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PTE Academic Listening

The Pearson Test of English Academic
The Listening section consists of questions that are based on audio or video clips which begin to play automatically. You hear each audio or video clip only once. You are allowed to take notes. The test takes 45 - 57 minutes.

Listening question types

Summarise spoken text

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

Multiple choice, multiple answer

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

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.

Highlight correct summary

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

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

Select missing word

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

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

Write from dictation

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

PTE Academic is a multi-level test, like IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.
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