Tips to Score Well in PTE Re-Tell Lectures & Summarise Spoken Text

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Tips for High Score in Re-Tell Lectures & Summarise Spoken Text in PTE
Tips for High Score in Re-Tell Lectures & Summarise Spoken Text in PTE

The PTE or the Pearson Test of English is an English language test for candidates looking to settle or study abroad. The computer-based test is used to assess a candidate’s English-speaking capabilities. The exam is further divided into various sections such as speaking & writing, reading and listening


In the speaking & writing section of the PTE exam, there is a question type of re-telling lecture. In this question, candidates are required to re-tell the whole lecture in their own words after listening to or watching the lecture video only once. There is no negative marking in this. 

Similarly, the speaking section consists of question(s) on summarizing spoken text. During this, candidates will get to hear a lecture only once and once the audio ends, students will have 10 minutes to prepare their summary. 

Exam NamePearson Test of English
Exam Short NamePTE
Exam Duration2 Hours
Exam ModeOnline
Application ModeOnline
Official Websitehttps://www.pearsonpte.com

Best Tips for a High Score in Re-Tell Lectures

During the exam and specifically the section on re-tell lectures, candidates will have only 10 seconds once the audio ends. Accordingly, there is little scope for mistakes or slagging off. If a candidate is not alert during this time, the chances of making mistakes substantially increases. Here are a few tips for getting a high score in the re-tell lecture task: 

  1. Take quality notes

The candidates will be provided with erasable notepads before the exam for taking notes. While taking notes, candidates shouldn’t try to memorize the whole audio owing to the length. On the contrary, candidates should try and take down notes with keywords to help them with this section.

  1. Avoid unnecessary pauses

The candidates must make sure that while speaking they are talking about the topic and only relevant information. Candidates should avoid taking unnecessary pauses since the mic will stop automatically if the candidate stays quiet for more than 3 seconds. Further, the use of words like ‘umm’ or ‘uh’ should be avoided.

  1. Emphasis on pronunciation

While speaking during the task, candidates need to concentrate on their pronunciation. Candidates should speak clearly without going too fast or too slow. Further, candidates should avoid using a put-on accent and maintain their own accent while also applying proper stress on important words and sentences.

  1. Use templates

The candidate can make a template before the lecture begins to help them get all the information that they need to prepare. The template should mention the overall topic of the article as well as the conclusion.

Also Read: Why choose the PTE Exam

Best Tips for a High Score in Summarize Spoken Text

Summarize Spoken Test is an integrated task during which the candidates will get to hear an audio of 60-90 seconds and then the candidates have to write 50-70 words in 10 minutes summarizing the audio. Here are a few tips for getting a high score in the re-tell lecture task: 

  1. Take proper notes while listening to the audio

Note-taking is an important skill when it comes to taking notes by listening to audio. While listening to the audio, candidates should make sure that they write down the keywords that they think are important. 

  1. Concentrate while listening

Candidates should not be in a hurry to answer and instead pay attention while listening to the audio. The audio constitutes the basis of everything else so candidates must listen to it carefully and in such a manner that they can easily summarize it later.

  1. Check sentence structure, grammar, spelling and vocabulary

After listening and writing the candidates should check the sentence structure and grammar of the sentence. It is also important to use a strong vocabulary and cross-check the spelling. Candidates should also review their answers once and not be in a hurry to submit.

The importance of quality study material cannot be emphasised enough for any examination. Quality study material may end up being the difference between doing and not doing well in the exam. Accordingly, here is a list of our recommended books to help candidates prepare better for the PTE exam:

  • PTE Academic Vocabulary Practice Book with Exercises and Answers: Review of Advanced Vocabulary for the Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening Sections of the Pearson English Test
  • PTE Academic Official Vocabulary 2020-2021
  • Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2
  • The Official Guide to PTE Academic
  • Wiley’s PTE Advantage for Academic Module


How many words should I write in the summarize spoken text section?

Candidates should try and write a minimum of 50 words but not go beyond 70 words while attempting the summarize spoken text section. 

How many re-tell lectures come in the PTE exam?

The PTE exam consists of 3 to 4 re-tell lecture exercises. Since there is no negative marking, candidates should try and attempt every re-tell lecture. 

How can I improve my score in the summarise spoken test section?

The candidates can improve in the summarised spoken tests section by listening with full concentration, making notes, recalling the main idea of the lecture and checking the grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary.

The above blog has covered in detail tips and tricks to improve scores in the re-tell lecture and summarize spoken text sections of the PTE exam. Candidates can use and implement these or their own methods to help them gain an advantage over the competition. 

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