PTE Preparation Guide

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To excel in any test, proper preparation plays a vital role. PTE test is no different, if you want to attain higher scores in PTE, you need a lot of preparation. PTE is a simple test, but it seems simple only if you understand PTE and how this Proficiency test is taken. If the test taker/student comes unprepared for the PTE test based on hearsay that PTE is a simple test, the test taker/student will face one of the most complicated tests they will take in their lifetime. Hence, the test taker/students must study or prepare properly so scoring marks is much easier.

Students might be wondering if the test would be difficult to attain so for building confidence, students must follow the guidelines for the preparation. That’s why preparations are required to make this one-of-a-kind test a simple, easy English Proficiency test. So, the question is ‘How to prepare for the PTE Academic exam?’

Here are a few things students or test takers should consider for the PTE exam Preparations tips:

  1. PTE is a Computer Based Test

PTE is a fully Computer-based test, all of the listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills will be assessed through a computerized test. PTE also marks their test accurately, consistently, and fairly. The test is taken on a computer and also will be marked by the computer. The PTE System has developed advanced Computer algorithms and AI through human expertise to ensure accurate, fair, and fast results. Preparing or studying with a computer will help the test takers/students gain the experience to use the device and the function without being flustered during the actual test.

  1. Understand the Question Types

PTE is not a simple English test; it is an English proficiency test plus PTE is an integrated test meaning in the PTE test the test taker/students can get marks in reading while doing a PTE Listening test. A PTE test is quite complicated to understand, thus the test taker/students must understand each question type to tackle them. Know which question type contributes to scores in which skills and time limitations help you perform the PTE test smoothly fulfilling all the criteria for scores. Explore the different types of questions and study them such that it turns out in your favor.

  1. Understand how PTE is scored

PTE is a fully computerized test; the test is even marked by the computer. The scores are fair, accurate, and consistent. As PTE is an integrated test, the scores are shared between different skill sections, and even at times, the number of questions does not add up to the total marks.

The test-takers/students need to understand that the PTE scores are not a mark but a scale. And different question types carry more scores than others as well as contribute scores to other sections. Like the Read Aloud carries more scores than Multiple Choice Questions and Read Aloud also carries more marks.

Understanding the scoring system helps the test taker/student understand which question carries more marks, and which question needs more preparation and time. Unlike other proficiency tests, PTE also applies Negative scoring in a few questions of the test; for every incorrect answer a mark is deducted.

  1. Know your English Proficiency Level

It is important that a test taker/students knows their level of English, to what extent the test taker can understand and express themselves in English. The level of English plays a huge role in determining the scores the test taker might receive.

Understand your level of English, spot the weak points, work on them to improve English, and enhance your level of English. Study basic grammar to increase your understanding of English. Level up your English proficiency in your PTE preparation and increase your scores.

  1. Set a goal

Set a reasonable goal after knowing your level of English, your average PTE score, and the time you have to prepare for the test. Aiming for a higher score is natural, but you must also set an achievable goal.

Set a goal that can be achieved with the preparation you make within the time you have for preparation. Focusing on a certain goal will help you focus on your set goal and prepare for it. Improve accordingly and try to perform your best in the PTE test.

  1. Analyze your mistakes

Spot your mistakes and where and how you make them. To improve the test taker/students must recognize their mistakes and work on them to improve. Analyze your mistakes and study the pattern where you frequently make mistakes and practice to avoid mistakes.

  1. Aim to Improve

Always aim to improve and study well. Try to improve your English skills before you give your PTE test. Improving is a part of preparing, and improving your listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to attain higher scores on the PTE test. Expand your capacity and attain higher scores, more than you are already capable of.

  1. Enhance your Vocabulary

Learn or study more words and how to use them properly. If the test taker/student has a large vocabulary and knows where and how to use it, the test taker will score higher. The PTE test also scores the test takers based on their vocabulary; the test takers/students will score less if they repeat the same words multiple times. Thus, the test takers/students must know many words and should utilize the preparation time to build their vocabulary.

  1. Understand how the Test is timed

Every section of this test is timed differently. Like in the PTE speaking and PTE reading section, every question is timed differently but the PTE reading section is timed for the entire section. The test-takers/students need to understand how the test is timed to manage the time.

The test itself needs a long time to complete but the test taker or students has only a limited time of 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the test. The test taker/students must learn to manage time by understanding how the test is timed so that the test taker excels in the test.

  1. Take Mock tests

Mock tests give you a realistic test experience. The test taker/student needs to study or prepare with mock tests to understand the overall aspect of the test. Taking a mock test helps the test taker understand the test format, question types, time limitations, and scoring in a short period. The results of the mock test help us spot our mistakes and help us understand how to improve on them.

  1. Join PTE Preparations Classes

PTE is an English proficiency test, and it is much different from other proficiency tests as well. A proper preparation class will help you prepare for the PTE test. A PTE preparation class must be well equipped with resources like computers, a professional PTE teacher, and official preparation resources. So, seek out a well-equipped PTE preparation class to help you with your preparations for PTE.

  1. Prepare PTE with a Professional Teacher

A professional PTE teacher will guide you through the PTE test. It will be easier to prepare/study under a professional, who can help you spot your mistakes and improve on them. Spotting own mistakes is hard and it is even harder to improve on the mistakes without proper guidelines. Thus, a professional will help you prepare and improve your English proficiency quickly for the test.

  1. Take PTE Test

Only after full preparation or studying, take a PTE test. Being underprepared for the PTE test will bring unsatisfactory results. Choose a test date considering the preparation time and the time you need your PTE scores. Giving the PTE test when you are fully prepared will help attain higher scores.

PTE Speaking

The following tips will help you in PTE Speaking:-

  • Practice speaking fluently. The test taker or student needs to speak fluently, without hesitation. Use paraphrasing to explain. Frequently talk in English to improve your English. Read aloud while you practice, read along the lines you feel difficult while speaking.
  • Lessen Repetitions. Enrich your vocabulary so you have a wide variety of words to play with and avoid repetition.
  • Develop the habit of speaking in English. The more you speak, the easier it will be for you to speak in English. You will know when to stress in the sentence, and enunciate words properly.

For more:- PTE Speaking

PTE Writing

The following tips will help you in PTE Writing:-

  • Enrich your vocabulary as you prepare or study for the PTE test. A rich vocabulary will help in fewer repetitions and paraphrasing.
  • Enhance your grammar to score higher on the PTE test.
  • Complex and compound sentences. Practice using complex and compound sentences, forming compound and complex sentences will help form a long meaningful sentence that will be helpful for the PTE test.
  • While an essay plays a vital role in enhancing your score so, the essay should be well written and the paragraph should contain at least 3 parts i.e., Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.
  • Paragraphs are quite simple and practical tests. You can quickly achieve the desired results if the essay is well written.

For More:- PTE Writing

PTE Reading

The following tips will help you in PTE Reading:-

  • Studying more articles, and academic passages will help you enhance your reading skills.
  • Enhance vocabulary. Reading will consist of a wide variety of words, and increase your vocabulary to lessen the chances of facing unfamiliar words.
  • Focus entirely on the test. The answers must be only based on the reading passage, the knowledge you have beyond the reading passage will not contribute to determining the answers.
  • Practice skimming and Scanning. These are the important skills in the reading as the entire text would not be necessary only the parts where answers are. Your skimming and scanning skills will help you find answers quickly.
  • Focus on the keywords. Keywords will help you locate answers to the questions asked in PTE reading.

For more:- PTE Reading

PTE Listening

The following tips will help you in PTE Listening:-

  • Listen to a variety of accents. Observe the language used by native speakers and try to comprehend them.
  • For PTE listening, the questions will be based on audio clips/recordings.
  • The audio clip will be played only once for 12-20 questions each. That’s why the test taker/ students should stay concentrated while listening to the audio clips/recordings.
  • Carefully listen to the audio and choose multiple correct answers.
  • Also, while filling in the blanks, listen carefully to the audio/recording for the right word.
  • Improve your focus as the question passage/text in the listening test will be played only once

For More:- PTE Listening

We hope our Gurubaa Blog on “PTE Preparation Guide” helped you prepare for PTE Test. If you have queries regarding PTE Preparations, feel free to comment on this blog or contact us. PTE Preparations classes are also provided in Gurubaa Educational Institution through the physical outlet in Kathmandu.

If you wish to learn or study more about PTE, please visit our PTE Blogs on our Gurubaa website.

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