PTE-A Exam
7 Tips Directly from The Experts to Crack The PTE-A Exam
November 12, 2020

The PTE-A Exam requires an aspirant to study professionally and systematically, instead of wasting time in random practice. Unfortunately, many aspirants expect the desired result with their quantitative practice. Studying for hours together every day alone cannot lead you to success in the PTE Exam. But practising with a strategic mindset proves helpful.
In this blog, we will discuss seven tips from the experts that could boost your PTE preparation:

PTE-A Exam: Add these seven tips to your preparation plan to stay ahead

Bifurcation of the questions

A PTE Aspirants taking the exam has to answer 73-80 questions in 20 different tasks. You can bifurcate the questions according to:

  • The questions that contribute to the score of another section and are challenging.
  • The questions that contribute to the score of another section and are your strong areas.
  • The questions that carry negative marking.
  • The questions that need skill polishing.
You can also refer to the PTE Score guide to understand how much marks do a question carry.

A perfect study plan

One can never get enough practice for the PTE-A exam. However, you need to make a study plan and stick to it. A perfect study plan is a perfect combination of preparation method, practice time, and self-analysis.

For the questions that contribute to the score of another section and are difficult for you:

  • Devote at least 2 hours a day to preparing for them.
  • Practice with the repeated questions. (Get our PTE-A Exam Memories File)
  • Spend time to re-collect and summarise everything you learnt on the previous day.
  • Assess yourself with scored practice tests.

For questions that contribute to the score of another section and are your strong areas:

  • Spend at least half an hour on strengthening the areas you're already good at.
  • Learn ways to save time by completing them faster.

For the questions that carry negative marking:

  • Know how can you avoid common mistakes while answering them.
  • Learn all the tips that can help you.
  • Take the correction service from the experts and get experts guidance and tips.

For the questions that need skill polishing:

  • Write down the tips & strategies on paper and stick on your study table.
  • Read those tips every time you take a break.
  • Refer to the previous year's questions and the most repeated questions.

Devote these 3 hours every day without skipping. Take the mock tests, scored and unscored tests to enhance your preparation and to assess yourself.

And when you are preparing for a high score; do not forget to go out-of-the-box. Practice, however, and with whatever possible. Integrate PTE practice in your daily life as seamlessly as you can.

For instance, if you watch tv shows, try to familiarize yourself with the new accents and learn new words. If you are listening to a podcast, try taking notes or transcribing it. Record your answers to improve Oral fluency and pronunciations.

Time-Management Skills

Answering 73-80 questions in a 3-hour exam is not easy. It would be best if you practised enough to read the questions, understand them, and write them. But leaving no time for review is the most common mistake. Avoid it.

Study Materials

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Section-wise tips

Let's discuss the common tips for each section:


Understand the topic and plan your essay. Follow the PTE Essay Writing format and the word limit. In Summarise Written Text, be precise and write in one sentence. (Only one full-stop allowed).


Focus on your Oral Fluency and Pronunciation. Also, take care to avoid pauses and unnecessary fillers. Record yourself and listen to improve the speech and voice clarity. Do not pause for more than 3 seconds and do not stop while speaking, even if you commit a mistake.


Listen to different content to get familiar with different accents. Practice taking the notes as you hear. Practising scanning and skimming the content to understand the context and identify the Keywords.


Practice reading as much as you can to develop reading speed. Develop the habit of finding out mistakes in noun, verb, or an adjective to improve grammar.

Good vocabulary

A strong vocabulary is necessary to clear the PTE-A Exam. Learn as many synonyms as possible. Practice using new words in your speech. It represents your language quality.


To be confident, practice with microphone and headphones.

During your practice, attempt to replicate the noisy exam centre ambience (especially in the Speaking Module).

For instance, practice for the Speaking Module at home amidst deliberate chaos (for instance, have news play on TV on loud volumes). This will prepare you to concentrate in adverse environments.

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