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How To Improve General Listening Skills For PTE Exam

Effective listening, in both everyday and test situations, requires attention to the four areas listed each area will help your general language proficiency and below. Although not all of these areas will be tested in PTE Academic, improving your skills in the test. improve your overall performance in the Test.


Identify the context in which a speaking activity takes place by recognizing words, phrases or commonly used utterances or exchanges in different contexts. For example, the expression “What’s the special today?” might be heard in a restaurant. “We begin this evening with a discussion of Chapter 3.” could be heard in a lecture hall.

Topic and gist

Understand the topic and logical development of a speaking activity.

Recognize the key words or phrases which provide clues to the topic, for example, “environmental problem” or “scientific solution.”

Understand the key expressions which help structure a speech. For example, recognize signposting words and phrases such as “first,” “finally,” “Our last point is about …. Recognize cohesive devices such as “so that,” “if … then …7 “only if,” “consequently.”

Specific information

Identify the key words or phrases that refer to specific information. For example, understand references to day, time and place, key points in an argument, or facts in a presentation.

Identify and ask for specific information, using clarification techniques. For example, “I’m sorry, could you remind me about where we’re meeting?”

Speaker’s point of view

Understand the speaker’s point of view. For example, recognize words and phrases such as “I Think,” “In my opinion.”Understand the speaker’s feelings by recognizing stress, tone, intonation and body language that are used to convey emotion. For example, saying “told” with a higher tone in I told you” may indicate impatience. Stressing “offer” in “The student did not even offer a reason or ” may indicate indignation and disapproval of the student’s behavior.

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