The first part of the PTE test consists of Speaking and Writing tasks. One of the most challenging parts of this test is to not lose focus and speak fluently without any hesitation and pronunciation errors. You as an examinee have to remain calm and collected, making sure you do not lose focus. If you are nervous about this particular part it is important to practice regularly to slowly and steadily increase your confidence and maintain your composure. In this post, we will be talking about 5 things you can do to improve speaking in PTE. To make your life easier we are breaking down 5 basic things you can do, 5 out of the box things you can do, as well as 5 things you need to avoid to score 90+ in PTE.
For starters, it is important to understand the exam structure. You need to understand that Part one is marked on your Speaking, Reading and Listening skills.
The question types in Part One include:
- Read Aloud
- Repeat Sentence
- Describe Image
- Re-tell lecture
- Answer short questions
5 BASIC THINGS TO DO TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING IN PTE
In Part 1 the main questions that contribute to the speaking part of your exam include read aloud, repeat sentence, describe image, re-tell lecture and answer short questions. These questions come with individual allocated time for each question (between 25-40 seconds).
There are 5 basic things that you need to remember at all times. You need to remember this, including the following:
5 GENERAL THINGS TO DO TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING IN PTE
Let’s talk about some general attributes that you can do so that you can quickly improve your speaking skills. To know more about what to do during your speaking section keep an eye out on our Facebook Page.
- Focus on oral fluency by speaking with a nice flow at a natural pace, make sure you are not speaking too fast or too slow.
- Avoid pauses and unnatural hesitation, making sure you are not dragging words and saying ‘uh’ or ‘um’ too many times. It is important to not pause mid-sentence if you have made mistakes, maintain flow and continue to speak naturally.
- Make sure you are not repeating the same words too many times like ‘because’, ‘for example’ and ‘like’.
- Try to speak in your regular accent rather than a forced accent that you won’t be able to maintain throughout the exam.
- Record yourself regularly and review your oral fluency yourself and try to improve. – this will help you assess your regular speaking patterns. With the recent technology advancements, you are able to record your voice on your phone or computer. You should make use of this
It is important to understand the speaking skills required to score well in this test. Only then will it be easy for you to crack this test. At PTE Training Centre, we will be able to help with improving your speaking skills, with personalized feedback and regular practice materials, you will have the confidence to easily sit for your PTE test soon!
5 OUT OF THE BOX THINGS TO DO TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING IN PTE
For students who are open to some out of the box thinking, wanting to really commit to improving their speaking skills, here are six unconventional ways through which you will be able to slowly and steadily improve your English-speaking abilities.
- Listen to Radio/Podcasts regularly
- Watch news and highly rated tv-shows
- Join a local group or club to interact more with locals
- Get a local library membership
- Contact for more details.
5 THINGS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT DOING TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING IN PTE
Lastly, there are a lot of aspects of the PTE exam in which it is important for you to avoid certain things in order to ensure you are making use of the maximum skills you have and are able to acquire optimal results accordingly. You can read more about the things that you need to avoid here.
Here is a list of things that you need to avoid in order to score 90 in speaking.
- Make sure you are not speaking too fast, the faster you speak the more likely it is for you to fumble and make mistakes without realizing it.
- Make sure you are not making any self-corrections, there is no point in self-correcting during the PTE exam, if you have made a mistake it is important to understand that this is a computer you are being recorded in, maintain your composure and move on with a good flow.
- In Tasks like Read Aloud and Repeat Sentence, make sure you are not adding extra content to the existing content. It is easy to misspeak your tenses or add an “a” or “an” in places without realizing. It is crucial that you do not do that.
- Make sure you are not rolling or mumbling words, the computer might not pick words that you are joining together unconsciously or even speak together. It is important to enunciate and speak clearly into the microphone.
- Do not use filler words such as ‘ah’, ‘um’, or ‘like’ to speak for longer. This looks incredibly unprofessional and will reduce your marks on fluency.