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PTE Reading

PTE Reading

Reading section in PTE Academic consists of short reading passages. Your comprehension of these passages is tested in various ways. You may be asked to pick one or more answers, rearrange a jumbled paragraph or complete a text with gaps. The question-forms may be different but what is tested essentially is that if you are able to catch the flow of the idea(s) discussed, particularly the main point of the argument. The total time provided for this section varies between 32 and 41 minutes.
Reading consists of short reading passages with the following question types (any order):

  • Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer
  • Multiple-choice Choose Multiple Answers
  • Re-order Paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the Blanks
  • Reading and Writing: Fill in the Blanks

Useful Tips for PTE Reading

  • Read for a purpose.
  • Read for the key point(s).
  • Look for the clue words in the question or the passage.

Tips for Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer (2 - 3 Items)

The key to find the answer is to catch the key words of the written text. An easy way to do this is to locate phrases that most options use.

Tips for Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers (2 - 3 Items)

No more than three options (often only two) will be correct. Beware! This is a question with a negative marking. Don’t select an option unless you are confident. Yet, the minimum score for the question as a whole is zero. So, simple strategy to maximize score is to choose only the answer(s) you are sure about and not to neutralize the positive score(s) by earning minus point(s). Pick an answer if you are sure; skip an answer if you are not.

Tips for Re-order Paragraphs (4 - 5 Items)

  • Look for grammatical/syntactic connectors/markers (noun-pronoun; article; and/but; later; firstly, secondly etc.).
  • Make links like DA, BC, to mark sentences that occur together.
  • Note that all the texts are part of one big paragraph. Find the beginning of the big paragraph.

Tips for Reading Fill in the Blanks (4 - 5 Items), and Reading & Writing Fill in the Blanks (5 - 6 Items)

  • Skim the text to get the flow. Try to understand the flow of the text and predict the answers. Look for clue words to fill each blank (and, but, while etc.).
  • Make sure also to predict Part of the Speech for the filler, i.e. whether you need a noun, a verb or an adjective.