July 21, 2024
Chicago 12, Melborne City, USA

This is the final part of the PTE Academic test and aims to evaluate how well you understand spoken English in academic settings. Here’s what to expect:

Format Breakdown

  • Duration: The Listening module takes between 45-57 minutes to complete.
  • Question Types: Prepare for eight different question types designed to test your listening comprehension, note-taking ability, and writing skills.

The Eight Question Types

  1. Summarize Spoken Text: Listen to an audio recording (60-90 seconds) and then have 10 minutes to provide a written summary (50-70 words) that captures the main points.
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers: After listening to an audio clip, you’ll be asked a question and provided with multiple answer choices. You’ll need to select all the correct answers.
  3. Fill in the Blanks: This task combines listening and writing. You’ll hear a recording with missing words and need to fill those blanks with the words you heard.
  4. Highlight Correct Summary: You’ll hear a short audio clip and be presented with several written summaries. Select the one that most accurately reflects the content of the audio.
  5. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer: After listening to a recording, select the single correct answer from the choices presented, based on your understanding of the audio.
  6. Select Missing Word: Listen to a short audio clip with one word missing. You’ll see a few options on the screen and need to pick the correct word to complete the recording.
  7. Highlight Incorrect Words: This one tests your attention to detail. You’ll listen to a short passage and see its corresponding transcript. Identify and highlight any words in the transcription that differ from what you heard.
  8. Write from Dictation: This is designed to test your short-term memory and spelling accuracy. Listen to a sentence and type it precisely as you heard it.

Key Tips:

  • Note-taking is crucial: You’re provided with an erasable noteboard during the exam. Jot down key points and phrases to help you process the audio content.
  • Active Listening: Don’t just passively listen. Focus on understanding the main ideas, supporting details, and the speaker’s tone.
  • Get familiar with different accents: The PTE exam may include audio from both native and non-native English speakers to reflect real-world academic settings.
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