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Repeat Sentence

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Repeat Sentence
One of the most scoring & challenging questions of the test, checks upon a student’s Listening & Speaking ability. This question carries partial marking as well.
For this item type you need to repeat the sentence you hear
  • Task - After listening to a recording of a sentence, repeat the sentence.
  • Skills assessed - Listening and Speaking
  • Prompt length - 3-9 seconds
  • Time to answer - 15 seconds

The audio begins to plays automatically. When the audio finishes, the microphone opens and the recording status box shows “Recording”. Speak into the microphone immediately (there is no short tone) and repeat exactly what you heard. You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”. You are not able to replay the audio. You are only able to record your response once.

  Test Tips:

Listen to the phrasing of the sentence as it is read aloud:

You will be scored on the correct word sequences that you produce for this item type, so the more phrases you understand, the better your reproduction of the sentence will be. For example, there are three phrases in this sentence, separated by /, and each one carries a separate message that has its own meaning:

If you listen for meaningful phrases in the sentence, you will have a better chance of repeating what you hear accurately.

Copy the stress and intonation patterns of the sentence you hear:

Make a mental note of the way the speaker uses stress and intonation on the recording. These patterns help to convey the meaning. Speak calmly and clearly, copying this stress and intonation. For example, look at the pattern in the example: the stressed words or syllables are underlined, and the falling intonation is marked by down arrows:

How this question is scored:
Your score on Repeat Sentence is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response include all the words in the sentence and only these words? Content is scored by counting the number of correct word sequences in your response. Having almost nothing from the prompt in your response will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless, and natural rate of Speech? Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing, and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions, and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language? Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native-like way, as well as words and phrases stressed correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

  • Partial credit scoring applies to Repeat Sentence. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response. This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency, and pronunciation.
  • Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.

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  Tips By ALFA:

 You will get 15 seconds to do Repeat Sentence, try to wrap it up 3 seconds before the recording stops. 


 Following the right sequence is of the most extreme significance. You may miss out on marks if the sequence of the sentence isn't right. 


 Avoid the mixing of singular and plural things. Like reading "tree" as "trees" and "balls" as "ball" are counted as mistakes in Repeat Sentences. 


 Make an effort not to skip words. In the event that you can't remember all the pieces of the sentence, Repeat the same number of words precisely as you can. Be that as it may, by no means should you leave the inquiry unanswered. Repeating even a small amount of the sentence will get you a few marks. 


 Try not to stop halfway while repeating sentences. You may end up utilizing fillers like umm, blunder, uh out of sheer anxiety. Get enough practice in Repeat Sentence questions before you sit for the real test. In the event that you understand that you have committed an error, for instance, you should state, "It is a good process" and wound up saying, "It is a good procedure", don't attempt to amend it by saying something like, "oh sorry! Umm I mean it's a good process". That is considered a blunder. 


 Utilize the right pitch to stress specific words or expressions. The start of the sentence is shown by a rising pitch and the end, by falling one. 


 Test-takers are generally so focused on repeating sentences that they scarcely tune in to the sound. Listen cautiously and rather than simply recalling the words, comprehend the significance of the sentence, and club words into important expressions. 


 Abstain from taking notes for the Repeat Sentence task. The time allotment is too little to even consider putting pen to paper. 


 Open yourself to reading material on hand. Everything comes down to your practice.


 In spite of the fact that you are not expected to mirror the emphasis of the speaker, having the option to mimic the tone will hold you in an advantage. 


 Work on your articulation and oral clarity. Use the portal to finish all the material twice for best practice. As they are all real exam sentences, you may find it very easy in the actual exam.