How to prepare yourself for LISTENING – PTE? Tips and Tricks
PTE is divided into several sections; Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing.
In this blog post, I’ll be focusing on the listening section
First of all, let me tell you a few general listening tips that you should follow:
As someone whose native language is not English, it is always important to listen to as much English as possible. Be it songs and understanding their lyrics or keeping yourself updated with English news channels. It has also been proved, that watching a movie in English with subtitles enhances your listening and reading skills. Listening to new content gives you a much bigger vocabulary repertoire, which will be helpful to understand all sorts of listening tasks.
Now, let us look at the different tasks you have to conquer in the listening section and how to go about that.
Summarize spoken text:
The text you will be listening to can be anywhere between 60 secs and 90 secs. You really need to focus on the topic and repeated words. When words are repeated it usually means, that they play an important role. While practicing at home, try closing your eyes for more attention. Some students find this extremely helpful.
You should use the notepad provided to write down your answer. Make sure you don’t write more than 70 words, it’s a summary after all.
Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers / Multiple Choice, Single Answer
In this task, it is important to not make blind guesses, since there will be negative marks. Therefore, it is highly recommended to read the questions before the audio starts. Also, try not to lose focus towards the end. Sometimes the last seconds are the most important ones.
Fill in the blanks:
The audio in this task will be between 30 – 60 secs. Listen carefully and keep your eyes on the notepad or else you risk not paying attention to the important words/your answers. Here it is also vital to pay attention to singular/plural forms and the article.
Highlight correct summary:
Finding the correct summary can be an extremely tricky task. Sometimes the only difference is a word. You should make sure to understand the theme and the meaning conveyed by the speaker to the best of your ability. The elimination method can further assist you in making the right choice.
Select missing words:
This task often seems to be one of the easiest. I am not going to say that it isn’t but it requires just as much concentration and focus as all the other tasks. Halfway through the audio you should have a pretty good idea about the topic and nearing the end you should be able to predict the missing words. It does not always work like that, unfortunately. However, never forget, that you can only listen once to each audio. You have to get it right on the first try.
Highlight incorrect words:
This part is pretty self-explanatory. Just listen to the audio (usually 15 – 50 secs) and highlight the incorrect words. Make sure to only click on your desired words once. Double click will unselect your choice. If you have time left, you should use that wisely to review your answers.
There will also be negative marking so don’t go around selecting random words. Just listen carefully.
Write from dictation:
For this task, it would be better to write down exactly what you hear directly in the field provided and not on your notepad first. It will save time. Singular and Plural forms, as well as punctuation, are crucial.
You don’t have to be a genius to master these tasks. Practice makes perfect!
It is necessary to know the procedure of all tasks and what to do on the computer.
Before going for the real test, you should definitely do a few mock tests to familiarize yourself with the scheme. This way you can walk into the exam hall like you own the place, full of confidence.
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