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PTE Fill in the Blanks (Reading and Listening)
In the PTE exam, there are 3 questions based on Fill in the Blanks that are in the Reading and Listening sections. These tasks are:
- Listening – Fill in the Blanks
- Reading – Fill in the Blanks
- Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks
In this article we will be going through all these question types in detail.
Listening – Fill in the Blanks:
This is one of the Moderate priority question types. Listening Fill in the Blanks gives you score in two sections – Listening and Writing.
What to expect from this question type?
In this question type, you would be listening to an audio and be looking at the transcript. In the text of the transcript, there would be some blanks. You would have to listen to the audio carefully and fill in the blanks as you come across the blank. In each question you would get 4-6 blanks and 1 mark for each blank
How to improve in this question type?
This question will not only be testing your listening abilities, but also would test your writing abilities.
- Spellings – You would have to write the answers to the blanks. So, make sure that you spell the words correctly.
- Spelling Convention – Only follow either of the spelling conventions in PTE, UK, or US spelling convention. Don’t mix them.
- Proofread – Avoid typing errors. Check your answers before pressing Next.
- Capitalisation – Follow the capitalisation rules. Capitalise the first letter of the proper nouns, when required.
Reading – Fill in the Blanks and Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks:
Both question types are quite similar in terms of the way they are solved and the way they are marked. In both the question types, you would be getting a text along with a few blanks in it. You would have to read the text and find out the answers to the blanks. For each blank you would get 1 point.
The Reading section has a Total timer, meaning, it does not have a timer for each question. These two question types are the most important ones in the reading section; hence, you can spend around 2.5 to 3 minutes on each question here.
Let’s discuss these two question types separately.
Reading – Fill in the Blanks:
What can you expect from this question type?
In this question type, you would get a text along with a few blanks in them. You would get options at the bottom of the screen from which you can choose the correct answers for the blanks. For each blank you can get 1 point, and in total it contributes around 14.8 points out of 90 in the Reading section.
Reading and Writing – Fill in the Blanks:
In this question type, you would get a text along with a few blanks. Here you would be getting 4 options for each blank. The options would be in the form of a drop down. For each blank you would get 1 point, and in total you would get 22.1 in the Reading section and 22.3 in the Writing section.
To solve these questions, you would have to read the text (Read to Understand). You would have to make use of 3 things:
- Grammar – Subject-verb agreement, parts of speech and use of articles.
- Collocation – These are words that are used together by the native speakers of the language. Make a list of collocations when you practice.
- Vocabulary – A list of words that can make the text sound better. Make a list of difficult words and complex vocabulary along with their meaning. This would help you understand the text better.
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