PTE Speaking – Describe Image

Describe image is one of the question types which requires a PTE aspirant to understand the image in the first place, in order to score well on the given task. Considering the fact that the score you get on this task goes to Speaking only, it is important to do well on this question type.

What is the Describe Image task on the PTE Academic?

This is the third item type on PTE Speaking and writing part. In this task, you will be given an image. You are supposed to describe the image in your own words. Once the audio status changes to “Recording”, you need to speak into the microphone and describe the image.

This is how the Describe Image task screen may look like on the real PTE:

PTE Describe image screen
PTE Describe image screen

Preparation Time

You will have 25 seconds to look at the image and prepare.

Attempt Time

You will have 40 seconds to describe the image.

Number of questions

Depending on the combination of questions in the test, you will find 6 to 7 questions of Describe Image on the PTE Speaking and writing part.

Types of images

You will most likely find these nine types of images :

  1. Bar Graph
  2. Column Chart
  3. Line Graph
  4. Pie Chart
  5. Flowchart
  6. Venn Diagram
  7. Process Cycle
  8. Maps
  9. Random Image


The scoring happens on three parameters – Content, Pronunciation and Oral Fluency. The maximum score on the all these parameters is 5 points each. Describe Image is the only task on Speaking and Writing section where the entire score will be counted towards the Speaking skill score.

PTE Master Tips

Ensure that you speak about the type of image – for instance – bar graph, line graph, etc. – at the very outset. You must include keywords that accurately capture the important information pertaining to the image. For instance, you can use words like “increases exponentially” or “fluctuates” to capture the emerging patterns.

If there are two images, be sure to compare the two.

You must try to intonate  you voice to score well on the Fluency parameter.

You can even refer to the structures provided by our team. That will help you get going in situations when you are stuck or frozen and can’t think of how to best describe the image in front of you.

Be sure to derive conclusions about any pattern or important aspect of the image.

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.






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