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PTE or IELTS, that is the question!

The PTE test is definitely better than IELTS for the following reasons; 1. Fast results The result of the PTE test will be out in less than 12 hours in 80% of the cases. This is compared to 13 days standard wait for getting your IELTS result. Even the new computer-based IELTS produces results no sooner than 5 days. 2. Better results Compared to IELTS,…

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How do I contact Pearson PTE?

A lot of my students found it difficult to communicate with people behind the scenes of the PTE test via email or telephone. And to be honest with you I think the interface of their contact us page is not really that user friendly. So today I am going to show you how you can ask your questions via email or just by calling them….

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How can I improve my speaking PTE?

In order to improve your speaking score in the PTE test, you need to know which test items of the PTE Speaking module are bearing the highest points in this test so that you spend your time and effort accordingly. The PTE speaking module consists of the following test items respectively: Read Aloud, Repeat Sentence, Describe Image, Re-tell lecture and Answer Short Questions. The first…

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PTE three-second silence rule

In the PTE test, whenever recording candidate’s voice is involved the three-second silence rule kicks in. But what is it? The PTE test utilizes a software called voice to text engine. This software transcribes the voice into written text for marking purposes. When a candidate does a Read Aloud question, for example, the software transcribes his voice into text. This text is later compared to…

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How Write from Dictation is marked?

Write from Dictation is the last part of the PTE Listening module. Candidates usually get 3 to 4 WFD sentences. PTE candidates listen to a speaker say a sentence only once and they are expected to type that sentence in the space provided. There is no negative marking for wrong or misspelled words. How is WFD marked? Let’s say that you hear the following Write…

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Four reasons why you should take PTE mock tests before you sit the PTE Academic Test

There are at least four reasons why PTE candidates need to take PTE mock tests before they actually sit the real one. Here are the four. 1. We all have heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”, and when it comes to doing a test, nothing beats practicing. I know a lot of students with a very good command of English who sat their first test without…

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PTE spelling bug

A lot of PTE candidates, especially those who want an overall score of 65 or 79 each, end up missing their target score by falling short mainly in their Writing and sometimes in their Listening scores as you can see here in these test reports. All of these test reports have one thing in common and that is they all have their Spelling and Written…

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What is the syllabus of PTE?

At thePTE.com, our syllabus for coaching the PTE follows the PTE test structure. That is, we start teaching the Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening modules, respectively. Speaking Module Speaking starts with Read Aloud test items. There are 6-7 RS in every PTE test. Then, it is followed by Repeat Sentence with 10-12 test items. Describe Image is the third test item with 6-7 questions. Retell…

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How do you summarize spoken text in PTE?

Summarize Spoken Text (SST) is the first section of the Listening module. PTE candidates may have 2-3 Summarize Spoken Texts in their test. How SST works In Summarize Spoken Text, first candidates listen to a recorded audio which is usually on a general topic. This audio could be as long as 2 minutes. Then the PTE candidates have 10 minutes minus the audio playtime to…

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Is pen and paper allowed in PTE?

No, PTE candidates are not allowed to take any pens or paper into their test room. The reason and what replaces these items will be discussed in this post. Measures to stop PTE exam leak All major exams have come up with different measures to stop candidates from taking their exam questions out of their centers. In IELTS, for example, proctors check all the exam…

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PTE Write from Dictation rules

Write from Dictation (WFD) is the last section of the PTE listening module. PTE candidates will get 3-4 Write from Dictation sentence. This part of the listening module awards the PTE candidates the second highest score throughout the PTE test. So if you want to get a good score in your Writing and Listening skills, you need to follow these rules. 1. Manage your time…

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PTE Write from Dictation (WFD)

Write from Dictation (WFD) is the last test item of the PTE Listening module. Here a sentence is read out and candidates are expected to write it down and then type it in the space provided. Each sentence is repeated only once. Write from Dictation and Repeat Sentence in the PTE speaking section are similar in many ways. Each candidate will get 3-4 Write from…

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How many answer short questions in PTE?

Answer Short Questions is the last item of the Speaking module in the PTE test. Here, PTE candidates will listen to a question and then need to answer it with only one or two words only. PTE candidates will get 10-12 Answer Short Questions in their test. There is no negative points for wrong answers here. So do not leave any question unanswered. Because you…

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How can I improve my essay for PTE?

Since the PTE test is conducted on a computer, it is better if you follow an essay template in your writing test. This post will enumerate the ways you can improve your essay writing skills. 1. Follow a standardized essay template A computer doesn’t know and above all doesn’t care if you are using a template in the PTE writing section. Don’t just use a…

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PTE Highlight Correct Summary

The fourth item on the PTE listening menu is the Highlight Correct Summary questions or HCS in short. This type of question is considered a multiple choice type of question. There is no negative marking for a wrong answer here. Therefore, even if you do not know the correct answer, try your luck by guessing. You will get 2-3 HCS questions in your exam. How…

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Select Missing Words in the PTE test

The sixth question type of the PTE listening module is Select Missing Words or SMW in short. PTE candidates will get 2 or 3 SMW questions in their test. And since these questions do not incur any negative marking in case you got the wrong answer, it is recommended that you do not leave them unanswered.   How to answer these questions? Before the audio…

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Which PTE test center is good in my city?

The best PTE test center in any city around the world can be verified by a simple method. This post will discuss just that. Test date availability criterion PTE candidates, like in any other business, vote with their feet. If a center is not providing the standard conditions under which the PTE test is administered, then this shortcoming will reveal itself in the score report…

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Free PTE mock test

A free PTE mock test, as the name implies, provides the test taker with a close to real PTE exam experience without any ifs, buts and strings attached. ThePTE.com’s scored free PTE mock test just does that. In order to do thePTE.com’s test, go to our website and click on the free PTE mock test tab or simply click on this link. Once you registered…

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