PTE Highlight Incorrect Words task
1. Up to five incorrect words need to be highlighted
Each recording lasts from anywhere between 15 seconds and 50 seconds. Also, every recording contains up to five incorrect words.
2. How you are scored
Negative marking scheme is adapted in this section. You will get 1 mark for each correct response, and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect option chosen.
So if a test taker scores 2 points for two correct options, but then scores -2 for two incorrect options chosen, they will score 0 points overall for the item.
3. Quickly read the transcription before you listen to focus on key words
Use the 10 seconds you get before the audio starts playing to go through the transcript quickly. You will be able to identify at least some words that don’t quite fit in with the rest of the text.
In the 10 seconds before the recording begins, you cannot read word-for-word, but you can skim the transcription.
Focus on the words that give you information: e.g., nouns (‘economy’), adjectives (‘industrial’) and verbs (‘manufactured’). Decide what the general topic is. This will help you pick out words that do not fit this topic area, as you read and listen:
4. Follow the text with the cursor as you listen
In this item type, you have to select the wrong words as the text is read. Don’t try to make notes as you listen.
If you miss a couple of words in the recording, don’t look back to the transcript, keep moving forward.