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PTE Academic is an international computer-based test of English language . It measures your English ability by testing your level of English through tasks which reflect real-life settings. PTE Academic is also meant for non-native speakers of English who need to demonstrate their English language ability.
PTE academic is a computer based English proficiency test. This test examines a candidate in areas of English speaking, listening, writing and reading, four areas where English proficiency is required in order to ensure smooth stay and success in any endeavor in an English speaking country. Two modules are integrated during the test and each of the modules is tested through computer based assessment. The voice of the candidate is recorded in listening module. The test is conducted on a secure computerized system so as to ensure a glitch free examination.
PTE is acknowledged by almost all the big universities of United States and United Kingdom. The credibility of Pearson Test Of English has 100% recognition in Australia. It’s a portion of Pearson Enterprises.
PTE is advocated and authorised by Graduate Management Admission Council. The best part of this test is the candidates aren’t kept awaited for the results as it’s announced within 5 days. This has made it popular despite of being new entrant in the field of English testing exams.
PTE is a relatively new entrant in the field of English proficiency testing. However, this test has gained wide popularity in a relatively short frame of time, particularly because of fast results.
Pearson Tests of English (PTE)
The Pearson Test of English Academic
PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There is one multi-level test.
The Pearson Test of English General
(Formerly The London Test of English, these are designed to reward positive achievement in English language learning. The tests consist of two parts: a written paper and an interview
Which question types does PTE Written Discourse relate to?
So, what on earth does all that mean for you in the test and which questions does it affect?
Basically, it’s referring to a few things: firstly, the meaning and logical sequence of your content, also, your sentence, paragraph overall essay or summary structures, in addition to usage of linking words, correct punctuation and accuracy in how your express your ideas.
Importantly, as noted above, if you go off topic in your essay or do not get all the main points in your summary, and/or do not follow the requirements of the word count you, will miss out on marks in the PTE Written Discourse enabling skills.
Therefore, your PTE Written Discourse score will be determined by your essay and summary content, for both the written text and spoken text summary questions in terms of content and structure quality as above.
How can I improve my PTE Written Discourse score in my essay?
Read the PTE written discourse advice and learn how the response is constructed below!
#1 Check that you understand the topic 100% and follow the instructions
Take time to deeply understand the essay topic: check what is the general/ broader topic, and then in your own words interpret the specific topic and question being asked.
So if you had the essay question:‘ In the past 100 years there have been many inventions, such as antibiotics, airplanes and computers. Which do you think is the most important invention and why?’
The broader topic is about great inventions in the modern era, and the question or specific topic is about which you believe to be the most significant one; then the instruction is to choose one and explain why you believe that to be the case.
#2 Refine your essay and paragraph structure and academic tone
Follow a structure, for your whole essay, including an introduction, 2 main body paragraphs and a conclusion, as well as a structure for each paragraph. Also, make sure that you use appropriate formal tone, academic words, as well as linking words.
For example, for the above topic you could introduce your first main body paragraph as such: Firstly, computers have had an enormous positive impact on communication in the workplace.
This is a simple but clear topic sentence to introduce the main idea of the whole paragraph: the linking word, Firstly, is used to indicate it’s the start of your main argument and academic words and collocations such as, have an enormous positive impact on… and workplace are effective, natural-sounding word choices to make your initial point in a powerful way.
Compare the above to: Computers are very good to use at work for your job. While this second version is correct, it sounds much less formal/academic and has less impact. However, at the same, be sure not to go to the other extreme, meaning, you don’t have to go crazy with difficult vocabulary that you aren’t at all familiar with!
This can lead to lack of clarity and sounds ‘flowery’ (overly wordy) and unnatural, which is not what you are aiming for.
For example, don’t write: Computerised systems in venues of employment have prolifically infiltrated the world of work to exponentially enhance the work experience and add significant value to our workplace practices!
This sounds ridiculous as it’s so convoluted and the reader is left thinking: what exactly does that mean and what is wrong with the person who wrote it as it sounds so strange!
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#3 Improve your sentence structure and punctuation skills
As well as addressing essay and paragraph structure, it is important use a range of sentence structures, such as compound (sentences which contain 2 independent clauses) and complex sentences (ones which contain an independent clause and a dependent clause).
Also, it’s important to check you know English punctuation rules, including comma usage, colons, semi-colons and apostrophes.
For example, following on from our topic sentence above, we could use a complex sentence structure with appropriate punctuation to explain our topic sentence and give evidence:
Firstly, computers have had an enormous positive impact on communication in the workplace. In general, they have increased the speed and ease of communication at work, which consequently improves efficiency and thus leads to business growth.
For some quick written discourse advice, watch this video with Kaia from E2 PTE: Increase Your Written Discourse Score!
#4 Finally, we need to have a logical flow in ideas and development in structure.
To illustrate, we could conclude our paragraph by adding an example to support our main idea and a concluding sentence for our paragraph relating back to the topic sentence and overall essay topic.
So our complete paragraph will look like this:
In summary, this is how you can address and improve on your PTE Written Discourse enabling skills:
1. Use relevant content
2. Adopt a good structure
3. Use linking words
4. Mix it up with a range of sentence types
5. Correct punctuation
6. Adopt appropriate tone and accurate vocabulary
7. Present a logical sequence of ideas.
8. When it comes to meeting your future goals for study or work abroad, choosing PTE Academic is the wisest move.
Here’s how PTE Academic benefits you:
1) PTE results are typically available in 5 business days, so no more worry about waiting for your results
2) Flexible Test Dates
3) Choose the time and place that suits you with test sessions run 360 days a year at over 200 locations worldwide.
4) Approved for all Australian and New Zealand student visa and migration applications. Also, accepted by thousands of institutions in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland, including universities like Harvard, Yale and INSEAD.
5) Fair and Secure
6) The completely computerised test ensures all test takers are scored impartially and accurately. State-of-the-art biometrics ensure score validity.
7) Easy to prepare For
8) A range of PTE books and mock test familiarises students with the exam pattern, making it one of the easiest tests of English to appear for.
Speaking & Writing (77 – 93 Minutes)
In Part 1 you will be tested on your speaking and writing skills. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes.
To assess speaking, your skills will be tested by your ability to produce spoken English in an academic environment.
The writing section will require you to write responses in academic English using correct grammar and spelling.
Reading (32 – 41 Minutes)
In Part 2 you will be tested on your reading skills. This single timed section contains 15-20 independent and integrated skills items, depending on the combination of items in a given test. Different response formats, including multiple-choice, re-order paragraphs, and fill in the blanks, are designed to test your ability to read, write and listen to information provided in English. Because PTE Academic is an integrated skill test, one item type in this part of the test also assesses writing skills.
Listening (45 – 57 Minutes)
Part 3 consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once so listen carefully. You are allowed to take notes.
For each question you have the opportunity to adjust the volume. While the audio clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.
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