The Ultimate Guide To Scoring 90 In PTE Academic Writing

I scored a 90 in PTE Academic Writing.

Trust me, If I can, you can too.

It however, requires practice and applying the right methods.

Here's a summary of the tips that helped me. I hope they work for you too.

Summarize Written Text

With this question type, you are required to summarize written text into just one sentence.

  • This should be written as just one sentence with only one capital at the beginning and one full stop at the end.
  • Ensure you stick to the word limit requested for this question type
  • Summarize each idea, and avoid putting in too many details, like examples. You only need to rewrite the main idea of each section; include key points and not minor detail to ensure you have a concise summary.
  • I find it easier to make a summary of each paragraph in the writing and then merge them together. This is also known as the “Divide & Conquer” approach, where you take your time to understand and summarize each paragraph.
  • Read actively – read out to yourself to aid understanding if it’s a complex read
  • You must be comfortable with using conjunctions and forming complex sentences
  • Use good/clear vocabulary
  • Use clear and simple text that are easy to follow; avoid punctuation mistakes
  • Don’t put your own opinions into the summary
  • Learn to paraphrase – so you don’t use the exact words as the author

Write Essay

With this question type, make sure you understand completely the question that is being asked and identify enough points to argue before you take a side of the argument. For most questions, you will need to take a stand by agreeing or disagreeing with the prompt (question). Essay length is usually 200-300 words.

  • Ensure that you use keywords from the essay topic within the content of your article.
  • Develop your opinion giving reasons and explain your points with examples
  • Have a structure for your essay
    • Essay structure: Introduction (1 Paragraph: Tell the reader what you will tell them) » Body (2 Paragraphs) » Conclusion (1 Paragraph: Tell the reader what you have told them)
      • The introduction...

1.   Must use future verb (will). For example, the essay will discuss…

2.   Must match topic

3.   Must not focus on detail

  • The conclusion...

1.   Should “tell the reader what you have told them”

2.   Should not contain new information

3.   Should summarize what has been stated in the 2 body paragraphs

  • Note that a paragraph typically has four parts:
    • Opening Sentence – This is the main idea of the paragraph.
    • Support Sentence – Can be used to clarify, support, contradict/expantiate on the opening sentence. Support sentences can be used to show similarities, shown an effect, emphasize, opposite or generalise, to mention a few uses.
    • Evidence – Can be facts, quotes and example
    • Closing Sentence – Always relates to the opening sentence

What other tips worked for you?