There is an old saying that goes ‘it’s too good to be true’ and it's often true. There is often some underlying reason why certain PTE resources and materials are offered free of cost, and most would-be test-takers are unaware of this.
There are far too many fake free resources such as badly written sample answers. Many of these answers are themselves riddled with grammatical errors and branded as 79+ model answers.
Using such inauthentic free materials can give the incorrect impression about the level of difficulty of the PTE exam or give you an over-inflated sense of your English Language capabilities. However, there are some ways in which you can use some of these free resources to help with your PTE test preparation.
In this article, we will take a look at how you can effectively use free PTE resources as part of the preparation for the exam.
Understand The Test Format
Many online courses also have a sister website or blog, which also includes more general information about the PTE exam. You can use such information to get an idea about the PTE test, its format, and content. You can also judge by the way such information is presented, if opting for enrolling with this organisation is worthwhile or not. But as I mentioned before, there is usually a reason this information is free and most PTE prep organisations withhold their most valuable bits of information, which is only available to paying students or customers.
Free Mock Tests
To lure potential students to find out more about their course, many institutes offer free practice tests with an in-depth analysis of scores at the end of the test. A mock test can give you an idea about the timings, structure, and level of difficulty of an actual mock test. you can also get an accurate idea about your current level of proficiency.
Another added benefit of taking an online mock test is that you will be able to observe how the PTE Academic test is displayed on test day. Therefore it is crucial to make sure that the free mock test you take, actually mimics exact PTE test conditions.
Another point to consider is that although there are plenty of free PTE resources available online, no matter how well-connected they might be, their information about the PTE exam will always be minimal. I feel that enrolling in a PTE Preparation course is your best bet at acing the exam. The reasoning behind this is simple, any sort of free online PTE resource cannot provide feedback on your proficiency.
In my opinion, it would be better and more productive to invest in finding a good PTE teacher to guide you and then use the above-mentioned resources as supplementary materials. Only a PTE professional teacher can guide you and offer you valuable feedback on your weak areas, especially in terms of your writing and speaking practice answers.