PTE study plan: Tips and Tricks

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On the journey to master the PTE (Pearson Test of English) exam, having a good study plan is like having a roadmap. It helps you navigate through the different parts of the test. The PTE Study Plan isn’t just a schedule. It’s a smart way to do well in each part of the test.

Let’s start by talking about when to get ready… 


We usually suggest students begin studying 2-3 months before the exam. But we’ve also seen lots of students do well with just one month of focused preparation. It depends on the score you want and how much time you can spend studying each day or week.


Now, let’s look at the important things for your study plan:


Know the Test Structure Before you start getting ready for the PTE.


Understanding how the test is structured is of utmost importance. The PTE exam comprises four sections: Speaking and Writing, Reading, and Listening. Your performance in each section is scored from 0 to 90, contributing to your overall score. Within these sections, you’ll encounter 20 distinct question types, each carrying varying weight and influencing one or more section scores.


Time Management Matters 


You get 2 hours for the whole test, and you have to answer 52-64 questions. Some people have trouble managing their time during the test. To fix that, try doing practice questions and keep track of how long you take for each one. This trick helps you get used to the time and do better on the real PTE Exam. Remember, just like with anything else, some parts might be harder, so spend more time on them.


Focus on the Important Stuff 


Not all parts of the PTE test are worth the same points. Put more effort into getting really good at the parts that help your score the most. Tasks, like Write from Dictation, Read Aloud, Repeat Sentence, and Fill in the Blanks, are super important. They need you to be really clear and good with words. Other parts, like Multiple Choice Questions and Select Missing Words, are worth less, so you can spend less time on them.


Study with Templates 


For some parts of the PTE test, it helps a lot to know a certain way to do things. Examples of that are the Essay, Describe Image, Summarize Spoken Text, and Summarize Written Text. If you learn these ways, it’s like having a model to follow. It makes your answers better and clearer. Keep practicing with these templates to get even better.


Work on Your Weaknesses 


Think about what parts of the PTE test you’re not so good at. It’s okay to admit it! Spend more time practicing those parts. For the first two weeks, get to know all the important types of questions and practice each one about three times. During these weeks, make a note of the ones you find hard. Then, focus more on those tricky ones for the next two weeks. Maybe you need to get better at speaking, understand different accents in the Listening part, or write more organized essays. Working on what’s tough will help you get better.


Finding Content Online 


Navigating the vast sea of online resources for PTE test preparation can be overwhelming, especially when you’re striving to achieve a specific target score.

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