Top mistakes everyone makes in PTE Academic speaking

by Helen Cartwright October 27, 2017

In the last few months, we have evaluated near about a 1000 mock tests as well spoken to many aspirants who took the tests in an attempt to practice for PTE Academic. It is intriguing to see how many of them struggled with the same issues and made the same common mistakes.

It is often more disturbing to see that the candidates literally beat themselves up for lacking the skills to qualify. The truth, however, is completely different and it is just a few common mistake that is counting out the whole score for you. So my request to all who ever got a low point or score or lost confidence and felt defeated after getting their speaking score, brace yourself. It’s only a few common mistake that is eating out a large slice of your score. You just need to focus on these common mistakes and avoid in all situation.

Before we begin outlining the common mistakes made by the aspirants, we need to tell the aspirants one thing very loud and clear try to enhance your breathing ways while you record your answer. If you would analyze your test and listen to the recorded sample in the PTE mock tests at our website, you will see there is heavy breathing at the beginning of the sentence. That little thudding can surely or will surely affect your score.

With that being told let’s get down to the three common mistake that can lead to a bad score at PTE Academic

Speaking too fast in PTE Academic Speaking Section

We often notice and hear from aspirant that they believe that a brisk talking speed is the same thing as speaking fluency.

In an attempt to showcase that they have a good speaking rate, aspirants often confuse themselves and end up speaking too fast. The main reason can be that the students or aspirants are often nervous hence speeding up naturally. It’s natural to feel stressed or to feel nervous. However, there is a need to exercise our flow of speech and need to be aware of it before you appear for any test. No matter how much anxious or how much confident you are, try to speak slow and don’t rush as it can yield the best results you can imagine.

Excessive use of fillers

Native or non-native speakers, we have seen this common mistake in all them. The words like “aaa” or “um” which aspirants often use probably while thinking of a word or while imaging the next sentences is what we call fillers. PTE Academic is really serious about the use of fillers and punishes heavily if used. It is that often advised to prevent the use of fillers as they take a large chunk of your score card.

It is also important to note that the time given before the recording gets started is given mainly so that you can think of the concepts on which you can speak upon in the next few seconds. Use that time wisely and choose a concept on which you will be speaking so as to prevent the situation where you will have to use fillers.

The best method is to prepare a structure in which you will be speaking in the PTE Academic exam. Thanks to a number of available resources you can actually practice a number of PTE mock tests and prepare a firm structure of speaking for these types of questions.

Speaking in parts or fragments

It is a very common thing that we see among most of the aspirants they often seem to be starting a sentence and in the mid, they add on another random thought and go ahead with that. The result a number of sentences left incomplete. Now while conversing on any normal day this might be a normal thing but in PTE Academic it is a disaster which should be prevented.

The PTE Academic requires you to speak in complete sentences, no matter what. You have maximum chances of clearing out if you make sure that you speak complete sentences. Even if you realize that you have made some mistake while speaking a sentence don’t go backward correcting it, instead finish the sentence and move ahead. Enabling the method will at least get you the 5 points for oral fluency.

Now that you know the common mistakes, try and prevent them as well share with us the mistakes that you made in your PTE and next we will write about the ways you can avoid it.

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