July 21, 2024
Chicago 12, Melborne City, USA
  1. Read: You’ll be given a passage of 200-300 words on an academic subject (science, history, social studies, etc.). You have 10 minutes to read and understand it.
  2. Summarize: You must write ONE sentence summarizing the passage’s main points. Your sentence should be between 5-75 words long.
  3. Scoring: Your response is automatically scored based on these factors:
    • Content: How accurately you identify the key themes and the relationship between the main point and supporting information.
    • Form: Whether you’ve complied with the instructions of writing a single, grammatically correct sentence.
    • Grammar & Vocabulary: Correctness of your grammar and the range of vocabulary used.
  • Skim & Scan: Initially, read quickly to grasp the passage’s general topic. Then carefully reread to identify the main idea and supporting points.
  • Notes: Jot down keywords and the most essential details to help you form your summary.
  • Structure: Start your sentence with a phrase identifying the main topic, followed by the key supporting details. Example: “This article discusses [main idea] and explains how [supporting detail 1], [supporting detail 2], and [supporting detail 3] support this concept.”
  • Linking Words: Use transition words to connect the ideas smoothly (e.g., furthermore, however, consequently)
  • Avoid Personal Opinions: Keep your summary neutral and factual.
  • PTE Practice Tests: Reputable websites offer Summarize Written Text samples and practice tests with feedback.
  • Academic Articles: Practice summarizing the opening paragraphs of academic articles.
  • News Summaries: Read news summaries and analyze how they condense information.
  • You will usually encounter 1 or 2 Summarize Written Text tasks on the PTE exam.
  • Do not copy phrases directly from the passage – rephrase the information in your own words.
  • Your summary should be comprehensive, even if it reaches the maximum word count.
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