It has now been a couple of days since I took the PTE exam for the first time, and I decided to pen down all the important points that I think are important rather than giving a lecture what to prepare for.
I did a couple of weeks of study on my own, listened to a lot of videos, gave 3 practise tests and scored 78 overall. The external things that lowered my score were never told by anyone in the videos or blogs, so I decided to write it.
I know you all have been already preparing for the test, so you must be already knowing about the test patterns, questions and ways to attempt. I would enlighten you about the test centres, the environment and the key non-academic real-life aspects. I sure wish I had known them before I wrote the PTE exam for the first time!
Jump to the sections below to cut the chase and read what you are after.
This was the test centre I chose to go. It was nearby so I just selected it without reading the reviews. One day before, I read them on Google, and after reading so many mixed reviews I got nervous as I was afraid this would affect my scores.
On the test day, I arrived at the centre and was treated well as it was my first PTE attempt. The lady sitting at the reception was really tired but she didn't reflect that in our conversation. After covering the registration piece I got a locker and put my stuff there. It's safe and secure.
The writing section is heavily dependant on the keyboard. I am used to Macbooks and when I reached the test centre, I saw an old Logitech keyboard, with very hard keys to press and difficult to have the same typing speed. Result: I MADE A LOT OF SPELLING MISTAKES.
PTE is evaluated by a computerised system. That is the reason why NATIVE SPEAKERS DONT GET SCORES IN SPEAKING
Try dictation on your computer. Open notepad, and speak to the computer and check if it writes the same thing you say. Practise to perfect it. You need the computer to understand your accent and this is the perfect free way to practise. I scored straight 90 in the speaking section.
My Exam English is the best site I found that contains all the sections and all the type of questions. It is very convinient to practise on this site and is really very helpful.
I found the following videos from Jay (PTE Expert) very very informative. Please take notes on the strategy for writing and speaking he provides. They are extremly good and helped me a lot. With no coaching, I scored straight 90 on speaking and was much confident.
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