Which is the most common type of question in any English language exam?
The expert tutors at Sure Way English, a PTE training and coaching website, recently put out a list of most common pitfalls in the PTE Reading Fill in the blanks questions. What’s most surprising is the number 1 on the list! Most test takers lose marks in the fill in the blanks questions in PTE simply because they are in a rush. They pick the option they think is the correct and do not even stop to look at the other options. This is a sure shot way to disaster. So people, if you are preparing for the PTE Exam, make a note in your mind – not to rush!
The second most common mistake is not checking the grammar rules. Sometimes there are words which are similar in meaning, but differ grammatically. If you do not pay attention it is easy to make a mistake and pick the wrong one. So, always make sure that you double check the grammar rules. Pearson won’t put in any sentence which is not grammatically correct. It really helps if you have spent a few days brushing up your basic grammar skills. At least make sure you are familiar with the common sentence structures and parts of speech.
The third biggest pitfall is thinking that a complicated looking word would be the right option. It is a common tendency to think that the answers will be difficult to find. However it is not always the case. Instead become familiar with the PTE word list. Most often than not, picking the right word is all about knowing the meanings of the words.
You must have heard that common sense is not so common. Your PTE Fill in the blanks section is where you need to apply this lesson. Use your common sense! Words can make grammatical sense and they can even have a seemingly correct meaning, but do they make logical sense when you put them in the sentences? That is what is crucial. We can count on Pearson to not put in logically incorrect sentences in the exam.
These are the few most common pitfalls which trick the test takers in this question type. If you are aware of these you can easily prevent some silly mistakes. But nothing can take the place of diligent study and practice. If you have put in sufficient time preparing for the PTE exam, it is unlikely these pitfalls will trap you.
Therefore, stop looking for quick shortcuts. Instead, focus on learning the English language basics and then prepare for the specific question types in PTE Academic. It can take up to 2 months to become comfortable with basic foundational aspects of English language. After that in another month you will an expert in PTE question types.
This is what Alice Smith from Sure Way English recommends to the PTE students of Sure Way English. Look at learning English as an activity that will put you on the path to a better professional life. Think beyond the visa requirement. This is an asset which will stay with you for the lifetime.
Eventually, like most things in life, PTE Academic is also about the mindset. So get the right mindset and you will do well on not just the Fill in the blanks but all other question types as well.