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.
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.).
Now it is your turn to practise. Answer the Select missing word question below using the steps outlined above.
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 At the end of the recording the last word or group of words has been replaced by a beep.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.