Do you know that you can’t speak a language well if you don’t have good listening skills? Yes, it is right. Our speaking ability is directly proportional to our listening ability. That is why the PTE test has a separate section dedicated just to check the candidates’ listening ability. Summarize spoken text is one of those skills in the exam which tests your listening ability.
Lets first get an overview of the PTE exam.
The exam is divided into three sections:
- Speaking and Writing.
The listening section of this exam checks the listening ability of the candidate via Summarize Spoken Text, Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, fill in the Blanks, Highlight Correct Summary, Multiple Choice, Single Answer, Select Missing Word, Highlight Incorrect Words, and Write from Dictation types of questions. Out of all these, summarize a spoken text is the main section that tests your core listening ability.
What do you need to do in Summarize spoken text?
In this section, the candidate will listen to the audio lecture for about 80-90 seconds. Once the audio is played, the candidate has to write everything that has been listened to. This section clubs listening and writing skills. The summary has to be written within 50-70 words. Your score will be calculated based on the accuracy and relevancy of the summary to the audio lecture. So, you have to sum up the audio lecture in the most precise form.
What are the major mistakes candidates make in this section?
Though the task seems easy from the surface, it is not in reality. Candidates fail big time to score well in this section because of these common mistakes:
- Students exceed the word limit.
- Fail to include the main point in summarizing the spoken text.
- Write an entire summary in capital letters.
- They submit the texts without a cross-check.
All these silly mistakes can be taken care of by our experts’ tips.
One task at a time
You will be able to summarize the audio lecture well only if you listen well. So, make sure you first focus to listen properly and then write properly. Doing both things at the same time is like sailing in two boats at the same time. This leads you nowhere.
Try to capture the essence of the audio lecture
While you are listening to the audio, make sure you are capturing its essence right. It is highly recommendable to take note of some keywords for future references. Note down the important details such as names, numbers, and nouns in the audio. These keywords will help you to write an accurate and appropriate summary.
Draft the response that covers the main idea of the summary
As we have already mentioned that the biggest mistake that candidates make while writing the summary is the text without the main idea, make sure you create your draft on the main idea. Make sure your draft is grammatically correct and to the point. It is often found that a candidate tries to summarize the text word to word and this leads to their downfall. If you try to score big then don’t do this.
On the same note, it is suggested that you should try to write in simple sentences and use simple vocabulary. Hefty vocabulary and incomplete sentences are not welcomed here with open arms in the test. The simpler is the sentence the easier it is to understand and this is what will fetch you good marks in the test.
Distribute the time correctly
You have got only 10 minutes and these 10 minutes are more than enough, distribute the time correctly. We would suggest you that listening to the audio and take notes for 80-90 seconds, give around 30 seconds to recall the idea, draft a response in 4 minutes and rewrite the review the main response in for the next 3 minutes.
Re-check before the final submission
Make sure you re-check your final submission. Check whether the final response revolves around the main idea or not, word choice is correct, there is no spelling mistake and you have used the right tense and grammar. This final review helps you to spot out any mistakes and increases your grades.
Practice makes anyone perfect
No matter how many strategies you make to score good in the test, they are not going to work precisely if you don’t practice in a real-time environment. PTE mock practice test is a great way to be familiar with the real-time test exam pattern. You will learn to do time management and perform well.