Mastering the PTE Read Aloud

In this PTE speaking test task, you are asked to read a text aloud from the computer screen. You have 30–40 seconds to prepare, and the recording time depends on the length of the text. You will see a recording status box that shows a countdown until the microphone opens. You will hear a short tone indicating that you can now start reading the text aloud. You must end reading the text before the progress bar touches the end.

Consider the passage below for example:

Ethical appeals notwithstanding, great art will increasingly devolve into big business. Firstly, great art can only be certified by its market value. Moreover, the “world at large” hasn’t the means of acquisition. Only one museum currently has the funding to contend for the best pieces–the J. Paul Getty Museum, founded by the billionaire oilman. The art may disappear into private hands, but its transfer will disseminate once static fortunes into the hands of various investors, collectors, and occasionally the artist.

Remember that you can only record your response once, and if you remain quiet for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will immediately stop. There are 6–7 items for this speaking task.

The main purpose of this speaking task is to assess your ability to read a short text using correct pronunciation and intonation.

How to Master the PTE Speaking Test: Read Aloud

As a student enrolled in a PTE online review package, it is essential to seek for test-taking strategies that can help boost your communication skills and get your desired PTE speaking score goal. To help you achieve this, here are four practical tips on how to ace the PTE speaking test—read aloud:

Manage your time wisely

Maximize the preparation time (30–40 seconds) to execute the following:

  • Look for essential words or phrases that can help you understand the main idea of
    the text.
  • If you see any unfamiliar words, learn how to pronounce them before the actual
    recording, words like notwithstanding, acquisition, disseminate, etc.

Use Punctuations 

Break the text into meaningful chunks, using punctuations as a guide. Doing this shows you the place where you can pause and raise and lower your voice at the correct places of the text. As a rule of thumb, pause for about 0.5 seconds after a comma, and for about 1 second after a full stop.

Guest writer, Ramneek Lamba (EL Mastery)

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