5 Tips for ‘Summarize Written Text’ Section of PTE

PTE Academic / February 03, 2017 /

When asked to many PTE aspirants – "Which section of the PTE-A Test is the most difficult?” The answer received was – PTE-A Writing Section.

The writing section comprises of either of the following three combinations:

  • 2 Summaries & 1 Essay
  • 3 Summaries & 1 Essay
  • 2 Summaries & 2 Essays

Time allotted for these three combinations are 40 minutes, 50 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.

In this particular post of ours, we are going to discuss ‘PTE Summarize Written Text’ and provide you with some useful tips that will help you fetch a good score in PTE-A Test.


The instruction for this question type is as follows - 


Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response  in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

You are supposed to summarize the given paragraph in your own words.Summary must be completed within 5 to 75 words in 10 minutes. Remember, you must write the summary in a single sentence.

Below listed are top 5 tips that will boost your PTE preparation and will improve your score in Summarize Written Text.

1. Learn wise Use of Complex Sentences

This doesn’t mean that writing lengthy and complex statements will uplift your chances of scoring high. Complex sentences create room for more mistakes. So, practice to write complex sentences and use them wisely. Avoid use of commas and semi-colons if you are unknown to their correct usage. Use of proper punctuation marks and capitalization is also important.  

Written Text

2. Complete your Summary in Just ONE Sentence

Many a times, candidates forget to summarize the given text in a single sentence. They put a full stop and start with a new sentence. This is completely incorrect as per the given instructions. Remember, it is essential to complete your summary in SINGLE sentence with word limit ranging from 5 to 75 words.


Don’t try to jumble everything given in the paragraph in your summary. Try to identify the main idea behind the paragraph, grab key points and mention them in your response. One thing to be taken into consideration here is that don’t write the same words as mentioned in the given text. Instead, put a practise of using synonyms.

4. Remember FANBOYS

Here, FANBOYS refers to –


Using these connectors will help you summarize the text more effectively.

5. Attempt PTE Practice Tests

Get into a habit of identifying key points and how to put them in a nutshell. Attempting PTE Practice Tests can improve your writing skills. These tests provide an interface similar to that of the actual test and thus helps you prepare in a better way.

These are some of the important proven tips that must be kept in mind for PTE Summarize Written Text. We hope that these would help you in improving your practise and fetch you a high score. If you still have any queries regarding PTE, you can ask us. For now, you can start your practise by signing up with PTE Tutorials.


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