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Essay

Essay writing is an important and ending section under the Speaking and Writing section of the PTE Academic paper. In 20 minutes of time, you have to write down an impromptu essay of about 200 to 300 words on the topic of about two sentences revealed then and there.

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Strategies to be followed

  1. Strictly follow the set word limit. Do not cross 300 words in any condition.
  2. Make use of academic English only.
  3. Use medium paragraphs. Avoid bullet points and even very long paragraphs.
  4. Write in concise and well-organised paragraphs.
  5. Avoid using jargons.
  6. Use variations of simple, compound and complex sentences.
  7. Be very careful with grammar including tenses and use of singular and plurals.
  8. Do not mess up your spellings at any cost.
  9. Take care of pauses, capitalisation, articles and punctuations in between the sentences. Correct punctuations will add up to the score.
  10. Support your ideas with relevant examples

Pro tips

  1. Strictly follow the set word limit. Do not cross 300 words in any condition.
  2. Make use of academic English only.
  3. Use medium paragraphs. Avoid bullet points and even very long paragraphs.
  4. Write in concise and well-organised paragraphs.
  5. Avoid using jargons.
  6. Use variations of simple, compound and complex sentences.
  7. Be very careful with grammar including tenses and use of singular and plurals.
  8. Do not mess up your spellings at any cost.
  9. Take care of pauses, capitalisation, articles and punctuations in between the sentences. Correct punctuations will add up to the score.
  10. Support your ideas with relevant examples

How is this section scored?

A. Content

  1. Address the topic directly to get your essay considered in the very first place.
  2. Cover all the important points without which the argument over that specific topic cannot be complete.
  3. Support your argument well with details, examples, and statistics if possible.
  4. Be logical, clear, to the point and organised in your argument.

B. Well organised structure

  1. An organised and steady development of the argument.
  2. The argument must be backed by logic.
  3. Ideas must be well connected and must fall in a pattern. A clear beginning, middle and end must be sketched.
  4. Transitions between paragraphs must not be abrupt.

C. Creative language

  1. Be as creative, intelligent and bold with your use of the language within academic guidelines as possible.
  2. Show your level of handling complexity in words and sentences.
  3. Stick to the main ideas.

D. Controlled and Consistent Grammar

  1. Capitalisation must be taken care of.
  2. Punctuations must not be ignored.
  3. Sentence structure must not be compromised.
  4. Do not let the overall meaning get lost due to incorrect handling of the language.

E. Vocabulary

  1. Exhibit a wide variety of vocabulary in your essay.
  2. Try playing with idioms and expressions too.\
  3. Avoid usage of repetitive words and monotonous over simplified vocabulary.

F. Spelling

PTE Academic recognizes English spelling conventions from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia. However, one spelling the convention should be used consistently in a given response.