PTE Academic Writing Section Tips and Tricks


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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Jul 28, 2022 18:29 IST

PTE Writing Tips and Tricks: For the PTE writing section of the PTE Academic Exam, candidates will be required to write according to the questions and their written answers will be evaluated. The writing module of the PTE Academic is divided into two sections and we will provide tips for each of those sub-sections. The full form of PTE-A is the Pearson Test of English - Academic and is one of the most sought-after English language tests for candidates wanting to study abroad.

The PTE-A exam is made up of the PTE Reading section, PTE Listening section, PTE Speaking section and PTE Writing sections and in this article, we are going to focus on the PTE Writing section of the exam. Read on as we discuss PTE Writing Tips and Ticks, PTE Writing Essay Format and PTE Writing Essay Tips. 

Top 5 PTE Writing Tips

Here are the top 5 PTE Writing tips for candidates looking to ace their PTE Writing section of the PTE Exam

  1. Analyze the task presented
  2. Recognise keywords in the prompt
  3. Understand the topic presented
  4. Focus on key points in the essay
  5. present content that clearly establishes your point of view

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PTE Writing Section Format: Candidates must be aware that the PTE Writing Section of the PTE Test is combined with the PTE Speaking Section. We are going to start by showing you the PTE Writing Section topics that are covered under the PTE Speaking and Writing section :

PTE Speaking and Writing Section Question Topics

PTE Question Format 

Personal introduction


Read Aloud

6 - 7

Repeat sentence

10 - 12

Describe image

3 - 4

Retell lecture

1 - 2

Answer short question

5 - 6

Summarize written text

1 - 2

Write Essay

1 - 2

Total Questions

28 - 36

Time Allocation

54 - 67 minutes

Now let us talk about the top PTE Writing tips and tricks to ace your PTE Writing section of the PTE exam.  

PTE Writing Section: Summarize Written Text 

  • Getting a perfect score of 90 out of 90 is possible with strong vocabulary and grammar. If you have average vocabulary and grammar, you can expect to score around 73. 

  • Try writing your answers between 35–45 words. Avoid very long sentences, as the scoring algorithms may not be able to evaluate long sentences with great accuracy. 

  • Pay attention to punctuation. 

  • Capitalize all the starting words and nouns in a sentence. 

  • Don’t provide any examples, unless asked for. 

  • Write the summary in third person form I.e. avoid usage of I, Me, We etc. 

  • concentrate on the last paragraph as it usually contains the summary of the text. 

  • Summarize each paragraph in a single sentence.

PTE Writing Section: Write an Essay 

  • Plan the format of your essay based on whether it is an opinion essay, problem-solution, advantages-disadvantages etc. 

  • Be mindful of the spellings, grammar, and plurals. 

  • Give structure to your essay by following this pattern – first paragraph introduction, second third paragraphs body, last paragraph conclusion. 

  • In the body paragraphs, provide examples, reasons, and statistics to strengthen your arguments. 

  • keep the length between 200–300 words.

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PTE Writing Essay Format

The PTE writing essay format includes candidates having to undertake a 200 - 300 word long argumentative essay in response to a prompt. The prompt would be 2-3 sentences long and candidates would be given 20 minutes to write their essay. The Word Count feature at the bottom of the screen provides the number of words written by the candidate. PTE test takers should make sure to write a minimum of 200 words, but no more than 300 words. The candidates also get the cut, copy and paste buttons, which you may choose to use while constructing your response.

  • Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.
  • Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.
  • Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

PTE Writing Essay Tips

The PTE Writing Essay forms the major part of the PTE writing section of the PTE Exam. We bring our readers some of the top PTE writing essay tips for them to follow to be able to ace the PTE writing essay question. Candidates should learn to analyze the task presented to them before starting their essays. Candidates should be able to recognise keywords in the prompt, understand the topic presented to them, what key points should be focussed in the essay and last what point of view to present and discuss in the essay. 

How is PTE writing Essay Scored?

The PTE Writing Essay is scored by determining all aspects of the content. The following factors of the write-up are taken into consideration during the grading process. 

  • Development structure and coherence of the written content
  • Does the PTE Essay meet the length requirement (200-300 words)
  • General linguistic range (clarity of idea)
  • Grammar usage and mechanics
  • Vocabulary range
  • Spelling

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PTE Writing Section Exam Pattern

Candidates should note that the PTE Writing and Speaking sections are combined. In the PTE exam, Part 1 of the PTE test will assess your PTE Writing and Speaking skills. The total time allotted for the PTE Speaking and Writing section is between 77 - 93 Minutes. Note: If you remain silent for more than 3 seconds, the recording will stop automatically and you'll not be able to re-record.

PTE Writing Section - Overview

PTE Module

PTE Speaking Task / Skills assessed

Time to answer 

Read aloud 

Read the provided text aloud

(Reading and Speaking)

Variesdepends on the length of text 

Repeat sentence 

After listening to a recording, repeat the sentence

(Listening and Speaking)

15 seconds 

Describe image 

Describe the image provided in detail


40 seconds 

Re-tell lecture 

After listening to a lecture, re-tell it in your own words

(Listening and Speaking)

40 seconds 

Answer short question 

After listening to a question, answer with a single word

(Listening and Speaking)

10 seconds 

Summarize written text 

After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary

(Reading and Writing) 

10 minutes


Write a 200–300-word essay on the given topic 


20 minutes

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