April 24, 2024
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The Describe Image task is part of the PTE Speaking section. It tests your ability to understand and analyze visual information and describe it accurately within a limited time.


You might encounter various image types in this task:

  • Graphs: Line graphs, bar graphs, pie charts, etc.
  • Tables: Data organized into rows and columns.
  • Diagrams: Visual representations of processes, systems, or relationships.
  • Maps: Geographical representations with labeled locations or features.
  • Photographs: Images of people, places, or objects.
  1. Preparation Time: You get 25 seconds to study the image and plan your response.
  2. Description: Once the recording starts, you have 40 seconds to describe the image. Clearly and concisely communicate the most important information.
  3. Scoring: Your response is automatically scored based on these factors:
    • Content: How accurately and completely you describe the key elements and trends of the image.
    • Pronunciation: Clarity and accuracy of your pronunciation of individual sounds and words.
    • Oral Fluency: Smoothness, pace, rhythm, and naturalness of your speech.
  • Quick Analysis: During the preparation time, identify:
    • The type of image (graph, table, etc.)
    • The main topic of the image
    • Key trends or data points
  • Structure your Response:
    • Introduction: Briefly state the type of image and its main topic.
    • Description: Focus on the most important trends, data points, or relationships. Use comparative language (higher, lower, increases, decreases, etc.)
    • Conclusion (optional): Briefly summarize the overall message of the image.
  • Stay Focused: Don’t try to describe every single detail.
  • Speak Clearly and Fluently: Maintain a good pace and natural rhythm. Avoid long pauses or fillers.
  • Official PTE Resources: Pearson provides practice examples on their website.
  • PTE Practice Websites: These often have dedicated Describe Image sections with various images and practice prompts (e.g., Youtube channels).
  • Image Banks: Search online for sample graphs, tables, etc. to practice describing.