Welcome to the first video of the Super PTE Learning System!
The Super PTE Learning System focuses on the 7 main things that you need to learn to get a high score in your PTE exam.
These are the 7 parameters that are considered most important by the PTE Academic software.
That is why, we focus on learning and improving on these 7 things, rather than a whole bunch of general topics.
In this first video I am going to talk about the first parameter. And that is:
How to meet the word count for your spoken and written responses.
It is important for both writing and speaking.
In simple terms it means that this person can speak or write in English language.
Computer can only judge this by seeing how many words you have typed, or how many words have you spoken, or for how long have you spoken.
That is why meeting the word limit and the time limit is so important.
I will teach you:
How to answer any PTE Question, even when you don’t know what to say!
How to write or speak sufficient words!
How to come up with ideas.
How to meet the word limits and the time limits.
As you now already understand your PTE computer software looks at the parameters and gives you a score for them.
If you satisfy the software on the word limit parameter, this is what will happen:
You will get full marks for the word limit parameter
You will also get a chance to show other sides of your language and get more marks in them
The more you speak, more chances you will have of showing your good pronunciation and fluency.
The more you write, more chances you will have of showing your vocabulary.
That is why, it is SUPER important that you write enough and speak enough.
In practical terms, let me give you some rules:
Don’t end a response before 40 seconds, as much as possible.
Don’t write essays around 200 words, go to 250 or 270 as much as you can.
Don’t just say one or two points in describe image or re-tell lecture, speak much more.
Most of us can speak on and on in our daily lives, but in the exam, we end up struggling for the ideas.
To help you with this, we will look at two things:
How to come up with what to say or in other words how to generate ideas and where to look for information.
Filler sentences that you can write or speak about when you can’t think of anything else
Let’s look at the first one:
How to come up with what to say?
How to generate ideas?
Where to look for information?
Depending upon the type of question, there is a lot of information in the question itself!
To find information, look at:
Title on the image.
The title on the image can tell you the topic or the theme
If there is no title on the image, let’s say just a general photo then look at the objects or things shown in the image and name them. The names you can use in sentences.
For example, look at this image:
What’s the title?
The title is – “World population growth, 1750-2010”.
So just looking at the title, you can speak a sentence like:
“The graph shows the population growth in the world from 1750 to 2021”.
Never panic in any question!
If you follow the system.
If you look at what is given to you with a calm mind, you can answer any question.
After the title, look for any key:
Questions like graphs, pie charts have keys, which tell which color bar means what, which color pie slice means what, etc.
Simply reading the information in the key, will give you sufficient stuff to talk about.
For a graph you can see what the axis are, what the bars indicate, etc.
In our example, the key is:
Read means: Annual growth rate of the world population
Blue means: World population
Using this, you can speak a sentence like:
“The graph further tells us how the annual growth rate and total world population has changed in this time period.”
See, you are already half way there!
After that you just need to read more information from the picture.
These can be highs and lows.
Pick out the peaks in the graphs or the tallest bars and speak about them.
Talk about the biggest piece of a pie chart.
If the picture has any striking feature, talk about it.
If you do all of this, I can guarantee you that you will always have enough material for any describe image question.
Now, let us turn our attention to lectures.
In lectures, you will often find an image.
That image is the first hint of what you can speak about.
That can tell you what the theme of the lecture is.
Then try to understand if there is only lecturer or more.
Is it a lecture or an interview or a discussion?
Knowing this, you can make good sentences like:
“In this interview the speakers talk about…”
Then when the lecture begins, listen for important words.
Because then you can use these important words in sentences.
These are the words which contain all information.
These words are:
Words related to dates, times, names
Words related to events such as cause and effect, reasons, consequences, etc.
The same principles also apply to Summarize Spoken Text where you need to listen and write a response.
The key point is:
If you capture enough words, you can then expand those words to make sentences and meet your word or time limit.
The last question type I want to talk about is the big one:
I can’t tell you how many students have come to me and said they can’t think of ideas when writing an essay.
I tell them, it is not that they can’t think of ideas.
Problem is they don’t use any system for idea generation.
If your efforts are random, the results will be random.
I will tell you how to generate ideas and how to come up with many points to write a good essay.
So, for an essay:
The question itself tells you a lot!
The essay topic gives you a good starting point for the introduction and conclusion paragraphs.
Think of topic as the seed, using which you can grow a plant.
Let me show you with an example now:
“Some people think travel is an important part of a well-rounded education. But others think it is a waste of money. What is your opinion? Please explain with examples from your own experience.”
Take some key words from the topic, such as:
Quickly think what other words come to your mind when you think of this word.
Imagine someone is holding a gun to your head
…if you don’t speak quickly he will shoot you.
So, come on…speak…
For Travel, you might come up with:
or something else
For Education, you might come up with:
or something else
All these words are points you can speak about.
See, I will show you:
Take Countries for example.
Using “countries” you can come up with a sentence like:
“Traveling to foreign countries is a great educational experience.”
You can use this sentence in the introduction, or you can build a main paragraph around it.
Next, look at the word Knowledge.
Using knowledge, you can write a sentence like:
“Knowledge has many components other than what you learn in a school or college.”
As I said, follow a system and you will always have more than enough to write about.
If you don’t follow a system, if you don’t follow what I teach, you will struggle.
With that, we have accomplished the first goal.
We have understood, how we can come up with sentences to speak and write about in our responses.
Now, there can be cases, when you find the question so difficult, that you are just not able to come up with anything, even after trying.
Or, maybe you can come up with one or two points, but need more to meet the word limit or time limit.
For that case, I am going to give you awesome filler sentences.
Use these with templates that we have provided, and you will have no problem at all.
So, here are some filler sentences that you can use with describe image questions:
The picture highlights the key points in the topic under consideration.
The given picture presents the main points in an easy to understand manner.
The given picture shows important information related to the topic under consideration, plotted on the two axes.
This is not the only information contained in the picture.
In addition to this, the picture focuses on some other main points.
This is just the tip of information contained in the picture.
In conclusion the picture does a great job of highlighting the key points related to the idea under consideration.
In conclusion, the picture is an impactful and insightful presentation on the given topic.
For re-tell lecture, you can use filler sentences like:
The lecturer discusses various aspects of the topic under consideration.
This is the most important point raised by the lecturer.
This point is important but not the only point raised by the lecturer.
This explains why the topic under consideration is of paramount importance.
The speakers exchange viewpoints on the topic under consideration.
The lecturer has elaborated the topic in great detail and highlighted all key information.
For essays, you can use these sentences:
This requires careful and dedicated effort from the people and the government.
This is not something that can be taken casually.
In my personal experience, this happens more than one can imagine.
In my personal experience, the government can have a huge impact in this area if it crafts strong policies.
In my personal experience, all it takes is a detailed plan and effective execution to overcome a challenge like this.
In conclusion, I would reemphasize that my stand on this topic is unwavering.
To summarize, a careful study of the points highlighted in the essay, make it easy to understand my opinion.
There we go!
Now you know what you need to do to make sure you never run out of things to say or write about in your PTE Academic exam.
Please follow the rules we have discussed in your practice questions.
Make it a habit to follow the system.
If you do this, you are a step closer to a high score in PTE!
Please learn the rules, practice them and do the homework.
I will see you in the next Learning System video!
- You must practice giving a response that meets the word and time requirement.
- For this, you need to come up with sufficient content for your responses.
- The content can come form the question or can be made up of filler sentences.
- For content from the question, you need to look at various parts of the images, listen for key words in lectures and pay attention to essay topics and what they mean.
- Use the technique discussed to come up with ideas to write in your essays.
- When you are struggling for what to say or write, use a sentence from the list of filler sentences discussed.
- Practice speaking and writing questions keeping these tips in mind.
- Practice using filler sentences.
- For speaking you can keep the response simple by just reading from what is in front of you, as discussed.
- There is no need to write unnecessarily complex responses for describe image.