Repeat Sentence

Repeat Sentence

Reading Time: 14 minutes

Part 1: Speaking

REPEAT SENTENCE

Made Easy

  • Listening time: 3 - 9 seconds
  • Time to read the text aloud : 15 seconds
  • Type of Recording: audio only, single sentence
  • Number of these tasks: 10 - 12

Repeat sentence tests your ability to reconstruct (through speaking) a sentence you hear using your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

You will hear a sentence. Please repeat the sentence exactly as you hear it. You will hear the sentence only once

  • Speaking
    up to 36 points
  • Listening
    up to 30 points

Top Strategies for Success in Repeat Sentence

When getting ready for this task type, there are lots of things to keep in mind.

STAY FOCUSED

Be ready to listen carefully to the short sentence you are going to hear. It will be short (3–9 seconds) and you need to repeat every word you hear.

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO HOW THE SPEAKER SAYS THE SENTENCE

Listen to the way the speaker phrases the words. Notice how the speaker uses intonation and syllable stress on long words such as encouraged and activities. Try to copy the same intonation and stress. However, you will not need to copy the speaker’s accent. Just speak in your natural accent, but make sure your pronunciation is clear.

THINK ABOUT ANY WORDS YOU MISSED

Many words in a sentence are unstressed. These are called ‘weak forms’ and may not be said clearly at all. For example, in the phrase as a team, the word ‘team’ is stressed, but the word ‘a’ might be very short and unclear. The words ‘as a’ may be linked together as if it’s one word. Your knowledge of grammar should tell you that the word ‘a’ is present and that you need to include it when you repeat the sentence, with the same linking.

  • Practice Tips
    Follow To Succeed

Find some podcasts in English. Listen, pausing after each clause or short sentence. Repeat what you heard. Remember to do the following.

• Train yourself to pay attention to meaning while listening. If you understand the main idea behind the text, and which words carry the key information, you will sound more natural.
• Try listening with and without note-taking. Some people find that note-taking helps them, but others find it doesn’t help. If you do take notes, only write the key words, as you won’t have time to write the whole sentence.
• Record yourself on your mobile phone or other device as you practise repeating sentences. Listen afterwards to your stress, intonation and rhythm. Compare the parts you found difficult with the original recording.
• Practise speaking with a good rhythm in English. There should be equal time between stressed syllables, whether they are close together or far apart. For example, if you say She has an interesting house or She has a big house, they should both take the same time to say. The word ‘interesting’ is pronounced so that it seems to only have three syllables and takes the same time to say as ‘big’.

Try to learn academic words and collocations. It really helps with these tasks! Research shows that an excellent way to improve your vocabulary is to do lots of reading and listening on a range of different topics.

  • Language focus

Practise linking words together. This is the smooth joining together of words within a group. For example, in the phrase has an interesting all three words are pronounced together without pausing.

Practise correct syllable stress, e.g. government, penalise, emissions.

Note how a speaker uses sentence stress to highlight important information. Try to do the same.

WHILE LISTENING

• The audio status box will count down from three seconds and then the recording will play.
• Think about meaning while listening – this will make it easier to repeat the sentence naturally. Pay attention to intonation, linking, stress and rhythm.
• Generally, there is not enough time to take notes in this task. If, in earlier practice, you found that taking notes in these tasks worked for you, then take notes while you listen. Only write down the key words rather than the whole thing.
If you decide not to take notes, closing your eyes while listening could help you focus on the recording.
• Forming a ‘picture’ in your mind of the meaning of the sentence may also help.

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WHILE SPEAKING

Wait until the bar that shows the microphone is open, then speak. There is no tone to indicate when the microphone activates, so just start speaking when the status changes to ‘Recording’.
Imagine you’re speaking to a friendly audience.
• Speak normally– not too quiet, too loud, too fast or too slow. This should be the same volume you used when checking your microphone at the beginning of the test.
• Pay attention to meaning. If you focus carefully on what the text means, it’s easier to use appropriate stress and intonation. It might help if you remember the ‘picture’ that you formed in your mind while listening.
• Try not to worry about words you don’t know. Say them as closely as you can to how you heard them. If you focus too much on these words, you’ll sound unnatural, which might reduce your score.
• If you make a mistake, stay calm and continue speaking. Most people will make some mistakes. Try not to repeat anything, because you will lose marks if you do.

Remember, What To Do What Not To Do In Repeat Sentence

Practise Repeat Sentence 2 here, if you want to try Repeat sentence without a time limit. Think about the strategies mentioned above. Then follow the task instructions and record your response on your mobile phone or other device.

You will hear a sentence. Please repeat the sentence exactly as you hear it. You will hear the sentence only once

1. Play back and listen to your response. Use the checklist below to decide what you did well and what you need to practise more. Set aside time to work on each area that you want to improve.

2. Listen to a model answer for this task. Compare it to your own response. What are the differences? Are you happy with your response? What could you improve?

The government is taking steps to penalise excessive greenhouse gas emissions.

Common Mistakes Problems Errors In Repeat Sentence

Some people speak quietly because they don’t want to disturb other people during the test. Don’t do this. If everything was OK during the microphone test, speak normally and imagine the other people aren’t there.

Don’t click ‘Next’ too soon. Only move on to the next task when you are sure you are finished with the current one. You can’t go back to these tasks to try again.

Most Repeated Repeat Sentence Questions in 2024

1. 

I missed yesterday’s lecture. Can I borrow your notes?

2. 

Meeting with mentors could be arranged for students who need additional help.

3. 

Physiology is the study of the internal and external structure of the body.

4. 

Students can get access to computers on a daily basis.

5. 

The first few sentences of an essay should capture the reader’s attention.

6. 

The real reason for global hunger is not the lack of food, but poverty.

7. 

There is no entrance fee for tonight’s lecture.

8. 

You should raise your concern with the head of school.

9. 

I can’t attend the lecture because I have a doctor’s appointment.

10. 

The lecture tomorrow will discuss the education policies in the United States.

11. 

If you want to receive the reimbursement, you must submit the original receipts.

12. 

The bookstore is located on the main campus behind the library.

Quick Tips Strategies For Better Score!

You will be scored on the correct word sequences that you produce for this item type, so the more phrases you understand, the better your reproduction of the sentence will be. For example, there are three phrases in this sentence, separated by and each one carries a separate message that has its own meaning:


Next week's tutorial / on Tuesday / has been cancelled.


If you listen for meaningful phrases in the sentence, you will have a better chance of repeating what you hear accurately.

Make a mental note of the way the speaker uses stress and intonation on the recording. These patterns help to convey the meaning. Speak calmly and clearly, copying this stress and intonation. For example, look at the pattern in the example: the stressed words or syllables are underlined, and the falling intonation is marked by down ↘️ arrows:

I'm going to attend the briefing ↘️ for students ↘️

Your score on Repeat Sentence is based on three factors:

Content: Does your response include all the words in the reading text and only these words?

Content is scored by counting the number of correct word sequences in your response. Having almost nothing from the prompt in your response will negatively affect your score.

Oral fluency: Does your response demonstrate a smooth, effortless and natural rate of speech?

Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth. The best responses are spoken at a constant and natural rate of speech with appropriate phrasing. Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score.

Pronunciation: Does your response demonstrate your ability to produce speech sounds in a similar way to most regular speakers of the language?

Pronunciation is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. The best responses contain vowels and consonants pronounced in a native- like way, and stress words and phrases correctly. Responses should also be immediately understandable to a regular speaker of the language.

PTE Academic recognizes regional and national varieties of English pronunciation to the degree that they are understandable to most regular speakers of the language.

Note

  • Partial credit scoring applies to Repeat Sentence. No credit is given for no response or an irrelevant response. This question type affects the scoring of the following: listening, speaking, oral fluency and pronunciation.
  • Your writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions.
  • For more information download the Score Guide.

You will hear a sentence. Please repeat the sentence exactly as you hear it. You will hear the sentence only once

English Speaker’s Response

Students are encouraged to take part in a range of activities.

Listen to the three sample answers for this task. Each recording provides an example of a response given by test takers at a C1, B2 or B1 competence level.

Feedback:

◾ The sentence is repeated correctly with appropriate phrasing, which means the speaker has grouped words into meaningful phrases. The test taker does not hesitate, repeat or replace words. She does not use any filler sounds, such as umm or arr. The test taker’s pronunciation is good, but clearly non- native. This is easy to notice in the pronunciation of encouraged.

◾ Word stress is incorrectly placed in encouraged. However, sentence stress is appropriate, which means that the test taker uses the correct pattern of stressed and unstressed words across a sentence and places emphasis on words that carry important information.

Feedback:

◾The test taker repeated all words from the sentence in the correct order, but added the definite article the at the beginning of the sentence. He also hesitates in the second half of the sentence.

◾Phrasing, which is the way in which the test taker has divided the sentence up into meaningful groups, is accurate. Pronunciation is clear and easily understandable. Stress is placed correctly in all words as well as across the sentence.

Feedback:

◾The test taker repeats only part of the sentence correctly. She replaces to with and and misses out the phrase a range of. The pause following in shows that the test taker knows that she has forgotten part of the sentence. This pause makes the response slightly uneven as phrasing and sentence stress are negatively affected. Pronunciation is clear and word stress is placed correctly.

In this worksheet, you are going to learn how to get ready for the Repeat sentence task by looking at strategies and practising listening for linking sounds and pausing.

1. Think about the skills you need for this task. Tick (✅) the skills you feel will be useful.

2. It is important that you understand what is expected of you in the task. Complete the text about the instructions for the Read Sentence task. Use the words in the box.

 

On the screen, you will see the ¹_______________ at the top. There are two ²_______________boxes. The audio status box will count down from three seconds. A recording will play ³_______________ . The status will change to playing. You can increase the ⁴_______________ if you want to. When the recording finishes, the status will change to ⁵_______________ . After one second the ⁶_______________ will open and the status will change to ⁷_______________ . You have ⁸_______________ seconds to give your response.

3. In this task, you can take notes while you are listening to the sentence. Read the two sets of notes. Which set do you think is more effective? Why?

 

Can you use notes a or b to repeat the full sentence?

4. There are two parts to the Repeat sentence task. Which of actions 1–9 should you do while listening and which should you do while repeating? Complete the table.

5.1.

In the Repeat sentence task, it can be difficult to recognise individual words because the speaker links words together to increase fluency.

Listen to and read the sentences and underline the words or sounds that the speaker links together. You can listen more than once.

◾ The global population is increasing annually.

◾ The impact on every aspect of life is enormous.

Words link together if a word ends in a consonant and is followed by a word that starts with a vowel(a, e, i, o, u). So in the examples below, the underlined words and sounds are linked.

◾ The global population is increasing annually.

◾ The impact on every aspect of life is enormous.

5.2. Read the sentences and underline the words and sounds that you think will be linked.

1. Many young people opt out of university for economic reasons.
2. Governments should invest in alternative energy sources.
3. Scientific evidence shows a link between pollution and climate change.
4. Technological advances in the field of medicine will continue at a pace.

5.3.

Listen to sentences 1–4 and check your answers.

5.4. Listen to the sentences again, but don’t read them, and record yourself as you repeat them. Do you sound like the speaker? Repeat this exercise by reading other sentences aloud.

6.1. In the Repeat sentence recording, the speaker will pause naturally as they read the sentence. This helps the listener understand the message. Read the sentence. Put a /  where you think the speaker will pause.

Our carbon footprint is one of several causes of climate change.

6.2.

Listen and check your answers.

6.3. Record yourself as you repeat the sentence in Exercise 6.1. Try to copy the speaker’s pauses. Listen again and compare your recording with the speaker.

6.4.

Listen to four more sentences. Notice the pauses. Repeat the sentences, pausing where necessary. Record yourself. Compare your recording with the speaker.

7.1.

Listen to the recording. Repeat the sentence and record yourself if you can.

7.2.

Listen to three test takers repeat the sentence. What do you think of their performance? Make notes on each test taker’s performance.

Test taker 1: _____________________________
Test taker 2: _____________________________
Test taker 3: _____________________________

7.3. How do the performances in Exercise 7.2 compare with yours? Read the reports and check if you agree.

1. C 1: The content of this response is excellent. The response is spoken at a conversational
rate of speech and the phrasing is appropriate. There are no repetitions, hesitations or false starts. Additionally, vowels and consonants are pronounced correctly.

2. B 2: The content of this response is excellent. Uneven phrasing prevents the response from receiving full credit for fluency. There are no hesitations, repetitions or false starts. Minor pronunciation and stress errors do not affect intelligibility.

3. B 1: The content of this response is weak. Some words in the sentence are omitted, and some words that are not in the sentence are added. The rate of speech is uneven and there is one hesitation. However, most words are spoken in continuous phrases. Some consonants are not pronounced and other consonants and vowels are mispronounced. Stress is placed incorrectly on some words.

8.

It is good practice to listen to yourself and reflect on your performance as much as you can. Listen to and repeat the sentences. Record yourself as you do this. Then listen to your recordings and read the checklist. Tick (✅) the statements that are true for you.