PTE Listening: Fill in the blanks


Fill in the blanks questions test your ability to listen for missing words in a recording and type them into a transcript.

Here are some key points about Fill in the blanks questions:

  • They assess both your listening and writing skills.
  • The recording will last between 30 and 60 seconds.
  • You will hear the recording once only.
  • You will need to complete up to 7 blanks.
  • The recording will begin automatically after 7 seconds.
  • You will answer two or three Fill in the blanks questions in the listening test.

Recommended strategy

Here is our recommended strategy for answering Fill in the blanks questions.

Before you listen

  • Start by quickly skimming the text. This will give you a general understanding of what the text is about and help you understand what you hear.
  • Put your cursor in the first blank so that you are ready to type.

While you are listening

  • Follow the written text as you listen to the recording.
  • After you type an answer, do not stop to check what you have written. Instead, keep following the written text so that you are ready for the next answer.
  • Move your cursor into the next blank so that you are ready to type. Alternatively, you can press the Tab key on your keyboard to move the cursor between blanks.
  • Some test takers prefer to take notes and then fill in the blanks after the recording has finished. You can try both methods to see which you prefer.

After you listen

Once the recording has finished, check your answers and make changes if necessary. Make sure that:

  • the completed sentences make sense;
  • the words that you have typed fit grammatically;
  • your spelling is correct.

Practice question

Now it is your turn to practise. Answer the Fill in the blanks question below using the strategy outlined above.

PTE Listening_Fill in the Blanks

You will hear a recording. Type the missing words in each blank.


“Sustainability Lecture, University Level (Social Psychology)” by Cameron Brick is licensed under CC BY 3.0. An audio excerpt was extracted from the original video and transcribed.


Click below to see the transcript.


So, thinking a little bit more about how people conceptualise their way in the world, we can also talk about world views such as consumerism or materialism. And these are generally part of the assumed backdrop of our lives. They’re part of the normal, and we don’t talk about them so much, but we could consider that we might agree or disagree to different extents with the idea of consumerism, an ideology that encourages the ongoing acquisition of goods and services. That is to say, the good life is made up of consuming more and more. You could agree with that to a certain extent or not. Materialism, highly related, is a value system where social status, whether people are high or low status, in some sense whether they’re good compared to other people, is determined by wealth, by affluence, and ownership, and consumption of goods and services.

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