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PTE Academic – Describe Image in (Speaking) Tips

Dear Readers,

Greetings,

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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Important Website Links for the PTE Academic Exams – 3

Dear Friends

Greetings,

Today we shall be informing you about the important websites for the READING & LISTENING part of the PTE Academic Exam.

READING

  1. For Multiple Choice Questions – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4Link 5
  2. For REORDER PARAGRAPHS – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4
  3. For Fill in the Blanks – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3

LISTENING

  1. For Summarize Spoken Text – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3
  2. For Multiple Choice choose Multiple Answers – Link 1Link 2
  3. For FILL IN THE BLANKS – CLICK HERE – Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4
  4. For Highlight Correct Summary – Click Here – Link 1Link 2
  5. For Select Missing Word – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3
  6. For Highlight Incorrect Words – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3
  7. Write from Dictation – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3

Click here for short interesting lectures

All the Best

Happy Practising

How to practice REPEAT SENTENCES

Dear Readers

Greetings,

Today we shall be telling you HOW TO EXCEL IN REPEAT SENTENCES of the PTE Academic SPEAKING section.

Tips

  1. The purpose of the task is to asses your ability to repeat a sentence exactly as you hear it. Both speaking and listening skills are assessed. You will hear a sentence and must then repeat it. You will hear each sentence only once. You will have 15 seconds to record your response. In all you will hear 10-12 sentences.
  2. In repeat sentences there should be a full concentration and focus on listening the sentence.
  3. Try to imagine who the speaker is and to whom he or she is speaking. What is the context in which the sentence might be spoken.
  4. Remember that speaking correctly with fluency and right pronunciation carries maximum marks
  5. Practice and speak sentences with correct word order.
  6. Try to understand the sentence.
  7. Remember the tune(Tone) of the sentence in which it is spoken. We can recall the lyrics of a song on the slightest listening to the tune of a song. So the INTONATION of the sentence is very important.
  8. Match your rhythm, phrasing & stress of the words with the speaker.
  9. Listen to the grammatical structure of the sentence to help you to reconstruct the sentence.
  10. There is no time to write the sentence. Believe in your short term memory. It is very powerful.
  11. Give a pause for 3-5 seconds and you will recollect what was spoken. Then start speaking as the beep starts.
  12. Say every word you hear: but if you don’t know a word, say what you think you heard. Don’t keep mum or skip the words.
  13. Pronounce the word clearly.
  14. Speak at a normal speed.
  15. Listen to the various pod casts by speakers in different English accent. Start by stopping after 3-4 words, then gradually expand until you stop about every 8-10 seconds
  16. Train your short term memory by repeating announcements, jingles, advertisements or song lines that you hear.Take the help of a magazine or newspapers and practice it with your friends.
  17. Many words in sentence are unstressed or “weak forms”, for e.g. in the phrase as a team, “as a” is unstressed. You will not hear weak forms clearly but the grammar tells you they are present.
  18. Remember there is no tone before the microphone opens in this task, so start to speak as soon as the STATUS BOX changes to “Recording”.

Practising Links – Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4Link 5

Keep practising hard.

All the best

Important Website Links for the PTE Academic Exams – 2

Dear Readers,

In continuation of the previous post regarding the important links for the SPEAKING part, we shall discuss and put some light on the WRITING part.

WRITING

  1. For SUMMARIZE WRITTEN TEXT – Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4
  2. For ESSAY WRITING Click Here – Link 1Link 2Link 3

Furthermore we shall also be posting lots of summaries and essays in the coming posts.

Happy practising.

 

Important Website Links for the PTE Academic Exams

Dear Aspirants,

Greetings,

Pls find below some important website links for (PTE) exam practice

SPEAKING

  1. For REPEAT SENTENCES : Click Here Link 1Link 2Link 3,
  2. For READ ALOUD: Click Here
  3. For DESCRIBE IMAGES: Link 1Link 2
  4. For RETELL LECTURE: Click Here Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4
  5. For ANSWER SHORT QUESTIONS: Link 1Link 2Link 3
  6. For PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE: Click Here
  7. For SPEAKING TEST PRACTICE: Click Here
  8. For LEARNING & SPEAKING new words Click Here
  9. This tool will help you to convert your speech into text Click Here

READ ALOUD

Tips for Read Aloud:

  • We get around 7-8 questions in this section.
  • Fluency carries maximum weight age so speak without any hesitancy.
  • Be clear and confident. Speak with enthusiasm.
  • Speak at a pace that is comfortable for you and try to sound as natural as possible. I feel if you try to impose a speed that is not comfortable to you, it may do more harm than good.
  • Search for difficult words and pronounce it clearly in your mind before it starts recording.
  • Fluctuation in the tone and stress for some words is important.
  • Watch for plural words, don’t pronounce them wrongly.
  • Use the given 35 seconds to read through the text and identify the difficult words with which you might struggle.
  • Pay attention to flow of the sentences. Take care of the commas (,) colons(:) semicolons (;) inverted commas(“—–“) and give an appropriate pause and stress as and when required.
  • While reading aloud, you should not speak in a flat tone. Just remember the way a radio Jockey or announcer speaks i.e. clearly and in a rhythm. The listener should feel that the information you are giving is interesting, and is able to understand easily. When there is a full stop, your voice should also fade away to make the listener feel that your sentence has ended.
  • Try to read the sentence like a news reader with some intonation and purpose.
  • Take care of inappropriate stress and incorrect pronunciation of some words.
  • Before it starts recording, read the entire sentence once .
  • Don’t speak too fast and too slow (record at an appropriate speed)
  • Also do not speak loudly. Speak at a normal pitch. Firstly when you speak loudly the computer cannot understand. Secondly it will disturb the other candidates and in return they would also speak loudly, which will disturb you.
  • Time for this section is more than sufficient.
  • Start speaking as soon as the recording bar appears or when you listen to the beep. If you do not speak for 3 seconds during the process, the computer will stop recording your voice.
  • Do not try to speak in foreign accent. Speak in a neutral accent i.e. in your natural way.

 

PTE an overview (What is PTE About ?)

Dear Friends ,

Greetings,

As you know the priority and significance of PTE(Pearson Test of English) is increasing a lot nowadays and lots of aspirants are taking this exam. Before we undergo this exam we should be able to understand its format.

PTE Academic

PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration. Typically, PTE Academic results are available within five business days.

Fast

PTE Academic typically delivers results in five business days, so you don’t need to worry about waiting for results.

Flexible Test Dates

In 2013, we ran test sessions 363 days of the year, at one of over 200 locations worldwide, so you can choose a time and place that suits you.

Approved

Approved by the Australian Government for visa applications and accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • PTE Academic is a fair test. Our highly accurate computer marking means consistent scores and no potential for examiner bias.
  • PTE Academic is secure. Give universities confidence in your score: palm-vein scanning, randomised test forms and data forensics ensure universities know your test score is really yours, and mean that your score is safe.
  • PTE Academic tests real-life language. Prepare for life abroad as you listen to university lectures and respond to questions about life on campus with our real-life test of academic English.
  • PTE Academic is unlimited. You can send your scores to as many institutions as you choose – there are no additional fees for extra score reports.

For More Details Click Here

ABOUT THE TEST

PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single 3 hour test session.

To complete a PTE Academic test, you will need to attend a secure Pearson test centre. You will use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions.

During the three-hour test session there will be three main parts to the test: speaking and writing (together), listening and reading. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information.

PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so you will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. You will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so you will be exposed to the type of accents you will encounter in everyday life.

TEST FORMAT:

PART 1: SPEAKING & WRITING (77 – 93 minutes)

  • Personal Introduction
  • Read aloud
  • Repeat sentence
  • Describe image
  • Re-tell lecture
  • Answer short question
  • Summarize written text (one sentence)
  • Summarize written text (paragraph)
  • Essay (20mins)

PART 2: READING (32 – 41 minutes)

  • Multiple choice questions (x2)
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Fill in the blanks (x2)

A ten minute break is optional

PART 3: LISTENING (45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice x2
  • Fill the blanks
  • Highlight the correct summary
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

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