PTE Select Missing Word task
- For each item in PTE select missing word task, there are three to five response options but only ONE option is correct. At the end of the recording, click on the option you think is correct.
- The next recording does not begin playing until you click ‘Next’. So you have a little time to think about your answer. If you want to change your answer, click on it again to ‘de-select’ it. Then click on the option you think is correct.
Summary of Key Strategies for PTE Select Missing Word
Before you listen:
- You must use the 7 seconds you get before the audio starts playing, to take a quick look at the topic and the options. The topic will be mentioned in the instruction.
- You can solve this question without putting pen to paper. However, we strongly recommend taking notes for this one, as the distracting beep sound can make you lose focus.
- Be ready for different accents and speeds of speaking.
While you listen:
- Listen actively for “discourse markers”. These linking words are used when the speaker introduces new information or links ideas. Some examples of discourse markers are: “anyway” “therefore” “but” “however” “as a result” “I mean” “on the other hand” “in fact”
- Stay alert and keep your ears open, especially as the recording gets closer to the end/final statement. Use your erasable notepad to note down the last few words just before the beep sound.
After you have listened:
- Read the options and choose the best one. You should be able to figure out which word was bleeped out, based on the words preceding it.
- Rule out wrong answers by elimination method
- Since there is no negative marking in these questions, you may take a guess if you don’t know the answer.
- As soon as you select an option, click next to move on to the next question.