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Tips to ACE PTE Listening

PTE Academic Test assesses your skills in four different English skills:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

The listening section has the highest variety of questions compared to any other sections. If you prepare in the right way, it is the easiest section in your PTE exam.

Six Tips for PTE Listening

  • Know the different sections of the PTE: Firstly, you need to know about the different sections.
    – Summarize spoken text: In this section, you will have to listen to an audio recording and create a 50-70-word summary.
    – Multiple choice, multiple answer: After listening to an audio recording, you will have to answer a set of multiple-choice questions.
    – Multiple Choice, single answer: In this question, you will have to choose one correct answer for a multiple-choice question after listening to the audio recording.
    – Fill in the blanks: In this task, you will have to fill the gaps or blanks in a transcript by listening to the audio clip.
    – Highlight correct summary: In this task, you will have to listen to the audio recording and select an option that best summarizes the recording from several possible choices.
    – Select missing word: This task involves selecting the most appropriate response to complete the missing words in an audio recording.
    – Highlight incorrect words: For this task, you will have to point out the errors in a transcript after listening and comparing it with its original audio.
    – Write from dictation: In this task, you will have to type a short sentence correctly after listening to its audio.
  • Try to understand the meaning of the conversation: Secondly, listen to the audio clip and try to figure out what’s coming next in the audio. This especially useful when you are attempting “select the missing word” question.
    When you are listening to the audio, write down the keywords, repeated words and any other words that seem relevant to the topic. You can practice listening by listening to podcasts, talk shows and programs on the radio.
  • Get familiar with different accents in English: Thirdly, try to get familiar with different accents. You can do this by listening to TED talks and documentaries on the BBC, these programs will have speakers from different parts of the world who will speak English in their own unique accent.
  • Practice in a noisy environment: Fourthly, the PTE listening test will take place in a room full of other test-takers. There is a possibility that you will be distracted when you are listening to the audio clip. To avoid this, practice listening to audio recordings in a crowded environment like when you are travelling or you can turn on the TV or radio when practicing for the listening section.
  • Be aware of negative marking: Fifthly, you should be aware of negative marking in your PTE exam. Your marks might get deducted if you give the wrong answer. Avoid this by listening carefully to the keywords and avoid selecting a response if you are not sure about it.
  • Learn to manage your time: Lastly, time is a valuable part in your PTE exam. If you can manage your time perfectly, you will be able to get your desired score very easily.

Follow these tips and you will be able to ace PTE Listening quickly and easily. Book a FREE Consultation with one of our experts if you have any queries regarding the PTE exam. You can also practice PTE Listening in on AI Portal AIWAS Plus.

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