2021 has started, and a lot of things are already happening. With the introduction of the COVID vaccine, the regulation is becoming easier. I guess this is the first time we are happy to acknowledge that the vacations are finally over, making it the time to put your PTE Study plan into action.
However, you are still searching for some concrete study plan that can help you score in the upcoming exam. In our previous discussion, we have talked about various study plans that you can use to clear the exam. Now, with that being discussed the immediate question is “Are there some specific task types that need more focus than the others?”
PTE Academic is an AI-based exam, designed in a certain way where some of the task types carry more weightage than the others. To the test takers out there, it is important to understand that the AI scoring is not known; however, it is quite predictable.
While we don’t recommend ignoring the other task types, we thought to enlighten you with certain task types that can actually help you score. You can also emphasize these task types while drafting your PTE Preparation plan.
What makes a few of the task types important?
You must be questioning the parameters that we used to shortlist the upcoming task types. Well, one of the most important is the marks weightage that these task types carry.
So if we have to point it out; here are the factors based on which we have shortlisted the task types.
- Weightage/Scoring of each task type.
- Contribution of a given task type to the other sections.
- Multiple test scenario execution by our coaches to understand the scoring criteria.
Now that you are aware of the parameters that determine the importance of a task type, here are the four most important task types to help you draft the PTE Study plan.
PTE Study plan: Task 1: Speaking: Read Aloud
Read Aloud being the first task type of Speaking Section is probably the most crucial task type of the entire PTE Exam. It contributes nearly 50% marks in the Speaking Section & 50% in the Reading Section which really sets up half of the scoring for speaking and reading if you attempt it correctly.
Brief Summary of PTE Read Aloud
- Task type Contribution: Read Aloud is a Speaking & Reading task type which contributes to both the Speaking & Reading section of the PTE Exam.
- How to attempt Read Aloud: You will be a given 35 seconds to skim through the given passage. On the completion of the 35 seconds, you need to read aloud the complete passage with correct Oral Fluency, Pronunciation & Intonation.
Tips to get a perfect score in the Read Aloud task type:
- Avoid any insertion, omission, or replacement of words.
- Read aloud the same words as written in the passage while maintaining proper Oral Fluency & Pronunciation.
- Use the allotted time efficiently to skim and go through the passage carefully.
PTE Study plan: Task 2: Speaking: Repeat Sentence
Our second task type on the list is Repeat Sentence. Repeat Sentence is again a speaking task type that has much weightage to the Speaking & Listening Section.
In fact, we can go to an extent and say that Read Aloud & Repeat sentence can alone help you score 79 in the Speaking Section.
- Here is an overview of PTE Speaking Repeat Sentence
- Task type Contribution: Repeat Sentence is a Speaking task type that contributes to both the Speaking & Listening section of the PTE Exam.
How to attempt Repeat Sentence: The audio will automatically play after three seconds. You have to hear and repeat the exact sentence once the recorder starts recording.
Tips to get a perfect score in the Repeat Sentence task type:
- Avoid any insertion, omission, or replacement of words.
- Repeat what you have heard in the audio.
- Be focused while listening to the audio, avoid the use of an erasable notepad.
Task 3: Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks
Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks comes third on our list and is really important for your writing & reading section. This task type contributes to the Writing section & Reading section.
Brief Summary of R&W: Fill in the Blanks
- Task type Contribution: Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks contributes to both the reading & writing sections.
- How to attempt R&W: Fill in the Blanks: For this item type, you will be given a passage with blanks. You will have to select the most appropriate words from the drop-down list.
Tips to get a perfect score in the R&W: Fill in the Blanks:
- Ensure proper time management; don’t spend more than two minutes on a question.
- Skim the passage carefully to understand the meaning of the complete sentence.
- Enhance your Vocabulary. Work on Antonyms & Synonyms.
Task 4: Listening: Write From Dictation
We cannot emphasize more how important is the Listening Section for your PTE practice. Hence, it is not possible to complete the list without the Listening Section. Our final task type on the list is the Listening: Write from Dictation.
Here is an overview of Write from Dictation
- Task type Contribution: Write From Dictation is a listening task type that contributes extensively to the Writing and Listening section. It is one of the task types where even a minor mistake can cost you a lot of marks. Hence despite being the last task type in the exam you have to attempt it with extra attention.
- How to attempt Repeat Sentence: The audio will automatically play in which you will hear a sentence. Write the sentence exactly as you have heard in the response box.
Tips to get a perfect score in Write from Dictation:
- This is the last task type of the exam, don’t lose your focus and always pay attention to the timer.
- Write exactly what you have heard in the audio.
- Avoid spelling & grammar mistakes.
It also recommended taking the guidance or help of our coaches to understand a given task type to get the perfect score in the PTE test. You can select our coaches from the online PTE coaching program to get complete personal guidance as well as score in the PTE exam.