In Read Aloud,  you should make sure you don’t leave out words nor add new ones.  You  need  to know where to pause as well: And by this I mean pausing  at clauses,  verb phrases, and key words for emphasis. If you speak in a low voice (while others speak like a rock star),  you can record your own voice and replay it for discussion with a  coach. If it’s me, I’d tell you  to sound self-assured and a bit pushy. You also need  to turn up your  voice and get used to distraction (for the duration of the Speaking test, which is the first part).  

In Describe Image, you might be getting the “template” right  but you need to work well—keep pace– with time; I also remind  you not to get stuck with  the details—fine print– of the picture (charts, graphs).  In newer versions of PTE Speaking, there are no more labels on pictures, so I would tell you to get ahead by creating a simple and short introduction based on common sense. 

In Retell Lecture, it’s still an issue of organizing the main points of the talk. With a template in place, I suggest you   do vertical note-taking—getting only the key points of the lecture without necessarily repeating everything that has been said. 

What strategies work for Listening? Assuming you have had enough time to do Listening exercises before test day, these things could still give you a sticky time :  for multiple choice and single answer test items,  listening  for the gist and specific information; for summarizing a speech it’s almost the same strategy except that you  should focus on the changes in tone and word choice as well ( then use the answer box for note-taking to avoid the hassle of copying notes from the erasable board) ; for highlighting incorrect words , keeping up with the audio using the cursor; for gap-filling, writing along to keep pace is a challenge (so,  longhand note-taking is better);  finally, for taking dictation,  noting  down as much of the audio is tough, so  make sure your  sentence is grammatically correct.

 In any case, Short Answer Questions is fun to do, hands down. It tests your ability to think fast as well as word association skills.