PTE Speaking: Re-tell lecture

Super strategies for Re-tell lecture:

PTE SPEAKING Re-tell lecture

I have this super strategy for “Re-tell lecture” and it can also be used for “Summarize spoken text” so it is useful for two big tasks. You can just remember these points and then fill the blanks with your notes.

Here is the Re-tell lecture task sequence:

>> Pre-listening (3 seconds)

>> Listen (60-90 seconds)

>> Prepare to speak (10 seconds)

>> Speak (40 seconds)

  • In pre-listening (3 seconds) period, take a deep breath and be prepared to listen.
  • Note taking is very crucial in this task. While listening, you really need to take good notes. While taking notes do not write the complete sentences. The notes would be just key points and their effects maybe some flowchart or just arrows for increasing/decreasing. Take really good notes, at least you need to have 5-6 key points in the notes.
  • Speak using the below structure. The extra word list is also provided at the end so that you can leverage those in different tasks.

o. First sentence: The speaker was discussing…….TOPIC….

>> after this talk about all key points from your notes using below sentences:

o. First, he talked about …… key point 1 ………

0. Second, he mentioned that …key point 2……

0. Moreover, he highlighted …..keyword 3

0. Furthermore, he pointed out ……. keyword 4 ………

0. Also, he referred to ….. keyword 5 …….

>> Finally the conclusion:

o. Finally, he suggested that ….. conclusion or key point 6 …..

  • Speak for about 35 seconds but more than 30 seconds and then once done, click “Next”
  • Word list to be used in Re-tell lecture task:

Also, First, to begin with, In addition, Finally, then, moreover, described, pointed out, highlighted, emphasized, expressed, referred to, stressed, mentioned that, talked about, explained, major information, facts, adding, to summarize, to conclude, the main point, the main idea, showed the way, according to.

Scoring guide for Re-tell lecture:

Skills assessed: Listening and Speaking


>>5 = Re-tells all points of the presentation and describes characters, aspects and actions, their relationships, the underlying development, implications and conclusions.

>>4 = Describes all key points of the presentation and their relationships, referring to their implications and conclusions.

>>3 = Deals with most of the points in the presentation and refers to their implications and conclusions.

>>2 = Deals with only one key point and refers to an implication or conclusion. Shows basic understanding of several core elements of the presentation.

>>1 = Describes some basic elements of the presentation, but does not make clear their interrelations or implications.

>>0 = Mentions some disjoined elements of the presentation.


5 - Native-like

All vowels and consonants are produced in a manner that is easily understood by regular speakers of the language.
4 - Advanced

Vowels and consonants are produced clearly and unambiguously.
3 - Good

Most vowels and consonants are produced correctly.
2 - Intermediate

Some vowels and consonants are consistently misproduced in a non-native-like manner.
1 - Intrusive

Many vowels and consonants are misproduced, resulting in a strong intrusive foreign accent.
0 - Non-English

Pronunciation seems completely characteristic of another language.

Oral fluency:

Oral Fluency
1 - Native-like

Speech shows smooth rhythm and phrasing without any hesitations, repetitions, false starts or non-native phonological simplifications.
4 - Advanced

Speech has an acceptable rhythm with appropriate phrasing and word emphasis.
3 - Good

Speech is at an acceptable speed but may be uneven.
2 - Intermediate

Speech may be uneven or staccato.
1 - Limited

Speech has irregular phrasing or sentence rhythm.
0 - Disfluent

Speech is slow and laboured with little discernable phrase grouping, multiple hesitations, pauses, false starts and or major phonological simplifications.

Task Type details:

  • Candidates have to re-tell the information they have heard in their own words in 40 seconds.
  • How many? : 3-4
  • Preparation Time before answering: 10 seconds

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