Despite having a simple order, PTE Speaking Read Aloud is still one of the sections that test-takers find the hardest to earn the perfect score.
Thus, in order to help you get a better understanding of PTE Speaking Read Aloud 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 Read Aloud sample - PTE Magic
PTE Speaking Read Aloud sample

Watch Out For The Clock!

Here are some timelines that you need to take notice of while taking this particular section of the test:

  • You have 30-40 seconds to prepare before answering
  • 40 seconds is the total time you are provided to record your reading
PTE Speaking Read Aloud time distribution - PTE Magic
PTE Speaking Read Aloud time distribution

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 read aloud score will be judged by the basis of following points:

  • Content: Did you speak all the words written in the passage? Adding some extra words or missing some words will affect also your score.
  • Oral Fluency: Your pace of speaking matters 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: It is important pronounce correctly single words but another significant factor that makes a good performance in PTE speaking read aloud is Intonation. A sentence can be understood in various ways depends on the tone used to express it, therefore you should stress on words or syllables that are the keys to convey the right meaning of the original text.
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 Read Aloud test that we learnt from our real experiences:

  • Read with a clear voice: by reading clearly, you can increase the percentage of content recognized by the AI system.
  • Do not rush: since it is the quickest way to stumble mid-sentence (if not before that).
  • Be confidence: being anxious is the brain’s way of rushing, and we all know what will happen when you let it go down that road! Just take a deep breath and calmly accomplish your task.    
  • Practice pronouncing difficult words: In the given countdown timer, you can try to get your oral muscles used to tricky words so that the chance of unnecessarily hesitating will be lowered.
  • Try mocking your responses if possible: This is the upgraded version of the tip above. Before the recording starts, it is also a good idea for answer preparing.
  • For further preparation at home, read out loud any text in English in combination with hands movements: This method does help A LOT as body language plays an important role in delivering the right punctuation, intonation and meaning of our speech.

That’s it, good luck on the test!

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