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Write From Dictation

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Write from Dictation
This is the last question of both the test & the most important & scoring questions list. An audio of a sentence will play and after listening to that, the student will have to type the sentence accurately in the box provided. This question contributes marks to both the Listening & Writing module
For this item type, you hear a short sentence. Type the sentence into the response box at the bottom of the screen
  • Task - After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence.
  • Skills assessed - Listening and Writing
  • Prompt length - 3-5 seconds

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note board provided. Remember to check your spelling.

  Test Tips:

Type as many correct words as you can remember into the response box in the correct order:

You will score points for every correct word that you write in the response box. If you can remember a word but you are not sure where it goes in the sentence, use your knowledge of English grammar to help you decide:

How this question is scored:
Your response for Write from Dictation is your ability to understand and remember a sentence you hear, and then write it exactly as you hear it using correct spelling Your score on Write from dictation is based on the following factor:

Content: Does your response include all the words in the sentence and only these words? Content is scored by counting the number of correct words in your response.

If all the words are right and spelled correctly, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more words are incorrect, partial credit scoring applies.
  • This question type affects the scoring of listening and writing.
  • Your speaking 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 have 7 seconds before the audio starts playing. Use this time to focus on the question. Once the audio starts playing you can either try to type it directly in the answer space or first understand and then type after the audio has stopped playing.


 It can be challenging to type the whole sentence correctly while listening to the audio. Some of these sentences can also be a bit longer. Typing directly will become especially difficult in that case.


 One alternative is to just listen and try to understand and remember the sentence and then reproduce it in the end.


 The other alternative is to write it down in your rough scratchpad and use that to write the final answer in the end.


 The approach we recommend is usually a combination of all these methods. If you are typing indirectly, instead of typing the whole words, you can just note down the first few letters or just the first letter of each word. If you are writing in your rough scratchpad you can do the same there.


 Along with this, try to understand what the sentence is about. This makes it easier, in the end, to look at what you have written and expanded it into complete words.


 Whether you type directly or first write on the paper depends upon how confident you are of your typing speed. We recommend that you do some practice using both approaches and see which gives you better results. Follow that method in the exam.


 You will score points for every correct word that you write in the response box. If you can remember a word but you are not sure where it goes in the sentence, use your knowledge of English grammar to help you decide.