How many tasks and their duration in the PTE Listening section?

In the PTE (Pearson Test of English) Listening section, there are usually around 8 to 10 tasks, depending on the version of the test you are taking. These tasks are designed to evaluate various aspects of your listening skills and ability to comprehend spoken English in different contexts. The tasks cover a range of question types, as mentioned earlier, such as multiple-choice, fill in the blanks, highlight incorrect words, and summarize spoken text.

The allocation of time for each task can vary slightly, but generally, the total duration of the PTE Listening section is approximately 45 to 57 minutes. Within this timeframe, test-takers are given a specific amount of time for each task, typically ranging from 1 minute and 30 seconds to 4 minutes per task.

Here’s a breakdown of the approximate time allocation for each task in the PTE Listening section:

  1. Multiple Choice, Choose Multiple Answers: Around 2-3 minutes
  2. Multiple Choice, Choose Single Answer: Around 2-3 minutes
  3. Fill in the Blanks: Around 2-3 minutes
  4. Highlight Correct Summary: Around 2-3 minutes
  5. Highlight Incorrect Words: Around 2-3 minutes
  6. Select Missing Word: Around 2-3 minutes
  7. Summarize Spoken Text: Around 10 minutes (including both listening and writing time)

It’s important to note that the actual time allotted for each task may vary slightly, and test-takers should pay attention to the instructions provided during the test administration. Additionally, the time allocated for each task is fixed, meaning that once the time for a task elapses, you cannot go back to review or change your answers.

To succeed in the PTE Listening section, it’s crucial to manage your time effectively, prioritize tasks based on their difficulty level, and practice under timed conditions to become familiar with the pace required for each task. By developing strong time management skills and practicing regularly, test-takers can maximize their performance in the PTE Listening section and achieve their desired scores.