while taking notes. Next, you have 10 mins to write. Check your notes, write key points. Plan for 3 mins. Write 60 words in 5 mins and revise 2 mins. Check spelling and grammar.

Tips for Highlight Correct Summary:

Close your eyes, listen heard and find your answer in the choices

Mores tips:

  • Note keywords in question.
  • Skim the options with in given time.
  • Answers are paraphrased.
  • Catch the end of words and listen the ending of topic, you can catch the correct answer.
  • Concentrate on repeated words.
  • In reading section, use prompts and text boxes that appear along with the text in different tasks, carefully to get an idea as to what the text is about. These will help you understand the main idea of the text.
  • When you take notes while attempting listening section, make sure that you note down the main idea as well as the supporting arguments which will essentially help you to frame your response in a better way and will fetch you good marks.

 

Tips for Multiple & Single answer choices:

  • Multiple answers types have the Negative marking.
  • Most of the time answers rate of speech are fast so be careful and listen.
  • Answers are mostly paraphrased.
  • Most of the answers you can find at ending of listening so listen until it finish.
  • Most of the time, Pay close attention to the frequency words (always, often, sometimes, never many, all, never, only.. etc) eliminate those options and find the correct answer.
  • Effectively heard word may not be correct word because it may be frequency word as above point.

 

Tips for Fill in the Blanks:

  • Note the answers in erasable notepad given by them and later fill the answers.
  • Check the spellings, Plurals.
  • Answers may be high rate of speech and sometimes.

Tips for Highlight Correct Summary:

Close your eyes, listen heard and find your answer in the choices.

  • Note keywords in question.
  • Skim the options with in given time.
  • Answers are paraphrased.
  • Catch the end of words and listen the ending of topic, you can catch the correct answer.
  • Concentrate on repeated words.

PTE Academic Highlight incorrect word:

Skim through the text before the audio starts and identify key words as sign posts. Move the cursor as the audio begins and identify the wrong words. If you miss the audio the sign post words which you have identified earlier will help you regain your attention and will bring you back on track.

Tips for Missing words (Beep sound):

  • Understand the context of the listening so you can answer the correct option.

Then comes identify the missing word replaced by BEEP, select the correct summary for the lecture from the given options, multiple choice single answer, for all these sections listen carefully and take notes, you will be able to identify the answer quite easily.

Tips for Write from Dictation:

  • Close your eyes and hear the text, so you can concentrate and remember it.
  • Proof read for Spellings and Grammar mistakes.

If you follow these tips you can score maximum marks in this Section.

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The sentences are 8-10 words in-length, write in the provided notebook because I am sure it will be difficult to type in system as the audio plays. Its more like a media persons taking notes during a press conference. You should be FINE!!!

Type as many correct words as you can remember in the correct order. Write what you hear and check your spelling. The purpose of this task is to assess your ability to write down a sentence that you hear. Both listening and writing skills are assessed. You will hear a sentence spoken only once. You must type exactly what the speaker said. The recordings are between three and five seconds long. You will hear either three or four sentences.

TIPS

             There is a seven-second pause before the recording begins. Use this time to place the cursor at the beginning (i.e. top left) of the box where you will type, so that you are ready to begin typing as soon as the recording ends.

             Watch the on-screen progress indicator so that you will know when you can begin typing.

             Type the sentence as fast as you can so that you do not forget it.

             Once you have typed it, go back and check for any mistakes. Make sure you have not omitted any words, and that your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are all correct.

             If you hear unfamiliar words, and are unsure how to spell them, guess.

             If you are able to write by hand faster than you can type, take notes using the Erasable Noteboard Booklet and pen provided. Type as many correct words as you can remember in the correct order.

 

MORE GENERAL TIPS

Top Tips Do not take listening test for granted

Do not take listening tests for granted, forgetting the fact that your listening test scores can turn the table. Always remember that you get only one shot at listening to the tape. Understand what is being said because prediction is the key. LinguaSoft EduTech, Chandigarh, the best institute in language training, has well-equipped labs and unique methodology to improve listening skills of students.

Make notes in erasable notepad

In summarize Spoken Text, make a note while listening to the text; leave the vowels and practice can save a lot of time. Use the words, “The speaker says in the beginning”. Concentrate on topic sentences and repeated words. In Fill in the Blanks; note the answers in erasable notepad given by them and later fill the answers. Check the spellings, Plurals.

Manage your time

Manage your time in summarize spoken text. Plan for 3 minutes, write for 5 minutes, and check spellings and grammar for 2 minutes.

Be careful about negative marking

Multiple answers types have the Negative marking. Most of the time answers rate of speech is fast so be careful and listen. Answers are mostly paraphrased. Most of the answers you can find at ending of listening so listen until it finish.

Pay close attention to the frequency words

Most of the time, Pay close attention to the frequency words (always, often, sometimes, never many, all, never, only) eliminate those options and find the correct answer. Effectively heard word may not be correct word because it may be frequency word as above point.

Note keywords in question

For Highlight Correct Summary exercise, not keywords in question. Skim the options within given time. Answers are paraphrased. Catch the end of words and listen the ending of topic to catch the correct answer.

Concentrate on repeated words

For missing words (beep sound), understand the context of the listening so you can answer the correct option.

Write from Dictation

Close your eyes and focus on the sentence spoken by speaker. Concentrate and remember it. Always proof read for grammar and spellings mistakes.

Check Spellings

While listening to speaker, students do not notice spellings or grammar and focus on the word they are hearing. After listening to recording, always check spellings and grammar so that you do not lose score.

Skim the text before recording

Skim the text before recording begins. Ignore the gaps and try to get an overall idea of what the text is about. This will help you recognize the words that fit the gaps, as you hear them.

Reading -In this you have to manage time and try to spend only 1 to 2 min for choosing single and multiple type only because if you spend more time on this you may miss the last questions which carry heavy marks ,Secondly in multiple type it select only what you feel is right don’t select those options in which you have dilemma or you are confused as it has negative marking .

Focus on fill in the blanks and selecting from blocks as these have good marks content .

Multiple-choice, choose single answer, Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers, Re-order paragraphs

Manage your time. You have 32 – 41 minutes to complete this part of the test, so be sure of how long to spend on each task.

Give attention to the multiple-choice questions. They may look easy but they are quite challenging!

All the Best!

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FAN (2016) – One Minute Review

Bottomline – Ask no questions and ye shall be rewarded with a fairly entertaining movie.

OK, first things first – there’s no ‘Jabra Fan’ song in this songless movie.   Secondly, it’s actually quite entertaining till a weak climax screws it all up.  But finally, we get to see SRK acting after almost half a decade of his association with the likes of Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan.  Of course, it’s not the ‘Aamir Khan’ kinda award-winning acting (though SRK’ll get the next Filmfare award for it).  But if you really think about it, it’s not even the usual SRK brand of movies where he romances heroines, has the best songs of the season and has an entertaining happy ending.  This is a SRK movie where somebody forgot to put in the songs, no heroines are romanced and the story suits Aamir Khan better.  Sometimes you think it’s a tad autobiographical. And there are glimpses of ‘Darr’ and ‘Baazigar’ but they remain glimpses and evaporate almost as soon as they appear.  But ‘Fan’ is way better than ‘Dilwale’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Happy New Year’ put together and it’s gonna blow up the box office.  So there.

Why you should watch it – Cos you’re obviously an SRK fan.

Why I wanted to watch it – Cos I’m obviously an SRK fan.

Best scenes / lines – The recreation of SRK into the 20-something fan is pretty awesome.  And dialogues, oh well, how can you not notice the obvious….. ‘Rehnede, Tu Nahi Samjhega’?

Cool things about the movie – SRK is believed to have world’s largest fan following for a movie star.  The awesome ‘Jabra fan’ song, worthy of being a fan anthem, was made in Hindi, Arabic, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Odia, Bengali and Bhojpuri.  Yes, it’s cool in all languages (see all below).

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 3.8/5 (Could have been good)

 

 

One Minute Book Review – Murder in Amaravati

Bottomline – A killer ending elevates this good read to a great one.

Sharath’s first novel is also his best.  ‘Murder in Amaravati’ is a thrilling whodunnit that takes its time (maybe too long?) to build the background.  I also enjoyed the back-stories of the various characters that gave an added depth into their psyche though I did wish that few key characters could have been fleshed out even further.  But once the facts are laid out, the real fun starts when the dots get connected.   The killer ending, easily one of the best ever, overcomes the few hitches to elevate this good read into a great one.

Why you should read it – For the ending! For the ending! For the ending!

Why I wanted to read it – Well, I’m one of the latter wave of bloggers who volunteered to review this book.  Must say, it’s an awesome read – I finished the book in 5 days. This one has got the right mix of misdirection and unpredictability.

Cool things about the book – This is Sharath Kommarraju’s first book and he wrote it when he was a software engineer with IBM.  In his foreword, he mentions that he then spent 8 hours a day in his day-job and 2 hours writing and hoped that one day he’d reverse that ratio. Today, Sharath is a full-fledged writer with over 10 works and remarkably, he writes on multiple genres – fiction, fantasy, finance,…. – the list only grows.  .

Buy the book here.

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 4.4/5 (Great)

The Man from Nowhere (S.Korean – 2010) – One Minute Review

 

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Bottomline – Pretty Awesome.

Wow, now this is an action movie! – though the action scenes are comparatively fewer.  John Abraham is supposedly remaking this as ‘Rocky Handsome’ out to release later this week and if he can manage to copy this movie frame by frame, he’d have a cult winner in his hands.  Like my friend Bansal rightly says, Johny could actually pull this off cos the lead part is devoid of any acting chops, which cud work for Johny baba.

This Korean blockbuster follows the age old story of ‘the-mysterious-loner-with-a-past’ who reluctantly befriends a little girl, who happens to be his only contact with the real world.  When the girl gets kidnapped, the man takes it to himself to get the girl.  Unknown to the bad guys and totally known to the audience, the guy turns out to be a highly skilled ex black-ops soldier who eventually mows through and destroys all who stand in his way without remorse.  The juiciest moments are when the bad guys grossly underestimate him and he exacts sweet gory vengeance on them all.

Best scenes / lines – In spite of being an action flick, there are a few beautiful emotional scenes which really tug your heart – the scene where the kid says that she doesn’t have anyone else and the scene where the lead’s reason for his withdrawal is revealed are really heart wrenching.  The ending has a bollywoodian twist which takes a lil away from the movie but it’s still nicely done.  The lil girl has acted beautifully. Two ideas I found to be very cool – the ‘Obama’ idea and the Chinese mafia’s strategy of doing business. Also, I kinda liked the line ‘ The ones that live for tomorrow, get fucked by the ones living for today’. There’s also a very cool jump.

Why you should watch it – If you’re into crime thrillers, this is another South Korean movie that simply delivers.  This one additionally has some heart melting scenes with the kid that really works. Surprising nobody remade this earlier.

Why I wanted to watch it – In the words of the great poet, “Man! South Korean movies are the shit!” – but seriously, their arsenal of crime thrillers is actually pretty awesome.  This one is just another movie in a whole list of other awesomer thrillers like ‘Old Boy’, “Chaser”, ‘I saw the Devil’ etc.

Cool things about the movie – This movie is themed similar to ‘Man on Fire’, ‘Equalizer’, ‘Joh Wick’, ‘Leon the Professional’, ‘Taken’….– and this one is the best.  Ok, not Taken.

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 4.7/5 (Awesome)

Kapoor & Sons(2016)- One minute review

Bottomline – Boring.

It’s ironic that this one turned out the way it did – I mean, it has great performances, great production values and great music.  It’s also talking of many things like gay acceptance, sibling rivalry, urban infidelity – it’s just that the connecting thread between all these scenes don’t really connect so well. For a long while, the movie doesn’t seem to go anywhere but finally, when the tone does change, multiple issues pop up simultaneously but it’s fairly too late into the movie.

Best scenes / lines – the only time I chuckled was a funny line from Rishi Kapoor in response to the photographer friend suggesting he’d have hooked him with his grandma.

Why you should watch it – Probably for the theater’s air conditioning – watch ‘Deadpool’ again instead.

Why I wanted to watch it – Guess I had too many expectations before watching this one.

Cool things about the movie – Not sure if it’s cool but every big star associated with the movie – Alia, Sid, Rishi – are actually playing second fiddle to Fahad Khan.  It’s more a Fahad Khan’s movie with everyone else playing supporting roles.

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 2.7/5 (Boring)

Thani Oruvan (Tamil -2015) – One Minute Review

Bottomline – An awesome high concept thriller whose intellectual fire power is miles ahead of what Indian Cinema offers.

Wow!  What level of thinking!  And yet, there is a high level of masala content to satisfy the standard Indian movie lover.  Thani Oruvan is a masalafied Nolan-esian idea, once again proving that there is no shortage of desi writers who can really kick butt. The weakest link of the movie however is actually the hero, who also happens to be the director’s brother; make no mistake, he’s pretty ok an actor but the villain, Arvind Swamy, with oodles and oodles of charisma, kills it even after making his appearance almost an hour into the movie. The hero comes across as just functional and is not a patch on the way-too-ubercool villain.  But it doesn’t take much away from this thrilling and smart conspiracy theory movie.

Best scenes / lines – Obviously the thought process is far above Indian film standards; so there are lot of enjoyable novel concepts.  The best scenes are definitely the hilarious scenes between Arvind Swamy and his dad.  Swamy also has the best lines; sample – ‘Love at first sight, kill at first betrayal’, the line at the end ‘Ella evidence’um kuduthutan, natukaga ilaa unakaga’ is simply killer.

Why you should watch it – These are the movies that Indian should be proud of.  It’s like a masalafied version of a Nolan idea resulting in a very enjoyable Indianized fare.  See the original before the remakes screw up the original thrill.

Why I wanted to watch it – Thani Orunvan is an interesting spin on the Tamil New Wave –in the face of the gritty realism that the New Wave portrays, I’d say Thani Oruvan is good ol’ Mainstream in all its glory.

Cool things about the movie – The director of the movie earned the sobriquet ‘Remake Raja’ as all the other 8 movies he’s made are all remakes.  Since remakes don’t need much intellectual investment, audiences were stunned to learn that good ‘ol Remake Raja came up with this powerful high intellect thriller.  Also as in the movie, people started connecting random news items across a newspaper, say news from page 4 with unrelated news on page 21, often to interesting results.  Try it!

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 4.65/5 (Excellent)

Jai Gangaajal (2016) – One Minute Review

Bottomline – A reasonably decent movie with the lead role surprisingly owned by the director himself.

It’s already kind of impressive how Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood and Bollywood pursuits panned out over the last few weeks – first the Oscar jaunt, then the Rock’s tweets, Jimmy Falton show and now Jai Gangajal.  If this movie turned out the way the posters suggested, then PeeCee’s multitasking abilities would have definitely been the talk of the town.  But unfortunately for PeeCee, Prakash Jha had other plans.

Jai Gangajal has nothing to do with Ganga, Jai or Jal and ironically, not so much with the main face in all the posters, Priyanka Chopra.  It’s actually Jha and not PeeCee who is the movie’s main protagonist.  And as it turns out, that’s not really a bad thing.  Jha with his restrained acting trumps PeeCee and he also keeps most of the best lines and sympathy scenes.  When the acting cue does come to PC, she falters as being way too polished and unfit for the rural role that we kinda wish we get to see Jha again. The movie is the story of how a corrupt police station that pays allegiance to the local politician and his wily brother changes its ways upon arrival of the village’s first female top cop.  The rustic feel and the lack of any catchy music can affect the box office of this reasonably good movie.

Best scenes / lines – Jha’s awakening scene with the villain, W Pandey, is actually quite good.  The Hinglish lingo used throughout is also kinda cool – ‘death by suicide’, ‘galath misguide ho rahe hai aap’  – the movie abounds with lotsa other rural hinglish lingo; with characters called as ‘Madam Sir’, ‘Circle babu’, ‘Moti Pahalwan’, ‘Babloo and Dabloo Pandey’, there are moments when you feel the ‘Wasseypur’ influence.

Why you should watch it – Besides the disturbing and subtle endorsement of public lynching, ultimately it’s not bad a movie.

Why I wanted to watch it – Like I said, I really like PeeCee’s multitasking.  While the only thing common with fellow Bollywoodian Deepika’s Hollywood streak is that both the leading men are bald (and the Furious franchisee), Deepika seems to be focusing only on one movie industry at a time – you don’t hear anything from her Hindi side –  except when her beau Ranbir Singh gets a mood swing.

Cool things about the movie – Wonder if PC knew beforehand if the director would steal the lead from her – a lot of PC’s screen time is spent in getting out the police jeep.  Funnily, there a few scenes where PC in khakhi sashays like a glam ramp model so against the rustic background of the movie.

Raj Reviews’ Rating: 3.8/5 (Not bad)