How to Prepare for PTE Academic 2020

Updated By Neha Kumari on 28 Aug, 2020 10:16

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How to Prepare for PTE Academic

Taking PTE Academic 2020? While many may say that preparing for the test is a bit challenging, one can certainly score high with a well-planned strategy. Since the exam is conducted throughout a given year, one should book the test according to time they require for preparation. 

Only when a candidate has a clear idea of the exam pattern and syllabus of the test, shall a test taker start with the preparation. Lakhs of students across the world take the test to get admission in top universities or colleges in countries like Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, Germany etc

Some of the popular universities accepting PTE scorecard are Oxford UniversityAston UniversityAuburn University, University of Illinois, Chicago, Mcmaster University Dalhousie University etc. For the benefit of the aspirants, CollegeDekho has curated section-wise preparation tips along with general and exam-day tips that will help them excel in PTE Academic 2020.

COVID-19 Update:

Pearson VUE which is the conducting body of PTE academic has reduced the availability of test centres for Indian candidates. Due to the unavoidable circumstances, candidates who have applied for the test may have to deal with situations like postponement of test, cancellation of test or change in the test centre. 

It is thus advisable for students who have not booked the PTE test date to choose the test date and centres wisely. They can plan and prepare for the test accordingly. 

Table of Content 

 Tips and Tricks for PTE Academic 2020 Section-wise Preparation Strategy for PTE Academic 2020
General Tips & Tricks for Exam Day-

    Tips and Tricks for PTE Academic 2020

    Understand Your Current English Proficiency Level 

    You can take Pearson's Practice Tests to determine your strong and weak areas (which may include grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and written discourse) and to analyse your communicative skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). You may then work on the required areas to improve your English language ability.

    Since your overall score is based on your performance on all test questions, focus on the weaker areas and plan how long you’ll need to study to increase your skills up to the desired level.

    Know the Test Pattern

    You should be completely familiar with the format of the PTE Academic. Understanding the paper pattern as well as types of questions is important for obtaining a good result. The test format will include details like its different sections (Speaking & Writing, Listening and Reading), length and timing, number of questions, the layout of the test, Important Instructions as well as the type of questions

    Understand How the Test is Scored

    All questions in PTE Academic are 100% machine scored. Scores for some questions are based on correctness alone, while others are based on correctness, formal aspects and the quality of the response.

    Go for Quality Preparation Material

    There is a growing range of free and paid preparation material available from PTE Academic. You may refer to the same for improving your chances of scoring well in the test.

    Join an English Course

    If you feel self-study is not the most effective way of reaching your full potential, you can always consider taking up preparation courses offered all around the world ranging from intensive week-long courses to courses that last for up to six months, to help you familiarise with the test and improve your English skills.

    Practice, Practice, Practice!

    This could be the best way to prepare for the test. You may improve your English listening, reading and writing skills by spending at least 5 or 10 minutes every day on activities that build your knowledge. You can become more fluent in the language by speaking English at your home, school or workplace. You may also join English-speaking groups that offer the opportunity to improve both speaking and listening skills. You must avail every opportunity to write in English. Reading newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and books as well as watching English programmes on television and listening to radio broadcasts are some of the ways you can adapt to improve your fluency. You may also observe native speakers and listen to the language used in different contexts.

    Section-wise Preparation Strategy for PTE Academic 2020

    Check topic wise preparation tips for each section:

    Preparation Strategy for PTE Academic 2020 Speaking and Writing Section


    Preparation Tips 

    Read Aloud 

    • Use appropriate pausing to read more fluently and give the full meaning of the text. 

    • Give stress on words that carry important information.

    Repeat Sentence

    • Listen to the phrase of the sentence as it read aloud.

    •  Try to copy the stressed words and intonation patterns of the sentence when you hear the recording.

    •  Given the emphasis on oral fluency and pronunciation while repeating the sentence. 

    Describe Image

    • Look for the main idea of the image being shown.

    •  Explain in detail the ideas relating to the image. 


    • Note keywords in the prompt before beginning. 

    • Find out the topic, the key points that you should focus on and all points of view to present and discuss. 

    Answer Short Question

    • Listen to the short question carefully.

    •  The recording status box changes to recording as soon as the question stops.  Start your answer immediately. 

    • Do not wait for more than 3 seconds or else the recording will stop and the item status will change to ‘completed’. This means that you have lost your chance to give your answer.

    Summarize Written Text

    • When you read the text, emphasise on the words that convey a  specific meaning.

    •  You may do it by reading them aloud with a focus on key syllables. 

    Preparation Strategy for PTE Academic 2020 Reading Section

    TopicPreparation Tips 

    Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer


    • Identify the keywords while you read the text.

    • Evaluate your response before submitting

    Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers


    • Check for any repeated words from the option. 

    • The answer that you choose will judge your ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate a text.

    • Understand how scores are granted and choose options wisely. If all responses are correct, you will receive maximum points. Partial scores will be given for one or more correct responses. For any wrong option, 1 point will be deducted. 

    Re-Order Paragraphs

    • Read text boxes quickly before you start re arranging them. 

    • Figure out the topic sentence first.

    • The response is used to judge your ability to understand the structure and cohesion between the texts.

    •  Maximum marks will be given only if all senstences are arranged properly. Partial scores will be granted if some of the arrangements are correct. 

    Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks

    • Read the word before and after the blank to identify the correct word. 

    • Look for the overall meaning of the text before you choose the word. 

    •  Your aswer will be judged on your ability to use contextual and grammatical accuratcy to identify words that complete the sentence. 

    Reading: Fill in the Blanks


    • Use knowledge of grammar to select the correct word. 

    • Think of those words that can be put together to form a correct sentence.

    • This section judges your ability to use context and grammar to identify words after reading a text.

    Preparation Strategy for PTE Academic 2020 Listening Section​

    TopicPreparation tips 

    Summarize Spoken Text

    • Make sure to highlight the main points and supporting points in the summary. 

    • Grammar, spelling and punctuations used in the summary must be correct. 

    • This section will judge your ability to comprehend, analyse and gather details from the text. 

    • Ensure to add key points in writing. Focus on quality of content.

    Highlight Incorrect Words

    • Read the transcription quickly before you listen to focus on the keypoint.

    • Try to focus on text using the cursor as you listen to the audio.

    • Your answer is judged on your ability to figure out differences between the recording and transcription. 

    Fill in the Blanks

    • Go through the text quickly before the recording begins. 

    • Write words on the ‘erasable noteboard booklet’ as you listen to the audio.

    Highlight Correct Summary

    • Take notes of important points and match them with the correct summary. 

    • This section will determine your ability to comprehend and analyse the summary for an audio.

    Multiple Choice, Single Answer

    • Focus on the specific information that you need.

    • Quickly go through questions and answers before you listen to topics to understand it. 

    Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer

    • Take a note of main points and supporting details while listening to the text. 

    • Select the options that determine the meaning of the paragraph. 

    • This section will judge your ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate videos or audio content.

    Select Missing Word

    • Choose the option wisely before you select the next option to hear the sequential recording.  

    • Your answer is judged based on your understanding of the contextual clues in a recording.

    Write From Dictation

    • While answering, type as many correct words you remember in the response box in the correct order.

    • The spelling of words must be correct.


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    General Tips & Tricks for Exam Day

    • Carry the correct documentation and ID to the test centre.

    • Allow yourself plenty of time to reach the test centre.

    • Read all test instructions carefully.

    • Use correct punctuation for writing tasks: full stops, capital letters, commas, etc.

    • Answer the question. If the question asks you to write or speak about sport, write or speak about ‘sport’ NOT ‘science’.

    • Stay within the word limit given for writing tasks.

    • Respond quickly and keep speaking during speaking tasks. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence and stop recording.

    • Do not spend too much time on a single question.

    • Spend any available time checking your answers.

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