PTE Reading Multiple choice Tips and Tricks | Updated for 2021
Let’s discuss each of these tips in detail now:
Read the question and options before reading the whole text
The very first in our PTE Reading Multiple choice multiple answers tips and tricks list is: Don’t start reading the text immediately! If you first spend a few seconds on understanding the question and the options that are given to you, it will provide you some context for your reading. Otherwise you will be reading in dark and it will waste your time.
Skim the text to understand the theme
Skim the text to understand the theme before spending any time on reading in detail. Quickly skim through the text and understand the overall theme. This will also help you to know which parts of text contain what type of information.
Scan the text to find specific information
Scan the text to find specific information related to the question asked. From the previous step you will know which part of text to read for what type of information. Use this to validate the options and find answers to anything specific.
Validate all options one by one before finalizing your answer
Even if you are sure that option number 1 and option number 2 are correct, still look at all other options. Don’t be in a rush to move to the next question.
Don’t spend too much time on any one question
While you must not rush and make silly mistakes, you should also not spend too much time on just one question. In your mind have a time management plan and follow that in exam.
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Beware of negative marking
Beware of negative marking in PTE Reading multiple choice multiple answers questions. If you select a wrong option you will get a negative mark for that. However, the total score for each question of this type cannot go below zero. What does that tell us? That if you are not sure of any option make your best guess and select one option.
Make smart guesses if the question or a part of text is not clear to you
Next point in our list of PTE Reading Multiple choice multiple answers tips and tricks is: Guess when needed! If you are not able to understand the meaning of a word or a sentence, then try to understand on the basis of the context. Often when you understand some parts of a text passage you are able to tell what the remaining text is about.
Learn proper reading techniques to effectively read the text of these questions
Skimming and scanning are important for these questions as well as all other questions where you are required to read a text. If you spend a part of your preparation time on learning to read properly you will see a lot of benefits in your exam.
Make reading a part of your everyday practice
Make reading a part of your everyday practice and don’t leave everything on just on the last few days before the exam. Even if you spend just 20 minutes a day on reading an article in newspaper it will add up over time.
Answer based only on what is explicitly written in the text
This means that don’t assume anything. If the text mentions “most of”, then do not select the option which says “100 percent” or “everything”. Validate each option against the information provided in the text.
Don’t let your general knowledge influence your answers
In other words don’t assume an answer before reading the whole text. It is not enough that you have heard of something previously somewhere, you must read it in the passage to base your answer on that.
The PTE Reading multiple choice multiple answers questions in the PTE Mock Tests packages are designed to teach you all these points. If you practice with these questions, you will automatically learn the right techniques to answer these questions correctly!