PTE Academic Speaking Section Useful Tips

By | May 24, 2017

PTE Academic Speaking Useful Tips:

Before starting the Speaking section, there is a small task to complete. It is ‘Personal Introduction’ (Not scored). In this Item type, you have spoken about yourself and your response will be sent together with your Score report to the institutions selected by you.

Time for response to record is 30 seconds.

Tips for Personal Introduction:

  • Your interests
  • Your plans for future study
  • Why you want to study abroad
  • Why you choose this test
  • Why you need to learn English

Speak at least 3 topics or more of above mentioned within 30 sec. Overall in speaking section most important is you’re “FLUENCY”.

Here it goes the Speaking section; First item type is Read Aloud.

Tips for Read Aloud:

  • Fluency is your first priority
  • Scan for hard words and Spell it clearly before it starts recording.
  • Rising and falling tone for some words is important.
  • Be aware of Plurals, don’t spell wrongly.
  • No long disconnection of sentences.(i.e. Gap to each sentence)
  • Uneven words, Irregular Phrasing 
  • Beware of Inappropriate stress and incorrect pronunciation to some words.
  • Before it starts recording, read once the total sentence.
  • Don’t be too fast (in recording cannot understand) and too slow.
  • Time for this section is more sufficient.
  • Don’t keep silence more than 3sec.
  • And the last tip is your tone must be NATURAL. 

Tips for Repeat Sentences:

  • Fluency
  • Close your eyes and listen to keep concentration on listening.
  • No long pauses, Clear voice.
  • Be careful of adding new text or omitting Listened text.
  • If you can’t remember whole sentence at-least give importance to Keywords.

Tips for Describe Image:

Many of them feel it difficult, but it is not that much difficult. Just follow the below tips.
  • Use the words like To illustrate…, It depicts to show that…,
  • Speak about Highest and Lowest figures or key points. ( Most Important)
  • Fluency, Speak with a good voice.
  • In describing image use the words – on the left-hand side, on the right-hand side, next to, above, below or bottom, at the top, foreground, background. Just keep on practicing with these words.
  • For graphs you can use –  ‘X-axis on graphs shows…. range……’, and ‘Y-axis on graph shows…. range….’
  • Use the words like over, about, under… to point out the values on the axis. If you use those words no need to be the exact value.
  • Don’t keep silent, speak something about the image you see.

Tips for Retell Lecture:

  • Note the keyword by understanding the context of the topic, so you can give your best.
  • For the name, you can use titles. ex: Dr. James Alexandra says…. so you can say just ‘ Dr says…’.
  • If possible try to catch 3-5 sentences it’s enough to re-tell the lecture.
  • While taking notes just omit vowel and note keywords it saves the time. (practice it)
  • Use phrases like ‘The lecture provides brief information about….’ or  ‘According to the speaker , he said…..’ etc… to elaborate the given lecture.
  • Fluency is most important, whatever you speak also.
  • Don’t keep silent, speak something relates to lecture. 

Tips for Short Answer Questions:

  • If you don’t know the answer, just repeat the words in the question.
  • Don’t forget the articles a,an,the before some words.
  • Below are some questions and answers, whatever I have collected.


Most helpful and repeated in the PTE-A Exams:

  1. Paying at the counter after shopping – check out
  2. First story of the basement/building – basement
  3. Fed up – Negative feeling
  4. Who do you call in case of leaking pipeline – plumber
  5. Microscope is used to see – Micro-organism  
  6. Transfer quickly from computer to computer – virus, Downloading
  7. Democratic government – people vote
  8. What do you get when you buy something – receipt 
  9. Agriculture based country – farming economy
  10. Stars or planet – astronomy
  11. Dead remains of plants – fossils
  12. Business and advertising PR means – public relation
  13. What do you need to see thing which is far away – Binoculars
  14. Magnify minimal objects – microscope
  15. Who to visit if you have fear of crowd – psychologist
  16. Means of traveling in developed countries – public transport 
  17. Washing clothes – laundry
  18. Who is more playing football – men
  19. Living things – Biology
  20. Month between September and November – October
  21. Thing most people use in their home – Bed
  22. Main difference between a wrist watch and a clock – Size
  23. Where we store meat – Freezer
  24. Most important document while driving – Driving license
  25. Where we can buy floor – Supermarket
  26. For X-ray – radiology
  27. Volume of water – liters
  28. Hand joint with arm – wrist
  29. Wall clock and hand watch – their relative sizes
  30. City –   Urban area
  31. When the moon covers the sun -solar eclipse
  32. Orbits the sun  –  Planet
  33. Football in-charge – referee 
  34. Cardiologists – heart
  35. The event placed in time order  – a timeline
  36. Sea water different from fresh water  – Salt
  37. University courses – orally or written assessment
  38. Washing clothes  – in the bathroom
  39. Protect motor bike rider’s – Helmet
  40. Leap year   –  366 days
  41. Fitness  – more exercise
  42. Europe is home to – United kingdom
  43. Arrival at hotel  – reception or check-in
  44. Job title building designer – architecture
  45. Watches a sports event – spectator
  46. Climb to the roof  – ladder
  47. Don’t feel like eating – appetite
  48. Improve health n fitness – diet and more physical exercise
  49. What is the name of ground military forces? – Army
  50. What is someone that can’t see called? – Blind
  51. What do you call the middle of something? – Center
  52. Whose job is it to treat people that are ill or have an injury at a hospital? – Doctor
  53. What is the process of teaching and learning called? – Education
  54. What kind of book is written by a person about their own life? – Autobiography
  55. What is the red liquid that flows through a body? – Blood
  56. What is the payment of a student’s education by an organization called? – scholarship
  57. What is the piece of paper with official information written on it? – document
  58. What is the name of a building where you can borrow books? – library
  59. Who is a person that makes bread, cakes and pastries? – baker
  60. What organ controls your speech, feelings, body movement and thoughts? – brain
  61. What piece of equipment shows a person what direction they are traveling? – compass
  62. What is a series of events that happen in your mind while you are sleeping? – dream
  63. What is that person belongs to an organization called? – member
  64. Who cuts men’s hair? – barber
  65. What is it called when two or more people are speaking to each other? – conversation
  66. What is a violent conflict between two or more countries? – war
  67. What do you call the number of people living in a specific area? – population
  68. What do you call a person that can’t hear? – deaf
  69. What is the day that someone is born? – birthday
  70. What plan shows how much money is available and how it will be spent? – budget
  71. What is the name of a system of government in which the people elect their leaders? – democracy
  72. What planet do we live on? – earth
  73. What is the job of someone that looks after your teeth and gums? – dentist
  74. What is the time period before noon is called? – ante meridian
  75. What is the time afternoon called? – post meridian
  76. What organ do cardiologists specialize in? – Heart

 From Mc Millen:

  1. Which section of news paper gives the editor an opinion? – editorial
  2. What instrument used to examine very small thing – microscope
  3. What is the destructive program that spread from comp to comp – a virus
  4. What term used for animals that give birth to – mammals
  5. System of government where people vote for people – democracy
  6. Piece of paper that you bought an item – a receipt
  7. What you call the document that tells your qualification and work ex? – CV, curriculum vitae, resume
  8. How would you describe economy largely based on farming? – agricultural, rural
  9. What is the study of stars and planet called? – astronomy
  10. In business and davit, what is PR stand for? – public relations
  11. What emergency service called at seeing? – coastguard
  12. Name a month fall bet April and June? – May
  13. What word describe moving a website from internet to your comp – downloading / download
  14. What is called a picture doctor take to see inside the body? – an X-ray
  15. What crime has someone stealing from shop committed? – shoplifting
  16. If someone feeling ill they will say ‘they are feeling under the ___’ what? – weather
  17. Under the weather – Feel sick, poor health, tired or exhausted]
  18. Who is person-in-charge of a football match? – the referee
  19. Last game in the sporting competition that decides champ? – the final
  20. What is the general term for painting at a country side or natural view? – landscape
  21. Found in office (a printer and other two options)? – a printer
  22. There are two types of sporting contests: one is amateur, and other is ___? – professional
  23. Where would you find the whale (tropical forest, ocean)? – ocean
  24. The coat had a stain on it where would they take? – a dry cleaner’s
  25. What are the things that ‘hens lay’ called? – eggs
  26. The people who use ___ to obey the rules and protect the public from criminals are called? – the police
  27. On what geographical location would someone be living if their country is surrounded by water on all side? – an island
  28. What general part of the day is known as dawn? – a sunrise
  29. Part of the Day: “Dawn–Twilight–Sunrise, Morning, Daylight / midday-afternoon, Evening, Sunset–Twilight–Dusk, Night”]
  30. What are the people that plant food, raise crop are commonly known as? – farmers
  31. If a button has come off a shirt, what would someone most likely use to put it back on? – a needle and thread
  32. What appliance do people use to keep their food cool and preventing from spoiling? – fridge
  33. To crossover from one side of the wide river to another without using the boat, what is usually required? – a bridge
  34. What is a painting of a person’s head is called? – a portrait
  35. Where do we find an urban area in a city or countryside? – in a city
  36. What we call it, when the moon completely blocks out the light from the sun? – a solar eclipse / an eclipse
  37. What point of the compass is directly opposite east? – west
  38. Where does u pay for your purchases at the supermarket? – (at the) till / checkout
  39. What does u call an apartment that is beyond ground level (a basement apartment or a penthouse apartment)? – a basement apartment
  40. What features do pianos and computers have in common? – a keyboard
  41. If you are feeling ‘fed up’ it is positive or negative feeling? – a negative feeling
  42.  “I am fed up with being put down and made to feel stupid”]
  43. What do we call a period of ten years? – a decade
  44. A specialist who repairs leaking water pipes is called a ___? plumber 
  45. A famous canal links the meditation sea with the Indian Ocean, is it the Curran or Suez Canal? – the Suez canal
  46. Where would you keep the meat you wish to keep frozen at home? – in a freezer
  47. What is the most imp doc you would have to show if you would hire a car? – a driving license
  48. Where would you go to work out on a trade mill? – a gym / gymnasium
  49. What piece of equipment would you use to go diving in a sea, an aquaplane or an aqualung? – an aqualung [ aqualung – a portable breathing apparatus for divers ; aquaplane – a board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat]
  50. Where would you most likely go to buy some flowers (a bakery, a florist or a supermarket)? – a supermarket
  51. Which hospital debt you go for x-ray (radiology or cardio) – a radiology
  52. Where would you go to see an exhibition of sculptures? – to an art gallery / to a museum
  53. Would you measure the volume of water in liters or kilos? – liters
  54. What’s the joint called where your hand is connected to your arm? – the (or your) wrist 

Offline Practice PTE-A Exam:

  1. What organ do cardiologists specialize in? – (the) heart / hearts
  2. If telescopes are used to locate distant objects, what instrument is employed to magnify minuscule objects? – (electron) microscope / microscopes
  3. Which kind of punishment for a crime is the less severe, an imprisonment or community service? – community service
  4. How many sides are there in a bilateral agreement? – two
  5. Which is the longest: a decade, a millennium or a century? – a millennium
  6. A manufacturing process releases noxious gasses. What is the most important safety measure for workers at this plant – ensuring good ventilation, or appropriate footwear? – (ensuring good) ventilation
  7. A list of events placed in time order is usually described as what? – a chronology / a timeline
  8. If a figure is hexagonal, how many sides does it have? – six
  9. What key mineral makes sea water different from fresh water? – salt
  10. In the animal kingdom, is the purpose of camouflage to attract a mate, to find food or to hide? – (it’s) (the purpose is) (to) hide

 If you learn these questions and answers you can answer most of the questions in exam and you will boost with the confidence.

If you follow these tips you can score maximum marks in this Section.
If you like my article, please do leave a comment or like it. I feel happy that my effort has been appreciated. Thank you!


149 thoughts on “PTE Academic Speaking Section Useful Tips

  1. Neha Jattiwal

    Hi guys, I just received my scores.

    Communicative Skills:
    Listening – 90
    Reading – 83
    Speaking – 90
    Writing – 90

    Enabling Skills:
    Grammar – 90
    Oral Fluency – 90
    Pronunciation – 90
    Spelling – 90
    Vocabulary – 77
    Written Discourse – 90

    I have prepared my own material to practice. If you need help, email me at: ************** (No emails Displayed, email


    My opinion its was really helpful for pte students if you follow the rules you will success in the pte exam. thanks you

    1. somesh

      Hi PTE Aspirants,

      I have below PTE Academic scores:-

      I have taught students all across the world including countries like India, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Indonesia, UK, Nepal, China, Egypt & Saudi Arabia.
      Excellent reviews from all the successful students.

      1. chaitna

        hey hi i was weak in writing and reading section could you please help me out? i have exam in this week

  3. Meenu Kapoor

    Speaking seems most difficult section and hard to clear in PTE but it is not about you know good English or not. Its about techniques which can make you score even 90 in speaking. With my 3attempts in PTE I am now well aware how one can succeed in speaking with minimum efforts. I came across a fabulous trick which can sharply increase your speaking score .

    1. Samita Maharjan

      Can you please share what are those tips and tricks. I am really in a need of it. It would be really appreciable.

    2. Siddh patel

      Hi Meenu could you please get back to my email address, i need some tips for speaking tasks from you. as u mentioned in comment.

    3. Gyan Pandey

      Plz let me know the techniques..I am tried with speaking

    4. sushil

      I read you comments somewhere on pte practice web link. Can you please help me to get 58 score in pte. Last time i could have get jut 46 but i need 58 to qualify for my immigration purpose. That will be highly appreciable if you can help me.

      Looking forward to hear you soon.

      Thank you

  4. Ellsworth Aresco

    Although, your web site won’t render correctly on my i phone.

    1. Admin Post author

      Update your iPhone, I am also using iPhone and it worked me fine…. And don’t publish website links over here

  5. Bhanu

    Got much more clarity after reading your notes. Thank u for sharing Information.

  6. vivek

    i have given PTE three times and every times i have got 49,49,49. I want 52+. Give me some tips for Describe image because i did not complete this task in time and not cover whole things better. Other query is in Reading section. Quite tough for time managing in this task. What should I do ? Thanks in advance.

  7. Denice

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  8. marag

    Thanks for all your time and effort spent on collating these tips. Fantastic Job!!

      1. madhushika

        Hi , Could you please tell me what was your approach to get these marks? I mean how you were prepared for this?

  9. vamsi

    Reading section is too much tougher to me , but other sections quite easy to get best score . How to overcome my difficultyin reading section please suggest me
    Thanks in advance

    1. Joseph

      For 50. They asked where will you go, question wasnt who will you go to, so i think the answer should be a place and not a person. Because a florist is a person whereas supermarket a place one can go to

  10. Arif Ahmed


    I need 65+ in each module to apply for Australian PR. I find retell lecture & summarise spoken text very difficult to crack. Plz give me some tips to over come it

  11. Farrukh

    Amazing work..!
    For Additional Preparation of PTE Speaking. You can also refer too..

    Here are some useful videos you can possibly refer for PTE speaking, I found them pretty useful..!

    Best of Luck..! Best Wishes for your preparation 🙂

  12. Prashant

    Hi AllInfi,

    Again, Very useful tips..I really liked them all..Thanks for the wonderful effort to gather them here.. 🙂

    Best Rgds,

  13. Prashant

    Hello AllInfi,

    Many thanks..This information is so very userful..Superb Collection..! Thanks a Lot..

    Best Rgds,

  14. Diana

    Thank u so much! I really can’t thank you enough.. I have been struggling with graphs-still am actually! –
    I need to score 79! Do I think that is possible?

  15. Nowsheen

    I feel hopeless. Things getting wrong what I afraid of. My speaking score comes very bad. I got 39 first time and 43 next time. Other score above 60+. What to do? Is there something wrong in my voice that computer can’t detect???

    1. allinfi Post author

      Is your voice sharp and clear ? If it is clear to understand by others then the computer can also detect it easily.
      Tip : Before taking the speaking test, Just practice the speaking test by recording on your mobile device and listen to all your recordings… In this way you can rectify your own mistakes. In the same way, you can understand your voice how clear and sharp is it… (Send to your friends and ask them about your recordings and voice)

  16. Dhruti

    Hey allinfi,

    I am really glad you have provided such questions here, really appreciated.
    May God bless you for your hard work.
    Thanks heaps. keep helping and if you provide some more tips on reading section would be great.
    Thanks again

  17. Nowsheen

    Hello, Can anyone tell me what do for speaking practice? I practice at home with Google API, but most of the words it detect wrong. I am afraid is it gonna happen in final test? how to overcome?

  18. Srini

    It is really useful and am glad to see this. Keep helping others with your knowledge.
    God bless you.

  19. Atul

    50. Where would you most likely go to buy some flowers (a bakery, a florist or a supermarket)? – a supermarket

    For above question, answer should be “a florist”… Right???

    1. Allinfi Post author

      Hello atul,
      Florist – a person who sells and arranges plants and cut flowers.
      so i think florist is right.
      But in some point of view question says “where would you most likely go to buy some flowers–” In most of the supermarkets we can buy the flowers also but in India you may not find but in USA it is common to buy flowers in supermarket like wallmart, costco etc..
      Some times i may be also wrong, just expressed my views.

      1. who cares

        Use the term “most likely” in the question. Supermarket is wrong and Florist is correct.
        The reason questions are general is because you are SUPPOSED to know the answer, whether or not you want to contest it or not. The point is to speak immediately and answer correctly just like in real life conversations
        Don’t complicate the questions with complicated answers…Especially if the question is so simple

        1. allinfi Post author

          If u don’t like my answer who said to follow these tips. I have given the general opinion. Every answer need not to be exact some times it vary depending on the question views. u don’t need to care about others… just care about yourself.. it’s fine

  20. Jeevan

    This information is really useful. I appreciate your work. Thank you sir.

  21. jesse

    Tips for Short Answer Questions:

    If you don’t no the answer, just repeat the words in the question.

    Is this correct?

    if you don’t know the answer,just repeat the words in the question.

    1. Allinfi Post author

      If you are not speaking anything then you are going to lose total marks for the question. Better if you atleast repeat the words in question you may gain some points for it

      1. jc

        please correct. if you don’t no……………………. to………………………… if you don’t know.

  22. Joe

    Good one! It is really difficult to get a place where everything is put together. Appreciate your efforts

  23. guru

    thanks a lot for this
    Sir,I want to take 65 score in Pte bt I am not get this score plz. Tell me I can do Bcoz. I am taking only 50 score

  24. Santosh

    I have gone through some of the speaking tips and found it really helpful. I will continue to use the tips for writing, reading and listening too. Thanks a lot

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  26. Akanksha Verma

    Hi guys, I just received my PTE scores.

    Communicative Skills:
    Listening – 90
    Reading – 83
    Speaking – 90
    Writing – 90

    Enabling Skills:
    Grammar – 90
    Oral Fluency – 90
    Pronunciation – 90
    Spelling – 90
    Vocabulary – 77
    Written Discourse – 90

    1. rajni bansal

      Hi, Akanksha. congrats. That’s really good score. I just want to know that does PTE practice exam scored test which we buy ,score differently. I got a very low score on my first practice test, I am little depressed.

      1. Akanksha Verma

        Hi Rajni, to be honest, I think that the PTE practice exam scored test is a little bit hard when giving you scores. The actual exam is not easier but definitely more lenient in giving you more marks.

        1. sibsankar bera

          Hi Akansha,

          I have mailed you in your yahoo mail id , please give me some suggestions. I have got below marks in my 1st PTE practice test exam.
          L – 54
          R – 44
          S – 50
          W – 54

    2. Ajay Rana

      Hi Akanksha,

      Congrats ! for your good score. I sent email to your mentioned yahoo id as I need assistance hence requesting to revert .


        1. Nagi

          Hi akanksha Verma

          Congrats, i have sent you an email, kindly check and feedback.

  27. Aaron

    Appreciate your help.! All the info provided here immensely helped me.
    Thank You.

  28. Unknown

    Thank you so much..It is really helpful information..God bless you..Bhagvan Rabari M:9998 93 1216, Ahmedabad,Gujarat

  29. All Infi

    Ya..!! Ofcourse i have written PTE exam Too and got the 70% of questions.

  30. All Infi

    Its not a disorder, we can call it as Loss of Appetite as per my knowledge.

  31. mohit kumar

    Thanks Sir, it's a very useful post. But I have one question. It would be great if you can answer that one.
    Ques. feeling of not to eat something or Don't feel like eating…what we will call this???
    I thought its Loss of Appetite or eating disorder. What would you suggest?

  32. Unknown

    Great work,
    But the Question types may confuse people who have no idea about PTE Academic.
    It is easy to understand when you know about PTEA.


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