Speaking in PTE Academic is what Writing is in IELTS – as crucial to success and as difficult to crack. Yet the underlying requirements are quite simple. You need to speak at your normal pace. You need to speak with ease. And you need to be fluent. Pronunciation needs to be good as well. Moreover, there should be sufficient modulation to give force and meaning to your message.
Great! Basically, I need it all then. In that case, let’s get a few definitions straight then.
The Elephant in the Room: Speaking in PTE
What is fluency?
Speech is nothing more than groups of words separated by commas, full stops and other types of punctuation. At every point where there is a punctuation, there needs to be a pause. The ability to read aloud or speak using pauses at the correct place is fluency. It is not the same as clarity. It is closer to speaking rhythmically, speaking at your normal pace, speaking with the correct modulation, and pausing at the correct places.
And what about Pronunciation?
Only this much needs to be said about it: the pronunciation needs to be correct. It can be American or British but you should try to be consistent. A fake accent is to be avoided. The speaking test tries to find out the extent to which the influence of your mother tongue hampers intelligibility. Thus, if you speak with a very strong accent, you should first try to unlearn that. Pronunciation apps are aplenty in the market. Download one and start practicing pronunciation regularly. You should do this before you start your core PTE Academic training/preparation in earnest.
The Speaking topics
Read Aloud, Describe Image and Retell Lecture is the most important item in this section. Repeat Sentence and Answer Short Questions can be high scoring. But don’t run away from the second and the third item mentioned above. If you crack them, you stand a very good chance of scoring very well in your PTE Speaking module.
A Final word
Excellence is a habit. It is therefore boring, a great deadener. Let your desire for success overcome boredom. And practice with a passion for perfection.