Understanding the PTE Listening TestUpdated on 08 June, 2022
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The PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic evaluates students on the basis of English writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills. The test is widely accepted as proof of language proficiency in many countries including the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia among others. PTE is a computer-based examination conducted at several test centers. It is of 2-hour duration with 20 types of questions.
The PTE has three components which are listed below:
|Speaking & Writing||Listening||Reading|
|54-67 minutes||30-43 minutes||29-30 minutes|
|7 types of questions||8 types of questions||5 types of questions|
This is the basic structure of the examination. Read on to know more about the PTE listening test.
The PTE listening structure is as follows:
|Summarize Spoken Text||Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers||Fill in the Blanks||Highlight Correct Summary||Multiple Choice, Single Answer||Select Missing Word||Highlight Incorrect Words||Write from Dictation|
|Writing a summary of 50-70 words after hearing the recording.||Answering a multiple choice question after listening to the recording by choosing multiple options.||A recording transcript will show up with gaps. You have to type in the missing words after hearing the recording.||You have to choose the paragraph that summarizes the recording in the best possible manner.||Hear the recording and then choose the option that is the answer.||Hear the recording and choose the missing word which will complete it.||View the recording transcript on your screen while hearing to the audio. Identify the words which are different on the screen.||Type the sentence after listening to the recording.|
|You will have 10 minutes for answering this question.||You will have to answer quickly after hearing the audio.||You can only hear the audio recording once.||You can only hear the recording once.||You can choose only a single option.||You will get a list of options at hand. The last word is blanked out with a beep.||You can only listen to the recording once.||Type your answer into the response box given. You can only hear the audio once.|
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Here is a section-wise guide that you can use-
The PTE listening score calculation takes all these eight question types into account. Make sure that you prioritize PTE listening time management skills and keep a calm head overall.
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You should always try and focus on the core points of whatever you hear and the keywords. Make a habit of jotting down main points is possible while listening. You should close your eyes and focus on the audio, shutting out everything else. Focus on repeated words and themes mentioned in the audio clippings.
There are 8 types of questions asked in the PTE Listening section. The entire section will take you around 30-43 minutes on average. The questions revolve around audio or video clips which automatically play as you switch from one question to another.
There will be 10 minutes given to you for the summary. This summary has to be in 50-70 words. The audio may play for roughly 60-90 seconds in total. Make sure that you maximize your 10 minutes in hand. There is a word counter at the bottom to help you stay on track. You can only hear the audio recording once.
The average time taken is 30-43 minutes for the listening task. It has a total of eight question types. You should aim for 30-35 minutes at the most. It is better to keep some time in hand in order to avoid last-minute rushes. Keep a cool head and focus on optimizing the time you have in hand.
The listening score in PTE is calculated on the basis of your performance in the eight tasks that you have to complete. These tasks are individually evaluated before being taken into account and providing the final score in this section. The total time given to candidates is 30-43 minutes.
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