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How can I get a good score in Reading?

The PTE reading test is designed to assess the candidate's ability to read and understand English materials. The exam divides the reading test into 5 parts, which evaluate the candidate's ability to analyze paragraphs and understand phrases. These words in the paragraph are presented implicitly or explicitly in the form of words, phrases and abstract information.


The candidate needs to understand the main idea of the chapter, supporting points, examples and contextual connections. The total time allocated for the reading test is approximately 32-41 minutes.

There are different types of tasks listed below. After introducing the overall view, there are some tips to help you become familiar with each module.


Multiple choice questions, select single answer

This question type requires you to read carefully, analyze and understand the text on academic topics, and then choose a correct answer. The purpose of this test is to assess your ability to master the main ideas, analyze the discourse of the text and understand the purpose of the paragraph.


Key points:


1. Before starting to read the paragraph, take a quick look at the question. This will help you find the information you need.

2. Basically, a sentence in the text corresponds to an option, you can see whether the opinions expressed by the options are consistent with the opinions in the text or not.

3. The first sentence and the last sentence are the most important.

4. In order to manage time effectively, each question should not exceed 1.5 minutes


Multiple choice questions, choose multiple answers


For this type, the question will provide you with many options. Many of the answers given are correct.

Key points:

1. Before starting to read this article, please read the questions and options carefully.

2. Pay attention to adjectives, nouns and repeated words, because this will help you find the correct answer quickly.

3. If you can't find the correct answer, please start to eliminate the most unlikely correct answer.

4. Basically, a paragraph in the text corresponds to an option, or a sentence corresponds to an option. Candidates need to compare the meaning of the options and the text, and then choose these same meaning options.

5. Each multiple answer type question does not cost more than 2 minutes


Reorder paragraphs

This type requires you to restore random paragraphs to their original order. It assesses the candidate's ability to understand the overall concept and their logical ability.


Key points:


1. Look for topic sentences that can be independent. Normally, it is a declarative sentence, and it is the first time that a proper noun or a person's name appears.

2. Search for nouns, pronouns, adjectives and time-related phrases. He, she, them, these, those and other pronouns will help you quickly establish the correct order. A sentence beginning with a pronoun will never be the first sentence.

3. Pay attention to the prompt words

4. Spend no more than 3-4 minutes on reordering paragraphs.

Reading: fill in the blanks


This type contains a paragraph with some missing words. You must choose the appropriate word from the word list provided below to fill the gap. The number of words in the list is greater than the number of spaces, so you will never be able to use all the provided words.


Key points:


1. Browse the paragraph to master the main idea of the paragraph

2. Use "fixed collocation" thinking, that is, look for words that often used in the phrase.

3. Find the right option base on the grammar.

4. Understand the context of the sentence and choose words according to the meaning of the sentence.

5. Spend about 2 minutes on each question.

Reading and writing: fill in the blanks

In this type, you will see text with multiple spaces on the screen. You need to select a word from the drop-down list to fill the gap.


Key points:


1. Read the article to understand its overall meaning.

2. The options provided in the drop-down menu are deceptive and look similar. But the correct choice can still be made from the meaning of the sentence and the use of common collocations.

3. Make choices based on grammatical rules.