Top 4 Tips to Beat The PTE Algorithm

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Top 4 Tips to Beat The PTE Algorithm
Top 4 Tips to Beat The PTE Algorithm

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is an English proficiency test which assesses the English capabilities of candidates on the basis of four criteria, i.e., Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 


The PTE is taken by candidates who plan to move abroad either for their education or to move abroad. Most of the major universities across the globe accept PTE scores and countries such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand also accept PTE scores for visa purposes. This widespread acceptance of the PTE exam has further contributed to its popularity.

Further, candidates who wish to take the PTE exam have the option of taking the exam either at designated test centres or from inside their homes with the PTE at home option.

Exam NamePTE exam
Full FormPearson Test of English
Conducting BodyPearson PLC Group
SectionsSpeaking & Writing, Listening, and Reading
Mode of ExaminationComputer-Based
Application FeeINR 15,900
Exam Duration2 hours

Tips to Beat the PTE Algorithm

Students who wish to study abroad or natives who are seeking a move abroad often take the PTE exam under a lot of undue pressure since they consider it as a make or break for their chance to move abroad. However, when students do not clear the exam or fail to get the desired score, they often blame the algorithm of the exam and state that the machine could not understand their responses.

In order to save the students from such a disappointment, here are tips to beat the algorithm of the PTE exam:

Delivery Speed

South Asian speakers usually speak with a lot of speed. However, candidates should not commit such a mistake in the PTE exam since the machine may not be able to pick up their response. Further, candidates also often tend to forget pauses for commas or full stops. This is also referred to as the ‘machine gun’ effect since it feels like non-stop firing. 

Candidates should keep this in mind and try to remain calm while maintaining a steady speed of delivery and taking appropriate pauses.

The Pattern of Speech

In almost every language proficiency test, there are ‘native-like’ ways of speaking. These ways are different from those ‘foreign ways’ of speaking. Speaking English in your native tongue will not be sufficient. In public speaking or speech, we often moderate how we speak to make the listeners understand what we are talking about. We slow down, relax with deep breathing, and speak more consciously. All the pauses between clauses are enhanced to provide an understandable answer.

Candidates should adopt such an approach for performing better in their PTE exams.

Also Read: Cracking PTE Exam by Self-Study

Mumbling and Enunciation

The PTE algorithm cannot score you if you are not audible. Accordingly, candidates should speak clearly and be audible at all times. Further, too much background noise, especially when giving the exam from home, will distort your voice and affect your scores.

Use of Filler Words

A lot of times, candidates, when feeling underconfident, may start using filler words or sounds such as “umm”, “aah”, etc. Sometimes candidates may even go back and restart their sentences multiple times. This causes difficulty for the machine to understand the response and may also cause further deduction of scores.


What are the best sources to prepare for the PTE exam?

To secure better marks in the PTE exam, candidates can refer to The Official Guide to PTE Academic, Expert PTE Academic Coursebook B1 & B2, Wiley’s PTE Advantage For The Academic Module (WIND) and PTE Academic Practice Test Plus- Volume 1 & 2

What is the application fee for the PTE exam?

The application fee for the PTE exam is INR 15,900. Candidates should know that this fee is non-refundable. If any candidate has provided false information in his or her application form, then their application will not be considered and the fee will not be refunded.

Is there any passing score on the PTE exam?

There is no passing score in the PTE exam. Scores in the PTE exam range from 10-90. Moreover, a score between 60-75 is considered a good score and can help the candidate get admission.

In this blog, we have discussed how candidates can beat the PTE algorithm. It is pertinent to note here that the PTE exam does not have any human examiners and a computer algorithm will check the exam. This is why it becomes important to know all about the PTE algorithm and how to beat it.

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