The Speaking Module is often the most dreaded aspect of the PTE Academic, and rightly so since it is the only part of the exam where you do not have the luxury of going back to recheck your answers. In this article, we will take a closer look at how you can recover from your mistakes made during the PTE Academic test.
Don’t Repeat Or Hesitate
It is important that you do not repeat words or hesitate to answer . Most students hesitate to answer because they start to overthink and overcomplicate the questions. If you make a mistake, do not dwell on it but rather stay composed and carry on. It would be unfortunate to let a single blunder affect the rest of your answer and your score.
This is especially important since the microphone switches off automatically after three seconds of inactivity. Meaning that if you do not answer quickly, the microphone will switch off and you will lose the opportunity to answer, altogether. The best way to avoid this is to practice, practice, practice!
Don’t Speak Too Fast
Another point to note is that the speed at which you speak might naturally increase due to test day jitters. Again If you speak too quickly during your test, the algorithm might not be able to understand what you are saying.
The best way to avoid this is to speak slowly and clearly into the microphone. Make sure to enunciate in the correct places and do not mumble or combine (blend)words into each other.
Tips For Individual Questions
Since all the tasks in the speaking section, I thought it best to go through the rest of the tips separately.
If you don’t know the answer, give yourself a second or two to think. If you cannot think of the answer, just click ‘next’ to hear the next question.
Avoid Mistakes By Practicing
The best way to overcome test day anxiety and avoid unnecessary mishaps is to thoroughly practice under strict exam conditions. This will help improve your stamina when it comes to answering questions in succession and you will become familiar with what is expected of you on test day. Make sure that you practice using authentic Pearson practice materials so that you get a real exam feel.
Practice under exam conditions – this will help you understand how much information you can reasonably for within 40 seconds, without sounding hurried or rushed. Time practice questions will help to develop the quality of your responses so that you do not feel overwhelmed on test day.