Read Aloud


Read Aloud Description!


A paragraph will be displayed on the screen with approximately 60 words. You will be given 35 seconds or 40 seconds based on the length of the paragraph displayed for preparation. An equal amount of time will be given to read the sentence aloud. There will 6-7 questions of this task type.

Skills assessed:

Reading: You are expected to identify the writer’s purpose, tone and attitude.
Speaking: You are expected to speak fluently and at a natural pace using correct intonation and correct pronunciation.

Strategies:

Practice once before commencing and practice loudly, if there is still time left,rehearse the difficult-to-pronounce words, but make sure you are at the beginning of the passage 5 seconds before the recording starts, so that you can take good start.
Complete the given text or passage within 15 to 23 seconds, if you take more time, you will lose points in fluency, and if you take less time than 15 seconds, it means you are going to lose points in pronunciation.
Be remembered, you need to press “Next” as soon as you finish reading the given passage, don’t wait for the time to be finished automatically.
Stress each and every word, a proper stress; differentiate each word from the next, so that there is clarity in your voice that might assist computer to understand your spoken words, hence, pronunciation points go up.
Speak contractions as one word, for example, we’re (we are), we’ve (we have), we’ll (we will) etc. If you speak these words in full, you are doing insertion.
Do not correct yourself; if you have mispronounced some word mistakenly then keep going, do not go back and try to pronounce the same word correctly.
Your speaking should be effortless and struggle-free; you are not finding it hard to pronounce your words, but it’s easy and comfortable for you to read the passage.
Do not fumble and hesitate; do not get nervous.
Do not stop or take a slight pause on comma or full stop, don’t take any pauses unless you are finding it hard to breathe.
Put more stress on plural words and try to give the sound of “s’ on such words; put more stress on long words, if you are finding it hard to read long words, break them into syllables, for example, persuasiveness as “per-su-asvie-ness”.
Use your own natural accent; do not try to adopt white people’s accent that you can never perfectly do, don’t worry about your home country accent as PTE software has got more than hundred accents saved in it, so your accent would be picked up by computer.
If you want to improve a bit of your pronunciation, try to pronounce four letters as English people do, these four letters are P,T,K and CH to be pronounced as Ph,Th, Kh, Ch, (can explain more with the help of example).

Practice:

Go to Menu and locate "Mock Test" download Software and practice in your windows Desktop or Laptop PC.
Open english magazine or get newspaper and practice reading loudly.
Record your voice using microphone/app and listen to it so that you are able to identify your mistakes and rectify it.
If you make mistakes while reading do not stop and correct your mistakes. You will lose points on oral fluency..
Keep track of the time and pace yourself accordingly. Don’t rush through the passage.

PTE Read Aloud Sample

Practice Exercises

1. History rubs shoulders and often overlaps with many other areas of research, from myths and epics to the social sciences, including economics, politics, biography, demography, and much else besides. Some histories are almost pure narratives, while others go in for detailed, tightly-focused analyses of, for example, the parish records of a Cornish village in the 16th century.

2. There are many kinds of pond, but nearly all are small bodies of shallow, stagnant water in which plants with roots can grow. Water movement is slight and temperatures fluctuate widely. The wealth of plants ensures that during daylight hours oxygen is plentiful. However, at night, when photosynthesis no longer takes place, oxygen supplies can fall very low.

3. Before the time of Alexander the Great, the only eastern people who could be compared with the Greeks in the fields of science and philosophy were from the Indian sub-continent. However, because so little is known about Indian chronology, it is difficult to tell how much of their science was original and how much was the result of Greek influence.

4. While far fewer people these days write letters and therefore have less use for stamps, there are still a few categories of stamp which attract collectors. Stamps in common use for an indefinite period - until the price goes up - are called "definitive" issues, while a more collectible type of stamp is the "commemorative" issue, honouring people, events and anniversaries.

5. In the second quarter of the 19th century, a rapidly growing middle class created a great demand for furniture production. Yet at this stage, while machines were used for certain jobs, such as carved decoration, there was no real mass production. The extra demand was met by numerous woodworkers. Mass production came later and the quality of domestic furniture declined.

6. In the Middle Ages, the design and use of flags were considered a means of identifying social status. Flags were, therefore, the symbols not of nations, but of the nobility. The design of each flag resembled the "devices" on the noble's Coat of Arms, and the size of the flag was an indication of how high the owner stood in the nobility.

7. The ritual of the state opening of parliament still illustrates the basis of the British constitution. The sovereignty of the Royal Family has passed to the sovereignty of parliament, leaving the monarchy with the trappings of power, while prime ministers are still denied the kind of status that is given to American and French presidents.

8. Most peasants remained self-sufficient and sceptical about money - and with good reason: the triumph of capitalism probably made them worse off. They now had to deal with a centralized imperial state that was collecting tax more efficiently, giving more power to landlords, and slowly reducing customary peasant rights to land and produce.

9. Another method government use to try and influence the private sector is economic planning. For a long time now, socialist and communist states have used planning as an alternative to the price mechanism, organizing production and distributing their resources according to social and strategic needs, rather than based on purely economic considerations.

10. Most succulent plants are found in regions where there is little rainfall, dry air, plenty of sunshine, porous soils and high temperatures during part of the year. These conditions have caused changes in plant structures, which have resulted in greatly increased thickness of stems, leaves and sometimes roots, enabling them to store moisture from the infrequent rains.

11. Line engraving on metal, which, to a great extent, was a development of the goldsmith’s craft of ornamenting armour and precious metals, did not emerge as a print-making technique until well into the 15th century. Copper, the metal mainly used for engraving, was expensive, and engraving itself was laborious and took a long time.

12. For the first two or three years after the Second World War, a new title would often sell out within a few months of publication. However, unless public demand for the book was unusually high, they were rarely able to reprint it. With paper stocks strictly rationed, they could not afford to use up precious paper or tie up their limited capital with a reprint.

13. Perceptions of pressure, temperature and pain manifest themselves in many different ways. Gentle stimulation of pressure receptors can result in ticklishness; gentle stimulation of pain receptors, in itching. Both sensations arise from a neurological transmission, not from something that physically exists.

14. Researchers from around the world have proposed different theories that attempt to explain the reasons behind such an environmental disaster. Presently however, researchers and ecologists remain divided about being able to come up with any concrete explanations — Easter Island remains a mystery.

15. There is yet another group of researchers from the field of history and anthropology who do not agree with any of these hypotheses. Rather, they state that an Act of God was the reason behind the fall of the island. Based on their studies of the Pacific Ocean, they have concluded that there was a little ice-age, which was not as severe as the prehistoric ice-age.

16. By the beginning of the 20th century, it seemed that the age of great scientific natural history painting was coming to an end. Photography was beginning its reign, and it was soon possible to capture an exact image of the creature in front of you with the press of a finger.

17. Three weather variables that affect wildfires are temperature, wind and moisture. Temperature directly influences the sparking of wildfires, as heat is one of the three pillars of the fire triangle. Sticks, trees and underbrush on the ground receive heat from the sun, which heats and dries these potential fuels.

18. Each year thousands of foe fighters risk their lives in their jobs. Elite fire fighters come in two categories: Hotshots and Smokejumpers. Operating in 20 man units, the key task of hotshots is to construct firebreaks around fires.

19. Essentially, Anglo-Saxon companies are structured on the principles of project management. In the eighties, companies were downsized, with tiers of management eliminated. In the nineties, management fashion embraced the ideas of business process re-engineering, so organizations were broken down into customer-focused trading units.

20. Managing cultural diversity is a core component of most master's programmes these days. The growth of Japanese corporations in the sixties and seventies reminded us that there were other models of business than those taught by Harvard professors and US-based management consultants.

21. People think that writing as a profession is glamorous; that it is just about sitting down and churning out words on a page, or more likely these days on a computer- screen. If only it were! So what exactly does writing a book entail? Being a writer is about managing a galaxy of contradictory feelings: elation, despair, hope, frustration, satisfaction and depression and not all separately!

22. Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine, founded in the early 19th century by a German physician. Since 1980 homeopathy has experienced a strong resurgence of interest in North and South America as well as in Europe.

23. Animals were the first things that human beings drew not plants, not landscapes, not even themselves but animals. Why? The earliest known drawings are some 30,000 years old. They survive in the depths of caves in Western Europe.

24. Easter Island, a small hilly island that originated from a volcanic eruption several thousands of years ago is perhaps one of the world's most remarkable, yet least visited, archaeological sites. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, 27 degrees south of the equator and around 3,600 km from the coast of Chile, Easter Island is considered by ecologists to be the world's most remote island.

25. This practice of painting images of animals on walls has persisted throughout our history. Five thousand years ago, when men in Egypt first began to build cities, they too inscribed images of animals on their walls. There is no doubt about the function of at least some of these: the Egyptians worshipped animals as gods.

26. The process of making remedies is very precise. A homeopathy remedy is normally a single substance. The substances may be made from plants, minerals and even animals, for example snake venom and cuttlefish ink.

27. Scholars began to assess the variety of animal life that lay beyond their own countryside. For explorers travelling south down the coast of Africa, east to the Indies and west to the New World were bringing back completely new kinds of creatures.

28. If you took off your skin and laid it flat, it would cover an area of about twenty-one square feet, making it by far the body's largest organ. Draped in place over our bodies, skin forms the barrier between what's inside us and what's outside.

29. The most important part of homeopathic treatment lies in the lengthy interview which the homeopath conducts with the patient. The idea behind this one to two hour consultation is to build up a psychological, emotional and physical history of the patient, to discover the underlying patterns of disease.