Summarise Written Text2018-08-16T20:29:13+00:00

PTE Summarise Written Text

PTE Summarise Written Text

1) Make sure your response is in the correct form

The idea here is to simplify the text into one grammatically correct sentence. Go through the passage given and understand what is being presented. 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.

The summary sentence word count needs to be 5-75 words. If you write fewer than five words or more than 75 words, then you get zero score. Make sure your grammar and spellings are correct. A general rule is to avoid using any word of which spelling you are unsure.

2) 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. However, there may be several facts and figures presented, and you do not need to include them all in your summary. You should have one crisp sentence that conveys the general idea that the passage is trying to convey.

3) Don’t copy whole sentence from the paragraph

Please keep in mind that “paraphrasing” is very important. Don’t copy exact whole sentence from the paragraph; always rewrite the information in your own words. Below is a list of the most commonly used connectors.

aftereven thoughso thatas soon aswhether
althoughin order thatthatwhenwhile
asoncethoughwherewhy
becauserather thanunlesswhereasyet
even ifsinceuntilwhereverif

A key skill for the Summarise written text item type is writing complex sentences, connectors are a great way to avoid overusing commas and develop complex sentence. 

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