Thursday, 13 August 2015

How to Score Well in Speaking - PTE Academic

Speaking section consists of :

1. Read Aloud - In this, you need to follow proper intonation, pronunciation, oral fluency.

Scores impacted : Reading and speaking, oral fluency, pronunciation, content

Useful Links : http://www.manythings.org/listen/

You can use 'Windows Speech Recognition' in your system to convert speech to text.

Set up Speech Recognition - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/set-speech-recognition#1TC=windows-7

You can also use google translator or web speech API
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/demos/speech.html

2. Repeat sentence : Try to write the initial letter of all the words in the sentence and try to follow same pronunciation while repeating it.

Useful Links :
http://www.manythings.org/lar/
http://englishteststore.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13634&Itemid=40

3. Re-tell lecture : Listen to the lecture and write keywords in between. Don't try to write full sentences otherwise you will lose concentration. Try to hear conclusion at the end as well.


4. Describe Image : If you see a picture, try to describe it using foreground, background, left, right, centre or middle, top, bottom words.


If you see trends in Bar graph, Line graph, Pie chart, etc., use variety of verbs, adjectives, adverbs to explain them. It can be build watching youtube videos.

Useful link: http://www.dcielts.com/task-1-2/compare-and-contrast

List with phrases to describe charts
The pie chart is about ...
The bar chart deals with ...
The line graph (clearly) shows ...
The slices of the pie chart compare the ...
The chart is divided into ... parts.
It highlights ...
... has the largest (number of) ...
... has the second largest (number of) ...
... is as big as ...
... is twice as big as ...
... is bigger than ...
more than ... per cent ...
only one third ...
less than half ...
The number ... increases/goes up/grows by ...
The number ... decreases/goes down/sinks by ...
The number ... does not change/remains stable
I was really surprised/shocked by the ...
So we can say ...

Pie Chart description
60% nearly a third
50% Over a half of all respondents
2% a small fraction
exact 30% of students
24% roughly a quarter of respondents
73% around three quarters of sales
Comparison
twice as many people prefer 
nearly four times as many people
whereas sales for X were just 10 %
Summarising
Overall amonst the six regions, ___make up  the largest expenses, followed by ___representing the lowest
To summarise the most marked change is  
Overall it is clear the amount of 

Useful link to improve pronunciation:
https://www.scribd.com/doc/3974305/British-Accent-Module

http://www.elementalenglish.com/category/2b-pronunciation/

http://reallifeglobal.com/intonation-the-secret-ingredient-to-great-pronunciation-with-audio/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzkzA77RMzg&list=PLD6t6ckHsrubLp8Ia8duzu5fN4riM2-Bl

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