PTE Academic Mastery: Reading & Writing – Fill in the Blanks

The Fill in the Blanks (Reading and Writing) question integrates reading and writing skills, and requires you to use contextual and grammatical cues to complete a reading text by identifying a single correct answer for each blank.

Number of items5-6
Prompt LengthText up to 80 words
ScoringPartial credit (for each correctly completed blank)
Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scoredReading and writing
Subskills testedReading: Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; identifying words and phrases appropriate to the context; understanding academic vocabulary; understanding the difference between connotation and denotation; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; following a logical or chronological sequence of events.

Writing: Using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar

  1. To get an idea about the subject, swiftly read the passage. Try to guess the missing words. 
  2. When choosing the answer, use the adjacent words to guide you in analyzing if the missing word is a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.
  3. Though it may take time, it may help if you try fitting each word option to the gap and see if it makes sense and is grammatically correct.
  4. Do not worry if you cannot fill the first few blanks. Proceed to the next blanks. This method may help you progressively comprehend the whole text and fill all the gaps.
  5. Do not proceed to the next task without filling all the blanks. Unlike the “Multiple choice, choose multiple answers” task, incorrect answers will not reduce your score for correct answers.
  6. If you think you are spending too much time on one task item, make wild guesses then proceed to the next.

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