All About PTE Listening: 

Listening is the final section of the PTE, and will take approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on the combination of tasks you may be presented with. You will be listening to a short recording in each task, all of which will relate to academic subjects such as humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

Don’t worry, you won’t need to be particularly knowledgeable about these subjects, as all of the information needed to answer the questions can be found in the recordings.

There are a total of 8 tasks in the listening section.

Breakdown of the PTE Listening Tasks 

Summarize Spoken Text

In the “Summarize spoken text” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a blank text box beneath it.

Summarize Spoken TextAfter 12 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and will last for approximately 60-90 seconds. After it finishes, you must write a brief summary about what you heard in the text box provided.

You must write between 50 and 70 words, and include what you think were the most important points made by the speaker in the recording.

Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

In the “Multiple-choice, multiple answers” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.

Listening- Multiple choice, Multiple AnswersAfter 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and will last for approximately 40-90 seconds. Once the recording has finished, you will need to answer the multiple choice question by selecting more than one answer.

Fill in the blanks

In the “Fill in the blanks” task you will see an audio recorder box and a short transcript with some blank text boxes representing missing words.

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After 7 seconds, the audio recording will play for between 30 and 60 seconds. The recording will contain the full transcript of the short text, and you must listen for the missing words in the text and type them in to each corresponding box.

Highlight correct summary

In the “Highlight correct summary” task, you will see an audio recorder box with a multiple choice question beneath it.

Highlight Correct Summary

After 10 seconds, a brief audio recording (30-90 seconds) will play. Once the recording has finished, you must select the answer option that best summarizes the “gist” or the overall meaning of the recording

Multiple choice, choose single answer

In the “Multiple-choice, single answer” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.

Listening- Multiple Choice, Single AnswerAfter 5 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and will last for approximately 30-60 seconds. Once the recording has finished, you will need to answer the multiple choice question by selecting only one answer.

Select missing word

In the “Select missing word” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a multiple choice question beneath it.

Select missing Word

After 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and will last for approximately 20-70 seconds. You will not hear the last word (or group of words) in the recording, instead you will hear a beep. You must decide which of the multiple choice options is most likely to be the final word(s) in the recording

Highlight incorrect words

In the “Highlight incorrect words” task you will see an audio recorder box and a short transcript below.

Highlight Incorrect WordsThe transcript is complete, but some of the words in it are incorrect, and are not the words used by the speaker in the recording. After 10 seconds, the audio recording will play for between 15 and 50 seconds.

In the recording, the speaker will read the transcript with the appropriate words, and you must listen for words that are different than what is written and highlight them with your mouse cursor.

Write from dictation

In the “Write from dictation” task you will see an audio recording box on your screen with a blank text box beneath it.

Summarize Spoken TextAfter 7 seconds, a recording will automatically play, and you will hear a sentence that lasts no more than 5 seconds. After it finishes, you must type the sentence you heard into the text box as accurately as you can. You will receive a point for every correct word in your response.

 

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