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  10 Jan, 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. Vaidyanathan_Radhakr

    Hi Anil,
    Can you share the materials as I’m preparing for the exam.

  5. emanith

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

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  114 Useful Questions & Answers

  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.