Talk to any of the PTE aspirants and you will learn one fact that speaking skill is one of the most challenging parts of the PTE. Most of these aspirants, face challenges in the PTE speaking and this causes loss of scores for them. One interesting factor in PTE speaking section is the use of the computer-based test, which is fully automated. There, you will not find any human examiner who will ask questions from you or will evaluate your speaking skills. This is a great relief for the candidates, especially for candidates with non-native speaking backgrounds who feel less confident in the presence of an English expert. For many, PTE speaking a way easier than other English proficiency tests, because the candidate needs to address a machine as opposed to addressing a real, proficient English examiner.
a) Be Confident – The basic rule to outshine in PTE speaking is to remain confident. Candidates or even people in general face problem in English speaking because they are hesitant in speaking in front of others. They become nervous and thus fail to concentrate. However, during PTE speaking, as mentioned earlier, there won’t be any human presence, the candidate can concentrate well and perform without being distracted by other sources.
b) Pay Emphasis on words conveying important information – It is an important tip for the candidates appearing for PTE speaking – while reading the text, it is important to pay emphasis on the words that convey the meaning or are carrying important information. Emphasising here means- reading them a bit louder or paying more attention to the key syllable. One trick is to make use of rising and falling pitch to demonstrate how the ideas and thoughts are connected.
c) Make full use of assigned speaking time – The candidates get approximately 30-40 seconds to glance the text before the microphone starts working. This time should be utilized properly – candidate must break the text provided in to meaningful bits, this way the candidate will get better clarity of the text and he will know where he should make pauses and where he can experiment with his pitch. Addition of proper pauses will make the overall speaking experience more effective and fruitful.
d) Try not to indulge in long answers – There are no extra marks for long answers, more crisp and accurate answers get better scores. So, there is no point narrating long stories. Stay within limits and this is what is expected.
e) Concentrate on difficult tasks – It is important to address your weak areas. Most people perform a lot of practice tests but they fail to score well, this is because they end up doing what they already know and find easy. For instance: if you find answer short questions and repeat sentence easy, then you must focus on other sections like pronunciation etc. that you find difficult.
f) Use fillers – Many candidates go blank while appearing on their PTE speaking test. And as a rule, if you stop speaking in the middle of the test for around 3 seconds or more, the microphone will assume that you are done with your answer and it will stop working. It is important to continuously talk but what will you do if you fall short of words, for such situations, make use of fillers like – aahh, hmmm or you can see, etc. Using fillers will give candidates a chance to think of something informative while keeping the microphone active and working.
g) Clarity is important – The main objective of PTE is to evaluate the candidate’s English language skills as per the academic settings. Hence, when you are asked to speak, you must speak in a manner that your message is conveyed clearly to its listener. It is important to pay attention to both pronunciation and pitch, as these will decide your speaking score for the PTE speaking.
Apart from the above tips, here are a few frequently followed tips for improving the English speaking in general-
a) Speak, speak and speak
b) Go slow
c) Mirror practice
d) Record yourself
e) Repeat, until you become an expert
Implement these tips and tricks and you will definitely improve your English-speaking skills.