What kinds of questions are asked in the PTE writing section?

The writing section of the PTE (Pearson Test of English) exam comprises two main types of questions:
  1. Summarize Written Text Task: In this task, candidates are presented with a passage, which could be an article, essay, or any other form of written content. The passage is typically between 150 to 250 words in length. Candidates are then required to write a summary of the passage in a single sentence within 10 minutes. This task assesses the candidate’s ability to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize information effectively.
  2. Write Essay Task: In this task, candidates are given a prompt or topic on which they are required to write an essay. The prompt may present an argument, express an opinion, or discuss a specific issue. Candidates have 20 to 30 minutes to write an essay of 200 to 300 words in response to the prompt. The essay should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to articulate ideas clearly, organize thoughts coherently, develop arguments logically, and use appropriate language and grammar.
Both tasks in the writing section evaluate the candidate’s writing skills, including their ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, use correct grammar and vocabulary, maintain coherence and cohesion in their writing, and adhere to the conventions of written English. By mastering these skills and familiarizing themselves with the format of the writing tasks, candidates can enhance their performance and achieve better results on the PTE writing section.