Retell lecture – Tips & Tricks – Format

All about PTE Retell lecture:

PTE Speaking contains another important task that is Retell lecture. In this task, you will listen audio of 60 to 90 seconds and you need to retell it in your words in 40 seconds. This task contributes points to speaking as well as listening. This is a very crucial task to achieve desire PTE score. However, many PTE aspirants find it difficult to score in this section. This post provides detail information about each and every aspect of PTE Retell lectures such as tips and tricks, do and don’t and format to practice any kind of Retell lecture. Practicing with given format, again and again, will help to achieve fluency and improve pronunciations of the words.

To improve speaking score and achieve desire result one must practice each and every task of PTE Speaking on daily basis. Here, the informative video by PTE Sprinters 

Here are some of the tips, do’s and don’t while you attain Retell lecture task. Following these will definitely help to improve score and achieve desire result.  Also, use PTE Journal provided by PTE Sprinters is another tool which can help here to note down the mistakes identified in terms of pronunciation, hesitations, and review on a daily basis so that one is aware of their weak areas and overcome on those.

Tips for Retell lecture

  • Listen carefully and use image/video to generate vocabulary
  • Note taking is key, use abbreviation
  • Write clearly the keywords and use in speech
  • Use 10 seconds to organize the notes
  • Use predefined template which you have used during your practice


  • Listen and take notes for keywords
  • Use format to retell lecture
  • Use 10 seconds to organize your notes
  • Speak fluently and confidently
  • Keep watch at time and try to speak 35 to 40 seconds


  • Don’t false start
  • Don’t ummm… ahhh… while you speak
  • Don’t pause for long
  • Don’t correct yourself


The speaker was discussing ……

He/she talked about …….

He/she mentioned …….

He/she discussed ……..

He/she described……..

He/she suggested ……..

You can modify the structure on your requirements. Like, adding few word for sequence like, firstly, secondly, lastly, or first of all, In addition, More over.

Example: Retell lecture – Vitamin D deficient

PTE Speaking - Retell lecture - Vitamin D deficient



Fifty percent of the world’s population is vitamin D deficient and we believe that it has serious health consequences for both children and adults alike.  Major cause is lack of sun exposure. Humans have always depended on the Sun for their vitamin D requirement and it’s over the past 40 years that it’s been suggested that you should never be exposed to direct sunlight that is one of the major causes of the vitamin D deficiency pandemic. Again everybody thinks about vitamin D preventing rickets and children.  We don’t see rickets any longer so people are not thinking about vitamin D. It’s incomprehensible to physicians as to, how vitamin D could reduce risk of heart attack by 50%, reduce risk of common cancers like, colon, prostate, breast by as much as 50%, and reduce risk of infectious diseases including influenza by as much as ninety 90%, reducing risk of type 1 diabetes 78%. If a child is getting adequate vitamin D during the first year of life reduces risk of type 2 diabetes.

Sample response:

The speaker was discussing vitamin D deficiency in the world. According to him, 50% of the world population is coming under this. He talked about the major cause which is lack of sun exposure.  He mentioned that the humans have always depended on the sun for vitamin D, however, in last 40 years, direct sunlight exposure has been reduced.  He discussed, how vitamin D reduces the risk of heart attack by 50%. He described about the cure for cancers, infectious diseases, and diabetes. He suggested that if the child gets adequate vitamin D during the first year than it reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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