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PTE Speaking: Tips to Personal Introduction

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  • Why do you even need to care about the introduction in PTE Speaking?
  • Isn't it optional? Isn't it unscored?
  • Isn't it easy?
  • And a million other questions...
PTE Introduction

In the Personal Introduction question, you are asked to speak about a familiar topic on which you can blabber a lot. However, there is a caveat. If you speak too much, you might end up with an incomplete introduction. A beep will prompt you that the time for this question is over. So, completing the question in the allotted time is essential.

This is the very first task that you will see on the PTE Academic Speaking test. A lot depends on just the introduction. Wondering what?

For one, it can help you calm your nerves. Come the big day, the introduction helps you to stay calm by giving you an easier topic to speak on. We can even think of this as priming ourselves before the main activity i.e. the main part of the test. An introduction can give you a head-start. It can set the tone for the remaining test. If introduction goes well, the other parts of the test will fall into place because you have taken the first step successfully.

Second, the Introduction is an important component of the PTE Academic Speaking because it is used by admission officers for verification purposes. It would be wise, therefore, to sound natural.

This is how the PTE Speaking - Introduction question is presented:.

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1. Pre-formulate
The prompts are pretty standard. So, it is always good to have a formulaic approach to such an Introduction task in order to complete it well in time and move on to the next item. There's no one standard response! The prompts will remain the same, so you can prepare them beforehand. Aim to speak 1-2 simple sentences on each of the points and you will be done.
2. Wait for the beep
This is true for all speaking tasks. Because this is the first question, a lot of test takers just start speaking as soon as they see the indication. Remember to wait for the beep. The beep will prompt you to start speaking. You need not start before the beep. Anything that you speak before the beep will not be recorded. You don't really need a half introduction anyway.
3. Don't rush
A lot of students think this to be the easiest part as they just have to talk about themselves. So, they rush through this item type. Think again! You don't need to cover all the prompts first. So, rushing would make you more stressed. Relax! Take your time and cover as many points as you can. Be easy on yourself.
4. Conclude before time
Again, you must do this for almost all speaking questions. As soon as you get to know that only five seconds are remaining, make all possible effort to conclude your response.

So, you must start strong and end well! Start taking PTE Speaking tests on to score more on PTE!

Tips to Score High Bands in IELTS Essay

IELTS candidates usually find the writing section of the exam difficult than other parts of the exam. This is primarily because they are unaware of the evaluators’ expectations. By following few simple guidelines, students can improve their score in IELTS Writing module. There are some”Must’s” not to be missed, “Do’s” to be considered and “Don’ts” to be avoided for an increase in the Band score.
Analyse the topic
Divide your ideas into separate paragraphs (4-5 paragraphs: Introduction, 2-3 body paragraphs, conclusion)
Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence
Support your argument with reasons and examples
Summarise the essay in the form of a crux in conclusion
Answer all parts of the prompt full
Plan your essay before writing
Give specific and concise answers
Write coherently (appropriately organized and logically sequenced ideas)
Use Cohesion (link ideas, sentences and paragraphs together, usage of connectors)
Use variety of sentence structures
Use Linguistic range
In the introduction, paraphrase the task statement and mention the aim of the essay in a thesis statement
Provide suggestion/ recommendation and wider implication in the conclusion
Use impersonal language (e.g. we must it is essential to)
Use formal vocabulary (e.g. stuff- material, keep – maintain, make sure – ensure)
Use synonyms to avoid repletion (e.g. important : vital/ crucial/significant)
Proofread the written content
Must write at least 250 words
DON’T forget to answer all parts of essay in your answer
DON’T write without a plan
DON’T use contractions such as ‘don’t, can’t, shouldn’t’ etc.
DON’T switch between ideas: Link them!
DON’T combine ‘for’ and ‘against’ ideas.
DON’T write simple sentence structures
DON’T use wrong tone (Keep it formal)
DON’T overuse phraseology
DON’T use colloquial expressions (e.g. I had a gala time )
DON’T repeat words and ideas
DON’T copy the task prompt in you written content
DON’T write body paragraphs either too short or too long (maintain balance)
DON’T write longer conclusion, keep the conclusion shorter than introduction.
DON’T disclose ideas in the introduction.
DON’T write too much (keep it between 250-270)
Above given tips are not exhaustive but can inform about some vital aspects to pass the IELTS exam with a good band score.
Visit to score high bands in all IELTS modules. Once you get the grip of tips and strategies, next step is to diligently practice as much as possible. You may also visit TCY app for practice.

TCYonline and Pioneer Tie-up Puts Comprehensive Test Prep for MDS Just a Click Away

With the MDS (Master in Dental Surgery) and other Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exams going online under NEET (PG), the aspirants for the coveted exams are lining up not only for simulated testing but also for analytics including national ranking, remedial testing and strength/weakness analysis. Even with regard to the academics, they want guidance not only about Basic Sciences, General Autonomy, Physiology, General Pathology, but also about specialist fields like radiology, histology etc. Edtech platforms are aggregating learning entities and print publishers to bring integrated learning outcomes in various fields under one umbrella. India’s Number 1 Test Prep platform, TCYonline is extending its footprint through tie-up arrangements with established players which have gained expertise in various academic courses.

One such tie-up arrangement has been made with Pioneer Dental Academy, the Chennai based Institute engaged for years in helping the MDS aspirants realize their dreams through its classroom and online programs. Pioneer Dental Academy, under the stewardship of Prof. K.S.G.A. Nasser, has been rendering yeoman’s service by helping a large number of aspirants gain seats in prestigious institutions. Pioneer’s offering on includes not only a large number of simulated mock tests for final prep, but also multiple sectional tests on each of the 18 major subjects like Orthodontics, Peridontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, etc. The purpose is to guide students across various disciplines from basic concepts to final prep. What is more, the platform allows miniscule charges starting from Rs. 499/- per month to Rs. 1999/- for the whole year. So, preparation is convenient, methodical and economical. Even if the student is registered formally with another local institute, his/her preparation is incomplete without the assessment/analytics enabled by this tie-up.

This tie-up is a win-win situation for both TCY and Pioneer Dental Academy, for TCY helps extend the reach of the latter throughout the nation, whereas the latter provides depth to learning for all the MDS students that use the TCY platform. This educational content, designed and developed under the guidance of domain experts, has proven to be useful for the students. Expressing satisfaction over this collaboration, Mr. Rajesh Wadhera, Director TCYonline, expressed confidence that the educational content of Pioneer Dental Academy will remain most popular on TCY website also. He asserted that the partnership takes holistic care of the student requirement like quality preparation, simulated exam experience, identification of strong/weak areas, remedial action for speed and accuracy, guidance in time management etc. Prof. Nasser, on the other hand, emphasized the need for the student to register early and proceed step-by-step to be all but sure about gaining entrance to the course and medical institute of his choice. Looking into the future, both expected to provide depth to the partnership in times to come so that the student could get everything s/he needs from a single source to succeed in the exam.

Interest Mapping: Journey from Self-Exploration to Career Planning


The availability of a host of career options makes little sense to a student if he hasn’t yet exercised a thought to aligning his interest area to a corresponding opportunity. To facilitate an alignment, it is essential the student understands his instincts; identifies conditions or situations that naturally cause his most favourable responses, eventually revealing his interest areas that get matched to corresponding suitable career(s).

Interest may be defined as one’s fondness or inclination for one activity or engagement to another. Thus, an Interest Mapping would involve the selection and ranking of different listed activities along a like-dislike dimension. The activities the student engages in spontaneously most of the times rank high on the likeness scale.

Interest can be measured through Interest Surveys and Inventories which serve well in one’s search for a matching profile. Not being able to select a specific vocation or a career becomes a serious issue for students which can now be solved through the use of such Interest Surveys.

Any career counselling process is incomplete without an Interest Inventory, as such inventories help measure and narrow focus on one’s skills, values, abilities, likes and dislikes to help reify the abstract inventories into a concrete career path.

After years of hectic research, an eminent American psychologist proposed that people can be classified into one or more of six categories according to their interests. The theoretical background of TCY Interest Inventory is Holland’s Occupational Theme, which was developed after rigorous research work. TCY Interest Inventory provides career guidance based on the following six occupational themes:

Realistic- These are individuals who possess mechanical, technical, and manual competencies, and have a preference for solving concrete, tangible problems.

Investigative- These are individuals who are drawn to positions such as scientific, troubleshooting, problem-solving, analytical or intellectual.

Artistic- These are individuals who are drawn to the creative forms of arts; additionally, those who possess an intuitive ability that they usually draw upon during work-related situations.

Social- These are individuals who enjoy assisting and informing others in a systematic environment; they are primarily best suited for social or interpersonal occupations.

Enterprising- These are individuals who are willing and interested in taking on a leadership role, and possess a natural ability to manipulate and influence others.

Conventional- These are individuals who are drawn to clerical occupations, such as the manipulation of data or systematic details. Conforming to social and employment demands would be a typical trait for those in this category.

Go ahead and take this test for self-exploration about your skills and abilities and move a step ahead toward Career Planning.

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Important Tips and Syllabus for SSC-CGL Exam Preparation


What is SSC?

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a major organisation which conducts exams to recruit staff in different Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. Constituted in 1975 as “Subordinate Services Commission”, it has subsequently been re-designated as Staff Selection Commission effective from the 26th September, 1977.

Eligibility Criteria for CGL Exam

Every year, SSC conducts the exam of Combined Graduate Level (CGL) to fill various posts under various Government Departments. To give SSC-CGL exam:
1.One must be a graduate from a recognised university
2.One must be the citizen of India
3.The age must be between 18 to 27 years

Syllabus and Exam Pattern

SSC-CGL Exam process consists of a four-tier process – Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV. Each tier has a different exam pattern. Tier I and Tier II are known as Preliminary Exam and Main Exam, respectively; most of the posts through SSC-CGL require mainly Tier I and Tier II. The Syllabus of SSC-CGL is:

Tier I – Preliminary Examination (200 Marks)

Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning: Verbal and Non-verbal
English Language
General Awareness

Tier II – Main Examination (800 Marks)

Quantitative Ability
English Language and Comprehension
General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Note: In Tier I, each wrong answer costs half a mark.

Tips for SSC-CGL Exam preparation:

Quantitative Aptitude: This is very important section, so you must prepare yourself for a wide variety of questions. It is very time-consuming due to its difficulty level. Therefore, you must solve the questions with short calculations, which may help you save a lot of time. Questions related to Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Simplification, and Average are relatively easy to solve. Questions related to Profit and Loss, Speed Time and Distance, and Simple/Compound Interest are little time-consuming and should be solved carefully. Algebra, Geometry, Arithmetic, Trigonometry and Mensuration are the most important topics to be focused on.

Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal): To get full marks in reasoning, you must set your logic straight because all the questions are tricky, and you must have done sufficient practice for it. Try to complete this section in 18-20 minutes. Use your imagination while answering the questions related to Statement and Assumptions. The most important topics are – Number Series, Syllogism, Analogy, Odd One Out, and Non-verbal reasoning.

English Language: This is the section where you can score full marks, if your grammar and vocabulary is good. You must read good English magazines and newspapers to improve your reading skills. The most important topics in this section are – Comprehension, Error Spotting, One Word Substitution, Spellings and Idioms. It would hardly take 15-18 minutes to compete this section.

General Awareness: This section is based on the fact that how updated is your knowledge with current affairs. This section covers the NCERT books from standard 6th to 10th for questions related to History, Geography and Political Science. Rest of the subjects are General Knowledge and General Science. You must start with the topics you are most comfortable with. Do not answer on behalf of your guess; attempt those questions only which you are sure about. Read newspapers, books and magazines daily to score well in current affairs. It would hardly take 10-15 minutes to complete this section.

Statistics: This section is only for those candidates who have applied for the posts of Statistical Investigator Gr. II, and Compiler. To prepare yourself for statistics, you can take help of NCERT books from standard 10th to 12th. If your strength lies in Quantitative Aptitude, then it may help you score well in this section. Most of the questions are based on tabulation of data, accuracy and formulae. You must practice various formulae and try to remember them. Some important topics for Statistics are – Collection and Representation of Data, Sampling and Probability Theory, Index Numbers, Measures of Central Tendency and Time Series Analysis.

General Studies (Finance and Economics): This section is only for those candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer. This paper is divided into two parts – Finance and Accounts, and Economics and Governance. To prepare yourself for this section, you can take help of NCERT books from standard 10th to 12th. Practice more on theory and facts because it is important from the economic point of view. Read newspapers and watch news to stay updated with economic issues. Some important topics for this section are – Fundamental Principles and Basic Concepts of Accounting, Financial Accounting, Theory of Production, Indian Economy, Finance Commission, Theory of Demand and Supply, Role of Information Technology, and Forms of Market and Price Determination.

These are the tips which can help you in preparation while you are studying at your own, but there are some other ways also which can help you perform better than the competitors.

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