There are no quick fixes or tricks that can make you suddenly score 79+ in the PTE Academic exam. However, there are a few tips that are suggested by PTE experts that can point you in the right direction to success. Let’s take at a few of these in closer detail.
1. Get To Know The Test
The first step to acing any test is to understand its format and content (syllabus). You to understand how the test is laid out and divided in terms of scoring and timings. You also need to research about the kind of questions you can expect in each part of the test. This is all simple information that can easily be found on the official PTE website. Finding out about all of the above, will save you from being surprised on test day.
2. Research How The Questions Are Scored
The PTE exam is unique with regard to the fact that is not evaluated or graded in any way by human examiners. All tests are assessed by a state-of-the-art computer algorithm. This AI follows an automated scoring pattern, which you should become familiar with. Knowing how each question is scored and weighted. It is also important to find out about how these questions are assessed and which skills you need in order to answer them.
3. Read The Instructions Carefully
Make sure that you carefully read the question in order to understand the instructions, and what exactly is required of you. You might feel that you are too pressed for time do this, but failing to do this can be a costly mistake. The wording of a question can provide vital clues as to what is expected of you. For example, many students lose out on the multiple choice questions, choose multiple answers, because they only chose one option. This is mostly due to the fact that they fail to read the instructions, that clearly state that they have to choose more than one option.
You should also pay attention to the time-limits of each question. These limits are mentioned in the instructions as well. Time management is a critical issue for the PTE test, since almost all tasks are strictly timed. Many candidates complain that the did not have enough time to complete their tasks, because they were unaware about the time limit for that question. This will obviously affects their score.
By understanding how each part of the test is timed and by taking regular practice speaking tests you can learn how to answer questions on time and at a suitable pace, without making mistakes.
Understand Your Strengths And Weaknesses
As you prepare you should also take practice tests, and note down areas of concern where you feel there is room for improvement. Doing this will help you to identify your weak areas (the questions types in which you made the most mistakes or struggled to answer easily). Knowing what your actual current level is will help you to set a realistic timeline to prepare for the test.
This will also make sure that you focus on the correct areas of test preparation instead of waiting precious time on skills that you are already proficient at.