Two Secrets you Should Know Before Taking the PTE Exam

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PTE Exam Secrets

Constant assessment of communicative skills and finding calm in chaos are the two secrets one should know before taking the PTE Exam. Regular assessment help reduce panic and stress on exam day and studying in chaotic settings will familiarise candidates with the commotion of PTE test centres. Students must train their minds to take this English proficiency test required to study and gain employment in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Exam NamePearson Test of English (PTE)
Types of ExamPTE AcademicPTE Academic UKVIPTE Home A1, A2, and B1
Organizing BodyPearson PLC Group
Official Websitewww.pearsonpte.com
Score Accepted by Universities in New Zealand, the UK, and Australia
Purpose of PTE ScoreAcademicJobMigration
English Skills TestedSpeakingWriting ReadingListening
Mode of RegistrationOnline
Mode of ExamOnline
FeeINR 14,700

Two Secrets to Know Before Taking the PTE Exam

It is true that one formula is not suitable for all candidates appearing for PTE Exam. However, the basics of the preparation process remain the same. Here are the two secrets students must know before taking PTE Academic and Academic UKVI exam:

1. Regular Self-Assessment

  • Candidates are advised to assess their English reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills before taking the PTE Exam. Constant evaluation is a must. Applicants must practice loads of PTE Question Banks and Scored Practice Tests to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Focus on low-scoring areas and practice questions related to those communicative skills. 
  • After the identification of weaknesses and strengths, candidates must set a target score for themselves and plan their test day accordingly.
  • After regular practice with sample papers and PTE test papers and constant reference to graded sources, students must reassess their development at regular intervals. 

2. Learning in a Chaotic Environment

  • Students must practice recording themselves in busy restaurants and cafes to become comfortable with the commotion of the PTE test centre. As everyone at the centre is recording themselves for the Speaking section, one must get used to the environment.
  • Candidates are recommended to listen to podcasts in a noisy environment so that there is no confusion and irritation on exam day. This is the secret to acing the Listening section of the PTE Academic and Academic UKVI tests. 
  • Try to solve written questions in a park or a cafe, to train the mind to concentrate in the presence of a crowd and noise. This will help candidates improve their scores in Essay and Short Answer Questions. 

Must Read: How is PTE Score Calculated?

PTE Exam Structure and Syllabus

PTE question paper is classified into three sections: Part I: Speaking and Writing; Part II: Reading; and Part III: Listening. The test has 20 question types designed to test the communicative skills of candidates. Skills assessed in this English proficiency test are quintessential for succeeding in English-speaking countries such as the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. 

SectionsSpeaking & WritingReadingListening
Duration54-67 minutes29-30 minutes30-43 minutes
TopicsPersonal IntroductionRead AloudRepeat SentenceDescribe ImageRe-tell LectureAnswer Short QuestionSummarise Written TextEssayMultiple Choice, Single AnswerMultiple Choice, Multiple AnswersFill in the BlanksReading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks, Re-order ParagraphsFill in the Blanks, Write from Dictation, Summarise Spoken Test, Multiple Choice, Multiple AnswersMultiple Choice, Single Answer, Highlight Incorrect Words, Highlight Correct Summary, Select Missing Word

PTE Test Day

PTE Academic and Home tests are computer-based tests. Candidates opting for the PTE Academic exam must report to the designated test centres, each supervised by a PTE Test Centre Administrator. The administrators guide the students through the check-in process and will supervise and help the students during the exam. Each centre has nearly 10-15 people who take the test simultaneously. 

PTE Test Day Essentials

  • Arrive around 30 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • Carry an acceptable ID and the required documents.

PTE Academic Test Documents Required

  • Passport- If the candidate is taking the test in their own country India and the candidate is taking the test outside the country.
  • National Unique Identification Card or Driver’s License or Military Identification Card- In case of unavailability of a Passport and the candidate is taking the test in his/her/their own country.

PTE Academic UKVI and Home A1, A2, and B1 Tests Documents Required

Candidates are required to bring any one of the following ID proof:

  • Passport
  • Government-issued ID
  1. National Unique Identification Card: Accepted in the country issuing the card.
  2. European Union (EU) ID Card: Accepted in the nation issuing the card.
  3. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  4. Biometric Residence Card (BRC)
  • Valid travel document (emergency travel documents are excluded)

PTE Score: How to Access?

Pearson sends PTE Academic and Home test scores via mail to candidates. The scores are available within five days of the test date. Additionally, candidates can also access their test score report on the official website of Pearson PLC group. PTE scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Steps to Access PTE Score Report

  • Sign in to myPTE account.
  • After signing in, go to the homepage and click on the ‘View Score’ option.
  • In case, candidates cannot locate the ‘View Score’ button, they can visit the ‘My Activity’ page and then select the ‘View Score’ option.
  • Save the PTE score report in PDF format and take a print.


What is the secret to a good PTE score?

Regular practice and consistency is the key to a good PTE score. Practice from PTE Scored Test and PTE Question Bank daily. Be consistent in your practice of communicative skills to ace this exam.

How to improve performance in PTE? 

Identify your weak points and focus on them. Set a target score. Schedule your practice sessions and use English while conversing or writing. Watch graded English documentaries and news channels and listen to podcasts and newsreaders. 

How to prepare for PTE Academic test?

Be thorough with the test format. Know about the syllabus of PTE. Recognise standard study sources. Practice sample papers and question banks regularly.

Regular self-assessment of communicative skills and learning the skill to study in chaos are the two secrets one should know before taking the PTE Exam. By following these secrets or tips candidates will become familiar with the test centre environment and not panic on exam day. 

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