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PTE Academic Listening Tips
Jun 22, 2019
The third and last section of PTE Academic is Listening. It consists of 8 types of questions. This story will explore those 8 questions with tips for each one.
Summarize Spoken Text
A recording of 60-70 seconds will be played. You have to summarize it by writing it in around 50-70 words.
Note down keywords when the recording is playing.
You don’t have to squeeze in everything while writing, just mention the main idea and stressed keywords.
Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answer
A recording will be played. A question is given on screen with options. More than one option is correct.
Note down all the important keywords while listening.
Don’t just look for a word-to-word match, look for the exact meaning.
Fill In the Blanks
Audio will be played, transcript of the same will appear on screen with several gaps. You have to fill those gaps from the audio.
Just write down the words directly into the blank as you listen.
Or you write down in notepad & then once the recording is over, type it in the blanks. Try
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Highlight Correct Summary
A recording is played, and several summaries of it are given as an option. Pick the one that best fits for the audio.
Writing down keywords is essential in almost all listening type questions.
Choose the one that’s closest to your written keywords and details.
Multiple Choice, Single Answer
Listen to the recording, and select a single option for the given question.
You have to make use of your notepad and pen here too.
Only one answer is correct, so eliminate those you are confused about.
Select Missing Word
You will hear an incomplete recording and options are given to complete it.
The last words or word is replaced by a ‘beep’ sound so it won’t be too confusing.
If you understood the overall idea of the text spoken, you will be able to select the missing word quickly.
Ditch note-taking for this one.
Highlight Incorrect Words
A recording is played and a transcript of the same is given with some words that differ from the recording. Your job is to highlight the words that differ from recording.
No need for notes, you can highlight the words as you listen to the recording.
Scan the transcript quickly if you can before the recording starts.
Write From Dictation
Audio will contain a sentence and you have to write the same sentence in the given space.
It’s not too difficult to remember the recording as it’s only one sentence.
Note down the sentence in notepad or space as soon as the recording stops.
Check for spellings before submitting.
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