Reading is the second section of the PTE and and will take approximately 30-40 minutes. It includes 5 tasks in total. The reading materials for this section are all authentic texts about a variety of academic subjects, including 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 texts.

PTE Reading Tasks

Multiple-choice, choose single answer

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

Listening- Multiple Choice, Single Answer

After 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.

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 Answers

After 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.

Re-order paragraphs

 For the PTE “Re-order paragraphs” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 150 words or less.

Re-Order Paragraphs

The sentences in the text will have been placed in a random order. Using the arrow buttons on the screen, you must organize the sentences into the correct order by clicking on each one and dragging it into the empty text box.

It must be noted that there is only one correct order. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task.

Fill in the blanks

 For the “Fill in the blanks” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 80 words or less. The text will be missing some key words, represented by blank text boxes.

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At the bottom of the screen, you will see a group of individual words contained in small boxes. You must use your mouse to drag the correct word to its corresponding blank space in the text. You will receive credit for every correct word you insert into the paragraph, so it’s better not to leave anything blank, even if you are unsure about your answer.

It must be noted that there are more word options than there are blank spaces, so you will not be use all the words provided. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task.

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