PTE Listening requires many hours of practice to maximise your score. When you practise other parts of the test you would have learned certain core English skills that are needed in Part 3: Listening.
To do well in the listening questions, you should try to listen as much as you can because the more you listen, the better you will do in the test.
When choosing recordings to listen to, start at a level you are comfortable with and gradually build up to a higher level as you improve. That is, you don’t need to choose examples that are too difficult in the beginning.
When you listen, try to just listen for the content words, such as nouns, adjectives and verbs so that you can pick up the meaning of the recording. You can listen as many times as you need to fully understand the content.
So, what should you listen to?
Because the speakers in the PTE test have various accents, you can listen to a wide range of speakers from different places to learn the different pronunciation used. For example, speakers from Britain, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as non-native English speakers from India, China and Europe.
You can also pick up a few podcasts that you like and listen regularly. It’s also a good idea to keep a listening diary to write down the titles of recordings along with notes.
An efficient way to take notes will be to use abbreviations and/or symbols as you will not have enough time in the test to write full words or sentences.
After you listen to the audio, try to ask yourself the following questions:
- What was the topic and main ideas?
- What did you learn from it?
- What vocabulary did you learn?
- How many times did you listen to the text?
Lastly, you can use an Online Tone Generator tool to help slow down recordings and keep the original pitch of the speaker. However, try not to slow it down so much that you translate the meaning into your own language because this will not help improve your listening skills.
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