Perfect technique for PTE Read Aloud questions

The read aloud questions in PTE Academic can be very simple if you follow the right technique. The most important factor in these questions is where you pause! It effects your fluency as well as you demonstrates how well you understand the sentence structure. In this video you will learn how and where to pause in the PTE Read Aloud questions. The article continues below the video.

Pauses are important

Fluency is important but it does not mean that you speak without pausing anywhere. If you don’t pause anywhere in your PTE spoken responses it just shows that you don’t understand the relative importance of different words and phrases in a sentence. In our normal conversations we pause to show how the sentence parts are connected, which parts are important and to help the listener understand the sentence better. This is exactly what we should aim to do in our spoken responses in PTE as well.

Commas and full stops

Commas and full stops are clear indicators that you need to pause in a sentence. A comma for a very short pause and a full stop for a slightly longer pause. In the time you have before the microphone opens quickly glance at the sentence and make a note of the commas and full stops in it. When you start speaking make sure you pause at these places.


Just like commas and full stops, conjunctions are other clear signs of where you need to pause. If you come across an “and” or “but”, you know you have to pause there. These words connect the sentence and pausing at these words helps the listener understand this connection better.

Remember we teach all of these in our online PTE course! If you haven’t yet checked it out you should do it right away.

Logical breaks in the sentence

You might also come across very long sentences in read aloud, which do not have sufficient commas, full stops or conjunctions. If you do then you should just aim to pause at logical breaks – i.e. when a part of sentence ends and another part begins. Depending upon how fast you usually speak, you can keep a rough guideline in mind – pausing every 6 or 10 words or so. But don’t make it a pattern. You can randomly pause at 6, then 8, then 10, then 7 words. Following a pattern will only make your speech sound robotic.

So, there you go!

Follow these 4 suggestions and you will sound most natural while giving your PTE Read Aloud responses.

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