What “listening section” is all about? It is the section that asks the students to listen to audio and video, which begin automatically. They could control the volume of the voice by making the bar move to the right side.
This is necessary to adjust the voice in order to make them hear comfortably. The video clips only get played for once.
An Overview of the PTE Listening Section
Summarize spoken text – The studentsneed to listen toan audio in this section and then write down a summary in 50-70 words. The number of items in this section would vary up to 3 and the prompt would have a length of 60 to 90 seconds. They would get partial credit under the scoring system, while their skills for listening and writing get assessed under this.
Multiple choice, choose multiple answers– The students get the opportunity of viewing multiple choices on the screen but they could select only one answer from the audio clip that they hear. They could select all the answers or options that they think are really true for the recording. The number of items under this section could vary up to 3. The prompt length under this could also vary from 40 to 90 seconds. The students would get partial credit as their scores under the available scoring system, while the skill required is listening.
Fill in the blanks– Under this part of the section, the audio clip played needs to match with the transcription compiled on the screen. While the students listen to the audio, they would fill up the blanks that the transcription has. The number of items could vary up to 3. The prompt length would consist of duration of 30 to 60 seconds. The students would get partial credit for each correct word spelled correctly, while the skills necessary are listening and writing.
Highlight correct Summary– In this part, the students would listen to the audio and then they would make the selection of the audio that makes the perfect summary of the matter spoken in the recording. The number of items varies between 2 to 3.The prompt length would vary up to 90 seconds and scoring would get based on either correct or incorrect answers. The skills necessary for this are listening and reading.
Multiple choice, choose single answer– In this part, the students would first listen to the recorded content and they would answer a multiple choice question based on the question or tone of the recorded message by selecting single response. The number of items under this could go up to 3 as the prompt length could vary from 30 to 60 seconds. The scoring is based on either correct or incorrect answers. The skills required are listening and reading.
Select missing word– In this, first the recording would get played either with a single missing word or missing words. The prompt length could also vary from 30 to 60 seconds. The assessment of the students for scoring gets done either for correct or incorrect answers, while the skill required is listening.
Highlight incorrect words– In this, the students need to make a selection of the word from the written transcript, which differs from the audio clip. They could highlight the word by left-clicking. The number of items in this could vary up to 3, while the prompt length could go from 20 to 70 seconds. Under the scoring system, the students could avail partial credit and skill necessary is listening.
Write down dictation– The students need to listen to the sentence spoken and write it in the box exactly. The number of items could vary from 3 to 4, while the prompt length goes from 3 to 5 seconds. Partial credit is available under the scoring system for each word correctly spelled, while the skills necessary are listening and writing.
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