Most students choose PTE Academic due to the fact that it was too difficult for them to get band 7 or higher in the Writing section in IELTS. However, how to better prepare your writing in PTE Academic? Today, Sydney PTE Academy would like to share some tips to help PTE test takers get higher marks in PTE Academic Writing section including Summarise Spoken Text in the Listening part - which have a significant influence on your Writing marks.
Before we introduce the techniques, there are some exciting information we'd like you to know.
Happy Labour Day! - Reschedule on Monday (3 Oct) Trial class
October long weekend is coming! Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October (3 Oct) in NSW. Hence, there will be no class including trial class on 3 Oct. Instead, Sydney PTE Academy provides the free trial class on Tuesday, 4 Oct, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. You will get some tips and information about PTE academic, our course arrangements and have a Q&A session with tutor. After taking the class, our friendly staff can answer any questions you might have about the course or PTE Academic learning materials.
New Centre in City!
From this Saturday, 1 Oct, Sydney PTE Academy will move to a stunning new centre. The new address is Suite 901, 350 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Be the first one to visit our new centre and prepare your PTE Academic as soon as possible!
Afternoon Classes Available Soon!
In order to provide our professional courses to more students regardless of their busy schedule, Sydney PTE Academy would like to offer one more batch to make our PTE Academic course timetable more flexible and adjustable than ever!
We are happy to announce that there will be afternoon PTE training session, which will be running from 2.30pm to 5pm every Monday to Thursday. The original batches (Morning and Evening classes from Monday to Thursday, Weekend classes from Saturday to Sunday) will still be provided to all students.
For more information, please send enquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org or come to visit in our new centre at Suite 901, 350 Kent Street. You can also call us on 0406 386 688.
How to Prepare and Write a Good Quality Essay?
A higher marked essay in PTE Academic as well as in IELTS is not a product created by inspiration, but a result of countless modifications in the rough manuscript. In other words, if you want to improve your writing skills, the most important step is not to find inspiration, but to actually start practicing. The process of writing involves developing a clear, logical concepts and training your mind to come up with the idea quickly. Thus, it is essential to write a draft before writing the whole essay. In addition, there are other aspects that need to be taken into account:
In order to write a good essay, PTE test takers should learn to use less words/sentences to express ideas. To cite an example: "He clenched his teeth tightly" can be simply replaced by "He clenched his teeth". In addition to cutting down on adverbs and adjectives, PTE test takers should learn how to use verbs in order to streamline their expressions. For instance, "Different people have different opinions" can be simplified to "Opinions vary"; "There are many problems" can be rewritten as "Problem abound". As you can see, verbs can be a soul of the sentence - a good verb can make the sentence more concise. While preparing PTE Academic, PTE test candidates can accumulate more samples by reading some English newspapers or magazines such as Guardian or Economist.
- Check dictionary more often
Dictionaries can help PTE test takers to find more accurate words to use and understand the slight differences between some words. "Dictionary" refers to English-to-English one, since only by checking the English definition you can really understand the meaning of the word and use it the right way.
- Read aloud your essay
Reading your work will help you to self-check it. Sometimes only by reading aloud you can find something "wrong" in the text - using the wrong preposition, using too long sentences... If you cannot read your essay "comfortably", there might be something wrong with it. You can stop reading when you find out the problem, correct it and start reading again until you are satisfied with your work. This method is also helpful to develop a sense of language in order to find out the correct answers in Fill in the Blanks (Reading section).
Summarise Spoken Text - How to Take Note?
In general, good notes taking skills will help you directly to develop good study/work habits. Although PTE Academic is an English language test, it examines PTE test takers' ability to take notes as well. The process of taking notes is also the process of understanding key points and paraphrasing article's/listening content. With regards to this, PTE Academic is not only a language test, but also a flexible, practical exam with a close relation to real world.
In Summarise Spoken Text, PTE test takers will listen to a recording and need to summarise it in 50-70 words - answers below or above the word limit will be penalised. The response time is 10 minutes and PTE test candidates are assessed based on the Content, Form, Grammar, Vocabulary and Spelling. So, how to take notes in this type of question?
- Find out key points + Filter unwanted information
In each task, you need to find at least 3 key points to summarise them into 3 or 4 sentences, in order to ensure that the word count is within the limit. Meanwhile, you don't need to focus on information such as people's or organisation's names. If you have to include this kind of information, you can just mention them by position or function. To cite an example: the researcher, the professor, the research institute, the energy company and so on.
- Record key words + Note down the general idea
Try to put down the key information presented in the recording, including but not limited to: new terms, definitions, given facts or statistics. During the listening, take notes on each section of the lecture, such as introduction, main body and conclusion. Also, pay attention to linking words (but, however, so, because etc.). Introduction is actually the most important part as it determines the direction and the main tone of the entire passage.
- Use abbreviations + Allow some time to check your answer
In addition to the commonly known abbreviations, you can also invent your own symbols to make the process of taking notes faster. However, be consistent in using particular symbols, otherwise you may not be able to read through what you have written. Besides, allow at least 2 minutes after you finish to check your answer. Try to avoid spelling and grammar errors.