Are you looking for more information about the Pearson Test of English (PTE) General exam? Or perhaps you are struggling to think of creative ways to help your students prepare for the big day?
We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find twelve articles on a range of topics, including revision strategies, paraphrasing and integrating skills, as well as practical tips and classroom activities for the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking papers.
1. An introduction to the Pearson Test of English General
In this first post we’ll go over everything you need to know about the PTE General exam. Focusing on who it is for, the skills it tests and the key features, you’ll be able to decide if this is the right qualification for your students.
There are also links to useful resources such as level guides, practice exams and test tips.
Read more here: An introduction to the Pearson Test of English General
2. Ten revision strategies for PTE General
This article is perfect for those who have been busily preparing their students for PTE General and are now looking for some quick tips to help their students do well on exam day.
With advice relevant to all levels, you’ll find strategies which can be applied both before and during the test.
Read more here: Ten revision strategies for PTE General
3. PTE General: How the Writing Paper is marked
The Writing Paper is often one of the most difficult sections to prepare students for. Without a right or wrong answer it’s essential that you and your students know how it’s marked and what the examiners are looking out for.
In this informative post we’ll examine each of the three writing sections in more detail and provide you with some advice for achieving top marks.
Read more here: PTE General: How the Writing Paper is marked
4. How to develop writing skills for PTE General
The focus of this next post is also the Writing Paper. However, this time we’ll provide you with two dynamic classroom activities to help your students practice sections 8 and 9.
You’ll also find links to some useful resources including the Global Scale of English Teacher Toolkit and the PTE General Score guide.
Read more here: How to develop writing skills for PTE General
5. Six reading strategies for PTE General
There are four parts of the Reading Paper – a gap-fill multiple choice section, a graphical multiple choice section, an open-ended question section, and a note-taking section.
Discover six strategies to help students prepare for each of these sections in this article.
Read more here: Six reading strategies for PTE General
6. Tips for success in PTE General
This article offers teachers more general tips for PTE General, so that you may help your students become familiar with the exam and pass it with flying colors.
We’ll cover some top test strategies, look at how to build a strong lexical base and also provide you with some specific advice for various sections.
Read more here: Tips for success in PTE General
7. How to use authentic listening materials in class
Students need to be prepared to understand various accents in the Listening Paper. One great way to prepare them for this is by using authentic listening material in class.
In this practical post we’ll go into more detail about the benefits of authentic listening tasks, look at where you can find relevant material and also leave you with a series of activities that will suit students of all levels.
Read more here: How to use authentic listening materials in class
8. Paraphrasing: a necessary skill?
Paraphrasing is an extremely useful skill in all sections of the exam. It helps students clarify what they mean and allows them to reproduce key information from the exam texts without copying word for word.
This article will equip you with some dynamic classroom exercises which you can use with your students to help them develop their paraphrasing ability.
Read more here: Paraphrasing: a necessary skill?
9. How to incorporate integrated skills into the classroom
We often work on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills independently during class. However, planning activities which integrate these skills can be extremely beneficial to students.
If you’d like to know more about using an integrated approach to language learning and discover some activities you can do with your students, read the article below.
Read more here: How to incorporate integrated skills into the classroom
10. PTE General: classroom activities to prepare for the spoken test
The Speaking Test can be extremely daunting for students, so it’s essential they are well prepared.
In the this blog post we take a closer look at the Speaking Test and offer you five classroom activities which will help your learners be more confident and get top marks.
Read more here: PTE general: classroom activities to prepare for the spoken test
11. PTE General: What do test centers need to know?
In order to run a successful exam, it’s vital that exam center managers are aware of their obligations and know what they need to do before, during and after the exam.
This article is more suitable for school managers and administration staff. Here we summarize the key points from the Test Center Handbook and provide further resources to help you get ready.
Read more here: PTE General: What do test centers need to know?
12. PTE General: ensuring quality and fairness while meeting international standards
In the final article of this series we take a look at the structure of the exam and examine what makes it a fair and reliable test.
We’ll also explore how the exam is standardized and what test centers can do to ensure accessibility.
Read more here: PTE General: ensuring quality and fairness while meeting international standards
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