PTE Academic Speaking Repeat Sentences

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  • You need to hear the sentence with full concentration and then try to memorize the chunks of the phrases as the sentence would be mostly 3-4 parts of different phrases. Do not try to remember all the words as its easy to remember the 4 phrases of words. Listen carefully the phrasal words such as “switch off”.
  • You may write down only the begging letters of each word but I think it’s not practically possible. At least for me, I was not able to write the letters but it was easy for me to remember the chunks of words.
  • Try to understand the meaning of the sentence then it becomes simple to repeat it with the correct sequence.
  • You don’t need to speak in accent but the pronunciation should be proper. Use your natural tone with fluent speech and use correct stress on the words. Listen to the speaker’s intonation and aim to copy it. Don’t try to copy the accent of the speaker. Do not shout loudly or speak in less volume.
  • Once you are done, click Next and there is no need to wait until the time is up.

Repeat sentences scoring guide:

(Skills assessed: Listening and Speaking)


>> Errors = replacements, omissions and insertions only.

>> Hesitations, filled or unfilled pauses, leading or trailing material are ignored in the scoring of content.

>> 3  = All words in the response from prompt in the correct sequence.

>> 2  = At least 50 percent of words in the response prompt in the correct sequence.

>> 1  = Less than 50 percent of words in the response from the prompt in the correct sequence.

>> 0 = Almost nothing from the prompt in the response.


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.


Repeat Sentences Task Type details in brief:

  • Candidates have to repeat sentences that are heard, with correct pronunciation.
  • Preparation time before answering: 3 seconds
  • The number of questions : 10 -12 Repeat Sentences tasks.


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