How to score 79+ PTE Academic in a week

Anil Gupta  18 Mar, 19      88  Australia

Score 79+ in PTE – first attempt

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

I searched internet content extensively and have finally created these notes that helped me get 85 points in PTE in my very first attempt.

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79+ PTE score gets you 20 points in Australia’s skill based Permanent residency application.

I have embedded these videos here after watching them carefully and analyzing the content quality.

You do not need to go anywhere else if you just watch them and learn the tricks (and cheat sheets) mentioned.
If you just go through them, you will be able to score 79+ in each PTE academic module like reading, listening, writing and speaking.

PTE Image description tips and tricks for 79+ score

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

If no idea about what is shown, 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

PTE Academic – image description – tried and tested method – 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 Tried and tested tricks for 79+ score

10-12 sentence repetition

PTE Academic Repeat sentence – tried and tested method – 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 and 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.

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

PTE essay writing for 79+ score cheat Sheet- Excellent strategy

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

This is screen shot from Jay’s E2 language Essay video.

Thanks to E2 Learning and Jay

All thanks to for providing valuable tips for PTE english 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 are good enough.

Jay from E2 Learning is awesome :slight_smile:
His methods for cracking each type of PTE question are just un-beatable.
It can’t go wrong if you follow it by heart.

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  1. 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   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 🙂

      • 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. 🙂

  2. 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!


  3. 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


  4. 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   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   4 Mar, 19 at 10:06 pm

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

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