13 Effective Ways to Perform in PPDT Test

PPDT is really important for Stage 2 screening. So, you need to do well in it. If you understand things well, tell the story clearly, and join in the discussion, you have a better chance of getting picked for Stage 2. Here’s how you can get better at PPDT:

Tips to Write Better Story

Here are some tips to help you do well in PPDT:

  1. Believe in yourself. Confidence is key!
  2. PPDT isn’t just about describing a picture. You need to create a story around it, focusing on the emotions and moods.
  3. Practice with PPDT and TAT pictures from the internet. Write a story for them and practice telling it to friends or in front of a mirror. Reading aloud from books or newspapers also helps improve fluency.
  4. Take time to analyze the picture carefully, noting things like characters, mood, setting, and background details.
  5. Plan your story mentally first, creating characters and a storyline.
  6. Practice narrating your story in your head from the moment you leave the hall until you reach the discussion room.
  7. Speak loudly, clearly, and confidently. This not only boosts your confidence but also ensures others pay attention to you.
  8. Maintain eye contact with your peers during the discussion, not just with the assessors.
  9. Avoid getting into arguments during PPDT. Stick to your points firmly and listen to others.
  10. Craft a realistic and well-organized story. Keep it simple and concise for better chances of selection.
  11. Listen attentively to others as it may help you add valuable points to the discussion.
  12. Use current topics like advancements in healthcare or technology to inspire your stories, but make sure they’re feasible and realistic.
  13. Keep key points in mind, such as character names, tasks, solutions, and outcomes, to structure your story effectively. For example, if your story is about a jungle safari, your points could include the characters, their roles, the challenges they face, how they overcome them, and the results.
  • Ria, the Head of the college adventure club, wanted to organize a tour that wasn’t just about studying. She discussed her idea with the club in charge, got permission from the Principal and the authorities in the jungle. Ria then posted a notice with all the details. She divided tasks among the students: some handled food, others transportation, first aid, money collection, tents, and other necessities. The trip was a success. They enjoyed activities like elephant rides, camping, dancing, stargazing, and a bonfire. Ria even collected useful plants for her research. They played many games too. Everyone returned safely, happy and cheerful. Seeing how much the students enjoyed it, the Principal decided to make it an annual tour since it was also educational.


In summary, a good story for PPDT should be short, clear, influential, and practical. Proper narration adds the finishing touch. With a strong performance in PPDT, one can move forward to further testing.

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