Highlight Incorrect words Tips

Highlight Incorrect words Tips

You will get an audio recording and its transcript. You will have to listen to the audio and read the transcript at the same time. You should then click on the words that differ from what the speaker in the recording says.

  1. Select highlight the incorrect word only when you are sure.
  2. A single click is enough to highlight the words. Avoid clicking repeatedly.
  3. Use the 10 seconds you get before the audio starts playing to go through the paragraph. 
  4. Listen actively while the recording is playing, and move your cursor along with the transcript in sync with the speed of the recording. 
  5. If you miss a couple of words in the recording, don’t look back, keep moving forward.
  6. Skip note-taking for this task.
Select missing word Tips

Select missing word Tips

You should make a mental map of the way in which the speaker is pointing out the arguments and ideas. Doing this will help you fill out the missing word/phrase at the end of the talk.

  • Read The Prompt Carefully

  • Practice active listening

  • Pay attention to the audio, especially the last part of it.

  • Keep an eye on the progress bar. 

  • Start picking the options one by one and add to the last few words that you captured. 

Highlight Correct Summary Tips

Highlight Correct Summary Tips

In this question, you will hear an audio and select the correct summary from a number of options given to you. The key skills tested in this are your Listening ability as well as your Reading ability. 

You should focus on understanding the theme of the audio. This has two benefits – it will give you a better idea of what you are about to listen to, and it will also help you shortlist options while listening. Some people just try to catch some words and then have a difficult time remembering how the words relate to each other. 

Take some notes and at the same time visualize what you are listening to. Once the audio ends, read the summary options in detail and look for the ones which carry the key points that you remember and that are in your notes. The option that includes all or most of the key points mentioned in the audio is the one that is correct. 


  • Read the options beforehand.
  • Listen with the intent of understanding.
  • Take notes.
  • Keep the options in mind when listening.
  • Use your visual memory.
  • Confirm each option in the end.



Fill in the blanks Tips

Fill in the blanks Tips

There are different types of Fill in the blanks questions that come in the PTE Academic Reading module. The first type is drag and drop. The second most important task. It contributes a lot of marks and has good weightage. Roughly around 2-5 questions of this type. This task can unnecessarily consume more time of yours if you do not approach it in the right manner. To ace this task, you need speed and accuracy. 


Always start with the first blank. Look at the blank and notice where it appears in the sentence. Ask yourself, what kind of information is missing from that sentence? Does the sentence need a person, place, an action, an event, etc.? You can also go by the grammatical rules and ask yourself if the sentence needs a noun, verb, etc.

Then look at the given options and shortlist the ones which might fit into that blank. Next, you should put each in the blank and see if the sentence makes sense. If you are not able to shortlist any blank, you have no option but to try out all options one by one. 

  1. Do not spend more than 2 minutes on this task.
  2. Take care of the technicalities.
  3. Use knowledge of grammar.
  4. Develop good vocabulary.
  5. The collocation of words to rescue.
  6. Try the elimination strategy.
  7. Learn the right use of words that have a similar meaning.
Reorder Paragraph Tips

Reorder Paragraph Tips

You will see paragraphs or sentences from a text arranged in the wrong order. You have to drag the paragraphs and drop them into correct positions.


  • When you start attempting this question your first goal should be to identify the leading paragraph. 
  • You should look then for the next paragraph. There are two things to consider. First, the second paragraph should add on to what the first paragraph introduced. Second, the paragraph should have a link with something in the previous paragraph. Repeat this for all subsequent paragraphs.
  • Once you have arranged all paragraphs in the right order, make sure you read them again.
  • Look for the independent sentence.
  • Look for noun-pronoun relationships.
  • Look for connecting words.
  • Look for logical relationships.