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The listening section has about 8 question types (short response as well as long response). The long response question types are only two: 'Summarize Spoken Text' and 'Write from Dictation.' All other task types mainly ask the test-taker to select an answer from the given options; it may be selection of a numbered or lettered option or selection of words/ phrases. Many test takers find PTE Listening Module a bit more challenging than other sections. So here are a few strategies specific to each question-type to score well in PTE Listening module.

To sustain yourself at a new place, it is crucial for a non-native person to know the native language. To ensure this, many English speaking nations conduct various English language proficiency tests to ensure that the prospective immigrant is well versed in English. IELTS and PTE are two such tests. These check English language proficiency in four areas, viz. listening, reading, writing and speaking. Although, it isn't compulsory to answer such tests to obtain a visa, it definitely increases your chances to get one. Some colleges and universities may even take the admission decision on the basis of scores in these tests. To a novice, these two may seem similar, which makes it necessary to have an understanding of both the tests. Overview of these tests is provided below:

(1) SUMMARIZE SPOKEN TEXT Listen to the lecture carefully. The first trick is to comprehend the point(s) being made in the lecture. You miss on some detail, but instead of worrying about that, focus on crux of the matter and some detail that you were able to understand. You may even jot down the key points/repeated words (for later reference).

To maximize your score, cover all these key points and stick to the word limit (50-70). Keep the write-up simple. In case you missed out on some detail in the lecture, explaining the basic idea would help save deduction of marks.

Besides (a) Proof-reading is highly recommended to eliminate the possibility of typographical errors.
(b) Since it is a partial scoring item, explaining the basic idea can help in fetching a good score even if some key points of the lecture were missed.
(2) MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS: Read the question stem before the recording plays. Reading the answer choices while listening to the recording is not advised.
MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE MULTIPLE ANSWERS: This is a negative marking question. Donít select an answer unless you are confident. Eliminate options with incomplete/ irrelevant information. The options that you ultimately choose must be based on key points, not merely same or similar words.
MULTIPLE-CHOICE, CHOOSE SINGLE ANSWER: Listen to the recording carefully. Do not leave any question unanswered as there is no negative marking in this question type.
(3) FILL IN THE BLANKS There are around 2-3 questions based on this question type. While answering these, keep a check on the spelling errors. Follow the rules of capitalization, if necessary. Keep the cursor on the first blank of the transcript for the missing word and use tab to go to the next blank.
(4) HIGHLIGHT CORRECT SUMMARY Skim the options, before the recording begins. Take notes and then predict the answer. Eliminate options with incorrect/ incomplete information. The option that closely matches the notes taken would be the correct option.
(5) SELECT MISSING WORD Pay attention to the general flow of the argument. Keep an eye on the audio indicator to know when the recording approaches its end. Listening to the concluding part of the recording carefully will provide clue to the missing word.
(6) HIGHLIGHT INCORRECT WORDS Overview the transcript before the recording plays. Move the cursor along the text while listening to the recording and identify the words that don't match with the recording or are out of context. Most of the times, the incorrect words sound similar to the spoken words. Don't mark your answer unless you are confident as this is a negative marking question.
(7) WRITE FROM DICTATION Listen to the recording and write immediately as you hear. Or keep a note of the key points/ words that could be used to develop sentence later. Remember to follow the punctuation and capitalization rules. Keep a note of year, time or any big number mentioned in the recording. Write numbers in words. However, do not start any sentence with a number. There is no negative marking in this section and you score points for every correct word that you type.
The listening module demands high concentration. So, to avoid distractions, make sure before you start attempting this module that you are comfortable with the headphones. Adjust the volume before starting to answer this module in a way that your ears are comfortable with the volume and you also stay free from any external noise. Above all, practise a lot of PTE Academic tests available online in the form of mock tests or sectional tests, to get used to the Listening module of PTE Academic.

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