Time Management is one of the most critical aspects of PTE Academic when we focus on PTE Listening Module. It is solely upon you to decide the amount of time you to spend on each task prior to clicking ‘NEXT’. Therefore, it is an essential skill to have both efficiency and accuracy which will eventually lead to an overall high PTE score.
Why Time Management is a key element in PTE Listening Section
In contrast to ‘Reading and Writing’ tasks, one cannot go back and improvise the answers as listening takes place in real-time. Also, the Listening section is at the end of the Test. As a result, when the candidate is near the section, he or she is already very tired.
It is of utmost significance to highlight that the listening section initiates to play audio clips which can only be listened to once. It requires the candidate to be more highly focused and attentive which can help him or her to achieve the desired score.
What Are The Tasks?
Before we delve into actually managing time, it is essential to briefly understand the eight tasks under the PTE Listening Module, which are as follows:
• Summarize Spoken Text: Listen to a recording & construct a 50-70-word summary within 10 minutes.
• Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer: Select more than one correct answers, from a list of possible options, after listening to an audio recording.
• Fill in the Blanks: Fill the gaps/blanks in a transcript correctly with words which are missing by listening to its respective audio clip.
• Highlight Correct Summary: Listen to an audio recording & select an option which best epitomizes the recording from several possible choices.
• Multiple Choice, Single Answer: Choose one correct answer for a multiple choice question after listening to the audio recording.
• Select Missing Word: Select the best possible response to complete the beeped-out words in an audio recording.
• Highlight Incorrect Words: Highlight the errors in a transcript after listening & comparing it with its original audio.
• Write from Dictation: Type a short sentence accurately after carefully listening to its audio.
The required approach:
The concept of Time Management has been subjective to many people as most of the people take it as an objective of accomplishing things at any cost. Instead, candidates should effectively manage time-based on their strengths and weaknesses rather than simply focusing on accomplishing it.
The candidate needs to first highlight the critical tasks and those which have a complete weightage over others. Thus prioritization of tasks can help the candidate manage time effectively and to the utmost use and hence overcoming the hurdle of Time Management.
For Example: In comparison to Multiple Choice and Fill in the Blanks, the latter has a high priority as the former is a bit confusing and tricky and also does not help in the significant contribution. In case of Fill in the blanks, it is not much difficult and can help in scoring full marks even with average English competency.
Getting used to the format and sequence of a section is very important as no matter how competent the candidate is if he is not familiar to the examination pattern is will be a Hercules task to go through and get the desired scores. Hence, it is advised to spend a minimal amount of time of finding out the appropriate approach of carrying out each and every task.
For example: For each incorrect answer in the Highlight incorrect words task there will be a negative marking of -1 for each incorrect answer. Hence, being ignorant of such things can have an impact on your scores which can cost the candidate.
3. Effective Utilization:
The time you have for each and every section should be used effectively and there should be an appropriate strategy applied to that specific task. Managing time is one of the key element in an overall enhancement of your scores.
For example: In regards to Summarize Spoken Text, even if you complete the task before ten minutes the remaining time would not be accumulated or be carried for further tasks. Hence you can use the full-time bracket to complete your task rather than pushing yourself to finish it by creating errors which can be costly.