Speaking: 1.2 Read Aloud
- A text appears on screen. Read the text aloud.
- Skills assessed are Reading and speaking
- Prompted text length is up to 60 words
- Time to answer varies by item, depending on the length of text.
The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to prepare, depending on the length of the passage. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.
- You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.
- Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.
- You are only able to record your response once.
If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop.
Sample Task 1
Several outbreak investigation reports have shown that COVID-19 transmission can be particularly effective in crowded, confined indoor spaces such as workplaces (offices, factories) and during indoor events e.g. places of worship, restaurants, gatherings at ski resorts, parties, shopping centers, worker dormitories, dance classes, cruise ships and vehicles.
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Read the following instructions and tips to boos your score up!
Follow Punctuation Rules
You have 30-40 seconds to look at the text before the microphone opens, so use this time to break the text up into meaningful chunks, using the punctuation as a guide. This will show you the places where you can make a tiny pause and alter your intonation – going up when you begin reading a chunk and falling a little when you end a chunk.
Using appropriate pausing helps you to read more fluently and give the full meaning of the text. This will improve your score. Look at where the pauses / are indicated in the example:
How do this kind of questions score?
When you read the text, stress the words that help to convey meaning, by reading them in a slightly louder voice and adding emphasis to key syllables, e.g., development. Also use rising and falling intonation patterns to show how the ideas are linked or are coming to an end. Look at the patterns in this text; the stressed words are underlined, and the rising and falling intonation is marked by up and down arrows:
Your score on Read Aloud is based on three factors:
Content: Does your response include all the words in the reading text and only these words?
Content is scored by counting the number of correct words in your response. Replacements insertions and omissions of words will negatively affect your score.
Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?
Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.
Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?
Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.
PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.
- This item type affects the scoring of the following: reading, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
- Your listening and writing skills are not tested by this item type.