Listening

Listening

The listening part consists of questions based on audio clip. Candidates are made to hear an audio or video clip and answer accordingly.

 

PTE Exam pattern

Item

Task

Skills assessed

Prompt length

Summarize spoken text

After listening to a recording, write a 50-70 word summary

listening and writing

60-90 seconds

Multiple choice, choose multiple answers

After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response

listening

40-90 seconds

Fill in the blanks

A transcript of a recording appears on screen with several gaps. After listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap

listening and writing

30-60 seconds

Highlight correct summary

After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording

listening and reading

30-90 seconds

Multiple choice, choose single answer

After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting one response

listening

30-60 seconds

Select missing word

After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options

listening

20-70 seconds

Highlight incorrect words

The transcript of a recording appears on screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that differ from what is said

listening and reading

15-50 seconds

Write from dictation

After listening to a recording of a sentence, type the sentence

listening and writing

3-5 seconds

As you can see in the table above, candidates are given 10 minutes to summarise their answers. Candidates have to carefully listen to the audio recording only once and then form their answer. They must make sure that the summary is not more than 70 words. After that candidates have to listen to a recording and answer multiple-choice questions. They can select the answers from various options available on screen; the selected response will be highlighted in yellow colour.