Apart from your typical preparation methods, there are a few good habits that if kept can help you to significantly improve your PTE Academic score. Let’s take a look at some of these in more detail.
Stick to an Organized Study Plan
The best way to manage your time effectively is to create a study timetable. Make a schedule that includes all four main components of the exam namely listening, writing, and speaking. Spread them out throughout the day and over a number of weeks. Arrange the subjects progressively so you can start things slow and also include specific times to assess the skills you have learned during your study.
Some students try to study for the PTE exam on the weekends, when they have time to spare. I don’t recommend doing this. If you dedicate at least one or two hours a day to your PTE prep, it will guarantee that you don’t lose your focus or rhythm. I suggest that you spend at least 15 to 20 hours a week preparing for the exam. More than this might cause more exhaustion and stress than is necessary, which can have adverse effects on your preparation.
Make Sure To Practice
Learning a new skill is quite different to applying it in real life. Make sure that your daily PTE prep schedule includes enough practice time to reinforce the lessons you have gone through. You should also schedule practice or mock tests at the end of the week to assess whether or not your scores have improved or not.
Use English Everyday
The PTE exam assesses whether or not you are comfortable enough with the English language to survive and thrive in an English-speaking work or study environment. Therefore it would be ridiculous to think of your prep time as the only time you should be applying your knowledge and skills learned for the test. Incorporate the language into your daily activities, by conversing in English whenever possible.
Listen to native speakers
Apart from reading you can also try listening to native speakers in order to understand how certain words are pronounced. Watch or short video clips on YouTube or ted talks with English subtitles. Keep an ear out for those words which are new to you and listen especially to how difficult words are pronounced. You can also go through the transcript to understand how these words are used in context as well as learn about their spelling.
One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to source words through active reading, instead of just memorising lists of words. Doing this will give you a better understanding of how a word should be used. Try to read materials such as books, newspapers, or magazines that relate in some way to the common topics that are often asked about in task 2 of the writing test. Read about things that interest you. The more you read the more you will be exposed to new and uncommon vocabulary that is used in a natural-sounding way.
Note down new vocabulary and try to determine their meanings from reading in context. Your PTE prep should not only include textbooks, practice tests and skills that you forget as soon as your daily study time is complete. Improving your fluency and understanding of the language is a continual process that requires a committed effort.
Use New Words In Your Conversations
Practice using the new word repeatedly until you can use them in a natural way. Try incorporating them into your daily conversations. The best way to remember words is to use them! Doing this will also help you improve your fluency and confidence as well.
Enrol In An Online PTE Course
Despite all of the useful information above, I still feel that enrolling in an 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 an 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.