PTE has become one of the most preferred English language proficiency tests for students coming into Australia. Due to the increased popularity of PTE, Australia has seen a steep increase in the number of PTE coaching institutes. Most of the institutes teach PTE tips and tricks and offer PTE free mock tests to improve the candidates’ performance in the exam.
Just like IELTS, TOEFL and other similar tests, PTE also tests the English language proficiency of the test-taker on four different fronts – reading, writing, speaking and listening. PTE is a fully computer-based test and has no-to-minimal human intervention in its results.
Herein, we discuss some practical tips that can help you score well in the writing module of PTE exam. In addition to a couple of general tips, we discuss some points that will prove to be helpful when going through the sub-sections (Summarize Written Text and Essay Writing) of the writing module.
Here are some must-remember practical pointers to conquer the PTE writing section!
Have a Good Typing Speed
As PTE is a completely computer-based test, having a good hand over the keyboard can prove to be extremely helpful. A decent typing speed can straightaway put you in the driving seat and take charge of the test. A candidate can cover things quickly with a typing speed of around 40-50 words per minute. Learn to type without errors; start slow and build your speed gradually. With minimal use of ‘Backspace’ key, you will realize that how quickly you go through the Writing module of PTE.
Do Not Forget to Proofread
Never underestimate the importance of proofreading. We have seen candidates making silly mistakes and repenting later. You can avoid small (and silly) mistakes by proofreading the write-up. It does not take much time to proofread the write-up; just practice skimming through everything and you will be good to go!
Summarize Written Text
- Be Crisp, Concise – Being to the point helps in this section. Learn to express much in fewer words and everything will fall in place. Do not overdo. Keep things simple.
- Use Vital Information – Do not miss vital information. Use it sequentially. Keep everything comprehensible, clean and in order.
- Use Synonyms Wherever Possible – Using synonyms will bring variety and add more weight to the write-up. Make sure to use correct synonyms without creating confusion.
- Choose the Topic You Know Enough About – Read all the available topics carefully and choose the one about which you have enough information. Take your time, think for a while and create pointers of all the things that you will cover in the essay. Broaden the scope of the topic, if possible.
- Do Not Overwrite – We have seen students overwrite on the topics, with most of the overwritten parts being irrelevant (or remotely related) to the topic. Do not lose the context and cover relevant things.
- Divide Information into Paragraphs – Dividing relevant information into different paragraphs works like a charm. Doing so make sure that the essay comes out clean, crisp and comprehensible.
- Bring Vocabulary to Use – A rich vocabulary always impresses. Practice improving your vocabulary and try to use new, relevant words. Good use of words will add more power to the essay and therefore help you score well.
- Do Not Repeat the Information – We have seen students repeat the same information through different sentences. Cut out this practice of repeating the information. Try to broaden the scope of the topic instead and you will surely be able to write more on the topic.
- Conclude Effectively – Conclusion is one of the most important parts of the essay. Make sure to conclude everything in the most appropriate and concise manner possible.
PTE free mock tests are the most helpful and go-to resources that students can go for. Attempting mock tests can help the students learn PTE tips and tricks and get through every module of the exam successfully.