PTE Writing & Speaking FAQs

by Anjani Shivam October 27, 2017

People often talk about how they can enhance their skills in PTE writing & speaking, however they often fail to check the facts before they can start the preparation. It is highly recommended to go through the facts once before diving into the act of learning and developing your skills.

How is PTE Writing & Speaking structured?

A. This section is tricky because it’s really two very separate sections: One for speaking tasks, the other for writing tasks. The reason this is only regarded as one section (Speaking & Writing) is because the “Writing” section is quite small, containing only two tasks.

The “Speaking” section of “ PTE Writing & Speaking” has 5 different tasks in it: “Read aloud”, “Repeat sentence”, “Describe image”, “Re-tell lecture” and “Answer short question”. You can find information about each of these tasks by clicking on the "SECTIONS IN PTE" tabs. You’ll have about 30-35 minutes to complete this section.

The “Writing” section of “ PTE Writing & Speaking” has only two different tasks in it: “Summarize written text”, and “Write essay”. However, you will have to do one of these tasks more than once. That is- you will have either summarize two written texts OR write two essays. This is something that is randomly decided; you do not get to choose which task you want to do again.

Q. What skills are being tested in this section?

A. When it comes to the speaking tasks in this section, the test makers are trying to determine your level of fluency and accuracy.

Fluency is your ability to speak clearly, without stopping (even if you make a few mistakes). If you constantly stop to correct yourself or pause for long periods of time to think of a word, you will not be considered fluent in English.

Accuracy is your ability to speak without errors, and it is incredibly important. It means that you are not making grammatical mistakes, that you are using the appropriate intonation in your sentences, that you are pronouncing your words correctly. The more accurate your speech is, the higher your speaking score will be.

When it comes to the writing tasks in this section, you need to demonstrate an understanding of writing structure and cohesion.

Good writing structure means that you are writing clearly, producing correct grammar and spelling, and using words and phrases that are appropriate to the context. For example, if you wrote something like: “The average person is fertile in their everyday work” because you thought “fertile” could be considered an appropriate synonym of “productive“, you would have used the wrong word for your context, making your point difficult to understand. If you feel you need help improving your writing structure, sign up to our website and take the pte practice tests

Cohesion is your ability to lay out your ideas in a logical way that supports your purpose. When you write your essay, for example, you will need to develop convincing arguments or provide rational information to support your statements. You will need to demonstrate that you can express your thoughts in a complex way in English, which takes practice.