PTE is the newest form of English Proficiency test developed by Pearson PLC Group in order to assess the non-native English Students accessibility in an English Speaking University Environment. It is promoted by Graduate Management Admission Council. The test is also helpful in getting you admission in the MBA programs of various Foreign Universities.

PTE GENERAL, PTE ACADEMIC & PTE YOUNG LEARNER TEST are the three types of PTE Tests. The theme of all these tests is common to assess how well the candidate can communicate using English Language in real life situations. The range for the PTE scores is 10-90 based on all the four criteria of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and are valid for two years from the date the candidate appeared for the test.

The type of questions in PTE vary from section to section but the most common type of questions that find their space in every type of English Proficiency Tests are the Synonyms and Antonyms. Synonyms are words that have similar meaning to the word mentioned while Antonyms are words that have exact opposite meaning to the word mentioned.


 It may seem to us that we know the meaning of different words or we may guess it correctly by just reading them but it doesn’t turn out to be so easy every time. For example INFLAMMABLE is the most common word that is incorrectly interpreted. Majority of us understand it by the PREFIX ‘IN’ attached to it as something which does not catch fire or can be burnt. On the contrary, the synonym of INFLAMMABLE is ‘something that catches fire easily’.

To guide you well here is the list of TEN COMMON SYNONYMS that are mostly interpreted wrong-

1.AFOREMENTIONED– Previously mentioned

This is also confused because of the Prefix ‘A’. FOREMENTIONED is considered to be something mentioned before and By adding ‘A’ to it the synonym is considered to be its exact opposite which turns out to be incorrect.


The root word ‘BASH’ here makes the reader think that it is nowhere close to shy because BASHING stands for VIOLENT PHYSICAL ASSAULT. However, the synonym is complete opposite as being shy or timid.

3.FASTIDIOUS-overly concerned about cleanliness and tidiness

The Prefix ‘FAST’ here makes the candidate think that it must be something related to speed. However, his opinion of something being related to speed is completely wrong.

4.INGENIOUS-Displaying Genius or Brilliance

The prefix ‘IN’ here deviates the reader’s mind to consider its meaning being completely opposite of genius.

5.INHIBIT– to hinder

This whole word is mostly confused with the similar Spelling word INHABIT meaning ‘to dwell in’.

6.CLIMACTIC– the peak of CLIMAX in a series or progression of events.

The meaning of this word is majorly associated with something related to the climate or weather because of its very similar spelling but the case is completely different.

7.EFFECT–  the result of something, to cause

Majorly confused with AFFECT its meaning being to have a influence on someone.

EXAMPLE- The story affected me so much that I was in tears.

The effects of Global Warming are Disastrous.

8.ENSURE– to make certain of

INSURE its homophone stands for getting insurance. These two similar sounding words have a difference in their meanings which becomes the major area of confusion.

9.BEMUSED– to be perplexed or bewildered.

Used incorrectly as AMUSED which means something funny.

10.CONTINUAL– Repeated in rapid succession

It is not a synonym to ‘Continuous’ that stands for something uninterrupted.

Example- The ground was surrounded by a continuous fence.

Reena’s continual remarks in the presentation were very deviating.

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