The Personal Introduction section is not scored. The purpose of this section is to give you an opportunity to show admissions officers a little about your personality. Additionally, it is used to verify your identity by the institutions that receive your scores.
First, you will be given 25 seconds to read the prompt. Then, you will have 30 seconds to respond. An on-screen status box will let you know when to begin recording, how much time remains, and when the recording time is up. You cannot re-record your Personal Introduction.
• Remember that your goal for this section is to make a positive impression on the admissions officers.
• Be prepared. You should know what you are going to say before you arrive at the testing center.
• Practice what you intend to say in front of a mirror. If you can, record yourself and listen to your delivery. Does it sound natural? Are you conveying the impression you want? Keep practicing until you feel completely confident about what you will say. You will not be able to read a prepared speech, but if you have practiced what you want to say, you will sound confident and natural. Relax, speak clearly, and avoid sounding as if you have memorized a speech. Your aim should be to sound naturally confident, not rehearsed.
• You will have 30 seconds to record your Personal Introduction. Be sure your speech lasts the required length of time. If it does not, then either you will run out of time while you are still speaking, or you will finish too soon, and have to sit in uncomfortable silence until the recording ends.
To help you focus on what you will say, practice answering the following questions orally to form a ~Personal introduction.
• What is your name?
• How old are you?
• Where are you from?
• What year of school are you in now, or where do you work?
• What are you planning to study, and why?
• Why should the institutions you are applying to accept you? What qualities do you possess that will be of interest to them?
Think of any other points you would like the admissions officers to know about you. Practice your Personal Introduction until you are satisfied with it and feel confident about delivering it on test day. Be sure you have practiced with a timer and that your introduction is neither too long nor too short.
PTE personal introduction Example Answer
Hi, my name’s Kim Jae-sun. I’m eighteen, I’m from Seoul, South Korea, and I’m in my final year of high school. I plan to study computer science in college because it’s an area I would like to work in after I graduate. One reason a school would be interested in me is that I belong to an electronics club. We build robots and remote-controlled toys. If the school I’m accepted at doesn’t have a club like this, I could start one.