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Select Missing Word

  • Alfa PTE
  • 18 May 2020
   About Select Missing Words
An audio is played wherein the last part of the audio is replaced by a beep sound. After listening to the audio, one will have to select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options.
For this item type, the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording.
  • Task - After listening to a recording, select the missing word that completes the recording from a list of options
  • Skills assessed - Listening
  • Prompt length - 20-70 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.

  Test Tips:

Know what to do if you change your mind about the answer: 

For each item in this task, there are three to five response options but only ONE option is correct. At the end of the recording, click on the option you think is correct. The next recording does not begin playing until you click ‘Next’. So you have a little time to think about your answer. If you want to change your answer, click on it again to ‘de-select’ it. Then click on the option you think is correct.

How this question is scored:
Your response for Select Missing Word is judged on your ability to predict what a speaker will say based on contextual clues in a 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 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 and the response options.

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   Tips By ALFA:

 To score well in this question type you not only have to understand what is being said but also understand the overall context and then decide which of the given options fit in that context. 


 Your understanding of English language vocabulary, sentence usage, grammar, can also be tested in this question type.


 You can think of this question type as made up of two parts. The first part is understanding what is being said, especially the last sentence and words before the beep. The second part is then picking out the word which can be put in place of the beep.


 Pay attention to the audio, especially the last part of it. Be ready to listen as soon as the audio starts and try to understand its theme. More you can understand, the easier it will be to decide which word out of the given options fits into that context.


 Keep an eye on the progress bar. You should be extra attentive as it approaches the end. Make sure not to miss the last few words. Once you have this information, then the next step is to decide which of the given options will go with it.


 Start picking the options one by one and add to the last few words that you captured. Does it make sense? Does it complete the incomplete sentence? These are the questions you should ask yourself. If a given option answers positively to all these questions, that is your correct option.