PTE Important Test Tips

• 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
• Keep strictly within the word limit is given for writing tasks.
• Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking
tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence
and stop recording.

• 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.

Introduction to Test Tips

Speaking – Read aloud
– Repeat sentence
– Describe image
– Re-tell lecture
– Answer short question
Writing – Summarize written text
– Write an essay
Reading – Multiple-choice, choose a single answer
– Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
– Re-order paragraphs
– Reading: Fill in the blanks
– Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks
Listening – Summarize spoken text
– Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
– Fill in the blanks
– Highlight correct summary
– Multiple-choice, choose a single answer
– Select missing word
– Highlight incorrect words
– Write from dictation

SPEAKING: Read aloud
Use punctuation to help you decide where to pause when you read
You have 30-40 seconds to look at the text before the microphone opens, so use this time to break the text up into
meaningful chunks, using the punctuation as a guide. This will show you the places where you can make a tiny pause and
alter your intonation – going up when you begin reading a chunk and falling a little when you end a chunk.
Using appropriate pausing helps you to read more fluently and give the full meaning of the text. This will improve your score.
Look at where the pauses / are indicated in the example:

[Photography’s gaze widened during the early years of the twentieth century / and, / as the
snapshot camera became increasingly popular, / the making of photographs became
increasingly available / to a wide cross-section of the public. / The British people grew
accustomed to, / and we’re hungry for, / the photographic image.]