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Listening: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Multiple Choice, Multiple Answers
After listening to an audio, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting more than one response. This question carries negative marking & hence,  a student will get penalized if chosen a wrong answer.
For this item type, you need to listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question. There is more than one correct response
  • Task - After listening to a recording, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the recording by selecting more than one response.
  • Skills assessed - Listening
  • Prompt length - 40-90 seconds

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once. You need to select all the response options that you think are correct from the list of possible options.

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. The options you select are highlighted in yellow.

  Test Tips:

Take notes of the main points and supporting details:

In the 7 seconds before the recording begins, read the question and get ready to take notes to help you answer. Taking notes is likely to be more helpful than trying to select options while you listen because you may not hear the information in exactly the same order as the options.

Note down details (e.g., times, places, things that happened) as well as the main points, because you will need to select more than one option:

Select for meaning, not just to match the words you hear:

Select the options that best match the meaning of what you have heard. Don’t just choose an option because it has the same words or phrases as the recording. Several options may use words from the recording but may not match the meaning of what you have heard.

How this question is scored:
Your response for Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answers is judged on your ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate a brief audio or video recording on an academic subject. If all response options are correct, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more response options are incorrect, partial credit scoring applies.
  • This question type affects the scoring of only listening.
  • Your speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions, prompt, and response options.

Source:  https://pearsonpte.com/

  Tips By ALFA:
 Make use of the 7 seconds: Quickly read the PTE Listening questions and options. Give your mind something to focus on. Understand the question and pick some words from each option.
 Shortlist while listening: Don’t just sit there and listen to the audio. Keep your eyes on the options in front of you. When you hear a word that corresponds to an option, check if it validates that option or not. Use this time to prepare a shortlist.
 Note down the key points: Whenever you hear a key point, an important piece of information, note it down. It will help you in the end to identify the correct options.


 Finalize options only in the end: Even if you think you have found the correct answers while listening, don’t be in a hurry. Wait for the audio to complete and then revisit the PTE Listening question and the options before deciding on your final choice.


 Consider all options: Always consider all the options given to you. Don’t skip any. You must have a reason for selecting or eliminating any option.