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PTE Listening Task Types

PTE Listening

: 3.1

Summarize Spoken Text

Summarize Spoken Text

In PTE Listening Summarize Spoken Text you are judged on your ability to comprehend, analyze and combine information from a lecture, and then summarize the key points in writing

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After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summary of the lecture.

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General Instruction

You will hear a recording of 60-90 seconds. You need to write a 50-70 word summary on what you heard. You have 10 minutes to draft your summary. Remember that you will hear the audio only once.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your score in PTE Summarize Spoken Text is based on four factors namely Content, Spelling, Grammar, Vocabulary and Written Discourse. You get scores for the content by presenting the key points from the audio without any misleading information. The format for the summary should be correct to get points for Written Discourse. The grammar is scored by checking the basic structure of the sentence.

SUMMARIZE MAIN POINTS

Summarize the main point and refer briefly to the essential supporting points, which will gain you good marks for content.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK GRAMMAR & SPELLING

Use grammatical structures that you can use confidently, and the words should be spelled correctly. Finally, check your punctuation: check full stops and comas.

PTE Listening: 2.2 Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer

For this task type, you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response.

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Task Included

After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question as per the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response.

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General Instruction

An audio will play automatically, only once. Based on your understanding, you need to select the options that you think are correct from the list of possible options. Click on left button on your mouse to select the option. The same trick can be implied to deselect it, if you are unsure of the answer.

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GENERAL TIPS

The scoring criterion of this task type follows Negative Marking. You get points for each correct option. In case you choose the wrong option; you will lose points for the same.

TAKE NOTES

In the 7 seconds before the recording begins, read the question and get ready to take notes to help you answer.

SELECT FOR MEANING

Select the options that best match the meaning of what you have heard.

PTE Listening & Writing: 3.3 Fill in the Blanks
Fill in the Blanks

PTE Listening Fill in the blanks is a task type that tests your ability to listen for missing words in a recording and type the missing words into a transcription. It assesses both your writing and listening skills.

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A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several blanks. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each blanks.

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General Instruction

The audio plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. Left-click on each blank and type in the missing word. You can also use the Tab button on the keyboard to move between blanks.

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GENERAL TIPS

PTE Listening Highlight Correct summary is a task type that tests your ability to comprehend, analyze, and combine information from a recording and identify the most accurate summary of the recording.

SKIM THE TEXT

In the 7 seconds before the recording begins, you only have time to skim the text. As you do this, ignore the gaps and try to get an overall idea of what the text is about.

USE YOUR NOTEBOOK

The recording is at normal speed and is only played once. When you are listening, you do not have time to think about how to spell the missing words. Use your erasable noteboard booklet to write down what you think you hear.

PTE Listening: 3.4 Highlight Correct Summary
Highlight Correct Summary

PTE Listening Highlight Correct summary is a task type that tests your ability to comprehend, analyze, and combine information from a recording and identify the most accurate summary of the recording.

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After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording.

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General Instruction

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your response for Highlight Correct Summary is judged on your ability to comprehend, analyze and combine information from a recording and identify the most accurate summary of the recording.

TAKE NOTES

Don’t read the options before or while you are listening to the recording as there is too much to read, and this will distract you. Instead, note down the key ideas on your erasable noteboard booklet as you listen.

BE ATTENTIVE

Make sure to avoid any kind of diversion while listening to the audio.

PTE Listening: 3.5 Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer
Multiple-choice, choose single answer

PTE Listening Multiple-choice, choose single answer is multiple-choice task type with a single correct response. It tests your ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate a brief recording on an academic subject.

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Multiple-choice, choose single answer Task Included
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After listening to a recording, choose multiple options based on the content or tone of the question.

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General Instruction

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. There are several possible response options.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your response for Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer is judged on your ability to Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect.

FOCUS ON INFORMATION

For listening multiple-choice questions, the main part of the question tells you what to listen for. Being aware of the focus of the question will help guide your listening.

SKIM THE QUESTION

In the 5 seconds before the recording begins, quickly read the question and answer options to make sure you understand the topic.

PTE Listening: 3.6 Select Missing Word
Select Missing Word

PTE Listening Select missing word is a task type that tests your ability to predict what a speaker will say based on contextual clues in a recording. It assesses listening skills.

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After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options.

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General Instruction

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. There are several possible response options.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your response for Select Missing Word is judged on your ability to predict what a speaker will say based on contextual clues in a recording.

KNOW HOW TO CHANGE YOUR ANSWER

Until, you don't hit the next button, you have the option to change your answer.

STAY SHARP

Remain attentive while listening to the audio.

PTE Listening: 3.7 Highlight Incorrect Words
Highlight Incorrect Words

PTE Listening Highlight incorrect words is a task type that tests your ability to listen for and point out the differences between a recording and a transcription. It assesses both listening and reading skills.

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The transcript of a recording appears on the screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said.

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General Instruction

The audio begins to plays automatically. Click on the left button of the mouse to select the word. You can undo it by clicking on the left button again. Remember that you will hear the audio only once.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your response for Highlight Incorrect Words is judged on your ability to listen and point out the words which differ in the transcript from the audio. You get points for each correct selected word. This task type follows negative marking; so select the words wisely.

SKIM THE TRANSCRIPT

In the 10 seconds before the recording begins, you cannot read word-for-word, but you can skim the transcription.

FOLLOW THE TEST WITH CURSOR

Move the cursor along the screen as the words are spoken, and click on any words that sound different from the words on the screen.

PTE Listening: 3.8 Write from Dictation
Write from dictation

PTE Listening Write from dictation is a task type that tests your ability to understand and remember a sentence you hear, and then write it exactly as you hear it using correct spelling. It assesses both writing and listening skills.

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After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence.

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General Instruction

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note-board provided.

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GENERAL TIPS

Your response for Write from Dictation is your ability to understand and remember a sentence you hear, and then write it exactly as you hear it with correct spelling.

USE MAXIMUM CORRECT WORDS

You will score points for every correct word that you write in the response box..

USE ERASABLE SHEET

Make the maximum use of erasable sheet for taking notes.

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