PTE Listening: Highlight Incorrect Words

Learn about Highlight incorrect words questions in PTE listening with an overview, recommended strategy and practice questions.

PTE Listening: Highlight Incorrect Words


Highlight incorrect words questions test your ability to listen for and point out the differences between a recording and a transcript.

Here are some key points about Highlight incorrect words questions:

  • They assess both your listening and reading skills.
  • The recording will last between 15 and 50 seconds.
  • You’ll hear the recording once only.
  • There will be up to 7 errors in the transcript.
  • The recording will begin automatically after 10 seconds.
  • You’ll answer two or three Highlight incorrect words questions in the listening test.

Recommended strategy

Here’s my recommended strategy for answering Highlight incorrect words 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.
  • Keep an eye on the audio status box. Before the recording begins, move your cursor to the start of the text so that you’re ready to click and select.

While you’re listening

  • Follow the written text as you listen to the recording and click on any words that don’t match the recording.

NOTE: Negative marking applies to this question type. If you’re not sure, don’t guess!

Practice question

Now it’s your turn to practise. Answer the Highlight incorrect words question below using the strategy outlined above.

You will hear a recording. Below is a transcription of the recording. Some words in the transcription differ from what the speaker(s) said. Please click on the words that are different.


“Intro to Neuroscience” by Neuroscience Online is licensed under CC BY 3.0. An audio excerpt was extracted from the original video and transcribed.


Click below to see the transcript.


It represents a rather unique position in the curricula of the biomedical sciences in that it addresses an organ of obvious importance, the brain – what organ could be more important? – but neuroscience also addresses more philosophical questions like the physiological basis of mind or emotions and our interactions with the world in which we live. It’s been said that neuroscience is one of the last disciplines of the biological sciences. So when we know everything there is to know about the heart and the lungs and the kidneys, we’ll still just be scratching the surface in understanding the brain.

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