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PTE Success: The Skills You Need

Discover and practise the skills to improve your performance in the PTE test.

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PTE Success: The Skills You Need

PTE Success: The Skills You Need is an interactive skills-based course designed to help you prepare for the PTE Academic Test. It is designed and delivered by expert English language teachers and focuses on the core communicative skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening with an explicit emphasis on uncovering the subskills required to be successful in different item types. The course includes focused interactive video lessons and practice activities designed to demonstrate how to improve related English skills using a teaching rather than a test practice approach. This enables candidates to understand what is required to improve performance in each skill area and approach the test feeling better prepared and more confident.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds SPEAKER: Have you taken the PTE academic test but were disappointed with your results? Or perhaps you feel you don’t quite have the skills you need to succeed. Do you want to improve your score?

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds SARAH: Hi, I’m Sarah from Griffith University. Everyone wants to know the tips and tricks for doing well in PTE. But being successful also means understanding and practising the communicative skills that you will demonstrate in the test. This course is designed to help you quickly and efficiently prepare for the PTE academic test.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds SPEAKER: You will be guided by expert English language teachers through a series of video lessons and interactive practice activities in a supportive environment. At Griffith English Language Institute, we have been preparing and testing students for 30 years. In our experience focusing on improving English skills required for test items leads to the best outcomes for the PTE.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds SARAH: Together we’ll develop your confidence in key skill areas and provide you with feedback so you feel better prepared to achieve the best score possible. So join the course now and learn from the experts at Griffith University.

What topics will you cover?

  • An overview of the core communicative skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening, and the associated subskills addressed in the PTE Academic test.
  • Instruction on developing the subskills required for different item types.
  • Interactive lessons and practice activities using a teaching rather than a test practice approach.
  • Test-taking strategies to improve performance in each skill area.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify each part of the PTE Academic test and the language skills assessed.
  • Use the language skills for each item type more confidently.
  • Apply effective test taking strategies designed to prepare you for the test.
  • Apply strategies and tips for demonstrating your language ability in each skill area.
  • Develop strategies for improving your language skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening for the test.

Who is the course for?

PTE Success: The Skills You Need will provide excellent preparation for all candidates, but it is designed specifically for repeat PTE candidates who are seeking targeted intervention to improve their performance on specific test items and skill areas.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a Senior Manager, Learning and Teaching with experience in English language teaching, testing, teacher training and academic management. I also have a background in secondary school education.

I am the Assistant Director of Studies for University Programs at Griffith English Language Institute, Griffith University. I have been in English language teaching for over 20 years.

Who developed the course?

Griffith University

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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  • Location

    Queensland, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 210Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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