How to Describe Image in PTE Academic Exam Like a Pro?

The most sought after question asked by PTE-Academic test takers is how to analyse the "Describe Image" section to get maximum score. This question often goes unspoken as there is no standard or fixed pre-defined way of describing an image.

Nevertheless, we have defined a certain approach below that can help you attempt Describe Image with confidence.

Take a look:

1) What to speak on different type of images?

Often, a lot of choices given in the exam leads to confusion.

However, the rule of the thumb is, do not just describe the image but speak your assumptions and ideas as well.

Always remember that you are not expected to be analytical or judgemental, you are expected to speak. The only purpose behind this section is to assess your speaking abilities.

2) Some images have many details, what is the most appropriate way to speak?

The image with several details always make it easier for test takers as it helps to deliver a powerful speech. However, make sure to speak the thing you see first and then try to keep it synced with other details.

For example: There is an image with mountains, a river, sun, houses, a car and trees. If you spot car first, speak about the car and its details like colour and size, and try to relate those with the house.

3) Some images have less details, what to speak?

Certainly, images with less details are challenging to describe unless you come up with your own assumptions or ideas. Practice is the only key to attempt this section in the best possible way.

Now you know the basics, here are the steps on how to attempt:

  • Don't Invest Your Entire Focus in Correcting Yourself

    The most important parameter is to know what the topic is all about and have your own variations to it. There are images which do not hold a title. In such a scenario, you can try to predict what the image is all about rather than wasting time in thinking the correct answer.

  • There is no room for Silence

    While speaking in the exam, even if you start falling short of words, make sure you don't pause in the middle or remain silent. There are many phrases you can use when getting nervous to describe your graph like, "It also describes' or "It is mainly showing”. You have to just speak full 40 seconds without a pause.

  • Make the most of Erasable Note board Booklet and pen provided

    Provide a framework to your thoughts in 2 or 3 points. In the first point, speak about the main idea while in the second and third point support your ideas with appropriate details and implication.

  • Conclude, do not forget

    The worst mistake which many of our students make is abrupt or uneven ending. This cause a negative impact on your scores. A clear and strong conclusion provides an indication that your speech is coming to an end and help the listener to remember the important points from the speech.


  • Do not label the image, understand what is the best detail you can speak ont .
  • Choose the easiest information, the brightest or boldest of all.
  • Omit unclear details
  • Format and speak: Introduction -> Details -> Conclusion
  • Be very confident