Crack PTE Describe Image in 3 simple steps

Describe image is a very important task of PTE speaking. This task aims at testing the analytical and spontaneous speaking abilities of the test takers. As this section forms a significant part of integrated weightage system of PTE, the scores of these questions are reflected in content, pronunciation and oral fluency score chart of PTE results.

Generally, PTE speaking module consist of 6 to 7 such type of questions in which the test taker is required to explain the given graph or image within 40 seconds. However, 25 seconds of time is provided to the candidate for analyzing and preparing their response.

On your test day, you may get a variety of graphs, diagrams or pictures to describe which may include

  • Bar graphs
  • Line graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Tables
  • Process diagrams
  • Maps
  • Venn diagrams
  • Pyramids etc.

Precisely, in PTE, you are expected to have an ability to understand and elaborate the provided information effectively in less time.

Ironically, no matter how much difficulty you face while practicing these questions, you have no option to escape a single attempt of it in real PTE test as these questions partakes a significant weightage of the total integrated weightage system of PTE.

The only strategy to gain confidence and fluency in attempting these question types is to understand and learn a specific format that you may use in almost all the cases for avoiding any chance of glitches in your performance.

Such a format should include:

  • Introduction line –You may form your first statement by using the information given in the describe image topic along with details forming the header of X- axis or relatively comparable component given in any image other than a graph. For e.g. This line graph/ bar graph/pie chart give information about /describes / depicts / compares the (topic of the graph )from the year 2010 to 2015 (information about X axis or relatively comparable  component )
  • In your subsequent sentence you may mention about major differences and similarities of given class intervals or key variants apparent in the given graph/ image.
  • Finally, you should form a concluding statement summarizing the overall information in just one sentence.


Points to remember:

  • Try to stick to a format as this will lessen your probability to baffle or making thinking sounds while describing the image on the test date.
  • Remember that every unusual pause, stammer or baffle is counted as an error by the system in real PTE Test which can significantly reduce your score.
  • If you feel that you have gone wrong somewhere while describing the image, you should not stop and should continue speaking fluently with sheer confidence. This will surely help you to at least gain full marks in pronunciation and fluency if not in content.

Last but not the least, take up lots of practice of describe image task… as this is the only way which may help you to perform this task in the most efficient and scoring way on the final day.

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