PTE Academic Test Taking Strategies

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PTE Academic Test Taking Strategies

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This is a long-answer item type that assesses writing skills and requires you to write a persuasive or argumentative essay on a given topic.

You will have 20 minutes to plan, write and revise an essay about the topic below. Your response will be judged on how well you develop a position, organize your ideas, present supporting details, and control the elements of standard written English. You should write 200-300 words.

Some people think placing advertisements in schools is a great resource for public schools that need additional funding, but others think it exploits children by treating them as a captive audience for corporate sponsors. Choose which position you most agree with and
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To focus your ideas, you should first try to think of one strong sentence to sum up the main argument, then think of one strong opening sentence and one strong closing sentence. Once you have done this, you can add details and supporting points to expand the sentence that sums up the main argument to create the body of your essay. You can then develop the opening sentence to create the introduction and the closing sentence to create the conclusion. To practice this strategy, do the following activities:

• Look at Item 1 and decide which point of view you most agree with. • Now write the topic and your point of view at the top of the writing space. Then write the following in a column on the left: Introduction (presentation of topic, argument and challenge to argument) Main body (details disproving the challenge to the argument, details supporting own point of view) Conclusion (restatement of argument and supporting claim)

• Spend a few minutes brainstorming ideas. Write your ideas next to the most appropriate sections of the essay. (e.g., Introduction: advertising in schools = great idea for school funding; Main body: many schools underfunded, controlled advertising could bring in needed money, students/teachers could vote on which companies are allowed to advertise, schools do not need to accept advertising from inappropriate companies, …Conclusion: controlled advertising in schools could be very beneficial …)

• Having summed up the main argument and opening and closing
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