An age old saying goes, “The world is giving you answers each day. Learn to listen”. As clichéd and old school as it may sound, it holds immense prominence even today, especially if you are keen to appear in a Pearson Test of English Academic or PTE as it is popularly known.
While the PTE is segmented into 4 crucial parts: Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking, listening has importance of its own but why so? The answer is quite simple! Only a good listener can make a good speaker. The same applies to reading and writing as well; however, for now we will delve into the significance of ‘listening’ in PTE.
Unlike other sections of PTE such as ‘Reading’ and ‘Writing’, where you can go back and modify your answers, ‘Listening’ happens in real time. Simply put, you cannot go back to make any edits. You missed it or got distracted for any reason whatsoever, it cannot be undone because it comes about in ‘Real Time’.
Here’re the key elements of the Listening Test of PTE
- Summarizing spoken text
- Fill the blanks
- 2 items of Multiple choice questions
- Highlighting the correct summary
- Select missing word
- Writing from dictation
- Highlighting incorrect words
Frankly speaking, this makes listening more difficult than it appears and indeed a herculean one for thousands of students appearing for the PTE every year. So, how to go about it?
Fret not! Here’re vital tips to help you get rid of your listening woes while you endeavour for the listening task at PTE.
Tip # 1- Pay Undivided Attention
Concentrate and pay undivided attention to every bit that hits your ear drums. That’s where the information lies. Minor distraction for 1-2 seconds and the moment is gone. You will end up being a headless chicken when questions come your way, otherwise.
Tip # 2- Take Down Notes
Taking down notes while listening is a good practice and essentially comes handy during PTE. Don’t rely on your memory as avalanche of information may make it difficult for you to remember all of it. Make a note of crucial keywords that help you recall the context and key bits of the information.
Tip # 3- Get Used to Different Accents
Pretty relatable, right? Most of the non-native English speakers find it difficult to understand particular accents. Have you noticed? Certain people find Canadian accent difficult while others find Irish or Australian one difficult to comprehend. You may hear accents from across the orb during the PTE listening test: Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, US, UK or Canada and you must be comfortable with as many as possible. So, what’s the way out?
Practice-Practice-Practice! Make listening to audio podcasts or radio channels in that particular accent your guilty pleasure. With the passage of time, you will start getting comfortable with that particular accent. But, why only the audio medium while practising?
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