Somewhat surprisingly, Pearson PTE Speaking is for some people, the most difficult part of the exam. Why is this? The simple answer is a combination of factors which I’d like to share with you:
First, in the exam room there is a significant amount of background noise which can be distracting. Specifically, the person next to you is more than likely answering the same question as you, but is probably slightly out of ‘synch’ with you, which can be extremely off-putting.
Second, you must speak directly into the microphone as your speaking is marked by a computer and you want to make your diction as clear as possible, given the noise around you.
Finally, because the scoring system is based on algorithms do not hesitate too long ‘gathering’ you thoughts or the microphone will switch of and you will lose the opportunity to record your answer.