Fill in the Blanks Questions in PTE Reading

Learn about Fill in the blanks questions in PTE reading with an overview, recommended strategy and practice question.

the cover of a magazine called Entrepreneur

Overview

Fill in the blanks questions test your ability to use context and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading passage.

Note: This question type is very similar to – but slightly different from – another question type: Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks.

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

  • They assess your reading skills only.
  • The reading passages are up to 80 words in length.
  • There will be 3–5 blanks in the passage.
  • At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find a box with 6–8 words that you can use to complete the passage. There will be 3 more words than the number of blanks in the passage.
  • Partial credit scoring applies. This means that, if one or more blanks are filled in incorrectly, you’ll still receive points for the ones you did fill in correctly.
  • You’ll answer 4–5 Fill in the blanks questions in the reading test.

Example question

Here’s an example Fill in the blanks question related to the topic of entrepreneurship.

You can try this question in the practice section.

In the text below some words are missing. Put words from the box below into the appropriate place in the text.

What people as entrepreneurship varies. Some strictly between entrepreneurs and small business owners. Others that a small business owner may also be an entrepreneur, making the point that the two are not mutually exclusive. For instance, a small business owner may a venture that is not a completely new idea, but it may still introduce a product or service to a new region or market. Such activity could be said to entrepreneurship.
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“Entrepreneurship” by OpenStax is licensed under CC BY 4.0. A small excerpt was extracted from Chapter 2 and edited. This textbook can be downloaded free from https://openstax.org/details/books/entrepreneurship.

Practice question

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

In the text below some words are missing. Put words from the box below into the appropriate place in the text.

What people as entrepreneurship varies. Some strictly between entrepreneurs and small business owners. Others that a small business owner may also be an entrepreneur, making the point that the two are not mutually exclusive. For instance, a small business owner may a venture that is not a completely new idea, but it may still introduce a product or service to a new region or market. Such activity could be said to entrepreneurship.
argue constitute regard interrupt
deny match launch differentiate

__________

“Entrepreneurship” by OpenStax is licensed under CC BY 4.0. A small excerpt was extracted from Chapter 2 and edited. This textbook can be downloaded free from https://openstax.org/details/books/entrepreneurship.

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What people regard as entrepreneurship varies. Some strictly differentiate between entrepreneurs and small business owners. Others argue that a small business owner may also be an entrepreneur, making the point that the two are not mutually exclusive. For instance, a small business owner may launch a venture that is not a completely new idea, but it may still introduce a product or service to a new region or market. Such activity could be said to constitute entrepreneurship.