Practice, Learn and Master the English Listening Skills

Part 3: Listening  (45 – 57 minutes)

  • Summarize spoken text
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answer
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Highlight correct summary
  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Select missing word
  • Highlight incorrect words
  • Write from dictation


  1. Timing & number: 10 minutes per summary and you cannot go to the next question until the 10 minutes is up so use it all! 2-3 tasks.
  2. Marks:10 marks per summary, divided into the 5 skills as above in the table.
  3. Strategy:This task is the same as re-tell the lecture where you have to summarize the main points/ideas only of the lecture but you must also produce a well-written piece of writing as per the criteria in the table. You must write between 50-70 words.


Many people have a question that:

How can I improve my PTE listening?

How can I get high score in PTE listening?

Lets look at how you can improve and maximize your listening test scores:

  • Listen actively, which means learn to listen to English songs differently. Focus on the lyrics which requires more attention.
  • Watch movies and TV shows first with subtitles and then without subtitles.
  • Audio Novels are another effective medium. There are many applications available where you can download the Novel and then listen to it.
  • Listening to new content will increase your vocabulary which will improve your understanding of the spoken English while listening.
  • Don’t read the options before or while you are listening to the recording as there is too much to read.
  • Take notes and match them to the correct summary. Note down the key ideas.
  • Match the option that is closest in detail to your notes.
  • Meditation to increase your concentration and this will help you in the listening test.


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