Tips to improve PTE Academic Listening Module

by Helen Cartwright October 27, 2017

PTE Academic Listening module is divided into 8 parts and test authority PTE is testing these sub-skills of the test takers: In this post, we are going to give a sub-section wise analysis along with, tips and tricks that can help you score better in PTE Academic Listening Module.

Now, we will understand the scoring method and techniques for each listening part of PTE Academic test.

Summarize spoken text

  • Scoring :
    • 2 Provides a good summary of the text. All relevant aspects are mentioned
    • 1 Provides a fair summary of the text, but one or two aspects are missing
    • 0 Omits or misrepresents the main aspects
    • 2 Contains 50-70 words
    • 1 Contains 40-49 words or 71-100 words
    • 0 Contains less than 40 words or more than 100 words. Summary is written in capital letters, contains no punctuation or consists only of bullet points or very short sentences
    • 2 Correct grammatical structures
    • 1 Contains grammatical errors with no hindrance to communication
    • 0 Defective grammatical structures which could hinder communication
    • 2 Appropriate choice of words
    • 1 Some lexical errors but with no hindrance to communication
    • 0 Defective word choice which could hinder communication
    • 2 Correct spelling
    • 1 One spelling error
    • 0 More than one spelling error
    • Content:
    • Form:
    • Grammar:
    • Vocabulary:
    • Spelling:
  • Tips & Techniques
    • Restrict your content between 50 – 70 words.
    • Start writing with “The speaker said …”
    • Use erasable notepad and pen to note down the keywords. Practice and be quick during the exam.
    • Close your eyes for increased attention.
    • Concentrate on the theme and most repeated words.

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers in PTE Academic Listening

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Each correct response
    • – 1 Each incorrect response
    • 0 Minimum score
  • Tips & Techniques :
    • Pay attention to your answer. Wild guess is not recommended as the questions with multiple answers have negative marking in PTE Academic Listening .
    • As the answers are paraphrased, hence pay attention to meaning.
    • Read the question before audio starts.
    • Generally, answers are at end of listening audio, so stay focused till the end.

Fill in the blanks

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Each correct word spelled correctly
    • 0 Minimum score
  • Tips & Techniques :
    • Use erasable notepad and pen to write-down or you will miss the next missing-word/blank.
    • Carefully listen – was that a singular or plural noun, otherwise, you will lose complete mark for that blank.
    • No need to mention, still words of caution: “take care of spellings”.

Highlight correct summary

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Correct response
    • 0 Incorrect response
  • Tips & Techniques:
    • Keep writing down on erasable notepad and pen while listening
    • Understand what is conveyed by speaker.
    • Use the eliminate method to reach the obvious correct answer.
    • In general, the answer with many detail is wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.

Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Correct response
    • 0 Incorrect response
  • Tips & Techniques:
    • Same as above. See Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers

Select missing word

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Correct response
    • 0 Incorrect response
  • Tips & Techniques:
    • Listen and understand the topic of discussion, this will help you to answer the missing words.
    • Most of the time, you will have an idea by the first half of audio ends to eliminate and by 75% of audio, you would be sure, how it will end.

Highlight incorrect words (My favourite, I wish the whole exam would be this easy)

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Each correct word
    • – 1 Each incorrect word
    • 0 Minimum score
  • Tips & Techniques:
    • Be ready with your mouse and just start hitting the wrong words.
    • Review your answers before submitting, if you think you missed something. Generally, it’s so easy, you won’t miss any word.
    • Double-hitting a word – unselects the word. So, pay attention to your clicks too.
    • Be aware of NEGATIVE marking in this part.

Write from dictation

  • Scoring:
    • 1 Each correct word spelled correctly
    • 0 Each incorrect or misspelled word
  • Tips & Techniques:
    • Are you good with typing on computer or notepad/pen? If your answer is paper-pen, then write on paper-pen else type directly in input box. I preferred typing on computer as after college, I barely write.
    • Check your spelling.
    • Pay attention to singular, plurals, and commas too.

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