Speaking is the first section to appear in the PTE exam. There are 5 types of questions in the PTE Speaking section. These 5 items contribute highly to the other sections of PTE as all the sections of PTE are interconnected.
Our monthly prediction file provides you with a collection of the most important questions about PTE. Before moving forward, let’s have a quick idea about what is a Prediction File?
Our Prediction file is a collection of real exam questions for the PTE Exam that may appear in future exams also. It is developed on continuous checking of the frequency of any question’s repetition in 40 PTE Centres in 12 countries. We bring a new prediction file every month and our students get an overall 60% of common questions from this file.
This July our prediction file has a more than 60% of hit rate for the PTE exam. Let’s check the most important questions from the PTE Speaking section that are predicted to appear in the PTE exam in the month of July.
Read Aloud is the first item of PTE Speaking. In this item, A text of up to 60 words will appear on the screen which needs to be read aloud. A countdown appears on the recording status box until the microphone opens, the whole process allows 30-40 seconds of preparation time. Speaking should be clear and not rushed. When the time is up, the word “Recording” changes to “Completed” and the chance of submitting a response is only once. You will get 6-7 tasks in the exam on this item.
Importance of Read Aloud:
Read Aloud is a very important topic of PTE. It contributes with high scores in the PTE Reading and Speaking section. Read Aloud inputs 26% of total Reading score along with 20% of total Speaking scores.
⇒Maintain a moderate pitch during reading
⇒Read as clearly as possible
⇒Read with meaningful chunk- tinny pause at pronunciation (commas, full stop)
⇒Be a bit aggressive while answering rather than being soft
⇒Use intonation and stress on plural and Ed sound
⇒If you don’t know the word pretend, don’t skip it.
Top 10 Read Alouds from the July prediction file,
1. Teenage Girls
Teenage girls are continuing to outperform boys in English while the gender gap in achievements in math and science has almost disappeared. The figures show that last year eighty percent of fourteen-year-old girls reached at least the expected Level Five in English, compared with sixty-five percent of boys. But in math, the girls are just one percent ahead of boys, while in science the difference is two percent.
2. The Maximum Yield of Plants
The maximum yield of plants, determined by their genetic potential, is seldom achieved because factors such as insufficient water or nutrients, adverse climate conditions, plant diseases, and insect damage will limit growth at some stage. Plants subjected to these biotic and abiotic constraints are said to be stressed.
3. Rural Population
Thus, a country might possess a sizeable rural population, but have an economic system in which the interests of the voters were predominantly related to their incomes, not to their occupations or location; and in such a country the political system would be unlikely to include an important agrarian party.
4. Succulent plants
Most succulent plants are found in regions where there is little rainfall, dry air, plenty of sunshine, porous soils, and high temperatures during part of the year. These conditions have caused changes in plant structures, which have resulted in greatly increased thickness of stems, leaves, and sometimes roots, enabling them to store moisture from the infrequent rains.
5. Graduate admission school
Since our graduate admission school is not centralized, each of the university 6 schools and colleges admits students to its own programs. For information about specific program degrees, graduate applications, graduate admission requirements and procedures, graduate scholarships and status of your application, visit the individual school websites.
6. Central aim
Our central aim is to enable you to develop knowledge and attitudes and skills that are conducive to constructive involvement, cooperation and teamwork with others and will serve you well in future endeavors. To succeed, the process demands all of us a serious exercise in civic responsibility.
7. Regular exercise
Regular exercise releases brain chemicals key for memory, concentration, and mental sharpness at the same time as lifting your mood, and lowering stress and anxiety all of which contribute to brain health. Studies show that regular exercise helps you manage complex tasks, organize and razor-sharpen your focus which is great for those long revision sessions or particularly complex exam questions.
8. Digitalization of medical records
In medicine, the application of information technology means the digitalization of medical records and the establishment of an intelligent network for sharing those records. Other benefits flow from these technological changes. In the past medicine has taken a paternalistic stance, with the all-knowing physician dispensing wisdom, but that is becoming increasingly untenable.
9. Conversation structure
Surprisingly, despite what appear to be infinite variations, all difficult conversations share a common structure. When you’re caught up in the details and anxiety of a particular difficult conversation, this structure is hard to see. But understanding that structure is essential to improve how you handle your most challenging conversations.
10. Eminent professors
Written by ten eminent professors, it had been updated to reflect the shifts of sociological thought in the last five years, making it the most comprehensive, authoritative, and contemporary dictionary available. It was essential reading for all students and teachers of sociologies and other related courses, and also for the general reader.
Repeat Sentence is the hardest and one of the most important tasks of PTE Speaking. In this task, you will listen to only one sentence and you have to speak the sentence exactly as it is. You will have 10-12 questions on this task in the exam. Each question contains 13 marks. The sentence will be 9-12 words. Sometimes it can be up to 15 words maximum. The Audio length will be 3-5 secs. Recording length depends on the length of the audio.
Importance of the topic:
Repeat Sentence is the highest score contributor in PTE Exam. It contributes to Listening and Speaking in both sections. In listening, repeat sentences contribute 24% and in speaking it contributes 28% of scores. Which is in total ⅓ of the total PTE score.
Take notes in abbreviation or initials
1st half vs 2nd half
Be careful about the time. The recording will start immediately. There are no 3 secs wait after the audio.
Don’t close your eyes while listening.
(In Repeat sentences, 1st Half vs 2nd half strategy works the most. This strategy refers to taking notes in initials. Taking initial refers to listening to the sentence and taking note of the first letter on each word following the sequence. This method is very much helpful in order to deal with sentences with more than 8 words. In the Half vs half method, you have to take initials for the first half and remember the 2nd half as people generally remember the last part of any sentence for a longer time)
Top 20 Repeat Sentence from the July prediction file,
1. Basketball was created in eighteen ninety-one by a physician and a physical instructor.
2. Being a vegan means not consuming any animal product.
3. Don’t forget to hand in your assignments by the end of next week.
4. During the next few centuries, London became one of the most powerful and prosperous cities in Europe.
5. African elephant is the largest living land mammal in the world.
6. Even with a permit, finding a parking spot on campus is almost impossible.
7. I will be in my office every day from ten to twelve.
8. I’ll start with a brief history of the district, and then focus on life in the first half of the 20th century.
9. If you forgot your student number, you will need to contact Jenny Brice.
10. It’s time to finalize the work before the Wednesday seminar.
11. Journalism is the collection and publication or transmission of news
12. Just wait a minute. I will be with you shortly.
13. Meeting with mentors could be arranged for students who need additional help
14. Meteorology is a detailed study of earth’s atmosphere
15. Most assignments need to be submitted on the same day.
16. Our class is divided into two groups. You come with me, and the others just stay here.
17. To get further extension, you need to call the education executive on 401.
18. In this library, reserve collection books can be borrowed for up to three hours.
19. She is an expert in the eighteenth century French literature.
20. The minimal mark for Distinction to be awarded is 75%
Retell lecture is one of the most important items in PTE. In this task, you will hear audio of 30-90 secs. The length can be short or long. You get 3-4 questions in the exam, 10 secs of preparation time, and 40 secs for recording. The ideal time to finish the task is 30-35 secs. At 40 secs the computer will shut off. Once they cut you off and you still speak that will impact the pronunciation and seems like you didn’t complete your answer. The minimum time for recording to get minimum marks in this task is at least 25 secs.
Importance of RL:
Retell lecture contributes 23% score in the speaking and 18% score in the listening section. So, this item is very important to get 79+ in the exam.
There can be 3 types of retell lecture questions.
Top 10 Retell Lectures from the July prediction file,
1. Air Pollution
• Increasing combustion which leads to greenhouse gas emissions is the major cause of global warming and climate change.
• But soot emissions are another bigger threat to human health which makes people live shorter.
• It is not to say that we should ignore carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases
• It is that soot emission is one-quarter more harmful to health than carbon dioxide is.
• Also, the reduction of soot emissions is the quickest and easiest way to tackle global warming in the short-term.
2. Practice and Performance
• Labor practice is crucial to improve performance in whatever area.
• Take violin learning as an example. Practice is what the experts do.
• Labor practice can also help with experience because through practice you can identify the weakness so that you can put most of your effort on that weakness.
• For example, when you learn mathematics and you find you are not good at geometry, then you will have to practice more on geometry.
• Even for those talents with international recognition, they have practiced repeatedly for years before they have any achievement.
3. Monkey and Typewriter
• If you give a monkey a typewriter, it may type six letters
• But if you give the monkey pen and paper, it may only make some sketches.
• As long as we give the monkey infinite time, there is a chance that the monkey can type out a whole article.
4. Survey on media
• Let’s say if I’m asking which source do you often use to get information. Newspaper? Radio? TV?
• And the survey shows 62% of the people chose internet
• You might be thinking I am going to say, how important the internet is, or how quickly it has changed the world for a few years
• But what if I tell you this survey is conducted on the website globalandmail.com?
• Our answer will be different. Because the people who did this survey on a website must be frequent users of internet. This sample is a biased sample.
• So we have to pay attention to how a survey is conducted.
5. The Politics of Happiness
Despite all this evidence and despite Jeremy Bentham, countries have not fallen all over themselves to use this
research as an object of public policy. As Joanne pointed out, only one country, tiny little Bhutan, wedged between China and India, has adopted the Gross National Happiness as the central index of government policy, and actually has a good deal of success in education and in health and in economic growth, and in environmental preservation. They have a rather sophisticated way of measuring the effects of different policies on people’s happiness. They are the only country to go that far. But you are now beginning to get other countries interested enough to do kind of white paper policy analyses of happiness research—what effects would it have if we used it more for public policy? You are beginning to get countries like Australia, France, Great Britain, that are considering publishing
regular statistics on happiness. So it is beginning to become a subject of greater interest for policymakers and legislators in different advanced countries.
6. Superman & Superpower
• Today we are going to recount some heroic stories. Some human beings can execute superhuman strength like lifting a car. But are these stories true?
• They are actually anecdotal.
• This kind of strength is called hysterical strength, or superhuman strength.
• From scientific perspectives, humans will temporarily have superhuman strength sometimes, especially when they are facing crisis, danger and fear.
• But after that period, they cannot do the same things ever again.
7. Mars and Earth
• This lecture compares the conditions on the earth and Mars, as well as the habitability of Mars.
• There are some similarities such as polar caps, atmospheres and water climate.
• But Mars and the earth also have lots of difference. Even the most inhabitable areas on the earth are way different from those on Mars.
• The lecture also describes different forms of water (hydrology) on the surface and underground of the earth and Mars.
8. Brain development
• The lecture talks about human brain development which contains language and cognition.
• The sensing pathways which include vision and hearing starts when babies were born and peaks at 3 month old, subsides around 4 years old.
• The language skill increases from newborn and peaks at 9 month old, and subsides around 4 years old.
• The higher cognitive function starts the earliest before babies were born, but peaks later at 1 year old, and subsides around 16 years old.
9. The Best Rice
• There is a Green Revolution in Mexico in 1943, bur didn’t to feed its growing population.
• And then in 1962, a new strain of rice called IR8 made a real impact on world hunger. IR8 was created by carefully selecting the best from each generation, followed by further modification and selection.
• IR8 can produced 5 times the yield of traditional rice varieties, and even 10 times in optimal conditions with nitrogen.
• By 1980, IR36 was created, resisted pest, grew fast enough to double the yield.
• By 1990, IR72 outperformed IR36 because of more advanced genetic manipulation techniques.
• In conclusion, the Green Revolution saw the global crop yields explode from 1960 to 2000.
10. Biomedical Engineering
• Human used to utilize simple machines to understand themselves and improve wellbeing.
• Later, engineers developed more complicated machines to expand human’s life expectancy.
• So that we can have more time to create more advanced machines.
• For example, now we have ECG to study the different parts of our body and how they work, without going
into the body.
Describe image is the easiest part of PTE speaking. In describe image, an image is shown on the computer screen and you need to describe the image. 6-7 different images will be shown in the exam. You will get 25 secs for preparation and 40 secs for recording the answer. The ideal time for this task is 30-35 secs.
Importance of DI:
Describe image is very important to get a good score in PTE Speaking. It contributes a 25% score in PTE speaking solely.
Strategies & Techniques:
Find Topic/ title
Find 3-5 Categories
Find the highest & lowest of any of the two extreme points/most important & least important.
Pick any 2 new categories or pick categories from step 2
Top 5 Describe Images from the July prediction file,
Answer Short Question is a very little part of PTE speaking. In the item, a question is played or an image is displayed on the screen and you need to answer with one word or a phrase with two words. You will get 10-12 questions in the exam. The recording will play for 3-9 seconds and you need to answer within 2 seconds maximum.
Importance of ASQ:
Answer short questions are not much important in terms of scoring as it contributes a very little mark. It contributes 4% in Speaking and 1% scores in the Listening section. If you want to increase your score in the listening section, you need to do well in Answer short questions.
Top 20 Answer short questions from the July prediction file,
1. A business doesn’t want to make a loss – what does it want to make? – – Profit
2. What would you call a specialist who repairs leaking water pipes? – – Plumber
3. What is the animal with white ivory and long trunk? – – Elephant
4. Apples and cherries come under which category? – – Fruits.
5. What do you call the seasonal flying of birds from cold to warmer areas? Mitigation or migration? – – Migration
6. How would you describe the desert? Humid or dry – – Dry
7. How many countries are involved in a mutual agreement? – – Two.
8. How many seasons are there in a year? – – Four
9. What is the ceremony where two people get married? – –Wedding.
10. How many years are there in the passage of a decade? – – Ten
11. How would you call people who study ancient bones, rocks and plants? – – Paleontologist.
12. How would you describe an economy that is largely based on farming? – – Agricultural
13. If something such as fabric or medicine is artificially made, what do we say it is? – Synthetic
14. When you mix black and white, what color would you get? – Gray
15. What is the term to specifically describe either a brother or a sister? – – Sibling.
16. Some calendars begin the week on Sunday, what is the other day which commonly starts a week? – – Monday.
17. What are the people that plant food and raise crops commonly known as? – – Farmers
18. What do we call the date a piece of work must be finished by? – Deadline.
19. What is the joint connecting your foot to the leg? – – Ankle
20. What do you call a piece of equipment we use to look at stars? – – Telescope