Accent in the PTE test

Unlike IELTS, where a human examiner evaluates speaking skills, the PTE Academic test employs voice-to-text software for assessment. This software operates using a similar algorithm to voice command systems found on smartphones, transcribing spoken language and executing related tasks based on the command.

As of March 2024, no software has been developed to definitively distinguish and recognize different accents. Additionally, the PTE Academic test does not include a subskill section specifically for accents. Therefore, pronunciation is evaluated as the primary criterion. As long as words are pronounced in a manner recognizable by the voice-to-text application, full marks are awarded for pronunciation, regardless of accent.

Repeat sentence is king

Repeat Sentence, the second task in the speaking section, carries the highest number of points in the PTE test. This section presents 10 to 12 spoken sentences to be repeated, randomly ordered. It is important not to begin repeating immediately upon hearing a sentence; wait for the recording blue bar to begin moving. For optimal results, repeat sentences clearly and avoid speaking too quickly, as this may result in the voice-to-text application failing to keep up, leading to point deductions. Repeat Sentence contributes points to both the listening and speaking sections.

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