May 5

The Most Common PTE Listening Mistakes And How To Avoid Them


The PTE listening module lasts for about 45 to 57 minutes and contains 8 different tasks. Since the recordings can only be listened to once for each question, candidates often worry about missing valuable information during the test. In this article, we will take a look at some of the common mistakes that candidates make during the PTE listening module and how these mistakes can be overcome or avoided altogether.

Panicking Is Costly

Firstly, I think it's important to know that if you do happen to make a mistake or miss out on an answer, while this is unfortunate, it is not the end of the world. You should continue to listen carefully and stay calm and focused. It would be a shame to let one mistake cause you to lose out on more than one question. You can always use the time at the end of the question, when you would normally be rechecking your answers, to make an educated guess about the answers you missed.

Spelling Errors

Another common issue in the listening test is poor spelling. Most candidates are unaware that spelling is an important skill that is assessed in all three modules and not just in the PTE writing module. Even if you accidentally forget to write a noun as a plural you will also lose a point

For example, boy instead of boys 

You need to proofread before going to the next task.

Poor Time Management:

You need to have enough time for each question This means that you should utilize each second wisely. .If you do you will be able to finish all of the questions. However, make sure that you check your work thoroughly before clicking the ‘next. Button to move on to the next question. It’s important to practice entire tests under timed conditions to make sure that you are comfortable with and prepared to answer all of these types of questions fully within the specified time frame.

Multiple Choice Questions

A common mistake with MCQ questions is not providing the correct amount of responses. Some MCQ questions require only one answer, while others require multiple options. You can easily recognise whether a multiple-choice question has negative marking or not by taking a look at the way the options are displayed. Options that have squares next to them mean that the question is a multiple-choice, multiple answers question, with negative scoring.

Options that have circles next to them mean that the question is a multiple-choice, single-answer question, with regular scoring and only one correct answer.

Confirm Your Answers

Don’t depend simply on finding matches between words in the options and the audio, meaning don’t just match keywords to find your answers. Instead, focus on the meanings of options or what is being said in the recording. Remember that some of the options might contain words or phrases that are directly from the recording but do not represent the main idea of the talk. these are usually included to trick candidates who simply match keywords instead of fully understanding the audio.

Not Paying Attention

Listen carefully until the end of the recording, and don’t lose focus because you think you found the answer already. Continue listening carefully until the end of the recording. Sometimes corrections are made by the speaker that negates information that was previously mentioned in the audio or they might add a new piece of information that might change your opinion about the correct response.


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