Winning PTE-A Strategy: Know The Why, How and When of Templates
Preparing for PTE-A is not only about how you prepare, what materials you study from, and more. It is also about
following the right strategy. Part of using a well-crafted plan is using templates for PTE to score 79+.
Now, before we begin, first a little about templates. So, what are templates.
Templates are set content formats, with pre-formatted text. These do not vary according to the topic. Unlike the
IELTS, you don't risk losing marks owing to the use of templates. Templates often need fillers, or you can even use
your own ideas to strengthen your answers.
It is advisable to use templates for PTE
Speaking to score a perfect 90! Here's an example of a template, that you can use in the
Re-tell Lecture task.
- The lecture was about _____________ (In the blank, fill the keyword from the lecture topic) name)
- He mentioned ____________ (add some other keywords from the lecture here)
So, now that you have a basic idea about how a template looks like, let's move on. The next natural question is
should you follow template or not. Yes, definitely! If you desired score is 65 for each module, then use templates.
But if you want to score 79 each, then use templates very. Use some words from the lecture so that there is more
coherence in your speech, and also in your writing.
Templates are very useful in emergency situations when you get a very short audio. Often in Retell Lecture of
Summarise Spoken Text, you may get audios that are not long. This means that you would have less keywords. So,
how would you cover those crucial 30-35 seconds in Retell Lecture and more than 60 words in Summarise Spoken Text?
It is then that templates act as a life-saver!
If you are targeting 79+, then which are the tasks for which you can use templates? The obvious answers are Retell
Lecture and Summarise Spoken Text.
Sample Template for Retell Lecture:
- The speaker provided a brief information about ____________.
- Firstly, he utilised a significant amount of time dealing on several key topics such as______________
- To recap his detailed analysis, he mentioned some major points like _____________/
- He talked about_____________.
- He highlighted some other facts too about the given topic.
- Finally, he suggested that__________
- Overall, the lecture was entirelyclear and can be used as a specific reference for the same
Sample Template for Summarise Spoken Text:
The brief and explicit summary encapsulates _______________. It has been demonstrated that ____________.
The speaker also gave brief information about __________. Furthermore, it was also delineated that
_____________. Therefore/Hence, after considering all substantial ideas of the lecture, it
can be said that _________________.
It is not advisable to use templates for Essay and Summarise Written Text. If one uses a template
for SWT, this means that there are fewer keywords from the given text. As a result, the reading score suffers.
For Essay, using a template could lead to a low score for Content, as well as Written Discourse. If your content
score is zero, the PTE scoring software will not check other enabling skills. So, it
is strongly recommended that you avoid the use of templates for the Essay writing task.
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