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Summarize Written Text

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Summarize Written Text
A student is required to write a one-sentence summary of a provided passage within a maximum limit of 75 words. This question will check the student’s Reading & Writing Skills.
For this item type, you need to write a summary of the text in one sentence 
  • Task - After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage.
  • Skills assessed - Reading and Writing
  • Prompt length - Text up to 300 words
  • Time to answer - 10 minutes

You have 10 minutes to write your summary. Make sure to include the main points of the reading passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. There are also cut, copy, and paste buttons which you may use while constructing your summary.

Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.

Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.

Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.

  Test Tips:

Make sure your response is in the correct form:

When you have written your response, check to make sure that it is only one sentence, with a capital letter at the beginning and only one full stop at the end.

Your response must be between 5 and 75 words so check the word count using the ‘Total Word Count’ counter below the response box. If you write fewer than five words or more than 75 words, your response will not be scored:

Practice using compound and complex sentences:

Your response must be expressed within one sentence, so you will need to use a complex or compound sentence to be able to summarize the main point of the passage and also briefly mention the supporting detail. For example, look at the clause structures used in these summaries to link supporting ideas to the main point:

How this question is scored:
Content: Does your response summarize the main points in the passage? Content is scored by determining if all key points of the passage have been addressed without misrepresenting the purpose or topic. If your summary misinterprets the topic or the purpose of the passage, you will not receive any score points for your summary on any of the four factors. Your summary will be scored zero. The best responses clearly summarize the main idea and condense essential supporting points. They focus on the topic, including only key information and essential supporting points.

Form: Does your response meet the requirements of a one-sentence summary? If your summary contains fewer than five words or more than 75 words, you will not receive any score points for your summary on any of the four factors. Your summary will be scored zero.

Grammar: Does your response demonstrate correct grammatical usage? Grammar is scored by determining if the basic structure of the sentence is correct. The best responses usually consist of a main clause and subordinate clause.

Vocabulary: Does your response demonstrate correct and appropriate word choice and usage? Vocabulary is scored according to its relevance to the passage and its appropriateness in an academic environment. The appropriate use of synonyms is also scored. The best responses use words from the passage appropriately, demonstrate an understanding of the context, and use synonyms effectively to show variety in language use.
  • Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect based on the appropriacy of the words in your response. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.
  • Your listening and speaking skills are not tested by this question type.

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  Tips By ALFA:

 Being simple would be ideal. 


 Try not to think you need to compose 70 words to get full marks! 


 A more complex sentence leaves you increasingly powerless against language and sentence structure mistakes. 


 Somewhere in the range of 35 and 60 words can be an accurate length. I found that I could sum up the primary thoughts inside this breaking point without my sentence getting excessively tangled. 


 Use connectors! Connectors are an incredible method to abstain from abusing commas. To abstain from utilizing "and" to an extreme, Some common connectors are: And, For, What's more, However, Moreover, Furthermore and So.


 This one is significant. You won't have the option to address each point in the section in a single sentence. So quit stressing! The PTE inspectors aren't searching for an in exactly the same words summary.


 The most well-known way that individuals lose marks on the "PTE Summarize Written Text" task is by overcomplicating their sentences. Individuals feel that really long and complex sentences are what the PTE examiners are searching for. However, they don't consider the way that the more unpredictable a sentence is, the more space there is for mistakes.


 Seeing how to write in a simple and composed manner is significant to getting the score on the PTE SWT question.