Doing the PTE Speaking Test, many test-takers may find the Describe Image section tricky and complex. However, with good preparation, anyone can conquer this particular section of the PTE Speaking Test. Therefore, to help you get a better understanding of PTE Speaking Describe Image as well as the preparation needed, a breakdown of this question type is as below.

What Is There In The Real Test?

This section contributes 6-7 questions to the PTE Speaking test, it examines the speaking and reading ability of the candidates.
As you begin to do the Read Aloud part, you will notice that there will be a text previously given on screen. The prompt is relatively short as its length will only be up to 60 words (1-3 sentences).
Your task is to read the text aloud as naturally and clearly as possible to the microphone after when a short tone is played.
PTE Speaking Describe Image sample - PTE Magic
PTE Speaking Describe Image sample

Watch Out For The Clock!

While doing this section of the test, make sure that you pay attention to these following timelines:
  • You have 25 seconds to prepare before answering
  • 40 seconds is the total time you are provided to record your reading
PTE Speaking Describe Image - PTE Magic
PTE Speaking Describe Image

Friendly reminder:

  • If you spoke before the microphone starts or after the progress bar ends, then your voice will not be recorded
  • If you remain silence, the microphone will stop after 3 seconds.

How Will I Be Judged?

Your PTE Speaking Describe Image score will be judged by the basis of following points:
  • Content: This factor scored by considering if all aspects and elements of the image have been pointed out in your response. Your depiction of relationships, possible developments and conclusions or implications based on details from the image is also scored.
  • Oral Fluency: Your pace of speaking plays an important role in the assessment of this factor. In addition, rhythm, phrasing and stress on words can have an impact on the assessment of your test. Likewise, repeating of words and hesitation will lower your score.
  • Pronunciation: The more understandable your speech is to most native speakers of the language, the higher your pronunciation score will be. The best answers contain vowels, consonants spoken in a native-like way as well as stress words and phrases appropriately.
PTE Speaking Read Aloud time distribution - PTE Magic
PTE Speaking Read Aloud time distribution

Tips and advices

Here are some useful things to do in a PTE Speaking Describe Image test that we learnt from our real experiences:

  • Say NO to filler sounds and crutch words: Well, like, it is literally human nature to rely on like, crutch words, like uh… uhm.., yeah, but you know, it is absolutely annoying to do so, like seriously, annoying!” Yes, that is indeed a good example of what you should NOT say in Describe Image section particularly and in PTE Speaking Test generally.
  • Minimize grammar mistakes: any mistake on grammar can affects your score negatively. You do not need to use complex sentence structure if it is too confusing for you. Likewise, just stick to the 3 most basic tenses as in general, that is all needed to describe an image.
  • Take notes: Make good use of the Erasable Notepad. Write down the main points as well as some supporting ideas and use it to assist you while recording the answer.
  • Manage your time wisely: You should not speak for a full 40 seconds. Limit it down a few seconds so that you can cover all the main points.

That’s it, good luck on the test!

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