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PTE Speaking

Speaking skills are assessed on the basis of candidate’s ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment with good fluency and pronunciation

PTE Speaking

PTE Speaking is the first section of the exam and there are five types of questions in this section. The duration of the Speaking section is between 77 to 93 minutes. Speaking module is mainly evaluated on the student’s ability to speak academic English fluently and pronouncing words correctly. PTE speaking is assessed automatically by Pearson’s AI computer system. Content, fluency and pronunciation are the main scoring criteria in this module.

The PTE Speaking module starts with Personal Introduction, where you have to introduce yourself in 25 seconds. There are no marks allocated to the personal introduction. PTE Speaking is the backbone of the PTE exam as this section contributes to other sections including Reading and Listening. The speaking module lasts for 30-35 minutes. You need to understand the scoring system, tips and tricks to achieve a good score in this module.


Different PTE Speaking Question Types


The PTE speaking format is as follows: 

  1. Read Aloud
  2. Repeat Sentence
  3. Describe Image
  4. Retell Lecture
  5. Answer Short Question

PTE Speaking

How PTE Speaking is Scored

The PTE test is fully computerised as it is marked by a computer which is trained on algorithms. The test is checked on a scale of 10 to 90, where 10 is the lowest and 90 is the highest score.

There are two types of skills tested in PTE including Communication skills and Enabling skills. The communication skills include the four modules of PTE exam including Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening. Enabling skills include grammar, spelling, vocabulary, written discourse, pronunciation, and oral fluency. The minimum and maximum scores for all these parameters are 10 and 90.

The speaking of PTE is assessed on Content, Pronunciation & Fluency. All the questions in the speaking module are tested on these three parameters. Oral fluency is the most important parameter to score high in this module.

Firstly, the fluency score is calculated based on speaking speed, short and long pauses, hesitations, speech rhythm and so on. Secondly, pronunciation is marked on your ability to speak the words as if a native speaker of the English language will speak. Lastly, content is scored based on the question type given in the speaking module.

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PTE Read Aloud

Read Aloud Tips, Strategies and Marking Criteria

This will be the first task in the PTE Speaking where the candidate will have to read a text of a few sentences to read. You will have 35 seconds preparation time for each question. There will be 6-7 Read Aloud in PTE exam. This task is very important, and it will give a score to both Speaking and Reading section. The task will be checked on content, pronunciation and oral fluency.

Read Aloud  =  Reading + Speaking (Scoring)

The PTE Read Aloud question displays a 35 countdown until the microphone opens. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Don’t speak earlier before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

Expert Tip: You should speak naturally, fluently & confidently.

PTE Repeat Sentence

PTE Repeat Sentence will be the next task, where it will judge your listening and speaking skills. In this task, you will listen to a sentence and have to speak that sentence immediately after listening to the sentence. There will get 10-12 Repeat Sentences in your exam, which will be again judged on pronunciation, content and fluency. This question will contribute marks to both Speaking and Listening.

   Repeat Sentence =   Listening + Speaking (Scoring)

This is one of the trickiest questions in PTE Speaking which will require lot of practice. Most students find it difficult to ace this question in the exam. You will hear sentences in accents from all over the world. The question will include both short and long sentences, and there will be complex words and sentences. But, with our practice material and best tips for repeat sentence, you can ace this question also.

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Best Tips for PTE Repeat Sentence Question

  • Practice 20-30 questions regularly
  • Follow the trainer’s feedback
  • Listen to English podcasts and news
  • Test yourself regularly
  • Practice Real Exam Questions
  • Try to listen to the sentence into 2 parts/chunks
  • Try to understand the meaning of the sentence
  • Give Mock Exams

Expert Tip: You should make a mental note of the sentence while listening

PTE Describe Image

PTE describe image is the next task in the speaking part. This task will judge your speaking ability. There will be different types of images in this question including the following:

  • Bar chart
  • Line graphs
  • Maps
  • Pictures
  • Flow charts
  • Pie charts

You will have 25 seconds to prepare for each image and you will have 40 seconds to give your answer. You will hear a beep after 25 seconds and then you need to start giving your answers.

 Describe Image = Speaking (Scoring)

PTE Describe Image Tips & Strategies

  • Follow the Image template
  • Use preparation time smartly
  • Speak for 20-25 seconds only
  • Stay fluent and confident
  • Avoid pauses and hesitations

Expert Tip: Follow the Image Template

PTE Retell Lecture

PTE Retell Lecture is the fourth task in the speaking part. In this task, you will listen to an audio of up to 90 seconds. After listening, you have to speak about the lecture in 40 seconds and there will be 10 seconds of preparation time for it. This task will judge your listening skills and how well you can speak after listening. There will be 3-4 Retell lectures in your PTE Speaking.

You will have 10 seconds preparation time for each question, and you will have 40 seconds to give your answer. You will hear a beep after 10 seconds and then you need to start giving your answer. Although this question might sound daunting, with our latest templates and strategies you can ace this question easily in the exam.

Retell Lecture= Speaking +Listening (Scoring)

Retell Lecture Tips & Strategies 2020

  • Take good notes
  • Follow the template
  • Speak for 20-25 seconds only
  • Stay fluent and confident
  • Avoid pauses and hesitations

Expert Tip: Follow the Template

Best Tips for scoring 79 in PTE Speaking

  • Speak in natural pace, not too fast or too slow
  • Avoid pauses and hesitations
  • Confidence is the key to score high in the exam.
  • Give Pearson Speaking Mock Exam
  • Follow Trainer’s Feedback
  • Use the correct Microphone position
  • Follow the latest templates and tips for PTE speaking
  • Don’t get distracted by other students on exam day

What we offer at Language Wise

At Language Wise, we can provide you with the best PTE speaking tips including PTE tips & tricks. You can join our COMPUTER LAB sessions for reading aloud practice, describe image practice and repeat sentence PTE practice.

Real Exam Study Material: We provide you with the updated PTE materials for practice including real exam questions. You can practice them regularly in our computer LABS to improve your skills and achieve your desired PTE score. Our PTE experts train and coach you with the best tips & strategies for PTE exam, provide you feedback during LAB practice sessions and on the mock tests.

Scored Mock Tests:  We prepare every candidate for the exam so that they can clear the PTE exam with confidence. By giving mock tests regularly you will get to know where you stand. You can increase your chance of success exponentially by practicing various scored mock tests regularly. You can get feedback from our team members and boost up your confidence by doing mock tests.

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PTE Speaking - FAQ's

No. Although students initially think it is difficult but they find it the easiest section after knowing the tips & strategies of different questions in Speaking. Some questions are based on templates such as describe image & retell lecture.

The best way to get 65 score is to speak fluently and confidently without pauses. Remember, content is not so important in some questions.

Where there is a will, there is a way. To get 79 in each module, you need to focus on the most important questions in PTE and practice them regularly.

This section is scored based on three parameters including Content, Pronunciation & Oral Fluency

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