Read aloud


In this section, you will see a text of about 60 words and you should speak the text within the time limit(time limit varies based on the length of the text). Before you start reading you will have some time(30-40secs) to prepare to read the text. 

Number of questions:  

The total number of questions presented in the Read Aloud section is six to seven (6 to 7).

Scoring(Skills Tested):

The main purpose of the Read Aloud section is an assessment of the Reading and speaking skill of the student.

Your listening and writing skills are not tested by this item type.

The scoring of this test depends on three key factors:

  1. Content
  2. Oral Fluency
  3. Pronunciation

How score is calculated based on the key factors:


  • Each replacement, omission or insertion of
  • a word counts as one error.
  • Maximum score: depends on the length
  •  of the item prompt


  • 5 Native-like
  • 4 Advanced
  • 3 Good
  • 2 Intermediate
  • 1 Intrusive
  • 0 Non-English

Oral fluency:

  • 5 Native-like
  • 4 Advanced
  • 3 Good
  • 2 Intermediate
  • 1 Limited
  • 0 Disfluent

The main purpose of the Read-Aloud section is an assessment of your ability to read the content(words and sentence) fluently with pronunciation similar to regular speakers.

The score of Reading, Speaking, Oral Fluency and Pronunciation is connected to the question type.

Time to answer:  

You have 30~40 seconds to be familiar with the sentence and prepare a response, 30~60 seconds to record your response to answer depending on the length of the passage.

Complete speaking before the progress bar comes to an end. You can only capture your answer once within the defined time. 

Even If you complete the answer in less time, you cannot transfer the time to another task.

You need to start speaking as the “Recording” prompt activates and complete speaking before it changes to “Completed”.

Note: The recording will end if you remain silent for more than 3 seconds.

Structure of the task

  • For this item type, you need to read the given text into the mic. Read the text carefully, audio is recorded only once, no repeat recording is available.
  • When the microphone opens up, scan the text on the screen and start speaking.
  • You have 30~40 seconds to read the sentence and prepare a response 30~60 seconds to record your response depending on the length of the passage.
  • The passage word count is usually shown on the right side of the recording button of the task screen.
  • Time count is critical for the task, with an upwards limit of 60 secs it is suggested to complete the task before the “Recording” prompt changes to “completed”.
  • The task is scored based on three factors: Content, Oral Fluency, Pronunciation.
    • Content: Does your response include all the words in the reading text and only these words?   
    • Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?  
    • Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?
  • It is not recommended to go through the passage, the whole passage, make mental notes of key structure on when to pause and where to stress from the passage and structure before the start of recording. You have around 30- 40 seconds for review.
  • You have 30-60 seconds(displayed on the right side of the recording prompt screen) time limit on individual questions to answer. 
  • Do not make a pause of 3 seconds or more as the recording automatically stops in that case.
  • Then, Click on the Next button on the bottom right corner of the screen.
The image shows an example of the test screen.

How to answer Read aloud:

The task is scored based on the student’s ability to read the given passage with fluency, correct pronunciation and fluency close to native speaker.

You get 30-40 seconds to prepare for reading before the recording starts. It is recommended to scan through the passage and make a mental note on difficult words( speed practice it) pauses to take and break the difficult words. You can read by viewing the passage thus it is not necessary to remember the whole passage.

Start reading the passage immediately as the “Recording” prompt appears and do not take a pause in the middle. Complete the reading before the prompt turns to “Completed”.

Do not get stuck if you miss or pronounce a word or two wrong, continue with the reading. It’s better to try to catch the next word and continue than to get stuck on a single space and miss other words in the process. At least you will receive a partial score doing this than losing all the score. 

Complete the reading in full no matter how much you get stuck(not that we wish you to get stuck).

Good grasp on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation of regularly used words is a recommended skill to sharpen to score higher in this test section.

Tips and Key Recommendation: 

Follow These Tips To Effectively Read-Aloud In Pte Academic
First, Scan The whole Passage before starting to answer the question.  This simple step will put your mind in a better position to break the passage into easy to read small chunks, mark the point to take pause and better prepare to pronounce difficult words fluently.. 

Remember the score of this test depends on three key factors:

  • Content
  • Oral Fluency
  • Pronunciation 
Focus on these things while preparing to read the text. 
Not all words are the same, Some words need more attention than others. They tend to carry the context of the sentence. Remember to put emphasis on such words where necessary.
It’s like reading the news to the public, you need to provide complete information with proper use of pause and fluently. Nobody likes a person reading it in the same flat tone, Not even the examiner for the test.
Continue to the next option even if you miss a word/blank space, It’s better to try to catch the next blank space word/phrase than to get stuck on a single space and miss other spaces in the process. A pause of 3 or more seconds automatically ends the test so keep that in mind and continue with reading.

Practice reading English Newspaper and reports as much as possible specially to boost your skills on grammar, vocabulary and common Collocations score higher in this test section.

Sample Question with answer for Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer

Sample Question 01-05

Look at the text below. In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

  1. For centuries, Atlantis has been one of the western world’s favourite legends, a tantalizing blend of fantasy and mystery. Stories tell of a rich and glorious empire that was lost to the sea – where some hope its ruins still lie, waiting to be discovered.
  1. Never has the world of journalism been so explosive, so global, and so competitive. Forget hourly news flashes; we live in a world of 24-hour breaking news with radio and TV stations and Internet sites updating stories by the minute and newspapers adjusting to stay fresh, in-depth, and relevant.
  1. While far fewer people these days write letters and therefore have Jess use them for stamps, there are still a few categories of stamp which attract collectors. Stamps in common use for an indefinite period – until the price goes up – are called “definitive” issues, while a more collectible type of stamp is the “commemorative” issue, honoring people, events and anniversaries.
  1. What can history tell us about contemporary society? Generally, in the past, even in Europe until the 181h century, it was assumed that it could tell how any society should work. The past was the model for the present and the future. It represented the key to the genetic code by which each generation produced its successors and ordered their relationships.
  1. Most succulent plants are found in regions where there is little rainfall, dry air, plenty of sunshine, porous soils and high temperatures during part of the year. These conditions have caused changes in plant structures, which have resulted in greatly increased thickness of stems, leaves and sometimes roots, enabling them to store moisture from the infrequent rains.