How to self-study for PTE academic exam
PTE exam is the language test, which will assess your ability of using the language in academic environment. Many universities around the world are accepting PTE exam and mandatory requirement for university admission and visa purpose. Unlike IELTS, it is a computer-based test and scores are assessed through the software program. Hence, many students prefer to study without taking any coaching classes. However, there is a concern among the PTE aspirants that whether it could be done or is it possible to achieve the desired score without seeking assistance. Do not stress about it. In this section, we will discuss what needs to be done if you are self-learner, who do not intend or not having enough time to attend coaching centres.
Firstly, try to understand the nature of the test and how it is scored as it is computer based. Analysis on understanding the scoring will clearly tell you that enabling skills are particularly important, therefore, find out the tips about how to improve your enabling skills and what tasks contribute to different enabling skills. Further, do the detailed homework on the different tasks that includes time to be spent, strategies and tips to be used and how much it contributes to the overall scoring. Once you understood the above criterion, take a mock test to self-assess you and find out your strength and weakness. Taking a mock test is not just for the strength and weakness, also, to understand how important the time management for PTE. So, you could develop your time management skills while practicing for this exam as it is the first step to tackle the exam effectively.
The second step is learning the strategies and tips for the individual tasks and try to use the tips while practicing and you will see the progress and improve in confidence as you practice. Then, spend more time on the tasks that has more weightage because you do not need to dedicate so much time for low scoring task. Also, understand your scoring requirement and language skills so that you could use your time wisely for practicing. Finally, before appearing for exam, do few mock test to check your confidence, skills and to understand what needs to be improved. In addition to this, mock test will give you the experience of real test environment and hence, you would overcome the difficulties such as stress, time management and so on.
All the best for your success.