PTE Academic – Describe Image in (Speaking) Tips

Dear Readers,


Describe Image is a very important part in the speaking section of PTE Academic.

What is all about

In Describe Image section you will have 25 second to read and analyse the graph/picture/map/life cycle/process. After understanding the given image you will have to speak about it for 40 seconds.

Tips for Describe Image

  • Two very important things to be taken care of is to speak fluently and with right pronunciation.
  • Time allotted is 40 seconds.
  • Speak clearly and concisely.
  • Firstly introduce the graph type/picture or the Image type. Paraphrase the topic of the graph.
  • Secondly explain about the horizontal & vertical axis or the parts of the graph or the contents of the picture or the product or life cycle.
  • Thirdly clarify about the most striking feature of the graph/picture. Point out about the highest/lowest/general trend/noticeable trend/main features.
  • Lastly conclude.
  • Be sure to wrap up the speech in the stipulated time.
  • Try not to repeat he words again & again.
  • Do not try to explain the minute minute details.
  • Keep on speaking the full time and conclude before the recording bar ends
  • Practise with different images.
  • Identify trends. A trend is the overall idea of the graph
    • what is happening/what happened
    • the main change over time
    • the most noticeable thing about the graph
    • the pattern over time
    • the pattern for different places or groups or people.

Words to be used in describing images

  1. For Starting – The given(Chart,graph, table) shows/illustrates/describes/gives information on/ about……..             According to the, as shown in, as can be seen from the, it can be seen, it is clear/apparent/evident. Shows , depicts , illustrates , represents , elucidates , throws light on, portray, represents, introduce, represent, interpret.
  2. Maximum – Highest, acme, zenith, summit, topmost, peak, pinnacle, greatest, top, apex. For e.g The sales soared to its acme/peak/zenith/summit/pinnacle during this period.
  3. Minimum – Smallest, tiniest, bottomed, low point, least, modicum , merest , slightest. For e.g the foreign tourists visit was at a low point in the year 2001.
  4. Average – stable, constant, moderate, mediocre, intermediate, medium, adequate.
  5. Increasing – rise, jump, growth, booming , enlarging , up surging , acceleration, upswing, soar, swell.
  6. Decreasing – decline, fall, low point, the bottom, nadir, base, sink diminish, curb, deteriorate.
  7. Fluctuating- Flutter, oscillate, rise & fall, go up & down, ebb & flow, see saw.
  8. Peak – highest point, topped, pinnacle, tip.
  9. Ground level – lowest point, nadir, base, bottom
  10. Adverbs to be used -(with Increasing) Suddenly, rose dramatically, shot up significantly, climbed up steeply, went up sharply, swelled rapidly, jumped up quickly, smoothly
  11. Adverbs to be used – (with Decreasing) continually, dropped gradually, fell suddenly, went down slowly/slightly/steadily.
  12. Prepositions: from/between 1990 to/and 2010
    Movements up: increased, rose, grew, went up
    Movements down: decreased, declined, dropped, went down
    Adjectives: slight, gradual, sharp, sudden, steady
    Adverbs: slightly, gradually, sharply, suddenly, steadily
    No movement: remained steady/stable, was unchanged, stabilized.

All the Best.

Happy Practising.



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