PTE Academic Reading: The 2nd part of PTE Academic exam is Reading. This sections tests candidate’s ability to understand written English in an academic environment. The individual questions in PTE Reading are not timed however, you will get a fixed time of between 32 and 41 minutes to complete the entire Reading section. It comprises of total 5 task types described below:
- PTE MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE SINGLE ANSWER
- PTE MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE MULTIPLE ANSWERS
- PTE RE-ORDER PARAGRAPHS
- PTE READING: FILL IN THE BLANKS
- PTE READING & WRITING: FILL IN THE BLANKS
PTE Academic Reading: Overview
PTE Reading module requires candidates to possess sub-skills like:
- reading for gist (skimming)
- reading for special information (scanning)
- inferring meaning from content and context
PTE MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE SINGLE ANSWER
For “Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer” type questions, you have to select a single answer from the answer choices to a question. The texts are up to 300 words long and cover a variety of academic topics drawn from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
PTE MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE MULTIPLE ANSWERS
In “Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer” type questions, more than one response is correct. The answer choices carry 3 to 5 options to choose from. The texts are up to 300 words long and cover a variety of academic topics drawn from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
Is there negative marking in PTE Academic Reading: Multiple Choice Multiple Answers Questions?
Yes, this section carries negative marking. It means that for each correct response, you get +1 and for each negative response you get -1. However minimum score you get will be zero.
PRO TIP: The best strategy to PTE multiple choice type questions is to scan the question first in the 5 seconds that you get before the recording begins. Make sure you understand the writer’s main purpose or main idea of the topic.
PTE RE-ORDER PARAGRAPHS
In “Re-order Paragraph”, You have to select the single correct order for a set of sentences presented in incorrect order. You can use drag-drop method or arrow keys to order the sentences.
- Read all options first and analyze the introductory/topic statement.
- Look for linking words or structures and then connect the next logical statement.
- There is only one mark for each logical pair, thus the total mark for each question is 4.
- Check and confirm the order.
PTE READING: FILL IN THE BLANKS
In “Reading – Fill In The Blanks” task type, you are required to select a single correct answer
for each gap in the text. To get a high score in ‘Fill in the Blanks’ section, expand your knowledge of most common occurring collocation. Check out this pdf for PTE Academic collocation list.
PTE READING & WRITING: FILL IN THE BLANKS
Reading & Writing – Fill In The Blanks task type tests both reading and writing skills of the candidates. You select one correct word from a list to fill each blank in a text.
- For every ‘PTE Academic Reading: Fill in the Blanks’ type questions, go through the text first and then scan options.
- You can easily find answers to some gaps by keeping grammar rules in mind. Using this strategy, answer the simple ones first.
- Proof read the paragraph.
PTE ACADEMIC READING: THINGS TO FOCUS
- Time Management: As the individual questions in PTE Reading are not timed so you need to keep a check on the “Time Remaining” from the timer in the upper right-hand corner of the computer screen. You get a fixed time of between 32 and 41 minutes to complete the entire PTE Reading section.
- Skimming: Quickly read to get the writer’s main idea or central idea of the topic or argument.
- Eliminate inappropriate options by using your knowledge of grammar rules, collocations, prepositions, pronouns, common phrases etc. Analyse the question and answer choices logically.
- Fill in the blank questions are easy to score and takes up less time. So practice this section more to get a high score. This section carries no negative marking.
- MCQs multiple answers type has negative marking (-1) for each incorrect option. So answer only if you are confident.