The Person Test of English (PTE) is one of the frontline English language proficiency exams used to test the English language abilities of people all over the world.
Often, this exam is surrounded by many incorrect myths, which are mostly false, and are only misconceptions that need to be cleared. These myths mislead potential candidates and might be the reasons behind a candidate's inadequate preparation for the exam
Here some of the most common myths about the PTE academic as well as the truth about them
You Should Develop An Accent That Sounds Like A Native Speaker
The PTE AI is designed to recognize a wide variety of accents. The computer algorithm contains accent data from over 126 countries and for more than 90 diverse languages. This assures that the scoring system recognizes accents from around the globe.
This ensures that every candidate is evaluated in the exact same way, regardless of where they take the test, and that there are no biases made by human examiners. So the ai will assess a candidate’s pronunciation using the criteria and it does not matter if they speak with a British or American accent, or if they have a non-native Chinese or Indian accent.
Faking a native accent would only cause more problems. If you speak with an unfamiliar accent you will be more likely to stumble and make mistakes, and this will only make you sound more unnatural. Rather speak the way you would naturally in a calm and confident manner.
You should improve your pronunciation skills before you sit for the exam. However, it is very difficult for second language learners to objectively point out their own weak areas when it comes to productive skills like speaking. This is why the best approach would be to work on your pronunciation with a trusted PTE professional, who can guide you on all the best methods and tips to improve your pronunciation.
If You Are A Native Speaker Or Have Strong Language Skills, You Don’t Have To Prepare For The Exam
This is simply not true, in fact, second language learners often score better in the exam than native speakers. This is because the exam is not just about how well or how familiar you are with the language, it is also about demonstrating knowledge of particular skills.
The questions in the PTE exam require academic skills. These are all skills that go beyond what a native speaker uses in their daily communication.
For these reasons, all test takers, including native English speakers, should prepare before test day. Thorough preparation is the key to PTE success (even if you are a native speaker of English
The first step is to always know what to expect. To do this you must understand the format of the test.
Each module has its own types of common questions. It’s important to know what the different question types are for each section and formulate a strategy to solve each one. For example, the strategy for solving a Multiple-choice question is different from the strategy for a fill-in-the-blank question. The timings and answer procedures also differ greatly. You also need to know about the specific instructions for each question type – things like, is there a word limit, or how many options do you have to choose, can you use capitals or not?
First-time test takers are often unaware of the great amount of detail that goes into preparing for each module.
Just like any exam, your success depends on the amount of effort you put into your preparation, even if you are a native English speaker.
Make sure you understand the test format and what exactly is required for each task. I think the best way to do that is to get guidance from a trained PTE professional who can help you understand the skills you need to ace the exam and offer you valuable practice resources and feedback.
Practice Is Enough To Prepare For The Exam
Hopefully, by now you understand how dangerous and misleading these myths can be, especially for first-time aspirants, who are more likely to fall for such false claims due to their ignorance about the PTE academic exam.
This is why, in my opinion, it would be best to seek out the counsel of an experienced PTE professional.