PTE Academic Mastery: Listening Multiple-Choice, Choose Single Answer

The Multiple-Choice, Choose Single Answer (Listening) question is a multiple-choice item type that assesses listening skills. It requires you to listen to, analyze, understand and assess a short recording on an academic subject and choose a single correct response.

Number of items2-3
Prompt Length30-60 seconds
ScoringCorrect/incorrect
Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scoredListening
Subskills testedAny of the following depending on the item: Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying specific details, facts, opinions, definitions or sequences of events; identifying a speaker’s purpose, style, tone or attitude; identifying the overall organization of information and connections between pieces of information; inferring the context, purpose or tone; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; predicting how a speaker may continue.
Strategies
  1. Before the recording starts playing, read the question and options to grasp the subject.
  2. The recording will talk about an issue, event, fact, etc. and will present ideas, examples and instances to explain or describe it. Follow how the speaker builds the topic and presents the ideas.
  3. If you find it effective, take notes. However, never take your focus away from the recording.
  4. Bear in mind that the options may not contain the exact words mentioned in the recording. Choices can be synonyms, so broaden your comprehension.
  5. Do not choose the option because it contains the same words or phrases mentioned in the recording. Find the information that the question is looking for.
  6. If you cannot find the answer because too many words are unfamiliar to you, try to infer the subject matter using the words that you know. Do not waste time trying to understand every single word.
  7. If you cannot identify the correct answer, just choose any. A guess is better than none.