Read Aloud PTE Practice Questions

This section is part of the reading assessment in the exam. The whole exam is split into reading, writing, speaking and listening. Reading is probably one of the most important skills to master as it will make the rest of your English fluency much stronger.

The PTE Read Aloud question type is the very first type you will face in your exam. On your screen you will see some text and your task is to read that text as accurately as possible. You will get about 30~40 seconds to prepare yourself – rehearse difficult words, become familiar with the text and then another 30~40 seconds to record your response.

When recording, don’t pause for too long as the recording will automatically stop in the exam. 

Best Way to Practice

If you are tackling this for the first time then don’t throw yourself into the deep end and get disheartened. The best way to practice before testing yourself is by doing the following:

  • Read aloud the text provided.
  • Listen to our sample response.
  • Go back and read the text again.
  • Read the text a further three or four times, each time increasing your reading speed.
  • Finally, record yourself reading the text and work on your accent.

Once you have gotten the hang of this practice doing these preparatory steps within the 30-40 second time limit you have for preparation. Focusing on improving your reading skills will make your speaking that much better. 

Think about it.  When you read you are seeing the right grammar and vocabulary being used and this will in turn strengthen other aspects of your English.

Keep in mind that your answer should come across as confident and fluent with good pronunciation. You will face 5~6 questions of Read Aloud type in your read aloud PTE exam.

Do not worry if you don’t understand every word that you are reading, you do, however, need to portray a general understanding and confidence when you are reading aloud the text in order to get points for oral fluency (ease of communication, the right pronunciation and competently getting ideas across). The words must flow naturally and big words especially should be spoken clearly.

Try these Real Exam Read Aloud questions to get an experience of what you will face in the real PTE Academic exam. Don’t forget to grab the full FREE Questions Bank with many new questions!

The Complete Read Aloud PTE Practice Questions

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Question 1

Certain types of methodology are more suitable for some research projects than others. For example, the use of questionnaires and surveys is more suitable for quantitative research whereas interviews and focus groups are more often used for qualitative research purposes.

Question 2

Pluto was one of the nine planets recognized to our solar system. But in 2021, it was relegated to the official status of dwarf planet by the international astronomical union (IAU). It will bring into clear focus once more what is, and what isn’t, meant by the term planet.

Question 3

Moods may also have an effect on how information is processed, by influencing the extent to which judges rely on pre-existing, internal information, or focus on new, external information. Positive moods recruit more stimulus-driven and bottom-up processing.

Question 4

This finding is understandable in certain cases in spite of its high significance; that is because energy efficiency of building operation just represents a single aspect of sustainability.

Question 5

Market research is vital part of the planning of any business. However, experienced you or your staff may be in a particular field, if you are thinking of introducing a service to a new area, it is important to find out what the local population thinks about it first.

Question 6

The speaker is a marine biologist who became interested in the Strandlopers, an ancient people who lived on the coastline, because of their connection to the sea. Their way of life intrigued him. As a child he had spent a lot of time by the sea, exploring and collecting things – so he began to study them, and discovered some interesting information about their way of life, how they hunted, what tools they used, and so on.

Question 7

Researchers gathered 160 uncaffeinated adults, people who consumed less than 500 milligrams of caffeine a week. These decaf subjects looked at pictures of various objects, then took either a placebo or a pill containing 200 milligrams of caffeine. That’s roughly the amount you’d get from two cups of coffee.

Question 8

Reiss took a stab at settling the argument with a meta-analysis – a study of studies on whether people can really perceive better than CD quality sound. He analysed data from 18 studies, including more than 400 participants and nearly 13,000 listening tests. Overall, listeners picked out the better than CD quality track 52.3 percent of the time. Statistically significant, if not all that impressive.

Question 9

Studies funded by the soft drink industry are more likely to mask links to obesity and type two diabetes, according to a new report. He added that biases in industry funded studies were not usually due to poor methodology, but due to inherent problems in their design, including poor choice of comparators and problems with the way data is analysed and reported.

Question 10

There are three main interpretations of the English Revolution. The longest lasting interpretation was that the Revolution was the almost inevitable outcome of an age-old struggle between parliament and crown. The second sees it as a class struggle, and a lead up to the French and other revolutions. Finally, the third interpretation sees the other two as too fixed, not allowing for unpredictability, and that the outcome could have gone either way.

Question 11

The tsunamis could provide crucial information about the habitability of ancient Mars. The first one occurred when the planet must have been relatively warm and amenable for life, because it carved out backwash channels as it returned to the sea. By contrast, the planet had become much cooler by the time the second tsunami hit the waters apparently flash froze after flowing the surface.

Question 12

The elaborate and refined Japanese tea ceremony is meant to demonstrate respect through grace and good etiquette as demonstrated here by Genshitsu Sen, 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke Tea School.

Question 13

“Thompson recognized and exploited all the ingredients of a successful amusement ride.” writes Judith A. Adams in The American Amusement Park Industry. “His coasters combined an appearance of danger with annual safety, thrilled riders with exhilarating speed, and allowed the public to intimately experience the Industrial Revolution’s new technologies of gears, steel, and dazzling electric lights.”

Question 14

There are perhaps three ways of looking at furniture: some people see it as purely functional and useful, and don’t bother themselves with aesthetics; others see it as essential to civilized living and concern themselves with design and how the furniture will look in a room – in other words, function combined with aesthetics; and yet others see furniture as a form of art.

Question 15

Not a lot is known about how the transportation of goods by water first began. Large cargo boats were being used in some parts of the world up to five thousand years ago. However, sea trade became more widespread when large sailing boats travelled between ports, carrying spices, perfumes and objects made by hand.

Question 16

As a historian, if you really want to understand the sensibilities of those who lived in the past, you must be like a novelist and get into the skin of your characters and think and feel as they do. You are asked to imagine what it’s like to be a peasant in medieval times, asking the sort of questions a peasant might ask. What the writer is saying is that a historian needs imaginative sympathy with ordinary people in the past.

Question 17

Humans needs to use energy in order to exist. So it is unsurprising that the way people have been producing energy is largely responsible for current environmental problems. Pollution comes in many forms, but those that are more concerning, because of their impact on health, result from the combustion of fuels in power stations and cars.

Question 18

In the past naming English as a separate subject seemed relatively easy. The textbook selected and graded items of language which were put into content and then practices intensively. New items were carefully controlled so that the student could cope quite easily. Now that English is used as a medium of instruction, however, all this has changed. Unknown items of grammar and vocabulary appear in texts which attempt to explain new and often difficult information.

Question 19

IT may well change the way you live, yet again. Welcome to the world mobile commerce, where your hand held device, be it a mobile phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA) or any other wireless application will soon be used for commercial transactions. Sceptical? Consider these facts – In Japan, mobile phone are used for location based services where the mobile service provider ties up with a host of other players such as restaurants, car rental companies etc.

Question 20

In a genuine republic the will of the government is dependent on the will of the society, and the will of the society is dependent on the reason of the society. In Federalist 51, for example, James Madison claimed that the extent and structure of the government of the United States on the will of the society.

Now that you have had a go and have a recording of yourself reading the text, please listen to your recording followed by the sample response. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my speech clear?
  • Have I pronounced the words in the text correctly?
  • Did I pause slightly during periods and commas?
  • Do I sound confident?
  • Is my accent clear and controlled?

It is a good idea to have a look at the Keywords section too. These words are especially important to have been pronounced correctly and to have been read without hesitation. 

Do you have an English friend to send your recordings to? Sending the recordings to a native English speaker and getting their feedback will help you identify areas of improvement. Sometimes we miss the little things or simply don’t realise we have made a mistake when we are learning something new, because it is exactly that, new!

These were real exam questions, so as you can see they are all about rather random topics. We gave you 20 to try and if you successfully read the majority confidently and fluently then there is no doubt you will do well in your real exam as it will only consist of a handful of reading aloud questions. 

Reading aloud other English text such as newspapers, books or flicking through your phone will help you when you are in between revision sessions. So keep practicing!

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