The essay section of the PTE will score you based on your writing, including vocabulary. In this section you will be given a total of 20 minutes to write an essay that makes a strong point and that uses strong vocabulary in order to do it.
You will be judged on 7 different types of criteria for your essay. These include:
- Word count (200-300 words)
- Coherence and structure
- Range in linguistics
- Diversity in vocabulary
Each of these will be important for you to get a perfect score.
You need to include the proper content in your essay. This means you need to write your essay so that it describes your point and gets your point across to the person who is going to be reading it.
Your essay must be at least 200 words, but no more than 300 words. Going over or under this word limit will result in losing points. You should try to make your essay around 250 words rather than getting too close to the minimum or maximum.
Proper grammar is an important part of your essay. You need to have the right punctuation and your words need to be organized in a way that makes sense in the English language. They also need to agree in tense and number.
Coherence and Structure
The content of your essay must make sense. It must be consistent so that the entire essay is written about a single topic. If your essay doesn’t have a cohesive point you will lose points on cohesion.
Range in Linguistics
You need to know how to put emphasis on your ideas, your expression and your opinions. Your range in linguistics will score you based on how well you are able to express yourself and put your opinion down on paper using the written word.
You should know how to spell all of the words that you use in your essay. This may mean using less varied words or slightly less unique words so you can be sure that your spelling is appropriate. If you think you may want to use some larger or more difficult words practice spelling along with essay writing.
Diversity in Vocabulary
You are expected to use many different words in your essay. You should be writing in a way that expresses yourself with words that are most commonly used as well as less common words. Not only that but you should be able to say things in multiple ways.
Practicing for Your Essay
When it comes time to practice your PTE writing essay make sure you also practice each of the different parts you will be scored on. Practice using different types of vocabulary and look up words that mean the same thing so you can use them differently. Look up the spelling of words that you don’t know as well.
Practice writing essays on many different topics so you can feel comfortable with anything that you might be presented with. If you are only comfortable writing on a few topics you will feel overwhelmed or nervous when you get to the PTE and have to write on a topic you don’t know as well.
Practice writing quickly as well. You will have only 20 minutes to write your essay, so you need to know how to organize your thoughts and get them down in a cohesive way quickly. Practice choosing a topic at random and then spend 20 minutes writing out notes and then creating a single essay out of those notes.
Divide your time so that you spend 10 to 15 minutes writing up points or notes for your topic and the remaining 10 to 15 minutes writing the essay using those points. This will help you stay organized and will make sure that your essay sounds cohesive. You should also save a few minutes at the end to review your essay and correct any errors.
If you need help practicing for the essay section of your PTE or you don’t know how to write essay in PTE test then take a look at some of the samples and practice questions that we have available to get you started.