Very Useful Tips to ACE PTE Academic Reading Test – Aussizz Group

Useful Tips To Ace PTE Reading Test

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PTE Reading test is aimed at evaluating a candidate’s ability to read academic written English. Divided in various sections, PTE reading test assesses the test taker’s ability to analyze and comprehend academic vocabulary, information presented in an implicit or explicit manner in the form of words, phrases and/or abstract information.

The candidate must be able to identify the topic, supporting points, examples and the context in which the text was written. Total time given for the reading test is of approximately 32-41 minutes.

PTE reading test is comprised of the following sections-

Multiple Choice Questions - Choosing a single answer

This item type requires you to carefully read, analyze and comprehend the text on an academic topic and choose a single correct response. The objective of this test is to evaluate your ability to grasp the main idea, analyzing the discourse of the text and understanding the writer’s purpose to make inferences.


  • Quickly take a look at the questions before reading the text as it will help you search for the information you are reading the text for.
  • Read carefully and try to understand the main idea behind writing the text. You must look for the purpose behind writing the text and should be able to describe what it is about in your own words.
  • Once you are able to establish the cornerstone idea of the text, look for the supporting ideas and details.
  • Read the questions and answers again, if need be. If you are able to find the correct answer, single it out. Else, look for the ones that obviously seem incorrect. Again, it will narrow your search.
  • Since the questions left unanswered are deemed incorrect, do not leave any of them unanswered. Try the tips shared above and if you are still unable to choose the right one, make a guess
  • For effective time management, do not spend more than 1.5 minutes on each single response type question.

Multiple Choice Questions- Choosing multiple answers

This item type will require you to read the text and choose multiple correct responses.


  • Seemingly easy, multiple choice questions are quite tricky and challenging ones, so read every bit very carefully.
  • Read the questions and options given before reading the text.
  • Read the text to narrow your search for options.
  • Pay attention to adjectives, nouns and repeated words as it will help you find out correct responses quicker.
  • If you are not able to find out correct responses, start with eliminating the ones which are least likely to be correct.
  • Make a point to spend NO longer than 2 minutes on each multiple answer type question.

Re-order Paragraphs

This item type requires you to restore the original order of a passage given to you in a random order. The test is aimed at assessing the test taker’s ability to understand the overall idea of the passage and putting them back in the right order that makes sense.


  • Look for the topic sentence that can stand alone. Every paragraph written in a logical order begins with a topic sentence. Unlike other sentences that follow to support ideas, links, facts and other information later in the paragraph, the topic sentence does not begin with any linker and that can give you the much needed opening.
  • Look for the Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives and time related phrases. Pronouns such as he, she, they, these, those etc will help you establish the right order quicker. Sentences beginning with Pronouns will never come first in the order.
  • Pay attention to the clue-words.
  • Aim to spend NO more than 3-4 minutes on any re-order the paragraph question.

Reading: Fill In the blanks

This item type has a passage with some missing words in between. The test taker requires to choose the right words from a list of words given to fill in the blanks. The number of words in the list are more than the number of gaps, so you will never be able to use up all of them.


  • Skim the text for the cornerstone idea of the text.
  • The trick is to use ‘Collocation’. Think of the words that often go together to form a phrase.
  • Search for the missing part of speech to choose the right word for the gap. Always make it a point to understand the context before choosing the word. For instance hearing and listening infer different meanings altogether.
  • Spend approximately 2 minutes on each question.

Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks

The test taker will see a text on screen with a number of gaps required to be filled. Next to the gaps will the test taker see a drop list with some responses and the right one is required to be selected.


  • Glide over the text to comprehend the overall meaning of the passage. Reading to understand the overall meaning or cornerstone idea will help you pick the right words that fit in the context.
  • Choices presented in the drop down menu are quite deceptive and appear similar; however, they carry different meanings and are used in different contexts. So, do not rush in making the choices.
  • Read either side of the gap to help yourself narrow the choices without wasting much time.

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