How to deal with PTE Academic Listening Module ?

PTE Academic Listening Module : Tips & Techniques

This module is divided into 8 parts and test authority PTE is testing these sub-skills of the test takers:


Summarize Spoken Text ( 10 Marks each question)
Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; summarizing the main idea; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying a speaker’s purpose, style, tone or attitude; understanding academic vocabulary; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent;

Writing a summary; writing under timed conditions; taking notes whilst listening to a recording; communicating the main points of a lecture in writing; organizing sentences and paragraphs in a logical way; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; using correct spelling; using correct mechanics

Now, we will understand the scoring method and techniques for each listening part of the PTE Academic test.

Summarize spoken text scoring

            2 Provides a good summary of the text. All relevant aspects are mentioned.
            1 Provides a fair summary of the text, but one or two points are missing.
            0 Omits or misrepresents the main
elements Form.

            2 Contains 50-70 words
            1 Contains 40-49 words or 71-100 words
            0 Contains less than 40 words or more than 100 words. The summary is written in capital letters,    includes no punctuation or consists only of bullet points or concise sentences
            2 Correct grammatical structures.
            1 Contains grammatical errors with no hindrance to communication.
            0 Defective grammatical structures which could hinder communication.
            2 Appropriate choice of words.
            1 Some lexical errors but with no impediment to communication.
            0 Defective word choice which could hamper communication.
            2 Correct spelling.
            1 One spelling error.
            0 More than one spelling error.

    Tips & Techniques
        Restrict your content between 50 - 70 words.
        Start writing with “The speaker said …”
        Use erasable notepad and pen to note down the keywords. Practice and be quick during the exam.
        Close your eyes for increased attention.
        Concentrate on the theme and most repeated words.
        Most of the tips will be the same as ‘Re-tell lecture’ in the speaking module.

Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers.

        1 Each correct response
      - 1 Each incorrect response
         0 Minimum score

    Tips & Techniques :
        Pay attention to your answer. Wild guess is not recommended as the questions with multiple answers have negative marking in PTE Academic exam.
        As the answers are paraphrased, hence pay attention to meaning.
        Read the question before audio starts.
        Generally, answers are at the end of listening audio, so stay focused till the end.

     Fill in the blanks

        1 Each correct word spelled correctly
        0 Minimum score
    Tips & Techniques :
        Use erasable notepad and pen to write-down, or you will miss the next missing-word/blank.
        Carefully listen - was that a singular or plural noun, otherwise, you will lose a full mark for that blank.
        No need to mention, still words of caution: “take care of spellings.”

Highlight correct summary

        1 Correct response
        0 Incorrect response
    Tips & Techniques:
        Keep writing down on erasable notepad and pen while listening
        Understand what is conveyed by the speaker.
        Use the elimination method to reach the correct answer.
        In general, the answer with many details is the wrong one. Use this tip only when you can’t understand at all.

Multiple-choice, choose a single answer.

        1 Correct response
        0 Incorrect response
        Tips & Techniques:
        Same as above. See “Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers.”

Select missing word

        1 Correct response
        0 Incorrect response
    Tips & Techniques:
        Listen and understand the topic of discussion, this will help you to answer the missing words.
        Most of the time, you will have an idea by the first half of audio ends to eliminate, and by 75% of audio, you would be sure, how it will end.

Highlight incorrect words
        1 Each correct word
        - 1 Each incorrect word
        0 Minimum score
    Tips & Techniques:
        Be ready with your mouse and start hitting the wrong words.
        Review your answers before submitting, if you think you missed something. Generally, it’s so easy; you won’t lose any word.
        Double-hitting a word - unselects the word. So, pay attention to your clicks too.
        Be aware of NEGATIVE marking in this part.

Write from dictation

        1 Each correct word spelled correctly
        0 Each incorrect or misspelled word
    Tips & Techniques:
        Are you good at typing on the computer or notepad/pen? If your answer is paper-pen, then write on paper-pen else type directly in the input box. I preferred typing on the computer as, after college, I barely write.
        Check your spelling.
        Pay attention to singular, plurals, and commas too.
        Ideally, the technique is same as of ‘Repeat Sentence’ in speaking module.