listening

Listening of PTE tests your ability to understand various accents around the world both native and non-native. They can give you audios such as lectures, discussing, presentation or dialogue from an academic source.

Section details

 Summarise Spoken Text

 In this task they are assessing your listening and writing skills. Here, they will play audio for you and you are supposed to write a summary of 50-70 words on what you heard in lecture.

You get 10 minutes to do this task and they give you 2-3 summaries in exam. All the audios will be played once only.

The word count is shown on the bottom left corner of the screen and time remaining on the top right corner.

Multiple choice multiple answer

 In this item you will hear a recording and you need to answer the question. There is more than one correct response. Also, there is a negative marking in this task.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

The answer you will select will be highlighted.

Fill in the blanks 

In this item they are checking your listening and writing skills. You will hear a recording and the transcript of the same will be on the screen, but few words are missing. You need to fill the missing blanks by taking notes.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

You can take notes in erasable notebook while listening.

Highlight correct summary 

In this task, they will assess your reading and listening skills, you need to highlights the best possible answer that matches with the audio.

There are various options given; however, only one option is correct.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

It is recommended to take notes in this task.

Multiple choice, single answer 

In this task, you need to listen to the recording answer the multiple choice single answer.

There are various options given; however, only one option is correct.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

Select missing word

 In this item, the last word or group of words are missing and it has been replace with a beep. You need to select the best possible answer from given option and complete the audio with most appropriate answer.

There are various options given; however, only one option is correct.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

Highlight incorrect words

 In this task, recording will be played and the transcript of the same will be shown on screen, but few words in passage are incorrect, and they don’t match with audio. You need to highlight these words, which differs from what the speaker said.

This task is having negative marking.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

Write from dictation

 In this item, they will assess your listening and writing skills. They will play a short sentence. And you need to type the same sentence in the given box.

The audio begins to play automatically. All the recordings are played once only.

Ur erasable notebook

In this task in is recommended to take notes in your erasable notebook.

Tips and tricks 

  • Make sure you summarize the main points by taking good notes. Try to take notes of meaningful words.
  • Try to understand the audios while you listen.
  • Skim the text before the recording begins.
  • Check your marker is working well and it is capped all the time, as ink can get dry easily if uncapped.
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