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PTE Listening

PTE Listening

The listening section requires you to hear audio and video clips and answer some related questions. Some questions in the listening section require you to produce a written response while others involve selection of answers from the given options. You will get 45-57 minutes to attempt this section.

PTE Listening Question Types:

  • Summarize Spoken Text
  • Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple-choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation

Useful Tips for PTE Speaking


  • Listen attentively.
  • Take Notes on the Erasable Note Pad (words, not sentences).
  • While listening, concentrate on the main points.

Tips for Summarize Spoken Text (2 – 3 items)

  • Plan your summary.
  • Stick to the word limit (50 – 70).

Tips for Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers (2 – 3 items)

  • Overview the prompt and take a good look at the options before the recording begins.
  • Key points, not the words should decide which options you ultimately choose.
  • This is a negative marking question. Don’t select an answer unless you are confident.

Tips for Fill in the Blanks (2 – 3 items)

  • Take a good look at the transcript before the recording plays, for clue words.
  • Keep the cursor on the first blank of the transcript for the missing word.
  • Use tab to go to the next blank
  • Ensure that your reading keeps pace with the recording.

Tips for Highlight Correct Summary (2 – 3 items)

  • Overview the options, before the recording begins.
  • Do not read while you listen.
  • Predict the answer.

Tips for Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer (2 – 3 items)

  • Overview the prompt and take a good look at the options before the recording begins.
  • Eliminate options with incomplete/irrelevant information.
  • Key point, not the words should decide which option you ultimately choose.

Tips for Select Missing Word (2 - 3 items)

  • Overview the options, before the recording plays, to understand the topic/context.
  • Focus on the general flow of the argument.
  • Keep an eye on the audio indicator to know when the recording is about to end.
  • Listen to the concluding part more carefully.

Tips for Highlight Incorrect Words (2 - 3 items)

  • Overview the transcript before the recording plays. Some of the incorrect words may be rather too obvious and can be picked up easily.
  • Keep moving the cursor with the transcript and click on words on the way where the recording and the transcript do not match.
  • Ensure that your reading keeps pace with the recording.
  • Focus on identifying words in the transcript that do not match with the recording.
  • Most likely the incorrect words sound similar to the words spoken.
  • This is a negative marking question. Don’t select an answer unless you are confident.

Tips for Write from Dictation (3 - 4 items)

  • These are typically short sentences (of around 10 words) that are easy to recall.
  • Place the cursor at the beginning of the response box.
  • Type out immediately as you hear it and keep going. You can correct any error later.
  • You must find time to check/edit your answer.
  • You will score points for every correct word that you type.