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The students who want to study abroad make the starting point for achieving a better score on PTE Academic by understanding their current English proficiency level and score. They can use their previous Test Taker Score Report to determine the enabling skills like grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse as well as communicative skills such as listening, reading, speaking, and writing, that require further study to improve the English language abilities. Also, Students should Remember that their overall score is based on their performance on all test questions and so, focus on the weaker areas and plan how long students will be needing to study to increase their skills up to the desired levels.
Students should know the test format-
They should make sure that they are familiar with how PTE Academic is structured. Besides, understanding the test format and types of questions is crucial to obtain a better result and to improve Students overall score, so it is important to know the following point as follows-
Familiarize yourself with the test format.
Speaking & Writing.
The Length and timing- knowing questions like how long does each part of PTE Academic last? and How much time is allowed for each question type?
Quantity- knowing that, how many parts are included in the test? How many questions?
The Layout- aware of, How is each question presented on screen?
Instructions like- What task needs to be completed for each question type? How are responses recorded?
Question types like- How are different question types presented on the screen? What tasks need to be completed? What skills are assessed? How are responses scored?
Understand how the test is scored-
The overall questions in PTE Academic are 100% machine-scored and Scores for some questions are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects, and the quality of the response. Also, the Formal aspects refer to the form of the response, for example- whether it is over or under the word limit for a particular question type. Moreover, the quality of the response is represented in the enabling skills, for example- in the question type Re-tell lecture, the response is scored on skills such as oral fluency and pronunciations. Besides, the enabling skills are used to rate performance in the productive skills of speaking and writing. Additionally, the cores for enabling skills are based on performance on only those questions that assess these skills specifically. The questions testing communicative skills also test specific subskills. Also, for integrated skills questions such as those assessing reading and speaking, listening and speaking, reading and writing, listening and writing, or listening and reading and the question score contributes to the score for the communicative skills that the question assesses.
Work on English test skills-
Students should work on their English test skills by working on the following points-
Review your test performance
Understand the core English skills
Learn how to improve your English speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills
Consider taking an English course-
All the students learn in different ways and perhaps using a coursebook by themselves, might not be the most effective way of reaching their full potential. As there are preparation courses offered around the world and both face-to-face and online, to help students to get familiarize with the test and improve their English skills by polishing it.
Students should make the most of those spare minutes to practice their skills and keep in mind the following points-
Complete 5 or 10-minute practice activities each day to keep building the knowledge
Practice speaking English at the home, school, or workplace
Join English-speaking groups, they offer the opportunity to practice both speaking and listening skills
Grab every opportunity to write in English, for example sending emails to friends or contacts and keeping a journal.
Also, read widely from sources like newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and books
Listen to English speaking media, like television, and use English subtitles, if available as well as radio broadcasts.
Observe native speakers and listen to the language used in different contexts
Therefore, to score outstanding in PTE examination the following points should be kept in mind by every student as follows-
Fluency is your first priority in the speaking module and Avoids taking long pauses while responding to the question. Do not re-correct if you have said anything wrong.
Students should Focus on their intonation and be natural while speaking and pay attention to where and when to stress on a particular sentence. As we are a human, not a robot.
Students should open their mouth properly while speaking. As the computer only understands the sounds of the English language and not their voice. Also, Whispering their response while the computer records will result in losing scores so students should be aware of it.
In writing a summary, practice using complex and compound sentences. The response must be expressed within one sentence and so students have to use a complex or compound sentence to summarize the main point of the passage.
Students should plan their essays before they start writing. Also, they should understand the topic and spend around 2 minutes to generate ideas. As it is important because students will lose score if their essay goes off-topic or context.
Students should be careful with typos. PTE is a computer-based test and any typographic error will be taken as a spelling error by the computer automatically.
Students should be aware of the reading module as time management is very crucial. Also, Do not spend more than 2 minutes on one question.
Students should read the question before they read the passage. As it will help them to know what information they are looking for and it will also save the time of students.
Students should familiarize themselves with the native English accent for the listening module. They can answer a question only when they understand what is mentioned in the audio.
Students should practice note-taking. Also, all the recordings in the listening module will be played once only. Students cannot memorize the entire audio. So notes will help them to answer the questions easily.