PTE Speaking: Top 4 ways to score between 75 – 90!
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This article’s top tips will be for the PTE Speaking section! Get ready to discover the best tips from the most trustworthy ways available online to help you crack PTE. I call these top ways to be “trustworthy” because I have advised and coached my students with the same tips and have seen many of them scoring a 90 in all the sections!
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The Speaking section of PTE is for 30 -35 minutes. You have to attempt questions from 5 Item Types ( Segments ) and display your skills of Oral Fluency, Pronunciation and ability to stick with the Content !
Tip 1 : Understanding Oral fluency, Pronunciation and Content – Oral fluency is your ability to speak for a purpose and to pass on information in a manner that the content (that has been shared on screen or in your headphones) are spoken by you aloud. It has to sound very natural and should be in a flow without any hesitation or strain in your voice. You have to use long and short pauses whenever you encounter a semi-colon ( ; ) , full-stop( . ) or comma ( , ), respectively!
Correct pronunciation does not mean that you have to use an accent or imitate the British. Though the highest numbers are awarded when you speak like a native but take my advise and please, do not try to imitate a native speaker. There are high chances of you ( either a North or a South Indian ) to miss out on some technical parts of speech which is fine but beyond a certain level is unacceptable to the computer. Yes, you do require a Voice & Accent Training for that if you have a thick (I mean very thick ) accent!
You have to have a swift flow in your speech and sound like a learned English speaker. According to me, Learned English Speakers are those students who have done their schooling from ICSE, IGCSE, IB and CBSE boards in India. (Though debatable but I agree that a majority of CBSE school students find it difficult to communicate easily in English because of the pathetic teachers they’ve had in school). State board students should consult a professional ( only if you are unsure about your speaking ability).
Tip 2 : Correct Stress and Timely completion – In my experience, you have and are given enough time to evaluate every question before the timer starts. In this time that is given to you, you should spend time into finding the words on which you will be stressing. Stressing, on a certain word, dramatically increases your chances of scoring high on Oral Fluency.
For example :
“Stressing, on a certain word, dramatically increases your chances of scoring high on Oral Fluency.”
– Try to stress on the words in the above sentence that are in Bold and notice the difference when you don’t actually stress on them.
Where to Practice – Open an editorial of THE HINDU ( Newspaper), The New York Times, The Caravan Magazine, The National Geographic Traveler and practice reading aloud with the entire article.
How to Practice – For the first time , read the entire article aloud without stopping. Make as many mistakes as possible. Next, find out the words within sentences which according to you should be stressed upon and mark them. Read the entire article again at one go ! Notice the change. You’ll see you make less mistakes and do that one more time and one more time! Do this till you have a dry throat and then go have a glass of water!
Tip 3 : Increase your ability to listen – All the scoring that goes down in the Speaking section is because of the addition, removal or replacement of a word that you might hear or see in a questions content! In the ‘Repeat Sentence’ section, hesitation is allowed and students who are a bit weak with communicative English do use it as a leverage to score higher by being to the point!
How to Practice – Go to BBC World on TV and do NOT face the TV while doing this activity. You have to sit with a pen and a note pad. Increase the volume of the TV than the average decibel (hearing) level and keep making notes of whatever you listen from the anchor or the host. Keep writing and keep listening. Don’t worry if you start missing our entire sentences and lines. Try to focus on one sentence and put it on paper! Do not miss out any word from the sentence you hear. This exercise is beneficial over all and categorically important for Re-tell lecture!
This activity has helped many of my students in diverse ways. Some noticed that their understanding of accent has increased, some reported amazing increase in their note making ability and some just said that they are ready to score above 79! So, now you got a handy exercise! Do this for 1 hour everyday for 30 days and notice the change in you.
Tip 4: Start interpreting data, drawings and graphs in your everyday work/life – I have seen many students tremble when doing the Describe Image section. Take my advice, it is one of the easiest sections if you have a habit of interpreting anything and everything at a go. Mind it, it comes only with practice. I’ll be posting model graphs for PTE Speaking in the coming posts. If you are in a hurry then you can comment below and I’ll forward you all the files that I have for this section.
What’s required of you – Make a clear interpretation of a given graph or tabular data or an image with a proper Introduction, Body and a Conclusion within 40 seconds. Sometimes, you can miss out the intro or the body or the conclusion and that wont hamper your scores but if you finish with an unfinished sentence then that definitely goes against you. So, make it a point to finish on time.
How to practice – You ought to be crazy to be an expert! As mentioned above, interpret any and every image you see around you. It can be in a magazine, on a newspaper or the data you might be using at work. A clear and precise description comes only when you introduce what you see, talk about the ups and the downs, the lows and the highs and the average in the data or the graph and swiftly conclude what you make out of it! Know that PTE algorithm is not designed to check your general knowledge. So, stick to speaking in English, do not cook a story yourself and make sense when you interpret a graph! Do not speak what’s not in the given image!
(If you want the official PTE Guide then you can comment below with your mail ID and I’ll send it across.)
I hope you find these practice tips and ways to be useful. If you do find it useful then let me know! It’ll make me happy and I’ll look forward to write more for you.
By: Manish Pandey