Here is the 2nd part of PTE Academic Speaking: Read Aloud practice series. Find read aloud samples and practice with sample audio to improve pronunciation.
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PTE Academic Speaking: Read Aloud Practice Questions
Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read this text as naturally and clearly possible. Allow 40 seconds for each text.
PTE READ ALOUD – DIAMOND
An exotic type of diamond may have come to Earth from outer space, scientists say. Called carbonado or “black” diamonds, the mysterious stones are found in Brazil and the Central African Republic. They are unusual for being the color of charcoal and full of frothy bubbles. The diamonds, which can weigh in at more than 3,600 carats, can also have a face that looks like melted glass.
PTE READ ALOUD – HISTORY
History rubs shoulders and often overlaps with many other areas of research, from myths and epics to the social sciences, including economics, politics, biography, demography, and much else besides. Some histories are almost pure narratives, while others go in for detailed, tightly-focused analyses of, for example, the parish records of a Cornish village in the 16th century.
PTE READ ALOUD – DNA BARCODING
DNA barcoding was invented by Paul Hebert of the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, in 2003. His idea was to generate a unique identification tag for each species based on a short stretch of DNA. Separating species would then be a simple task of sequencing this tiny bit of DNA. Dr Hebert proposed part of a gene called cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) as suitable to the task. All animals have it.
PTE READ ALOUD – A POWER MORCELLATOR
The surgical device, called a power morcellator, has been on the market since 1991 and is FDA-approved for use in minimally invasive gynecological surgeries, including removing benign uterine tumors (fibroids). The device shreds tissue into small pieces so it can be removedfrom the body through small incisions.
PTE READ ALOUD – STAMPS
While far fewer people these days write letters and therefore have less use for stamps, there are still a few categories of stamp which attract collectors. Stamps in common use for an indefinite period – until the price goes up – are called “definitive” issues, while a more collective type of stamp is the “commemorative” issue honoring people, events and anniversaries.
PTE READ ALOUD – FLAGS
In the Middle Ages, the design and use of flags were considered a means of identifying social status. Flags were, therefore, the symbols not of nations, but of the nobility. The design of each flag resembled the “devices” on the noble’s Coat of Arms, and the size of the flag was an indication of how high the owner stood in the nobility.
PTE READ ALOUD – THE LAW OF LARGE NUMBERS
The law of truly large numbers, attributed to Persi Diaconis and Frederick Mosteller, states that with a sample size large enough, any outrageous thing is likely to happen. Because we never find it notable when likely events occur, we highlight unlikely events and notice them more. The law seeks to debunk one element of supposed supernatural phenomenology.
PTE READ ALOUD – ANGER
Anger is expressed online through all sorts of different venues (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, discussion forums, email). Although such angry expressions are common, they also have potential to become highly problematic. It is not uncommon for people to indicate that they have behaved aggressively online.
PTE READ ALOUD – MARS ROVER
“In some ways, the idea that it may be stuck in one place, is sad, in that it can’t rove anymore. But on the other hand, it’s still alive. There is some science it can do that it couldn’t do as a rover. So, that’s in fact, something to look forward to and is exciting.”