PTE Writing – Write essay

Essay writing is something which most of you would have been doing at school level irrespective of which language you studied – whether English or your mother tongue. The PTE essay writing task is no different. In this article, we will talk about how to attempt this task and score big on Writing skills.

What is the PTE Essay writing task all about?

This is the seventh item type on PTE Speaking and Writing part. Here, you will be given an essay prompt. You must type an essay into the given text editor.

This is how the Write essay task screen may look like on the real PTE:

PTE Essay screenshot
PTE Essay screenshot


Length of the answer text

You must write a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 300 words. Anything less or more than this prescribed limit and you will lose points. In fact, if you write less than 120 words or more than 380 words, you will get a 0 on the “Form” parameter. Consequently, this means that you will get a 0 on the overall essay task.

Preparation Time

You will not have any separate time to prepare for this task.

Attempt Time

You will have 20 minutes to write plan and type the essay.

Number of questions

Depending on the combination of questions on the test, you will find 1 or 2 essay writing tasks.


The scoring happens on multiple parameters.

  1. Content – 3 points
  2. Form – 2 points
  3. Grammar – 2 points
  4. Spelling – 2 points
  5. Vocabulary – 2 points
  6. Development, structure & coherence – 2 points
  7. General linguistic ability – 2 points

So, the maximum score that you can get per Essay item is 15 points.

This is a pure writing task and all your score will count towards Writing skill score.

PTE Master Tips

One of the most common mistakes that aspirants make is not respecting the “Form” scoring parameter. You must bear one thing in mind – if you get a 0 on either “Content” or “Form” parameters on any question in PTE, then you will get a complete 0 on that task. The other parameters will not be assessed at all. So, you must respect the stipulated word limit.

You can even make use of structure provided by PTE Topper mentors to write the essay. However, you must not become over-reliant on the structure and cut down on original content. Remember, writing valid points to support your essay is equally important,

Follow five paragraph essay format: one paragraph for introduction, three paragraphs for the essay body and one paragraph for conclusion.

Ensure that you are not supposed to “list down” the points in the body paragraphs. For every body paragraph, you must take one point and describe that point in depth with appropriate logic and examples.

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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