Re-Tell Lecture

Re-Tell Lecture

Re-Tell Lecture

Number of questions: 

The total number of questions presented in the Retell lecture is three-four(3~4).

Scoring(Skills Tested):

The main purpose of the Re-tell lecture Test section is an assessment of the Speaking/Listening skill of the student.

This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.

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: Content, Pronunciation and Oral Fluency.


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 relations, referring to their implications and conclusions 

3 Deals with most points in the presentation and refer to their implications and conclusions 

2 Deals with only one key point and refers to 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 disjointed elements of the presentation 



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 Re-Tell Lecture section is an assessment of your ability to give a presentation on information from a lecture on an academic subject.

Time to answer:  

You have 40 seconds to record your answer. There are 3 seconds of pre-roll time before the lecture starts playing. After the lecture ends you are allocated 10 seconds to prepare for your response.

  • Preroll time before the lecture : 3 seconds
  • Time to prepare the response: 10 seconds
  • Time to record the answer: 40 seconds

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

Structure of the task

  • For this item type, you hear a short part of a lecture. Listen to the audio clip carefully, audio is played only once, no-repeat playback available.
  • There is a 3 second before the recording starts and 10 seconds to prepare the answer.
  • After a short tone the recording starts, you need to summarise what you heard
  • Then you need to summarise what you heard. You have 40 seconds to record your answer.
  • The task is scored based on the following skills: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
  • First, listen to the lecture and make a quick note of the key points from the lecture. Put in your 100% concentration on the audio, the audio is played only once, no-repeat play is available.
  • Review the note and map out how you are going to structure the response. How might you describe to your friend without missing key information(like the lecture your friend missed)?
  • It is important to record the response within a 40 seconds time frame. 
  • It is not recommended to memorize the whole passage, make notes of key points from the passage and structure the summary.
  • You can use the temporary notebook available during the test.
  • Review your note to map out the response, take it casually and reiterate on your mind.
  • Then, Click on the Next button on the bottom right corner of the screen.

The image shows an example of the test screen for Retell Lecture

How to answer Retell Lecture

This section focuses on how good your pronunciation is and how fluent you are in English. You are supposed to retell a lecture that has been done before in your own words.

The lecture starts automatically within 3 secs. The lecture is usually combined with an image.

Answering time

 10 seconds to organize your response, 40 seconds to record your answer

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

  • Content
  • Oral Fluency
  • Pronunciation 

Focus on these things while preparing to answer and listen to the audio. 

First, try to guess what the picture might be about. This will help you have a ready mindset to answer.

Once the audio ends, arrange all your thoughts in 10 seconds. 

All you need is 2-3 points to have a good response. So, just try to focus on 2-3 aspects rather than trying to cram everything up. 

Practice! Work on creating a template. Once you have a template, you just have to get points and arrange them in the template.

Start speaking as soon as the recording is on. Make sure you are confident and your pronunciation is clean and clear.

Make sure that the content is structured, always remember there should be a conclusion to your answer.

Start answering immediately as the “Recording” prompt appears and do not take a pause in the middle. Complete the reading before the prompt turns to “Completed” i.e 40 secs.

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 point or so and continue than to get stuck on a single point/word and miss the time 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).

A 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 Re-Tell Lecture In Pte Academic

First, Scan The image before lecture starts(3 seconds). This simple step will put your mind in a better position to get the context of the lecture and what to look out for in the lecture. 

The following things need to be covered in this type of question :

  1. situation 
  2. characters 
  3. aspects 
  4. actions and 
  5. development 

Also, be mindful while covering all these aspects. Make sure that you can establish a relationship between all the situations, characters, and actions depending on what the initial recording says. Also, include what happens next. This will help you score above 1 point above for the content.

When you have around 8 seconds left on the clock, talk about the possible development as well as the conclusion that you have extracted. 

It’s like telling the class about what happened in class yesterday, you cannot tell the whole thing because it will take all the time today, so review yesterday’s class so it makes context for today’s class.

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 especially to boost your skills on grammar, vocabulary and common Collocations score higher in this test section.

Even before the recording starts, look at the image that’s provided. Try to figure out what the lecture can be about through the image. Bare this in mind, that you have only 3 seconds to do that. 

You can take notes on the Erasable Notebook Booklet. But don’t write long sentences for time is of the essence. Make sure that the points are short.

After ten seconds have passed, you have to organize your speech and you will then have 40 seconds to record your answer

If you cannot remember the pronunciation of a particular word that the speaker used, just try to guess.

Always start with something general about the content and make sure to summarize it at the end of the recording.

Make use of connectors like therefore, because, as a result, etc.

Do not try to imitate the accent of the speaker that you hear on the recording. Instead, try to be as clear as you can with your words and rather copy the intonation patterns of the speaker.

Be mindful that you are only able to record your response once. 

Don’t stress yourself trying to capture every piece of information in the audio. Make sure that you get the main idea down, that’s what’s needed.

Sample Question with the answer for Retell Lecture

Sample Question 01



I was right in Shasta and I’m a politician and experimental phonologist, and my research mainly concentrates on how human speech sounds are produced, and the relationship between that physical production and the vocal tract and the acoustics of the speech sound itself. So, to study things like the position of the tongue, the lips, the soft palate, the larynx, the jaw, it’s important to be able to use a number of different technologies in tandem with acoustic recording.

So, a technology that I use includes magnetic resonance imaging, electromagnetic articulography, electropalatography, and speech aerodynamics to better create models and maps between the position and movement of the articulators in the vocal tract and the acoustics of speech. This work has important implications for speech pathology, speech recognition, and speech synthesis.

Sample Answer


The lecture was about an experimental phonologist whose research mainly concentrates on how humans’ speech sounds are produced and the relationship between its physical production and the vocal tracts. There are numerous technologies present to study the position of tongue, lips, soft palate, larynx and jaws. Further, the speaker explained that speech aerodynamics is used to create models and maps between the position and movement of the articulator of any word in vocal tracts for speech pathology, speech recognition and speech synthesis.

Sample Question 02


According to the World Health Organization, 400 million people worldwide have no access to essential health care. That’s a staggering number of people. Some of those services include things like basic sanitation and clean water, prenatal care and vaccinations or immunizations for children.

Many things contribute to this crisis. Sometimes people live too remotely to get timely care if an emergency occurs. Even when living in a city, the patient to doctor ratio can be as high as 50,000 people to just one doctor. Making it impossible for that doctor to meet the demands of health care in that area. These are valuable people, made in the image of God who are physically suffering.

Many of them without a personal relationship with Christ. So we do this with a week of hands-on training consisting of a variety of topics like basic sanitation and hygiene, taking vital signs, wound care and infection prevention basic birth assisting and emergency skills. Those who participate in the training then have practical skills in supplies to care for others in their community in a way that glorifies God and opens the door for sharing the gospel in a new way. 


Sample Answer


According to the WHO, 400 million people do not have access to important healthcare facilities like basic sanitation, pure water, vaccinations, prenatal care, etc. This mainly happens because most of the people live in the remote areas, where the doctor-patient ratio is 1 doctor for 50000 people. We provide training for people to make them aware about basic hygiene, wound, and infection care. With such training, people can also care for others in a glorified way. 

Sample Question 03


Thanks for this opportunity to speak about Australia’s engagement with Asia from the perspective of trade and, in particular, to say a few words about what Australia is doing in this space. And I’m particularly pleased to be addressing trade and investment not just of course because these two things are inextricably linked, but also of course because Australia reports to Australia’s first ever Minister for trade and investment.

Asia’s importance to Australia’s economy is growing by the day. It is one of the most important factors to consider when assessing the International conditions for our national prosperity. Asian demand for our exports has helped Australia manage the global financial crisis better than most other developed economies. In fact probably better than all other developed economies. Investment from Asia has added to the productive capacity of the economy and overall productivity. In 2013, seven of our top ten export markets were in Asia and represented 65 percent of our total exports. Asian markets and Australia’s geographic proximity are critical not just for our trade ties and our capacity to access important global supply chains but also to the level of foreign investment in Australia. 

Sample Answer


Asia is becoming quite important for Australia’s economy day by day. Asia’s demand for Australian exports has helped Australia to survive the global financial crisis in a far better way than any other country in the world. Investment from Asia has added to the overall productivity of Australia. In 2013, 7 out of the 10 exports were in Asia, which contributed to 65% of the total exports. Asian markets and Australian geographic region are important for the trade ties between both countries. 

Sample Question 04


Most of what the general public knows about daily life in ancient Rome comes from art, architecture and literature, which tells us more about the elites, especially… urn… the goings-on of the emperors… but how much do we know about the lives of ordinary Romans? 

Did they have a voice, apart, that is, from what we can gather from graffiti? The usual picture is one of time spent at festivals, baths and, typically, the games. However, for many Romans, terrible living conditions, poverty, debt and the chance of being sold into slavery at any moment-that is, if they weren’t slaves already-left no time or energy for such forms of entertainment, or for any interest in politics, for that matter. Indeed, after the death of Augustus, executive power was taken from the elected assemblies of the Roman people. Now it was the emperor’s job to look after the people, and his generosity often depended on the mood and behaviour of the people on how often and how violently they protested and rioted. One example would be Claudius ensuring a steady grain supply, even in winter, after rioters pelted him with stale crusts of bread. There is an anecdote about, urn, Hadrian. While touring the provinces, an old lady approached him with a complaint; he made excuses and tried to get away. She said that if he wouldn’t give her a hearing, he shouldn’t be emperor. She got her hearing.  


Sample Answer


The lecture is about daily life in ancient Rome. The speaker says that what we know is mostly about the aristocracy, but we know much less about the lives of ordinary people and how much they say politically and socially. Most people lived very difficult lives. The speaker points out that it was the duty of the emperor to take care of ordinary people. He gives the examples of Claudius and Hadrian, both of whom had to be reminded of their duty. 



Sample Question 05


How many moons does Jupiter have? If you said four, you might be Galileo. If you said 69, you were right. Until the announcement this morning by the International Astronomical Union of the discovery of an additional 10 moons about the gas-giant planet. Bringing the currently known total to 79. That’s a lot of moons.

A research team from the Carnegie Institution for Science, the University of Hawaii and Northern Arizona University was looking in 2017 for very distant objects in our solar system, well beyond Pluto. Jupiter happened to be in the same field of view, so they also looked for any as yet unknown moons. They found 12, two of which were announced last year. Confirmation of the moons required multiple observations, and those data enabled a calculation of the moons’ orbits.

Nine of the dozen moons are well away from Jupiter and have retrograde orbits, meaning they go around the planet in what we’d think of as the “wrong direction.” They take about two Earth years to complete their circuits.

Two new moons are closer in, go the right way, and take about an Earth year for one orbit. Those eleven moons are probably remnants of larger bodies that got broken up in collisions.

The remaining moon is less than a kilometre across, further out than the two conventional moons and has a 1.5-year orbit—and the orbit is inclined. That tilt has the weird little moon crossing the paths of those outer retrograde moons. Which means an increased likelihood of a big smash-up one day.

Depending on what survives from any such collision, Jupiter may then have even more moons. Or a couple fewer.

Sample Answer


The lecture was about the moons of Jupiter. Earlier, it had 69 moons, but now as per the announcement by the International Astronomical Union of the discovery, there has been an increase of 10 moons in the old list of its moons. Further, the speaker explained that Confirmation of the moons required multiple observations, and those data enabled a calculation of the moons’ orbits. Many of them are so far from Jupiter and take about two Earth years to complete their circuits. On the other side, two new moons are closer and take about an Earth year for one orbit and some are probably remnants of larger bodies which are broken up in collisions.