PTE Speaking – Re-tell lecture

Re-tell lecture tests a PTE aspirants’ understanding of lecture content and the ability to express the important points of a lecture within a stipulated time frame. A lot of aspirants find this task difficult owing to the variety of topics and accents in the given lecture. Let us have a look at what this task is and what are the best strategies to gain maximum score on the task.

What is the Re-tell lecture task on the PTE Academic?

This is the fourth item type on PTE Speaking and Writing part. Here, you will listen to a lecture recording. After you’ve heard the recording, you will be given 10 seconds to prepare yourself and then you have to speak about the important lecture points into the microphone.

The content of the lecture will mostly feature Australian, American and British accents. However, it may feature Indian and Chinese English accents as well.

This is how the Re-tell lecture task screen may look like on the real PTE:

PTE Re-tell lecture screen
PTE Re-tell lecture screen

Length of lecture recording

The lectures that you will hear will be between 60 and 90 seconds long.

Preparation Time

You will have 10 seconds to prepare before you respond.

Attempt Time

You will have 40 seconds to re-tell the lecture in your own words.

Number of questions

Depending on the combination of questions in the test, you will find 3 to 4 questions of Re-tell lecture on the PTE Speaking and Writing part.


The scoring happens on three parameters – Content, Pronunciation and Oral Fluency. The maximum score on the all these parameters is 5 points each. This is an integrated task where the score will be divided between Speaking and Listening skills.

PTE Master Tips

You can anticipate the lecture content by looking at the given image.

Try to note down as much of the lecture content as possible on the erasable scratch pad that you get during the test.

In 10 seconds that you get for preparation, be sure to organize all the points in the order that they appear in the lecture.

Ensure that you include key words that describe the main points of the lecture.

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

In case if you are out of points, instead of hesitating, use fillers like “Furthermore, the speaker also talks about..”, “In addition, the lecturer also suggests..”, etc.

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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