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Highlight Correct Summary

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Highlight Correct Summary
After listening to a recording, the student will need to select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording. This question type will be assessing the Listening & Reading ability of the student.
For this item type, you need to select the summary that best matches the recording
  • Task - After listening to a recording, select the paragraph that best summarizes the recording
  • Skills assessed - Listening and Reading
  • Prompt length - 30-90 seconds

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. There are several possible response options but only one is correct. To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option. The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Note: It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first, make notes on the erasable noteboard, and then read the summaries.

  Test Tips:

Take notes and match them to the correct summary:

Don’t read the options before or while you are listening to the recording as there is too much to read, and this will distract you. Instead, note down the key ideas on your erasable noteboard booklet as you listen (e.g., keywords and phrases, numbers, names and dates, and any information that is highlighted by the speaker through stress and intonation). Then read the options and match the option that is closest in detail to your notes:

How this question is scored:
Your response for Highlight Correct Summary is judged on your ability to comprehend, analyze, and combine information from a recording and identify the most accurate summary of the recording. Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.
  • This question type affects the scoring of listening and reading.
  • Your speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type.

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  Tips By ALFA:

 It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first and then read the summaries.


 Use the time before the audio starts to have a quick glance at the options given. You will not be able to read the full summaries, but you can definitely catch a few words from each option. This has two benefits – it will give you a better idea of what you are about to listen to, and it will also help you shortlist options while listening.


 When the audio starts, try to understand the main idea – the theme of the audio. Take some notes and at the same time visualize what you are listening to. This will help you remember the main points of the audio. When you are listening, keep an eye on the options in front of you. 


 Often, you can eliminate or shortlist a couple of options at the same time as you listen to the audio.


 Once the audio ends, read the summary options in detail and look for the ones which carry the key points that you remember and that are in your notes. 


The option that includes all or most of the key points mentioned in the audio is the one that is correct. For example, if Option 1 has 2 key points, but Option 2 has 3 key points then Option 2 is the correct one, provided all the key points in the options are the ones that were actually in the audio. So, if there is Option 3 which has 3 points but 1 one of them was not mentioned in the audio, it is not your correct summary.


 Do not spend more than 40 seconds on this question.