26 Nov 6 Read Aloud Mistakes and Their Remedies
PTE exam is comparatively much easier to score at. The advantage that comes with it is that it is completely computerized. However, the same advantage could turn into a disaster if care is not taken. There are a number of commonly seen errors that students make while attempting the Read-Aloud section of the PTE Exam. The first step to prevent such errors is to be aware of them and then take the necessary steps to avoid them. This article discusses these errors consolidated by the trainers of Sekhri Academy through their interaction with different types of students.
Eat Your Breakfast Not Words
When human beings interact, they hear as well as watch the lips movements. The interpretation of what is being spoken works differently. Unlike this, a computer would be able to interpret only if there is clarity of words. Emphasize on the words to make each syllable clearly audible. Rather than speaking in flow as you generally do, stress clearly on each letter. If the interpretation is wrong, then, unfortunately, it means you spoke incorrectly. For example, “I am a good boy” if spoken too quickly may sound like “Am a good boy”.
This Is The Time To Raise Your Voice
Another important thing to take care of is your volume. Do not mumble in the mouth, make words audible enough for the microphone receptors to receive your voice. After all, it’s in the name ‘Read Aloud’.
Stress on Plurals
It is not a surprise if you get to know that one of your words containing an ‘s’ in the end was misread. If spoken in a flow ‘s’ at the tail of words sometimes get suppressed in terms of audibility. Especially reading sentences with multiple ‘s’ words. Consider this example, All the sweaters, soaked in water are ready for washing. The pause (‘,’) after ‘sweaters’ must be paid attention to. This pause will help you read out both the words- sweaters and soaked properly.
Past Tense Might Trouble
Words of past tense, that is the ones that end in ‘ed’ also need attention. In a lot of words stressing on ‘ed’ is more difficult. For Example, bathed, asked, breathed, framed etc. If the entire word is not clearly audible or not pronounced properly, there is a good chance of losing marks.
When reading aloud make sure you read out in one go. While stammering you always add additional A’s in the sentence. For Example, the sentence- I was reading a book during my class becomes: I was a a reading a book a a during my a class. The computer will not understand that those extra A’s you added while stammering were not a part of the sentence.
Learn The Pronunciations
You probably did not ponder much on it, but you may have been pronouncing words incorrectly. Certain words are so similar in their pronunciations, that to distinguish them apart you need to know the exact pronunciation. Take a look at the below words:
It is essential to know which syllable to stress on in such words. All of these words are pronounced differently.
The PTE Exam would rate you on your correctness more than fluency. Take appropriate (but not too long) pauses to sound correct. Grab maximum marks by avoiding common mistakes.
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