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PTE Listening is the last part of the test and will take 45-60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of tasks you are given. Every assignment will require you to listen to a brief recording related to academic subjects such as humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Part 3

 

Question types

Number of questions

 

Prompt Length

Time allowed

Scoring

Evaluation elements

Listening

 

(44 -61 minutes of test)

1.     Summarize spoken text

2-3

60–90 seconds

20-30 minutes

1

a)     Content

b)     Form

c)     Grammar

d)     Vocabulary

e)     Spelling

 

For this item type, you will hear an audio recording and will need to write a 50–70-words summary of what you heard.

 

·        You have 10 minutes to listen and write your summary.

·        The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

·        The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 50 words, but no more than 70 words.

·        There are also cut, copy and paste buttons, which you may choose to use while constructing your summary.

·        Do proof reading at the end.

 

2.     Multiple choice, multiple answer

2-3

40–90 seconds

Not applicable

1

a)     Listening skill

 

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

·        Take notes of the key points and the supporting details.

·        Points deducted for incorrect options chosen.

 

 

1.     Fill in the blanks

2-3

30–60 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening and

Writing (content)

 

 

For this item type, you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording; however, some words are missing. Restore the transcript by typing in the missing words.

 

·        The audio plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

·        Left-click on each gap and type in the missing word. You can also use the Tab button on the keyboard to move between gaps.

 

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note board provided and then fill in the gaps.

 

2.     Highlight correct summary

2-3

30–90 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening and reading

For this item type, you need to select the summary that best matches the recording.

 

·        The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

·        There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

·        To select an option, click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

·        The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

 

Note: It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first, make notes on the erasable note board and then read the summaries.

 

3.     Multiple choice, single answer

2-3

30–90 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening

 

 

For this item type, you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question.

 

·        The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

·        There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

 

 

 

4.     Select missing word

2-3

20–70 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening

 

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

·        For this item type, the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep sound. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording.

·        The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

·        There are several possible response options but only one is correct.

 

5.     Highlight incorrect words

2-3

15–50 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening and reading

 

For this item type, you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording; however, the transcript contains some errors. While listening and reading, you need to select the words in the text that differ from those that the speaker says.

·        Follow the text with a cursor as you listen.

.       Points deducted for incorrect options chosen.

 

 

6.     Write from dictation

3-4

3–5 seconds

Not applicable

1

Listening and writing

 

·        You hear a short sentence. Type the sentence into the response box at the bottom of the screen.

·        The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

 

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable note board provided.

·        Remember to check your spelling.

 

                     

 

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