The score of 65+ in PTE equates to Band 7 in the IELTS exam, which is the somewhat elusive desired score coveted by thousands of international students studying in Australia and Canada.

There are multiple reasons why PTE students covet a 65 score:

  • For PR: To prove English language proficiency, so aspiring immigrants can gain 10 migration points when applying for skilled migration to Australia.
  • Nursing: A band 7 IELTS score, Grade B OET score or a test score of 65 or higher in PTE Academic are required for nursing registration.
  • For Study Visa: You need 65 points in all four communicative skills: Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening; if you wish to get into a good college or university in Australia or Canada.

It takes considerable effort to score 65+ in each band, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, but remember PTE Academic exam is not rocket science. To achieve a good overall score on an English test, one needs proper mentoring and serious effort. MarvelPTE offers the required mentoring and helps to achieve scores regardless of the English level of the person.

What do I need for scoring 65+ in PTE?

To achieve the minimum score of 65, you need to know the question type and module you should focus on.

There are 20 different task types in the Pearson Test of English, and it will be really helpful to you if you know the ones that you should put your efforts on.

Knowing that will make things easier for you, as you do not have to worry about all the different skills scores for enabling skills etc., and you do not have to prepare for any of the low scoring questions (like multiple choice questions from the listening and reading section).

Speaking Questions for 65+

In the PTE Academic test, speaking is the most important part. If a student's speaking score is low, they are likely to fall short of their target score.

Speaking Question Types to Focus:

To score 65+ in PTE, you need to concentrate on these question types in PTE speaking:

  • Read Alouds
  • Repeat Sentences
  • Describe Image
  • Retell Lectures

Marks Accumulated:

PTE test takers must understand how PTE speaking is scored. Many students know that the speaking section contributes to other sections like PTE reading and PTE listening but are not sure of how many marks it contributes to those sections. The table below gives you the correct answer.

Question Type Speaking Module Reading Module Listening Module
Read Alouds 22 22  
Repeat Sentences 12   20
Describe Image 22    
Retell Lecture 28   10
Total Marks 84 22 30

If you are concentrating on these four types of speaking questions, then you will be able to score 84 marks in speaking, 22 marks in reading and 35 marks in listening in the PTE test.

Now, students frequently ask about short answers. Then yes, you can try, but they are not high-value tasks on which you should focus. From the above question types, you can easily score 65+ out of 84.

Challenge: To get high marks in Speaking, you must pronounce words naturally and fluently, like native speakers do.

Solution: Although students can cope with the fluency issues with templates and strategies, they still need to master pronunciation tricks. Plosives, the -ed's pronunciation, and r and b pronunciation are three easy ways to improve content (reading and listening scores).

Before moving on to the next module, let's look at our marks so far:

Module Speaking Module Reading Module Listening Module Writing Module
Marks 84 22 33 0

Writing Questions for 65+

PTE writing is another section where you can get full marks if you understand the techniques as well as the implementation of templates.

Writing Question Types to Focus:

You must concentrate on both types of questions of PTE writing to achieve 65+ marks in the first attempt.

  1. Summarise Written Text
  2. Essay

Marks Accumulated:

Many students give essay writing the most emphasis during PTE preparation. It's significant to some degree but not as much as an IELTS essay. One other factor which students don't realise is that Summarize Written Text contributes a good portion of score towards reading scores as well. Let's see what the possible scores are from both question types in PTE writing.

Module Reading Module Writing Module
Summarize Written Text 10 10
Write Essay 12
Total Marks 22 10

You can easily score around 10 marks in reading and up to 22 marks in writing if you can properly implement the summarize written text and essay.

Here are our marks thus far, before we move on to the next module:

Module Speaking Module Reading Module Listening Module Writing Module
Marks 84 32 30 22

Challenge: The biggest challenge is that many students think they have the templates, so they will get the scores. However, that is not the case. The PTE's AI algorithm mainly focuses on grammar rules, punctuations, and spellings.

Solution: The key to getting good marks in writing is to get both the template and implementation right along with fixing grammar and spelling mistakes. MarvelPTE’s software can help you accomplish this. Practicing with the same strategies and formats you learned during class is crucial, so you are able to identify any errors.

Listening Questions for 65+

If you have been paying attention, then you must have seen that 35 marks are still required in listening to make it 65. PTE listening module is another area you must concentrate on since you need around 35 marks (after taking speaking contribution).

Questions to focus on in PTE Listening

PTE has around eight types of listening questions, but you do not have to focus on every type of question. It is very important to know that you should really focus on only those questions that are high scoring.

Let's see which PTE listening question types you need to focus on if you want to get 65+:

  • 1. Summarize Spoken Text
  • 2. Highlight Incorrect Words
  • 3. Fill in the Blanks
  • 4. Write from Dictation

Marks Accumulated:

Now students often get worried that they will lose out on a lot of marks if they fail to focus on the remaining four question types. Let's have a look at the scoring for these four types of questions, and you will understand why you should focus only on these four for 65 points in PTE.

Question Type Listening Module Writing Module Reading Module
Summarize Spoken Text 10 12  
Highlight Incorrect Words 8   9
Fill in the Blanks 22    
Retell Lecture 6 6
Write from Dictation 20 28
Total Marks 44 46 9

Now you will be able to understand why you need to focus on only these question types in listening. With these question types in PTE listening, you can easily improve your scores in the PTE listening and writing sections. Let’s see our score after completing the three modules of the PTE exam: speaking, reading and writing:

Module Speaking Module Reading Module Listening Module Writing Module
Marks 84 41 74 68

Challenge: Many students lose concentration and focus on the wrong types of questions, and thus are not able to answer the most important questions correctly. Additionally, when students use templates to summarize spoken text, they feel like they will get more marks. But, now you realize templates won’t earn you marks alone. Be sure that you are implementing them correctly, and that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.

Solution: At MarvelPTE, you will not only practice according to the templates for Summarize Spoken Text but also can see the sample answers as per the templates. This helps to understand the concept better. For other question types, we provide prediction files for Write from Dictations and multiple real voices from which to practice, so in the exams the student is capable of understanding all accents and speeds.

Reading Questions for 65+

PTE students typically struggle with reading the most. This is the section where most students continuously score 65 points or less. However, you should know that you can get up to 41 marks in reading from other modules and need around 25 points from the PTE reading module to get to 65. If you focus on the right kind of questions, you'll easily be able to earn those 25 marks.

Question Types to Focus in PTE reading

If you desire to score above 65 points or more in PTE reading, you should be focusing on the following questions in the reading module:

  • 1. Reorder paragraphs
  • 2. Reading Fill in the Blanks
  • 3. Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks

Marks Accumulated:

With these three question types of PTE reading, you can receive up to 25 points in reading and some points in the PTE writing. Let's take a closer look at the marks we can get for these questions:

Module Reading Module Writing Module
Reorder paragraphs 6
Reading Fill in the Blanks 15
Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks 22 22
Total Marks 43 22

One caveat: Reading and writing fill in the blanks can be more difficult for students than other types of questions. Students score significantly higher in reorder paragraphs and fill in the blanks.

Let's see our score after completing the three modules of the PTE exam: speaking, reading and writing:

Module Speaking Module Reading Module Listening Module Writing Module
Marks 84 84 74 90

If you concentrate on these types of questions, then you can score 79, let alone 65 in PTE.

Challenge: PTE reading is often the one module students feel challenged by, thanks to tricks and templates the rest of the PTE modules have. That is why they struggle in the reading module.

Solution: MarvelPTE provides simple and effective strategies for reordering paragraphs and reading fill in the blanks. It is necessary to learn about these strategies and implement them. You can always refer to our video explanations for reordering paragraphs or reading fill in the blanks if you are struggling to solve them.

Getting ready for PTE 65+

It is very hard to get a minimum score of 65 in PTE if you don't have the right plan and a platform to practice. But first, you must set realistic expectations for yourself and for the PTE exam. That's right! It is you who is expected to achieve a 65+ score, so make sure you check at what level you are currently at.

1. Do not under or overestimate yourself

You should evaluate your skill level. Go through practice questions and material and see what the PTE exam is like and try to determine what you find challenging. At MarvelPTE, we frequently see people who think they are ahead of themselves in terms of skill level and timeline. Although they are totally lost and confused about the PTE test format, they booked their test in one or two weeks and are pretty confident that they can improve within a very short period of time.

If you are in such a situation, please take the time to think about what you are doing. This kind of thinking leads to disaster. I agree there are deadlines, I agree you desire to finish the PTE as soon as possible, but it is NOT worth failing the PTE and losing confidence just because you wanted to get it over with. We have seen students failing exams and then retaking them without realising their mistakes or doing anything to improve.

2. Proper preparation for PTE

A common problem is that many people believe "I speak excellent English, I received top marks at school, and I practice with my friends every day. An English proficiency examination should be a cakewalk!" The problem with this logic is that English proficiency exams are not just about competent English.

The PTE score report measures not only your English skills but also your understanding of the test, its question types, and time management strategies. Consider that the purpose of the PTE exam is to determine your ability to function in an English-speaking environment, whether in the workplace, a school or a training program. These skills include problem-solving, critical thinking, and social interaction. My former English teacher told me that "It is one thing to speak a foreign language, but another to understand the nuances of a foreign language. It's harder to be yourself in a foreign environment." I don't believe that more sensible words have ever been spoken. Not only does your proficiency need to be proven, but you also need to prove that your skills and strengths are in line with a foreign language.

In order to reach a target score of 65 in PTE, you need the right strategies and tips to help you crack the test. MarvelPTE assists test-takers in planning for each and every second of the PTE test so that they can fully utilise the time available to them. This enables the test taker to focus on high-scoring question types. So, get proper PTE coaching online or in-person before you sit the real PTE test.

3. Strategy-based AI practice with Feedback

PTE templates are widely available. Many sources offer PTE prediction files, but still, why many students fail to achieve their target scores? Knowing the template and the prediction file is just a part of the process. Pearson PTE's Artificial Intelligence has become smart! No template can help you unless you get your implementation perfect and error-free. Even with templates, many students make spelling and grammar errors in writing and speaking. What is the point of having templates if you cannot use them in practice? The MarvelPTE software is tightly integrated with the strategies we teach for this English language test. This allows our students to practice the strategies they learned during the class.

Another aspect of the PTE test that many candidates do not understand is that it is about habit formation. Once you form these habits, getting 65+ in PTE will be easier. The online practice is important because it enables you to utilize a computer. If the practice platform is as professional as MarvelPTE, you will be at ease when you sit the Pearson test.

Our artificial intelligence and teachers can help you identify the missing building blocks in your repertoire. Without feedback, practising PTE questions won't help you improve or get the minimum PTE score you need. Developing your knowledge will help.

4. AI scored PTE mock test with feedback

People believe that mock tests will get them through PTE. I need to debunk this myth. Mock tests are useful if you know what you're doing. When used as your sole preparation method, they are an unnecessary waste of time. PTE test has many tricks you need to know before you attempt it. There have been native English speakers in our class who failed the test on their first attempt. So don't go for mocks until you have practised enough, sharpened your skills and implemented your templates error-free.

To gain a realistic assessment of your PTE score and to calm the butterflies in your stomach, it is important to take Standardized PTE mock exams that are identical to the real PTE tests in every aspect. MarvelPTE's mock tests are not only AI-scored, but they offer a 99.9% similar experience to the real one. Practice questions, as well as questions in our PTE mock test, are standardized and of the same standard as the real PTE exams. Finally, the score our AI gives you will be the same as your score on the PTE test since we have one of the most accurate artificial intelligence on the market.

A reliable PTE exam will show your weaknesses and strengths. We understand that just getting the scores isn't going to help you improve. Therefore it is important that you receive manual feedback on your mock attempt. For these reasons, before taking the PTE exam, we strongly recommend students take scored practice test for 3-4 weeks in order to identify and correct their weaknesses.

5. Getting ready for the PTE Exam Center

Many students still do not understand what to expect at the PTE centre, or they are unprepared for the experience. I don't really mean to scare you, but I need to be totally honest here: the PTE assessment centres are not nearly as fun as they seem. These are stressful environments full of nervous people, security, and (most importantly) a lot of noise.

No matter how many times I say it, the majority of us do not adequately or appropriately prepare for this environment. We've been taught to study in quiet places, and PTE test centres are the opposite of that. You have to sit in a cramped cubicle for over 3 hours with everyone else's voices and keyboard tapping behind you. During this period, you can't even eat or drink water, and any stretches or excessive movements you make could lead to suspicion of cheating. Therefore, practising in a noisy environment will make you feel more at ease on the actual PTE test day.

6. The best strategy for PTE speaking

If you want a perfect score in the speaking section, you need to study in chaos. You can record yourself practising a speaking task while sitting in a crowded café, read on a bus that's noisy, or listen to intriguing podcasts while sitting in a public park that has an outdoor band playing. It seems a bit ridiculous, but I promise it will be worthwhile. With practice, your brain will learn to ignore unimportant information in the background and focus solely on the task at hand. At first, it will be frustrating to maintain proper fluency with so many distractions, but soon you will notice a development in your ability to handle distractions.

Instead of rushing through the PTE instructions and starting your speaking exam right away, take your time. Wait until you hear people beginning to speak, and then give yourself one more minute. When your brain becomes accustomed to your surrounding noises, it will start to ignore them. This will make it much easier to give full attention to your own task.

I was the first to start the speaking section when I wrote the PTE the first time. When other people started talking, I totally lost my train of thought. Why? My brain went through "sensitization". When my brain sensed the new stimulus (that is, five other voices through a small space), it automatically distracted me. When I took my PTE the second time, I was the last to begin speaking, and I noticed a noticeable change in my concentration and focus.

I suggest you wait to start speaking until you hear others begin.

  • 7. Don't rush
  • You might need a few days to adjust to the pattern of the PTE Academic Test during the initial phase of starting the preparation. However, do not lose focus. Gradually and steadily, you should pick up the pace and extend your PTE preparation time. In a couple of weeks at max, you will be able to focus on your goals. Continue to work hard until the exam is over.

    PTE Tips and Tricks to Remember

    • In the listening section and writing section of the PTE, keep an eye on the total number of words used for essays, summarize spoken text and summarize the written text. If you are over or under the limit, you can easily lose marks.
    • For PTE Writing and Listening, focus on punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
    • In speaking, focus mainly on speaking fluently. Remember to follow the speaking strategies discussed in the PTE Speaking Tips Guide.
    • Don't speak fast or slow while speaking. Maintain the same pace throughout the entire section.
    • In the last minutes of every type of question, always proofread your answer in writing and listening.
    • To get ready for your PTE exam centre experience, prepare in a noisy environment.
    • You should take the PTE test whenever you feel most active. However, it is not recommended to administer in the afternoon after lunch.

    If one follows the above-mentioned tips, one cannot fail on the PTE Exam. Scores will depend on how well you focus on the tips I shared above. 65 isn't too far away if you follow each and every instruction carefully.

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