PTE Academic Question Type
Complete Explain

Part 1: Speaking & Writing

 

Read Aloud

Paragraphs around 60 words long will appear on the screen. You are allowed 40 seconds to study the paragraph. After 30-40 seconds of preparation, says "Recording" is displayed. You will then have to read the paragraph loudly into the microphone within 40 more seconds.

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Repeat Sentence

A sentence between 3 and 9 seconds long will be played. You have to repeat it exactly immediately after within 15 seconds.

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Describe Image

An image will appear on the screen. This could be a graph, chart, table, map or picture. After 25 seconds of preparation, you will have 40 seconds to describe the information you see in detail.

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Re-tell Lecture

You will hear a recording of a lecture or interview. After 10 seconds of preparation, you will have 40 seconds to re-tell the content of the recording in your own words.

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Answer Short Question

You will hear a general knowledge question. Answer with a one or a few words.

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Summarize Written Text

A passage of up to 300 words will appear on the screen. You will have 10 minutes to write a summary of the passage in one sentence (no longer than 75 words).

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Write Essay

A prompt will appear on the screen. You will have 20 minutes to write a 200–300-word essay in response to the topic given.

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Part 2: Reading

 

Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks

A passage with several gaps will appear on the screen. Fill in the blanks by selecting the most suitable word or phrase from the drop-down list of choices below each gap.

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Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer

A passage will appear on the screen, along with a multiple-choice question about its content or tone. Answer the question by selecting more than one response.

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Re-order Paragraphs

4-5 text boxes will appear on the screen in a random order. Put the text boxes in the correct order to form a coherent paragraph.

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Reading: Fill in the Blanks

A passage with some missing words will appear on the screen. Drag words from the box below to the correct gap in the text.

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Multiple Choice, Single Answer

A passage will appear on the screen, along with a multiple-choice question about its content or tone. Answer the question by selecting only one response.

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Part 3: Listening

Summarize Spoken Text

A recording of a lecture or interview will be played. You will have 10 minutes to write a 50-70 word summary on the key points of the recording.

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Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers

You will hear a recording. Answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response.

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Fill in the Blanks

A transcript of a recording will appear on the screen, with several gaps. While listening to the recording, type the missing word in each gap to complete the transcript.

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Highlight Correct Summary

You will hear a recording. Select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording.

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Multiple Choice, Single Answer

You will hear a recording. Answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting only one response.

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Select Missing Word

You will hear a recording about a given topic. At the end of the recording, the last word or phrase has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.

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Highlight Incorrect Words

A transcript of a recording will appear on the screen. While listening to the recording, identify the words in the transcript that do not match what the speaker says.

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Write from Dictation

You will hear a recording. Type the sentence exactly as you hear it.

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