PTE Speaking – Answer short question

Answer short question is like the rapid fire round in PTE Academic and hence, it is important to demonstrate immense concentration power along with good command over communicative English vocabulary. In this article, we will try to cast light on what this question pattern is and what strategies one must employ in order to score well.

What is the Answer short question task on the PTE Academic?

This is the fifth item type on PTE Speaking and Writing part. In this task, you will hear a question. You are supposed to answer the question in one or a few words.

The question content will mostly feature Australian, American and British accents.

This is how the Answer short question task screen may look like on the real PTE:

PTE Answer Short Question screen
PTE Answer Short Question screen

Length of the recording

Each question can be 3 to 9 seconds in length.

Preparation Time

You will not be given any separate time to prepare for the answer.

Attempt Time

You will have 10 seconds to convey your response.

Number of questions

Depending on the combination of questions on the test, you will find 10 to 12  items of Answer short question type on the PTE Speaking and Writing part.

Scoring

The scoring happens on only one parameter – Content. The maximum score that you can get per Answer short question item is 1. Since you are listening to a question and speaking, the score is divided between Listening and Speaking skills. Also, this task can help you boost your score on vocabulary enabling skill.

PTE Master Tips

Sometimes, you may feel unsure about the answer. You may even feel that there are two or three words that might act as answers. In all such cases, be sure to speak all those words, because the computer will simply ignore the choices that might not be correct. However, an aspirant must not misuse this strategy especially when the question itself gives you two or three words to choose from. In such cases, speaking all the given options will not fetch you any score.

If you don’t immediately know the answer, you can bide some time by starting with “I think…the answer…is..”. This strategy is better than not speaking anything for 3 seconds and letting the microphone close.

Also, if you are not sure as to whether you spoke the word with correct pronunciation or not, you can repeat your answer.

Click on the “Next” button once you have answered the question, because otherwise the recorder might record unnecessary noise from the background.

How serious are you about your PTE prep?

If you are planning to give the PTE Academic in near future, you can consider joining PTE Topper. We provide test vouchers at discounted rates.  You can even take a mock test in a PTE-like testing environment at our mock test center. You can look to prepare via our online and offline coaching programs. If you want to know more about PTE Academic, kindly visit the official PTE Academic website. With PTE Topper, you will have access to our large pool of practice questions, mock tests and video lecture library.

 

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Recent Blog Dairy

PTE Reading – MCQ Single Answer

There are two types of Multiple Choice type questions on PTE Academic Reading section. PTE refers to one of them as “Multiple choice, choose single  answer”. For the sake of simplicity, we shall refer to it as MCQ Single Answer. What is the MCQ Single Answer task all about? MCQ Single Answer is the fifth …

PTE Reading – MCQ Multiple Answers

There are two types of Multiple Choice type questions on PTE Academic Reading section. For the sake of simplicity, we will refer to it as MCQ Multiple Answers in this blog post. PTE refers to one of them as “Multiple choice, choose multiple answers”. This is one of the trickier question types on the PTE …

PTE Reading – Fill in the blanks: Reading & Writing

There are two types of fill in the blanks type questions on PTE Academic Reading section. One of them is called “Fill in the Blanks: Reading & Writing”. It is slightly different from the other task in that the aspirants have four options to choose from, for each blank. What is the PTE Fill in …