All About PTE Academic Tutorial and FAQ Part 1

PTE Academic: Glossary

PTE Academic Glossay

PTE Academic Glossay

Part 1: Overview

In Part 1 you are tested mainly on your Speaking and Writing skills. You are reminded of what to and what not to do in the test. Pay close attention to this or you will lose score points or score zero in some cases.

Speaking section 1 contains the Personal introduction.
Speaking section 2 contains a number of item types where you first listen to an audio, then respond into the microphone.

Listening: The Current Status counts down until the audio clip begins to play. When the progress bar reaches the
right hand side the audio clip stops playing.

Speaking: The Current Status counts down until the microphone opens. Start speaking when the status changes to Recording. Some item types have a short tone to indicate the end of the preparation time.

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.

Writing sections 3-6 contain a number of individually-timed items. You are required to write two summaries and one essay OR three summaries and one essay OR two summaries and two essays.

Part 1 Overviews

Part 1 Overviews

Speaking: Personal introduction

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

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to prepare. 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.

You have 30 seconds to record your response. Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed’’.

You are only able to record your answer once.

Your response will be sent together with your score report to the institutions selected by you.

Speaking- Personal

Speaking- Personal

Speaking & Listening: Repeat sentence

For this item type you need to repeat the sentence you hear.

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.

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.

Speaking & Listening- Repeat sentence

Speaking & Listening- Repeat sentence

Speaking: 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.

Speaking- Describe image

Speaking- Describe image

Speaking & Listening: 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 noteboard provided

Speaking & Listening- Repeat sentence

Speaking & Listening- Repeat sentence

Speaking & Listening: Answer short question

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.

Speaking & Listening- Answer short question

Speaking & Listening- Answer short question

Writing: Summarize written text

For this item type you need to write a summary of the text in one sentence.

You have 10 minutes to write your summary. Make sure to include the main points of the reading passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may use while constructing your summary.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

Writing- Summarize written text

Writing- Summarize written text

Writing: Write essay

For this item type you need to write a 200-300 word argumentative essay in response to a prompt.

You have 20 minutes to write your essay.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum
of 200 words
, but no more than 300 words.

There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may choose to use while constructing your response.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”

Writing- Write essay

Writing- Write essay

All About PTE Academic Tutorial and FAQ Part 1
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