PTE-Listening-Highlight The Correct Summary

The PTE Highlight Correct Summary of the PTE exam is a listening question type in which you have to listen and choose the best summary. It requires a great deal of focus and skill.

Here is a detailed look at what you will find in this article:


Highlight The Correct Summary Format


This question is similar to a multiple-choice question. Candidates must listen to a 30-90 second recording and choose the correct summary of the recording from several paragraphs (between 3 to 5). The paragraphs for this item type are up to 60 words in length. Candidates must choose the option that accurately summarises the gist (overall meaning) of the recording.

Sometimes you might get a video instead of a recording. However, don’t let the visuals distract you. You still have to pay attention to the audio only

It’s important to choose the summary that contains only the main features of the recording and avoid those that focus on supporting details and examples.

The recording will only be played once, so make sure that you listen attentively. There are no options to pause or rewind the audio, The recording is simply and audio version of the displayed transcript.

There are two to three select the missing word items in the listening part of PTE Academic, depending on the combination of items in a given test. They are presented together in a single block.

This question tests your ability to comprehend, analyze and combine information from a recording and identify the most accurate summary of the recording.


How Will This Question Be Displayed?


You will find the instructions at the top of the screen. Below that will be an audio status box, that will display the amount of time left for the audio to play, as well as the audio is playing or whether it has been completed.

The status box will count down from 10 seconds. Then a recording will play automatically and the status box will change to "Playing."

The audio status box also contains a blue bar that will gradually move to the right as the recording continues. There are some instances where you can get a video instead of an audio recording, concentrate on the audio and don’t let the visuals distract you.

There will also be a slider, which you can use to adjust the volume to your own level of preference. You can adjust the slider by moving it to the left to decrease and right to increase. You are allowed to adjust the volume at any time while the recording is playing.

The last word or group of words in the recording is replaced by a beep.

There will be three to five paragraphs displayed below the audio status box, and you will have to choose the one that best summarises the recording

To select a paragraph, click on the corresponding radio button or the paragraph itself. Your response will be highlighted in yellow. To deselect your response, click on the radio button or the paragraph again. To change your response, click on a different radio button or a different paragraph.

Once you are satisfied with your answers, you can select the ‘next’ button to move onto the next question. Remember that listening tasks are not individually timed, so the timer will continue to countdown on the screen.

Here is how this question will appear on test day:

How Is This Question Scored?


Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.

There is no negative marking for this particular question type, meaning that it is important to attempt every question, since you have nothing to lose by trying. Who knows, your educated guess might just earn you a few points.


What Skills Does This Question Test?



This question tests both your listening and reading skills.

This question tests your ability to anticipate what the speaker will say to do this you will need to have the following skills

Listening Skills

  • identifying the topic, theme or main ideas
  • identifying supporting points or examples
  • 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, accent

Reading Skills

  • identifying supporting points or examples
  • identifying the most accurate summary  
  • understanding academic vocabulary
  • inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words
  •  comprehending concrete and abstract information
  • classifying and categorizing information
  •  following a logical or chronological sequence of events
  • evaluating the quality and usefulness of texts


Strategies For Solving Listening Select The Missing Word Questions



Make sure to read the instructions carefully. Skim the response options quickly. Do not try to read them in detail as there is not enough time to do this. Also keep an eye on the  audio status box and be prepared to focus on listening when the recording begins.

When the audio begins focus solely on listening carefully. Do not go back and read the options while the recording is playing

While listening to the recording focus on the general content of the recording. Try to understand the main points of the audio as well as specific details. You have to understand the context of the entire recording in order to be able to figure out which word goes at the end.

Also, note how much of the recording is left, since the missing word will be at the end of the recording

An erasable notebook and pen will be provided to you to make notes as you listen. Since time is scarce avoid making lengthy notes, as you might miss important information. Simply focus on keywords and phrases. Your notes should only serve to reinforce what you are listening to, so make sure that you focus on listening and not on notetaking. This will help to clarify your understanding of what you are listening to

Read the paragraphs carefully. Eliminate ones that are obviously incorrect, meaning the ones that contain incorrect information or information that is off-topic or contradictory. Now take a look at the remaining options. Try to think of the difference in the meaning of these options.

Do they contain information that is not mentioned In the recording or do they contain information that contains details from the audio, but omit the main points. Choose the one that best summarizes the main points of the recording.

Once you have chosen an option, double-check to make sure it is correct.

Remember that except for the summarise spoken text question, the listening module is timed altogether. So you must click next as soon as you can, or else you will waste valuable time that will eat into your time for the other questions.


Tips For This Question


Noisy Test Environment


PTE test centers are usually busy and full of distractions. There will be so many people talking or typing the same time as you are. You might be surrounded by other more noisy test takers or your test center might be located in a busy urban space. this might make  it difficult to focus fully on the recordings

The best way to avoid this is to practice this type of question regularly. practicing in a noisy chaotic environment and this will help you get used to focusing on questions and audio, while there is noise around you. Try practicing in a busy café or park instead of the usual quiet places like at home or a library. Eventually, you will be able to tune out the background noise.


Tricky Options


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.


How To Best Manage Your Time During The Listening Test.


Only the summarise written text is timed individually. The rest of the listening test questions are not. 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.

A countdown timer will be present on the top right of the screen during the listening test. It displays the number of items and how much time you have left.


How Can You Prepare For This Question Type

A great way to practice for this question is to There are many ways in which you can do this. You could watch English TV programmes or News channels, listen to podcasts about topics that interest you or find content that is somehow PTE-related. This will also help acclimatize you to the sounds and unique pronunciations used by speakers with different accents. Try listening to recordings that are of a similar length to the highlight correct summary recordings. Things like news reports or ted talks which are about a minute long. Once you have listened carefully, jot down the main points of the talk.

You can analyse your performance by going back and taking a look at a transcript of the recording.

Think about the reasons why you struggle to identify the main points. Was the speaker talking too fast? Were you able to understand their accent? Was it a lack of understanding of the vocabulary used?

Once you have learnt all the necessary skills needed to solve this question type, you can begin to practice. Take regular timed practice tests to improve your speed. It’s extremely important to use authentic PTE Practice tests, in order to get a realistic idea about your actual level of proficiency.

Why Is It Important To Take A PTE Preparation Course?

The most efficient and convenient way to pass the PTE Academic  exam is to take counsel of expert online PTE tutorials and practice using authentic Pearson’s PTE Mock tests.

Taking a listening course that is designed to equip you with all the information, strategies and skills is important for you to ace the Listening module. Having an experienced teacher will significantly impact the time it takes for you to prepare. It’s the fastest way to identify the areas of your Listening skills that are holding you back from the result you need.

Practice Question

Listen to the recording only once. Then select the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

  • The speaker explains the difference between electrochemistry and chemical metallurgy. The similarities and differences between the two are discussed, as well as factors that determine the differences.
  • The speaker explains the class objective and procedures to students. He also tells the class his background information and that they have the choice of attending a class either at 8 AM or 9 AM.
  • The speaker gives his personal background related to the subject matter of the course. He discusses his background in education as well as research, and his experience teaching at this university.
  • The speaker tells about his experience at the University of Toronto and his PhD studies in electrochemistry there. He explains why he

Transcript:

So let me begin by doing a little bit of background so that you know what's going on here. Uh, I was born in Canada. I went to the University of Toronto, and I studied chemical metallurgy. Chemical metallurgy, well you might say, "What's a person who studied chemical metallurgy doing teaching chemistry here?/I Well, after my PhD [ came here as a postdoctoral fellow in 1977. The plan was to stay for a year or two and go back to Canada. And I lost track of time. So I joined the faculty in 1978 and my first teaching assignment was 309-1 recitation. I had two sections: one met at 8 A M and one met at 9 AM. We don't have 8 A M sections; at least we haven't in recent years. Maybe it's time to revisit that. So my research is electrochemistry, that's why I'm teaching chemistry. Electrochemistry is the most important branch of chemistry. Why not? Find your passion and pursue it. So I'm interested in non-aqueous electrochemistry. I don't care about water. I'm interested in non-aqueous electrochemistry

Answer Explanations:

The speaker explains the difference between electrochemistry and chemical metallurgy. The similarities and differences between the two are discussed, as well as factors that determine the differences.

This response is incorrect because the speaker does not explain the difference between electrochemistry and chemical metallurgy.

The speaker gives his personal background related to the subject matter of the course. He discusses his background in education as well as research, and his experience teaching at this university.

This response is incorrect because the speaker does not explain the class objective and procedures. Although two class sections are mentioned, the reference is to the speaker's first teaching assignment instead of the current one.

The speaker gives his personal background related to the subject matter of the course. He discusses his background in education as well as research, and his experience teaching at this university.

This response is correct because it accurately covers the key points made by the speaker.

The speaker tells about his experience at the University of Toronto and his PhD studies in electrochemistry there. He explains why he stayed in Canada for a longer period of time than the two years that he had planned.

This response is incorrect because the speaker says that he studied chemical metallurgy at the University of Toronto, not electrochemistry, and that he had planned to go back to Canada after one or two years.