The PTE Academic Exam, organized by Pearson, is one of the most recognized tests of English as a language across the world! While the test is not necessarily a complex one, there are several reasons why candidates are not able to score well in the exam. As hard as it may sound to believe, most of these reasons are mere blunders in Write from Dictation!
There are just two secrets to scoring well in PTE Academic. They are diligent practice and good quality PTE Practice test.
In this article here, we try and decode everything about ‘Write from Dictation’ task that is covered in the Listening module of the test.
‘Write from Dictation’- Know the basics
PTE Write from Dictation is a section that is covered under the PTE Academic Listening Module. It aims at assessing both the writing and the listening skills of a candidate using 3 to 4 questions. There is no negative marking for an incorrect answer. However, a correct answer contributes both to the writing and the listening scores of a candidate.
‘Write from Dictation’ – Understanding the concept
The task assesses the most basic skill of a candidate that involves memorizing a short sentence and writing it down verbatim. This fundamental skill plays a vital role in not just professional life but also the personal life of an individual.
There are about 7 seconds before the audio starts and the length of the prompt is 3 to 5 seconds. The audio plays automatically and the candidate can listen to the recording only once, i.e. the audio cannot be replayed.
How to go about it?
There are two different approaches to deal with ‘Write from Dictation’ task in the Listening module of PTE Academic:
- When the audio starts playing, you can immediately start writing the answer in the space provided.
- You can choose to wait until the audio ends, understand it well and then start writing the answer in the box, at the end of the screen.
The first approach is often the complex one as it involves performing two functions, i.e. listening and writing simultaneously. This can further get complicated when the sentence is a little longer than usual.
The second alternative is much simpler. But instead of relying completely on your memory, we suggest making rough notes (in your notepad) while listening to the audio. And use these to write the final answer in the box.
However, in both the approaches it is very important to have a basic understanding of the complete sentence. Only then, you can reproduce it without making any errors.
Instead of suggesting one of these approaches, we would recommend that you practice both of these for some time and figure out what works better for you, yourself.
Understanding the Scoring
There is no negative marking and one mark is credited for every correct word that is written by the candidate. Subsequently, there are no marks for an incorrect word or a spelling or a word that has been skipped.
Maximum points are scored if all the words of the content are included in the answer and also all the spellings are correct. However, if a few words are missing or spelled incorrectly in an answer, scores are credited accordingly.
A few things to keep in mind
- Understand and not memorize
Most of the candidates make the mistake of trying to memorize the sentence word by word while the audio is being played. And then end up confused when then the audio is over. It is highly suggested to understand the sentence and not memorize it so you are in a better position to reproduce it verbatim.
- Pen down everything
Once the audio is over, pen down all the words that are in your mind in the space provided. This way you will ensure that you do not miss any words or at least write most of them.
- Check the order of the words
Since you were aiming at understanding the sentence played in the audio, it will be much easier for you to put all the words (that you jotted down roughly, as mentioned above) in the correct order.
- Check for spelling errors, if any
Since most of the sentence is right in front of you, all you need to do now is to check for spelling errors, if any.
- A final check
Finally, if you can think of a word you heard in the audio but are not too sure where to place, it’s time to use your knowledge of English Grammar and figure that out!
As a final point, you have to realize that answering a question is a matter of seconds! So you need to be swift, prompt and a multi-tasker at its best.
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