The secret to most success ventures is in the ground work. It’s no different with the Pearson Test of Academic. This test has three sections speaking, listening and reading, and writing. None of the sections is easier than the other although the time allotted and scores may be different.
The listening section may prove more challenging for non-natives who have not been exposed to the different accents. Candidates who have not taken PTE classes or the free online practice tests may find the reading section more challenging. Before your book PTE test, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the exam format and so some practice so that you’re mentally ready for the exam.
As you will find out, all the sections are scored independently, after which an average score is given. There are strategies for passing each of the sections, but in this article we’ll concentrate on the writing section.
Summarizing a Written Text
You’ll be given 10 minutes to complete a task of summarizing tests on academic content. You’ll read the passage of about 300 words and summarize it in a sentence. Any topic can be presented, even if you’re not knowledgeable of it you’ll have all the information you need in the passage.
You can get a feel of this from PTE academic and practice tests given online before you book PTE test. Scan through the passage and then read a second time more carefully jotting down key points. You don’t have time to note down everything and the summary will be in 5-75 words so don’t take too much time writing mini-notes.
The examiner requires you to summarize the text in a sentence. A sentence means you start with a capital letter, use different punctuations like semi-colons, hyphens and commas and the end with a full stop. Take a glance at the timer and word count and adjust your speed as needed. When done scan through your sentence and correct any spelling or grammatical errors.
What will score you points is your sentence structure, the attitude, tone and style of the writing the summary. Don’t assume anything just because you’re familiar with the passage given and don’t use your background knowledge either.
To test your writing skills further you’ll be tasked with writing an argumentative or persuasive essay. Your typing speed is also low-key tested here as you’ll be typing the essay on the computer.
You’re expected to develop a plot and give flesh of about 200-300 words on a given topic. You’ll be scored on spelling and vocabulary, grammar, language, form, coherence, structure, development and content. The trick here is knowing how to link ideas with the main theme. So before you start anything, understand the requirements of the essay. You can make your essay more attractive by using collocations, idioms, conditional statements and cohesive words.
Invest in time to practice writing essays before your book PTE test so that you know how to generate ideas and write them down in a natural and flowing manner. You can also take classes to develop a bank of vocabulary. Don’t forget to check for punctuation, spelling and grammar errors before you click the “complete” button.