January 24, 2020
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Most people don’t have a regular reading habit. This explains why many who take the PTE-A struggle with the Reading Module. In this article, we share some useful tips, tricks, and strategies to practice and maximise your score.
Read at A Normal Speed
Reading is especially tricky because what you speak has to be accurately picked up and interpreted by the computer. To perform optimally, you should speak at a normal speed, not too fast, not slow. You should try and avoid long pauses, and sounds like ‘aahs’ and ‘uhms’, both of which can bring your marks down.
Avoid Speaking in an Exaggerated Accent
Most Asians have this misconception that they need to speak in an accent to impress the computer. This is not true. Speak as you normally do, trying to enunciate every word in the correct pronunciation, without any unnecessary pauses and gaps.
Manage Your Timing Effectively
Skimming and Scanning
1 Multiple Choice Question Chose Single Answer:
Read the question attentively. Try to figure out what the question wants out of you as an answer. Look for the word ‘NOT’ in the question state and choose the appropriate option.The next step is to read the passage carefully and find out the answer. Read the choices now and match the answer with the options.
2 Multiple Choice Question Choose Multiple Answers:
Read to understand what the question demands out of you as an answer. Check all the choices given. Generally, if there are five-six questions, then only two of them will be correct. Be careful not to choose the incorrect option as there is negative marking. If there are seven options, then there might be three options.
3 Re-Order Paragraph:
Read through the choices given. Analyse the introductory statement. Cancel out the chosen statement, and connect it to the next logical statement.Now you can repeat the process for a complete answer. Remember that there’s only one mark for each logical pair. The total marks for each question is 4. Also, remember to proofread the answer.
4 Fill in the blanks and fill in the blanks (Reading and Writing):
In these two sections, it is all about collocations, which are a pair of words or a phrase often used together in written English. Here are some examples: academic achievement, abstract concept etc. Here’s a full list of collocations given by Pearson.
In Reading and writing: Fill in the blanks, you can find the answer easily by reading the next few sentence, following the dash or the blanks. When you are practicing, do find out meanings of words, you are not familiar with.
Read the text and then the choices given to you. For some answers, you can apply Grammar rules and find the answer easily. Try and answer the easy ones first. Remember to proofread the paragraph.
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