Part of the Pearson Test of English requires the completion of listening questions, which are designed to assess your ability to understand the opinions, attitudes, and main ideas the speaker is trying to convey. This section of the PTE exam is given second preference out of the three sections. Primarily based on video and audio clips, the third section lasts for about 45 to 57 minutes on an average. As per the requirement, you will have to listen to the audio/visual and respond to the given set of diverse questions.
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The Listening part of the PTE exam is commonly broken down into the below types of questions:
- Summaries Spoken Text
- Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers
- Multiple Choice, Single Answer
- Fill in the Blanks
- Highlight Correct Summary
- Select Missing Word
- Highlight Incorrect Words
- Write From Dictation
This article gives you a broad idea of the PTE Academic exam with all the three sections laid out to you with their respective formats. No need to get scared anymore, an informed student always has an upper hand over the others. All the best!
Practice listening and writing at the same time – the PTE exam is timed, which means you’ll need to allocate your time evenly to complete each section of the paper accordingly. Time management is key to results!
Most students find the listening component of the PTE exam the most difficult, and it’s easy to understand why. Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to pay attention to understand what the speaker’s purpose is and a clear display of your ability to analyse what you hear.
Here are some common mistakes we find many candidates fall into the trap of:
- Failing to plan time – Time management is key to giving yourself advantage over other students. Before you start the PTE exam, check the number of questions you will have to complete, and allocate how much time you should spend on each section accordingly.
For example, if the listening component of the exam lasts for about 60 minutes, and contains 8 questions, you should plan to spend about 7 minutes on each question. This will leave you enough time to review your answers once the exam has been completed.
- Not reading the question properly – Some candidates don’t devote 100% of their attention to listening to the speaker, which often leads to misreading the question. Make sure you actively engage with the speaker throughout the course.
- Leaving blank answers – You will not get marks deducted for leaving wrong answers. Please make sure you attempt every question (even if you don’t know the answer).
- Repeating the question – If you have to summarise spoken text, do not repeat the question, as this will not show your full range of english vocabulary. Be strategic with your word choice! At EnglishWise, we offer PTE training courses, which are designed to help you practice and improve on your listening skills, and equip you with the ability to get maximum results.
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