PTE Writing Test

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About Test Pattern of PTE Test

 Speaking and Writing — 77 to 93 minutes

As is clear from the name itself, this section tests the 2 key skills of communication of the candidate, which are spoken and written skills. This section comprises of six small sections that test you on your promptness over speaking and writing the written test that you would get to read for the first time ever. The complete section is given time duration of 77 to 93 minutes and the time allotted to each segment is as follows:

 Segments PatternTime Duration
Personal Introduction          55 seconds: 25 seconds for prompt, 30 seconds to record
Read Aloud30-40 seconds to prepare for reading out the text of 60 words
Repeat Sentence15 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 15 seconds to record
Describe Image25 seconds are granted to study the image as well as prepare your response on the same
Re-Tell Lecture90 seconds for prompt length, 10 seconds to prepare and 40 seconds to answer
Answer Short Question20 seconds: 3-9 seconds for prompt, 10 seconds to answer
Summarize Written Text10 minutes to answer to text prompt of 300 words
Essay20 minutes to answer to text prompt of 2-3 sentences

PTE Academic Writing Section Tips and Tricks

In this section, you are required to write according to the questions and your written answers are evaluated. PTE Academic’s writing module is divided into two sections and we will provide suggestions for each of them sub-sections.

Summarize Written Text :

  • Getting a perfect score of 90 out of 90 is possible with strong vocabulary and grammar. If you have an average vocabulary and grammar, you can expect to score around a 73. 
  • Try writing your answers between 35–45 words. Avoid very long sentences, as the scoring algorithms may not be able to evaluate long sentences with great accuracy.
  •  Pay attention to punctuation. 
  • Capitalize all the starting words and nouns in a sentence. 
  • Don’t provide any examples, unless asked for. 
  • Write the summary in third person form I.e. avoid usage of I, Me, We, etc. 
  • concentrate on the last paragraph as it usually contains the summary of the text.
  •  Summarize each paragraph in a single sentence.

Write an Essay 

  • Plan the format of your essay based on whether it is an opinion essay, problem-solution, advantages-disadvantages, etc. 
  • Be mindful of the spellings, grammar, and plurals.
  • Give structure to your essay by following this pattern – first paragraph introduction, second third paragraph body, last paragraph conclusion. 
  • In the body paragraphs, provide examples, reasons, and statistics to strengthen your arguments. 
  • keep the length between 200–300 words.


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