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In PTE Academic, Part 1 (Speaking & Writing) assesses your writing abilities. Your speaking abilities will be tested by a series of questions that enable you to repeat sentences spoken in an audio clip, respond to questions, and summarize academic passages.

Part 1

Section 1

Question types

 

Number of questions

 

Preparation time

Recording time

Scoring

Evaluation elements

Speaking

 

(72-93 minutes of test)

 

1.     Read aloud

6-7

30-40 seconds

40 seconds

5

5

5

a.      Pronunciation

b.     Fluency

c.      content

(Time allowed for overall speaking section: 30- 35 minutes)

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30–40 seconds to read the text and prepare. You will then hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

·        You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

·        Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

·        You are only able to record your response once.

TIP: If you remain silent for longer than three seconds, the recording will stop.

2.     Repeat sentence

10-12

3-9 seconds

Up to 15 seconds

3

5

5

a.      Pronunciation

b.     Fluency

c.      Content

The audio begins to play automatically. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and repeat exactly what you heard. Copy the stress and intonation patterns of the sentence you hear.

3.     Describe image

6-7

25 seconds

40 seconds

5

5

5

a.      Pronunciation

b.     Fluency

c.      Content

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 25 seconds to study the image and prepare your response. After a short tone start speaking immediately.

4.     Re-tell lecture

 

3-4 (90 seconds audio)

 

10 seconds

40 seconds

5

5

5

 

a.      Pronunciation

b.     Fluency

c.      content

 

The audio begins to play automatically. You may also see an image related to the audio.

·        While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note board provided.

5.     Answer short questions

10-12

3-9 seconds

10 seconds

1

a.      Vocabulary

When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and answer the question with one or a few words.

·        Do not pause for too long

·        Do not try to give long answer

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