How to deal with PTE Academic Listening Module ?

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


Content:

  • 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 mainelements Form.

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

Grammar:

  • 2 Correct grammatical structures.
  • 1 Contains grammatical errors with no hindrance to communication.
  • 0 Defective grammatical structures which could hinder communication.

Vocabulary:

  • 2 Appropriate choice of words.
  • 1 Some lexical errors but with no impediment to communication.
  • 0 Defective word choice which could hamper communication.

Spelling:

  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 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.

Select missing word.


Scoring:

  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 1 Correct response
  • -1 Incorrect response
  • 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.


Scoring:

  • 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.

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