PTE Academic Mastery: Highlight Incorrect Words

The Highlight Incorrect Words question integrates listening and reading skills, and requires you to listen for and point out the differences between a recording and a transcription.

Number of items 2-3
Prompt Length 15-50 seconds
Scoring Partial credit (for each word. Points deducted for incorrect options chosen)
Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scored Listening and reading
Subskills tested Listening: Identifying errors in a transcription; understanding academic vocabulary; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent.

Reading: Understanding academic vocabulary; following a logical or chronological sequence of events; reading a text under timed conditions; matching written text to speech.

  1. Before the recording plays, you have ten seconds to quickly read the transcript. Do not predict the words that you think may be incorrect nor focus on them. Listen to every single word, regardless of their form, substance and the speaker’s stresses.
  2. Concentrate and follow the recording. Do not recall the words spoken earlier or those you have already highlighted while the audio is still playing. If you are not following anymore, you will have to spend a few seconds to catch up with the speaker and might end up missing some words that must be chosen.
  3. The cursor will serve as a guide in moving through the transcription. If you move the cursor along, it will be easier to click the words that sound differently from what appear on the screen.
  4. Do not attempt to take notes. Hover the cursor to the words as the recording is playing.
  5. Pay more attention to the content words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs). These are the words that will most likely be incorrect.
  6. Once the transcription is finished, do not change your selections unless you are certain that you made a mistake when clicking.
  7. This task deducts wrong marks from the correct ones. It will be a huge gamble if you try to make guesses.

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