PTE Listening: Select missing word


Select missing word questions test your ability to predict what a speaker will say based on contextual clues.

Here are some key points about Select missing word questions:

  • They assess your listening skills only.
  • The recording will last between 20 and 70 seconds.
  • The last word or group of words in the recording will be replaced by a beep.
  • You will hear the recording once only.
  • The topic will be given in the instructions.
  • The recording will begin automatically after 7 seconds.
  • There will be three to five response options.
  • You will answer two or three Select missing word questions in the listening test.

Recommended strategy

Here is our recommended strategy for answering Select missing word questions.

Before you listen

  • Start by reading the instructions carefully. The topic of the recording will be given in the first sentence, e.g. You will hear a recording about income inequality. Knowing the topic of the recording in advance will help you understand it more easily.

While you are listening

  • Focus on the general content of the recording, and pay attention to both the main ideas and details.
  • Key an eye on the audio progress indicator. This will help you anticipate the end of the recording, which is very important for Select missing word questions.

After you listen

  • When the recording has finished, choose the correct response option.
  • Make sure that the response option you have chosen:
    • makes sense in the context;
    • is the right part of speech (noun, verb, etc.).

Practice question

Now it is your turn to practise. Answer the Select missing word question below using the steps outlined above.

PTE Listening_Select Missing Word

You will hear a recording about income inequality. At the end of the recording the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.


“WRR-Lecture 2013 – Richard Wilkinson – The Social Impact of Inequality” by ScientificCouncilWRR is licensed under CC BY 3.0. An audio excerpt was extracted from the original video and transcribed.

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