How to Score 79+ PTE Academic In a Week, Tips, Cheat Sheet

How to score 79+ in PTE in 1 week. Tried, tested method on how to speak, listen, read and write helped me get 85 points. PTE easier to score than IELTS.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20


Score 79+ in PTE First Attempt

Getting a score 79+ in PTE is easy. I got PTE overall score of 85 in first attempt itself after preparing for a week. Here is my score sheet for reference to prove my claim:

PTE English Overall high score 85 first attempt
PTE-English Overall high score 85 first attempt

You do not need to go anywhere else to score 79+ in PTE if you just watch the embedded videos and learn the tricks and cheat sheets given below.
You can get the top score in each PTE academic module like reading, listening, writing and speaking easily.

PTE Image Description Trick

6-7 images questions – Aim to speak for 35 seconds. Total time is 40 sec

NOTE: Content is less important than how to say it.

If you have no idea about what is shown in the image, just read the words from the image and keep speaking.
Try to avoid Y axis completely unless it looks easy at first glance. Best training video for Image questions from

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Image Description – Cheat Sheet

  1. Introduction (use 10 sec) – This image represents TITLE + X Axis
  2. Key features (use 20 sec) – Just KEEP it SIMPLE.
    Describe the MAX/Min to maintain fluency and time limit.
    Avoid hesitation. Stay calm.
    Keep the sentence going on. Don’t re-start sentence.
    Read words from the image.
  3. Conclusion (5-6 sec) – SINGLE SENTENCE
    Overall, say the conclusion.
    DON’T worry even if you say the wrong conclusion. It does not matter.
    Oral fluency is judged.
    Don’t STOP and don’t restart sentence.

PTE Repeat Sentence Tricks

10-12 sentence repetition

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Repeat Sentence – Cheat Sheet

  1. Listen to phrases. Divide it into 3-4 phrases.
  2. Understand the content.
  3. Repeat with intonation (raise voice at important words, lower voice at end of sentence) and meaning.

PTE RETELL Lecture Tips & Tricks

3-4 lectures
Take notes. Note keywords. Get idea about the whole topic.

PTE Retell Lecture Cheat Sheet

Just use the sentences in BOLD as it is and then the words from what you heard.

  1. The speaker was discussing TOPIC
  2. FIRSTLY, he mentioned KEYWORD 1
  3. He THEN talked about KEYWORD 2
  4. IN ADDITION, He discussed KEYWORD 3
  5. He described KEYWORD 4
  6. FINALLY, He suggested KEYWORD 5

PTE Listening: Write from Dictation or Summarize Spoken Text

Runs for 60-90 seconds, 2-3 dictations/lectures
50-70 words, 10 minute TOTAL time. You get about 8-9 minute for writing after listening to lecture.

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Similar to Re-tell lecture except that you have to write here than speaking. Try to write between 65-70 words to get maximum marks on content.
Take notes and UNDERSTAND the dictation/ spoken lecture. Multiple sentences are allowed.

PTE summarize spoken text (Same as Re-tell lecture) – Cheat Sheet

  1. The speaker was discussing TOPIC
  2. FIRSTLY, he mentioned KEYWORD 1
  3. He THEN talked about KEYWORD 2
  4. IN ADDITION, He discussed KEYWORD 3
  5. He described KEYWORD 4
  6. FINALLY, He suggested KEYWORD 5

PTE Academic Write Essay Tricks

200-300 words, 220-250 words is ideal

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Essay Writing – Cheat Sheet

Divide the whole essay into 4 parts:
1. Introduction
2. Paragraph 1 – Side 1
3. Paragraph 2 – Side 2
4. Conclusion

Next step is to further sub-divide the essay sections into each sentence as shown in the image. Watch the video above for excellent explanation.

screen shot from Jay E2 language Essay video

IELTS vs PTE – Which Test is Easier?

My personal opinion says PTE as an exam is tougher than IELTS. But, at the same time, scoring in PTE is much more reliable and easier than IELTS.

You can use the free EDX IELTS test preparation courses online to improve your score.

Since PTE is computer based test, the chances of human bias while scoring is almost negligible.  I have attempted IELTS General exam twice in past and in both attempts, I was given 6.5 in one out of four subjects.

Other 3 always were 7.5+. On the other hand, I topped PTE Academic in my first attempt!

My PTE Experience Score 79+ PTE

#1 PTE Pen and Notebook

PTE test center gives an erasable marker pen and erasable notebook exactly like this picture.

PTE test pen and notebook
PTE test pen and notebook

#2 PTE Timed sections are tough to manage

I found these two sections where you have multiple questions to be mentally tiring and stressful.

  1. 18 questions to answer within 40 minutes (reading section) and
  2. 19 questions to answer in 40 minutes (listening section) – Time is reduced if you take extra time in 10 minute break.

#3 Listening and Taking notes

Listening, Taking notes and then selecting the most appropriate 1 option was tough as the total time plays on your mind.  PTE should prob

ably consider the exam’s stress too while timing the sections.
You can’t really focus on what speaker is saying and then gauge the notes to select the best option with 12 more questions left and only 20 minutes left on the clock.

The options are too similar to each other. No one clearly stands out.

The lecture that you hear is full of words from all options with just slightly different in meaning from each other. Unless, you get enough time to hear and understand the spoken speech, i found it too difficult to find the correct answer.

When you are reading the options, the TIMER constantly plays on your mind because you see that there are still 12 questions left to attempt and you are only left with 20 minutes.

Listening and filling the blanks is mix of easy, medium level and one fast speaking lecture. One of them is definitely a lecture with FAST speaker.

#4 Select the Correct word

One of the ‘select the correct word‘ in reading is tough with complex words. All other are easy and medium complexity.

The tough one had words that I had never heard or ever used in my life. Hence, I had no idea about their meaning either. I just selected based on my instincts.

#5 No time to read question instructions in listening + speaking task

PTE ASSUMES that you should KNOW the question format before you even appear for test. The instructions written on top of each question can’t really be read in limited time.
Speaker starts throwing questions at you immediately back to back. There is hardly any time to breathe.

If you have gone wrong on one question repetition, it will affect your next question’s ‘listen and speak’ too. You just don’t get time to think and relax. It all happens too FAST for a normal person.

#6 PTE test may go wrong but you still will score

You might feel that you missed a lot of questions or spoke wrong things, but do not worry, the overall score still gets you past 79+ easily.

If you made mistakes in speaking the sentences (after listening), but wrote them correctly (after listening), you probably will still get good score. I can say this as the same thing has happened with me.

I missed lot of sentences completely. Spoke them half correct and half forgotten. But, still got good score as i wrote all the sentences correctly while listening and writing.

#7 PTE Exam 10 minute break

The 10 minute break timer starts immediately after the part 2 of English PTE exam ends.

In my case, the examiner took 3 minutes to reach my desk and another 3 min. were spent to scan my fingerprints and giving a neck tag. I used rest room – 2 min, drnnk water – 1 min. Hand scan and pockets check again takes 3 before re-entry.

Officially, PTE says that you should come back from break with 5 minutes to spare for all these extra security checks!

So, basically, you only have about 2 minutes of real break time. Be careful. When I logged back into my test, it showed “YOUR BREAK TIME HAS EXPIRED“.

The extra time that I took was deducted from my next examination part 3.

Thanks to E2 Learning and Jay

All thanks to for providing valuable tips for PTE exam online for FREE.
I did not enroll in any of their paid programs. Just their video tutorials and mock-up tests online on YouTube channel worked.

Jay from E2 Learning is awesome. His methods for cracking each type of PTE question are just un-beatable.

Recent discussion on forum

  1. sayani_mukherjee

    Hi Anil,

    I’ve once given PTE test and results are not brilliant. I’ve got 70 in average and scores are listening: 63/ Reading: 77/Speaking:71/ writing: 69.
    I am applying for Australia PR so definitely I would need 79+ scores in every section and I’m attempting for next exam Wednesday. I’m already preparing from ptegurus and pte academic website for the same but how else tips I should be using to get through 79 in all section. Please suggest, I definitely need your advise for improvement.

  2. Saby_H

    this is awesome, thanks for the tips!

  3. Khawaja_Al_Hassan

    Hello Anil, Can you kindly send me the material for preparation PTE as i am new one and wants to start preparation

  4. emanith

    Subscribe to e2language on youtube and refer to their videos. Your sorted.

  5. kartik_prajapati

    it is of importance that you carry as much of the experience of the PTE practice test before going for the exam. This practice will enhance your overall ability to sustain the pressure of time management in the PTE exam. Additionally, it helps you to soak the pressure of the exam. Also, do keep in mind to opt for a good PTE exam preparation mock test which gives you real-time experience.

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  1. Rakesh G
    Rakesh G 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    Thanks anil . This was very helpful and I just got all 79’s in PTE.

  2. john
    john 12 May, 19 at 6:55 am

    Thanks Anil for the tips. 3 weeks I passed in first attempt.

  3. Achin
    Achin 10 May, 19 at 9:45 am

    I’ve got a question in Describe Image. I know there is 25 seconds to prepare which we can see the ticking count on the screen, my question is, do we see the 40 seconds running as well? Or just a time bar without the number ?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 May, 19 at 10:00 am

      You will see the timer at all times with the number.

  4. Fatima Mazhar
    Fatima Mazhar 16 Apr, 19 at 12:56 am

    I scored 80 in my PTE. All because of this article. Thank you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Apr, 19 at 6:42 am

      Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your result.

  5. Ekam
    Ekam 15 Apr, 19 at 8:52 am

    My uncle will our family case form I-130 of USA as petitioner . And he will receive approval letter on April 2004 . And when we check our case status online . Then it will show that our case will receive at local office on 5 March 2009 . Why it show like this .please help us

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 9:38 am

      You have asked your question on out of context article page. Please ask it in our forum.

      This question will be deleted from this page in 24 hours.

  6. Altaf Basha
    Altaf Basha 15 Apr, 19 at 7:55 am

    For Australia PR, PTE General or Academic which is accepted?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 9:38 am

      PTE Academic is accepted for Australia PR.

  7. Satyajeet Bhosale
    Satyajeet Bhosale 9 Apr, 19 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Anil ,
    I am bit less confidence on FIB..fill in d blanks.
    Might be due to lack of Grammer.
    And since reading comes with less time..I carry that fear of that section.
    I just got 5 days for u think I can still crack it.
    Any tips for Grammer?

    Thanks Satyajeet

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 6:55 am

      Please use the videos linked above to get command on Grammer.

      I am not a language expert and can’t really give you grammer tips.

  8. Hasham Khan
    Hasham Khan 2 Apr, 19 at 9:52 pm

    What do you suggest for practice. Should I go for paid services available online. Or just rely on free materials.(Any suggested book/website to follow?)

    Please advice.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Apr, 19 at 9:52 pm

      It depends on your own assessment of where you stand with respect English.

      I have given links for all free material that is available online and I personally used it to get top score.

  9. Mocha
    Mocha 26 Mar, 19 at 1:04 pm

    Hello @spot_anil_gupta:disqus ! First of all I would like to thank you for the material you offer us online.
    Recently, I gave IELTS Academic achieving overall 6.5 with L 7.5, R 6, W 5.5, S 7. I am frustrated from IELTS because I could perform far better in reading but I didn’t have much time (each passage was 1300 words) and, therefore I decided to try PTE Academic. I need overall 69 with 62 -at least- in each communicative module.
    According to some websites IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 is tantamount to Overall 62 in PTE Academic.
    Do you think is achievable with one month preperation?

    I started to doubt about my english level. I need this score at any cost for persuing a postgraduate degree in the UK. I reckon my weak writing skills and I work extremely hard to improve it. By far, I am struggling with repeat sentence, re-tell a lecture, short answers and certainly with essay.
    I prepare by myself using online materials (E2 videos and the official PTE book), since I should be examined lately in April. I appreciate any respond and definitely any advice!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Mar, 19 at 1:15 pm

      Follow the notes that i have given above and you should be able to get desired results.

  10. Hrudai Reddy
    Hrudai Reddy 21 Mar, 19 at 8:38 pm

    Scored an overall of 87 with 81+ in all the modules in my very first attempt. Thanks for the write up and of course Jay’s methods are great and they do work!!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Mar, 19 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks for sharing your result and feedback. I appreciate it.

  11. Atif
    Atif 12 Mar, 19 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Anil,
    Thanks for the detailed article – beautifully summarized. I used the tricks mentioned in this article and scored overall 88 out of 90 by preparing for less than a week (I have generally have pretty stuffed schedule almost every day)..

    Thanks to you once again for your guidance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 7:50 pm

      Wow.. congratulations.
      I am glad the notes worked.

      I did kept in mind to just collect the useful tips so that users do not have to scan through entire google 🙂

      • Atif
        Atif 17 Mar, 19 at 3:47 am

        Thanks, Anil.

        I just want to further help the other candidates. Along with video of Jay (E2 Language), please do watch Moni Vuong’s video also. She has a channel called as ‘PTE Magic’ and shares wonderful information about different sections of PTE.

        I am summarizing my experience for different sections:


        * I did excellent in Read Aloud. Maintained the fluency and intonation. Spoke with lot of confidence as if I was alone in the room although there were 4 other candidates sitting besides me.

        * Did exceptionally well in Repeat Sentence section. The sample questions on internet are little too tough. In PTE actual test, I found maximum sentences that were about 7 words long or even lesser. I messed up in only 1 sentence, but I did not let it go as is. I spoke at least 3-4 words that I remembered.

        * Describe Image was done fairly good. However I couldn’t complete my sentences in 2 images. Just concentrate on fluency and pronunciation to get good marks even though you mess up the content. Remember content = 5 marks per image, while oral fluency and pronunciation = 10 marks per question. Many think that this section is the hardest but if you see it from where I see it – Even if you give little but relevant information about content, you can easily score 80% in this section based on your fluency and the way you speak.

        * I was quite good at Re-tell lecture. I did not use any template, and I managed to build my own sentences using the key words that I heard.


        * Summarize written text is extremely important. Learn to write a complex sentence if you don’t already know. Make sure you start the sentence with a capital letter and complete the sentence with a full stop, like I did here. 🙂
        * Essay was easy – I got only one. It was a repeated one – shopping mall vs local shop. Read essays online and you might end up encountering the same in your PTE test.

        * Re-order paragraph are fine but do not carry enough points. However, any section that can get you even 5 bonus points is good. This is one of the easiest sections and you should be able to do well if you know how to construct a sentence. Practice online and you will do good.

        * Fill in the blanks (both format) are extremely important, not only for reading section, but also because it contributes to your writing score as well. If you know grammar, you will be able to perform well.

        * Multiple ques choose one is easy. I did extremely well.

        * Multiple ques multiple answer is little tricky. Choose correct answer only. If you have doubt on other answer, you may want to leave it as you might lose precious time while making up your mind if you want to click it or not. Remember reading section is the smallest and you will have to utilize your time efficiently.

        * Summarize spoken text is very important. Capture at least 8-10 key words from the paragraph you will hear and you should be fine constructing your own sentence.

        * Highlight the correct summary is also important. I did well as I prepared watching Jay’s video. Like Anil mentioned in his blog, Jay’s videos are just too good. In addition to that, do subscribe to PTE Magic as well. Monica Vuong is a non-native speaker and gives you lot of excellent tricks too.

        * Write from Dictation section is same as Repeat sentences. You need to do this carefully because this time you have to write the sentence. Make sure your spellings are correct. Do give the sentence a second glance, ALWAYS.

        To summarize:

        * Be confident. The computer doesn’t judge on how you appear. It judges you based on the response you give.

        * For all writing type questions – Do give your written response a second glance to check for any spelling mistakes.

        * For listening – Make sure you capture 8-10 key words. If you capture less key words, remember a template that can bail you out.
        * There is absolutely no reason why you should imitate an accent. The computer software that judges you knows many accents, so you should be confident of yourself.
        * Last but not the least – and a special recommendation – Learn the difference between a ‘V’ and a ‘W’. It will greatly help. There any many sentences and words, where V or a W comes and if you speak a V as W and a W as V, the computer software might not be able to understand you properly. This is captured in one of Jay’s videos too.

        Finally, my scorecard is mentioned below:

        Reading = 84
        Listening = 85
        Speaking = 90
        Writing = 87

        All the best to every candidate who is appearing for the test. 🙂

        • Mehrin
          Mehrin 22 Mar, 19 at 5:22 am

          I’m having problem with repeat sentence and WFD as they go about it too fast and I end up remembering either the beginning or end of the sentence. Can I do well with 1 month of practice for all the modules?

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 8:58 am

            Practice makes you perfect.

          • Atif
            Atif 24 Mar, 19 at 10:46 am

            Don’t worry, Mehrin. Repeat sentence is quite easy as most of them are about 6-7 words long and contains phrases that we speak almost daily. There will be 1 or 2 that might be long, and you can try speak as many words as you can remember.

            WFD is same as repeat sentence, but you need to practice writing fast. Or you may keep repeating the sentence that you hear, until you write every word. Make sure, you start with a Capital letter and stop with a full stop.

            Like I mentioned above, one or two incomplete responses won’t cost you much.

            Best of luck, Mehrin!

  12. Atif
    Atif 12 Mar, 19 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Anil,
    Thanks for the detailed article – beautifully summarized. I used the tricks mentioned in this article and scored overall 88 out of 90 by preparing for less than a week (I have generally have pretty stuffed schedule almost every day)..

    Thanks to you once again for your guidance!


  13. Shobin
    Shobin 9 Mar, 19 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My experience matches with below ANZSCO codes, as I have worked in mix of technologies.
    So which one would be the best to apply against for getting invitation in terms of quota and score.

    261311 – Analyst Programmer
    261312 – Developer Programmer
    262112 – ICT Security Specialists
    261399 – Software and Application Programmer
    261313 – Software Engineer
    261112 – System Analysts


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Mar, 19 at 8:09 pm

      Your question is out of scope of this article. Hence, I have added it to our forum and answered there.

      You can ask follow up questions on forum itself. We answer within 1-24 hours.

  14. Doshakar S
    Doshakar S 1 Mar, 19 at 1:29 am

    Hi Anil, would you recommend to submit EOI if it fulfills the prerequisite points criteria and take PTE in the meanwhile to improve the score?
    To clarify, I’m intending to apply for subclass 189 and not sure if I should also select 190, if at all that too works..

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Mar, 19 at 5:42 pm

      You should select both 189 and 190 as per my opinion. For some ANZSCO codes that are in demand in specific state, they do send 190 invites faster than 189 invite.

      Also, you can file Australia EOI with whatever points you have now but once you get the new score, you will need to update the EOI.
      When you update the EOI, the date of effect changes automatically and your EOI is placed at the back of queue again.

      • Doshakar S
        Doshakar S 4 Mar, 19 at 10:06 pm

        Thanks for the prompt response and useful information, Anil! I appreciate it!

  15. Pawan Gupta
    Pawan Gupta 23 Feb, 19 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Anil, none of the media (imagevideo etc) seems to be available anymore and comes up as a blank space in the middle of the page. Can you please check or provide external links to the media you referenced here? I’ve tried multiple browser and the page stays the same so it’s not a browser issue. Thanks.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 12:33 am

      Somehow the video links were deleted. Not sure how. We have fixed the issue and you should be able to see them now.
      It is possible that you don’t them immediately due to page caching. Till that time, you can use the Google’s cached Page here for above article.

      • Pawan Gupta
        Pawan Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 2:03 am

        Thanks Anil, I found the E2 PTE youtube channel, following the videos there.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 10:40 am

          Great. Do share your PTE result once you are done.
          Let me know if you need more information.

  16. pin
    pin 21 Feb, 19 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Anil,
    regarding PTE preparation,do i need to subscribe to their paid courses? or watching videos on youtube is sufficient?

  17. pin
    pin 21 Feb, 19 at 9:24 pm

    Hello Anil,
    regarding PTE preparation,do i need to subscribe to their paid courses? or watching videos on youtube is sufficient?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 Feb, 19 at 9:49 pm

      It depends on your own comfortable level with English as a language. As per my opinion, free youtube videos are more than enough along with the notes and tricks shared above.

      • pin
        pin 22 Feb, 19 at 1:32 am

        Thanks Anil. also do we need to present experience letter in some specific format for ACS?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 4:28 pm

          Yes, specific format is important for ACS assessment. You can see the sample work letter for ACS here.

          • pin
            pin 22 Feb, 19 at 11:41 pm

            For ACS documentation purposes , do I need to attach all the results or only degree certificate and experience letters would do ?

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 23 Feb, 19 at 5:28 am

              Check Documents for ACS Assessment

              • pin
                pin 23 Feb, 19 at 6:18 am

                Thanks for sharing Anil. Do I need to attach all my secondary and higher secondary marksheets too?

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 23 Feb, 19 at 6:29 am

                  Only Tertiary education degree and mark sheets are required.
                  Tertiary means the education that is relevant and related to your work experience.
                  10th and 12th degree and mark sheets are not required.

                  • pin
                    pin 24 Feb, 19 at 6:20 am

                    Thanks a lot Anil. It’s of great help.
                    I’ve a few more queries :

                    1. How will my experience be calculated? I have a total of 9.5 years of experience in IT and education would be IT major Will it be 7.5 years that they would consider and award points accordingly or I would be getting 15 points as for 8-10 years category it’s 15.

                    2. My spouse will also get her skills assessed and would appear for English exam and if she clears it with competent English mark, is <45 years of age so will I get the additional 5 points? Is it ok if our ANZSCO codes are different but In IT sector only?

                    3.According to points shown on your website , system analyst(261112) 75 pro rata and ICT support engineer(263212) 70 ? Is this the minimum point requirement or it’s 65 only to apply for both of these ?also could you confirm if minimum points required would differ based on which code we select ?
                    4. Is it okay to mention exact same roles and responsibilities in all employment references (for my case it would be 6.) . Is it a good idea to have the same description of roles and responsibilities as given on ACS website ?

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 11:00 am

                      I have explained how ACS will calculate your IT work experience and how many years will be deducted here. Please go through it.

                      Spouse ANZSCO code should be in the same occupation list as yours. ANZSCO code can be different.

                      Minimum points requirement to apply Australia PR and file EOI is 65.
                      The points shown on our website for each ANZSCO code are needed to realistically receive an invite.
                      Points requirement varies by each ANZSCO code.
                      Most of the job codes do NOT receive invite with 65 points due to high demand.

                      Do not copy paste. Write what you have really performed and done in you job. ACS sends documents back to employer too if they have any suspicion. So, be careful.

                    • pin
                      pin 24 Feb, 19 at 11:31 am

                      Thanks Anil for the detailed explanation. I asked that question as I was not sure if it would be analysed correctly if they see a different desc than their website (even though my profile is for the same role) it might lead them to confusion .
                      So when they say roles and responsibilities should match 65 % to what they have mentioned on ACS website , do they really see point by point ? Like let’s say if they have mentioned 10 points atleast 6-7 should be there in my reference letter ? Is my understanding correct ?

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 24 Feb, 19 at 1:46 pm

                      They match your roles and responsibilities with the job requirements for the ANZSCO code that you have chosen.

                      For example, if you have chosen job code for software engineer but your half work experience is in IT project management, then your IT project manager work experience will NOT be counted as relevant.

                      So, its important what you write in the skill letter.

                    • pin
                      pin 25 Feb, 19 at 7:23 pm

                      Hi Anil,

                      Thanks !!
                      Let’s say if I have a gap of 4 months while switching to another job , would that be counted in my work experience?

                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 10:19 pm

                      Gap periods are NOT counted. Even a week’s gap will be removed from total work experience.

  18. Sugi
    Sugi 17 Feb, 19 at 12:10 pm

    I was practicing a test without preparing for words and synonyms and I found new words for fill in the blanks, which I don’t know the meanings. Could you please give me tips in this aspect. Thanks!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Feb, 19 at 4:08 pm

      Your question is open ended meaning that it needs more information for me to answer to the point.

      • Sugi
        Sugi 17 Feb, 19 at 4:54 pm

        My question is, how to prepare for words and synonyms before the test?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:51 am

          You can use the E2 learning’s free video tutorials. They have very good collection.

  19. Ridhi
    Ridhi 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I appeared for IELTS n got 7 in each which is fine to apply for Austrailia but i want to improve my points so planning to take PTE about which i have no knowledge. can u tell me the difficulty level of PTE as i need 79+ in each module.

    RAKESH VEMULA 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Is Toefl easier compared to PTE? Please share your knowledge on this..

    • Bestinvk
      Bestinvk 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

      Dear Mr. Rakesh,

      PTE Academic is the excellent option based on my experience. I had gone through IELTS, TOEFL ibt and PTE Academeic. You can trust 100% this blogger Mr. Anil.

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:41 am

      I have not taken Toefl test before so cannot really comment.
      But, I have personally appeared for IELTS twice and PTE once. I found PTE more logical, sensible and easier if you can converse in English in your day to day life.

      If your purpose to give English for Australia Immigration, i strongly recommend to give PTE.

  21. pranabesh ghosh
    pranabesh ghosh 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I was trying to get some mock test link , could you please share scored mock test .


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

      Sorry, I do not have any mock test links.

    • Bestin
      Bestin 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

      You can do the mock test that evaluated in the same algorithm used in PTE Academic test, through the following link. You have to purchase it. The result will generate with in couple of minutes after your mock test . I have done it and the result was almost same with my real PTE score.

  22. Sneha Shankar
    Sneha Shankar 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    I have recently applied for ACS skill assessment(Aus PR). I have completed my engineering in Telecommunication but have 7yrs experience in IT i.e development field. AS per ACS they deduct 2yrs from total experience. But wondering what in my case since my branch and my experience are not related to each other.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      If your education does not match with your work experience, they will deduct 4 years.

      • Sneha Shankar
        Sneha Shankar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        oh ok.. Thank you for the info. I’m aiming to score 79+in PTE to get more points. Any suggestions/tips plz ?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

          If you follow the notes mentioned above, you should be able to get 79+ easily.

          • Sneha Shankar
            Sneha Shankar 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

            Ok. I will be giving my exam in few days. I will surely update you on this. Thank you.

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

              Sure. All the best.

              • Sneha Shankar
                Sneha Shankar 10 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

                I got just 58 in MOCK :-(. Very disappointing…

                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:13 am

                  Where did you attempt this mock test?

                  • Sneha Shankar
                    Sneha Shankar 11 Feb, 19 at 1:51 pm


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 12:31 pm

                      I mean which company had given you this test? Did you pay for it?

                    • Sneha Shankar
                      Sneha Shankar 12 Feb, 19 at 3:52 pm

                      yeah. i’m not sure if i should mention the company name.. yes its paid.

  23. Ndt
    Ndt 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello Anil,

    Thanks for your posting.I do not see the best approach for fill in the blanks in your postings.How difficult they are in real exam ? Is Oxford and Cambridge natural language collocations going to help ? Also please share your thoughts/best source for answer short questions.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      There is probably no fixed method to solve fill in the blanks and I feel they are easy to fill.

      I had used free E2 language videos for all my preparations.

      • Ndt
        Ndt 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Thanks for prompt reply.What about answer short questions ? Any suggestions please.

        • Ndt
          Ndt 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          Sorry, I see you already mentioned that you followed E2 language videos for all your preparations.

  24. Prasanna
    Prasanna 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for this Post. I can tell you that it simplified my approach to PTE-A preparation and introduced me to Jay’s excellent e2language PTE-A preparation videos.

    I got the desired marks. I encourage anyone giving PTE to pay and take mock exams as it is vital in preparing oneself for the real exam.

    Best wishes

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      You are welcome and congratulations on getting the desired result.

    • Harry
      Harry 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Prasanna, where can we purchase only mock tests?

  25. Harsh
    Harsh 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    I gave PTE twice but got exactly same score of 60 in speaking- overall score of 70 but speaking stuck at 60. Can you please guide what exactly can I do for speaking section before I plan for the test again.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      Its difficult to find the problem area without knowing the details.
      You can opt for E2learning’s guided course to see where you are making mistakes.

      • Harsh
        Harsh 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

        Ok- would I be able to opt for guided learning course, what is the duration and fee structure like- am unable to search it on website?

        • Harsh
          Harsh 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

          I mean am in US- so any PST timings as well?

          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:43 am

            E2 Learning ( is a separate company and is not affiliated with am22tech in any way.
            I have just shared their content and reference as I reviewed it and found it really good.

            You should go to E2Learning Australia’s website and buy or find content that you want to use.
            Let me know if you need more information.

  26. Vikrant
    Vikrant 10 Dec, 18 at 12:46 pm

    Hii Anil..
    Duration of my graduation course was from 2007-11, but because of back logs i completed it in 2014. I am working since 2011 in the same field i studied. So, my experience will be calculated from 2011 or from 2014 the year i passed my graduation.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Dec, 18 at 12:57 pm

      I am assuming you are talking about Australia PR. I think your experience will be calculated after you finally passed your graduation.

  27. Shamz
    Shamz 2 Dec, 18 at 12:27 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have attempted the PTE twice and could not score 79+ in all, fell short of 1-2 points in writing and listening. You mentioned that you have gone through e2Language without subscribing a paid course and I did the same in my first and second attempt. Do you suggest that I subscribe for their paid “Bronze” or “Silver” package to really break it through ? Please do share any other strategies, besides the ones listed above.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Dec, 18 at 7:40 am

      If you are finding it difficult to score high with above methods, then, yes, it might be useful to get the paid subscription from E2language.

      They check and pin point your mistakes with paid subscription. That will certainly help you.

  28. Amarjeet
    Amarjeet 30 Nov, 18 at 8:50 am

    Hello Anil,

    I did my PTE yesterday and I got my scores today: L-90, R-90, S-88 and W-90 with an overall score of 90. Thank you again for such a great post, your methods and that of Jay’s from e2language is all I needed to get the above score in my first attempt. Also, like you said, though this test seems to be a lot tougher than IELTS, because of the scoring algorithm of the computer you end up with scores better than your expectations. I did mess up quite a few times, especially in speaking but the scores were a relief. The strategies mentioned here absolutely work.

    Thank you,



    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Nov, 18 at 9:07 am

      Great. Thanks for your feedback.
      Enjoy and share with your friends, if you liked the blog.

  29. AC0715
    AC0715 19 Nov, 18 at 9:16 pm

    How long were the sentences in “repeat sentence section” in your Actual exam?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Nov, 18 at 10:40 pm

      The repeat sentences were of varying lengths. Some pretty small, then medium and them multi part long sentence.
      You have to break long sentence into parts to remember it.
      Just close eyes to concentrate, listen and repeat.

      • AC0715
        AC0715 20 Nov, 18 at 12:03 pm

        Thank you sir for the response! I’m taking the PTE-A on the 27th. I’m just anxious on this section and level of difficulty of the entire exam.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Nov, 18 at 12:07 pm

          Don’t worrry about the exam.
          When giving the exam, you might feel it’s difficult than IELTS as the computer clok keeps ticking and you don’t get time to think about mistakes.

          But, if you keep calm and just keep going with flow and use the methods mentioned above, you will top the exam easily.
          When you come out of exam, you will feel as you did not do well. But if you see the result later, you will be amazed if you have followed the exact methods.

  30. Amarjeet
    Amarjeet 15 Nov, 18 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thank you for such a great post. I have been using these tips to study for my PTE which is coming up soon. I have already taken the IELTS twice and have been in the 8-8.5 band, but need 8.5 in all the modules. I came across PTE and have decided to give it a go to get the score I need. I will re-post again once I get my scores. Thanks again for all these wonderful tips.



    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 1:07 pm

      You are welcome @disqus_wcFFXtyoS1:disqus and all the best. If you use the notes above, you will score maximum in first attempt.

      • Amarjeet
        Amarjeet 16 Nov, 18 at 11:22 pm

        Thank you!

  31. Seth Jones
    Seth Jones 14 Nov, 18 at 1:17 am

    Hi Anil,

    Congrats on getting the required PTE score.

    I’m a native English speaker but my English in general isn’t amazing. What I’m really concerned about it the Retell Lecture and Describe picture. I’m terrible at listening to someone speak and making notes at the same time. This is also the case when looking at a picture and trying to come up with stuff on the fly (I just really suck at it).

    When I retell a lecture does the content need to be on topic or can I just mention a few key words that were in the lecture and make up the rest?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 18 at 6:52 am

      Retell content has to be on the same topic.
      Computer is smart enough to understand your tricks.

  32. Kunal Singh
    Kunal Singh 9 Aug, 18 at 11:48 pm

    Good To see These Tips

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Aug, 18 at 6:50 am


  33. Chitwan
    Chitwan 2 Aug, 18 at 2:51 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for making this post.

    My reading from my surrounding test takers, is, all are getting their desired score in the first attempt who had studied in English medium in school, in contrast rest are finding struggle in getting score if they studied in Hindi or in a native language. May I know if your schooling was in English or other language? Do you agree with this insight?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Aug, 18 at 7:12 am

      My schooling was in English medium school. I am not sure if that will make any big difference to the score.
      If one has done graduation in English, then, one should have got that kind of English speaking skills to pass this test.

  34. Darweesh
    Darweesh 11 Jul, 18 at 4:50 am

    Great article and very useful information, Thanks.

    I have an average English and I want to try the PTE academic (after trying IELTS general) but I’m little bit afraid of the academic content. What I understood is that you have more room to make mistakes in PTE than you have in IELTS.

    In IELTS reading to get 7 you have to answer 34 out of 40 questions correctly which is 85% ! but to get 65 in PTE does it mean you have to answer 72% correctly? (65/90)

    I just want to understands how the scoring in PTE works in terms of the total number of points, does the 90 score means 90 points collected? I mean does the total points for any section equal to 90 points?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Jul, 18 at 7:19 am

      The way you have written this comment, i can easily say that you have good English writing skills to get highest marks in PTE.

      You just have to speak and write in same way that you have written this comment.

      PTE scoring is not straightforward as IELTS. Each question in PTE may be testing more than one area. For example, There are question when you have to listen to a speech and then write it down. So, one question will contribute to both listening and writing score.

      PTE as a test is difficult than IELTS. But, i still say it is easy to score as it is computer based and no human scoring bias is involved.
      I have written about my experience between IELTS (attempted twice) and PTE (attempted once) here:

      • Darweesh
        Darweesh 24 Sep, 18 at 11:40 am

        Anil, your post was the main reason I switched from IELTS to PTE and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been able to get my target score at the first attempt 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for this, every word you wrote found to be 100% true!

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 Sep, 18 at 12:11 pm

          That’s awesome news. I am glad it helped you.
          So, what is your next step? Are you looking at filing Australia PR application or something else?

  35. pavan
    pavan 20 Jun, 18 at 5:39 am

    Hello Anil,

    First of all, congratulations on scoring 79+ in PTE and I wish you all the very best. I have given PTE twice and I am lagging in the sections other than the Speaking. in both the attempts I had scored 79+ but other sections. I have observed myself that I was completely nervous during the test as I speak too fast in speaking section which is affecting the subsequent sections. I need your few minutes of time to clarify my myths can you please call me at NUMBER DELETED at your free time.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jun, 18 at 7:41 am

      Hi Pavan,
      Sorry, but I cannot call. if you have any questions, you can ask them here itself. I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
      Aslo, i suggest to not share your phone number publicly. It invites SPAM calls.
      I will edit your comment and delete your phone number for your safety.

      On the points question, the things listed above are my notes and that’s all i studied and prepared for the exam. I agree that exam format is a bit weird and it does make one nervous. I was nervous too. And I did miss and incorrectly spoke couple of ‘repeat sentences’.
      I have shared that experience in a separate post here:

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