PTE writing test undoubtedly gives hard times to both novice player as well as the experienced candidates.
PTE Writing Test consists of two sections –
- Summarize Written Text
- Write an Essay
What it involves?
Summarize written text is actually creating the summary of given text not crafting a summary full of overcomplicated sentences.
Summarize text means creating the summary of whole content, delivering the ultimate message. Create short, crisp and clear summary by covering the most important points, literally not every point. PTE writing test does not expect you write word by word summary but the important points. You should be able to identify the key points and ignore the addendums.
The second section appears to be quite intimidating which is closer to making an art. ‘Writing an essay?’ ‘Is that a big deal?’ Yes, it is. Most of us know how to write an essay. Regrettably, PTE writing test has more than one answer and different answers.
Tips for exam preparation
Keep it short and simple (KISS)
Long and convoluted sentences are your first enemy. Keep the sentences short and crisp with less punctuation. Short sentences are less likely to make grammar mistakes. PTE assessors look for clear, logical and short sentences than impressive longer ones.
Managing your time is the key to PTE writing test. You have only 30 minutes for the exam; 10 minutes for summarising and 20 minutes to write an essay. Do not exceed the word limits.
You don’t need to write 70 words for the summary to get full marks. It can be anywhere from 35 to 50 words.
The length of the essay should be around 200 to 300 words. Always keep an eye on the time.
Read the passage carefully
Read the essay prompt meticulously to have a clear understanding of what you should do. This is crucial to grasp the core. Write on the topic and don’t indulge in any supplementary topics.
Some essay prompts ask your opinion on the given topic. If you fail to answer or generalise it will impact your score. So, read the passage carefully before you write.
Practice and review
- Practice to get accustomed with the test pattern and review your performance. It helps you improve the weaker areas.
- Practice writing quickly. It helps you deliver the idea in a fast pace as the time flies.
Plan your points (Writing essay)
Make this imperative part of your exam. Do not start writing the test blindly without any planning soon after seeing the prompt. Plan what you intend to cover in the essay as you might get confused in the halfway through and you may end up writing from the beginning.
Proof read what you write
It is crucial to avoid simple mistakes which may impact your scores badly. Look for the spelling mistakes, punctuation, and sentence formation.
Follow these simple tips and practice the questions. PTE writing test is not about creating literature, but assessing your proficiency and ability in organising, executing the language as well grammar and vocabulary.
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