Do you find listening to academic lectures in English to be overwhelmingly difficult? Are you able to extract the essential information form a lecture from listening only once? Moreover, are you able to utilize your time management skills to perform well in a fast-paced activity? The PTE Listening task, Highlight Correct Summary can be a difficult task, even for advanced level students but there are proven methods to this task that will make it seem less intimidating. This article will describe exactly what the task is, outline strategies for you to tackle it, give you some general and specific-to-the-task listening tips and let you take attempt some practice prompts with the information and knowledge you have acquired. Hopefully, you will have developed more skills and confidence in your PTE exam preparation which will allow you to acquire PTE success.

 

What is Highlight Correct Summary?

 

What is the task?

•This is a multiple-choice item type that evaluates listening abilities. It necessitates exam takers to pay attention to, analyze, comprehend and combine information from a recording, and then identify the most accurate summary of the recording.

 

How long do you have to complete this task?

•Approximately 2 minutes per task.

 

How many of these prompts will I have to complete?

•2-3.

 

How many summaries are there to choose from?

•Usually 4.

Learn these off by heart before your PTE exam booking so you are fully aware of what you will have to do on the day.

 

This articles main task prompt: –

 

You will hear a recording. Click on the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

A. A new survey shows TVs still provide the best quality picture so they will continue to be used even though young people spend over 27 hours a week online. They watch videos and message each other all the time. Smartphones and tablets are very popular with young adults.

B. A new survey shows young people use the internet a lot and watch TV shows there, although TV will remain popular. Most people have a smartphone or tablet now and will use it more for viewing and messaging. What people watch has also changed a lot recently.

C. Accessing online content via mobile devices may soon overtake computers. Young people spend over 27 hours a week watching content much different to 10 years ago but also interacting with each other at the same time. TV shows may be viewed online but quality TVs are not in danger.

D. Messaging, playing games, and checking social media are the main activities young people go on the internet for, they spend over 27 hours a week doing this as well as watching videos. Watching TV is less popular now but experts think TVs will continue to sell well because of the picture quality.

 

Strategical process for this r task

Step 1

In your 10 seconds before the recording starts, skim over the paragraphs to get a sense of the key details and overall gist.

Step 2

During the listening component, make organized notes following the flow of the recording. Focus on key details and points (such as topic sentences) and overlook explanations and other secondary information.

Step 3

After listening, re-read your notes to confirm your own understanding of the recording, then begin to cross reference with each paragraph to confirm your answer and eliminate the incorrect summaries.

 

Prompt Answer

 

Please listen to the recording in the corresponding video lesson.

You will hear a recording. Click on the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

A. A new survey shows TVs still provide the best quality picture so they will continue to be used even though young people spend over 27 hours a week online. They watch videos and message each other all the time. Smartphones and tablets are very popular with young adults.

B. A new survey shows young people use the internet a lot and watch TV shows there, although TV will remain popular. Most people have a smartphone or tablet now and will use it more for viewing and messaging. What people watch has also changed a lot recently.

C. Accessing online content via mobile devices may soon overtake computers. Young people spend over 27 hours a week watching content much different to 10 years ago but also interacting with each other at the same time. TV shows may be viewed online but quality TVs are not in danger.

D. Messaging, playing games, and checking social media are the main activities young people go on the internet for, they spend over 27 hours a week doing this as well as watching videos. Watching TV is less popular now but experts think TVs will continue to sell well because of the picture quality.

 

Tips for the Task

 

•10 seconds to plan before the listening, 60 seconds to give your answer after the listening.
•Try not to read while you listen to the recording. You should be focusing on your note-taking on the topic and key points.
•Do not write full sentences. Keep all notes in short, note-form.
•Do not stress over unfamiliar words. Try to gain an understanding of their meaning through context but do not spend much time on this.
•Do not leave any question unanswered. If unsure, use your best judgement.
•Do as much listening in your own time. Keep the material as academic as possible to mimic the PTE recordings. Highlight key words and learn new vocabulary. Assess the main theme and supporting details.

 

Further Practice

 

You will hear a recording. Click on the paragraph that best relates to the recording.

A. A study of Chinese women between 40 and 70 found if they had exercise as a teenager, they were likely to live longer as an adult. They only needed to do 15 minutes of exercise a day to feel the benefit. Researchers studied 75,00 women in Shanghai to get the results which could be used for other countries.

B. A study in China looked at the effect of exercising as a teenager on health in later life and found as little as 15 minutes a day made women live longer. Researchers said subsequent years of exercise were not a vital as these formative teen years. These results can easily be extrapolated to other countries.

C. Women in China live longer when they are 40-70 if the exercise up to 15 minutes. They are free form heart disease and cancer and they live better, healthier lives. Longevity results from the activities carried out, results demonstrate the exercise is very beneficial to women of a certain age.

D. A doctor from Shanghai, China, has shown that exercise can be very beneficial for women and can make them live longer. In fact, she found that as little as 15 minutes exercise a day could reduce the risk of heart disease and even cancer. Increased longevity is the goal of women around the world, not just China.

 

Here is another PTE sample test prompt for you to practice writing with before any PTE test booking: –

Audio is included in the corresponding video lesson.

 

Wrapping up

 

Were you able to use these strategies? Which one was the most difficult to apply? Which one do they think was the most useful? Please let us know with any comments and suggestions. Remember, practicing with these strategies with each summarization will eventually routinize to the point that you may use them in autopilot, which will result in a higher score. I wish you all these best with your PTE Highlight Correct Summary Answer task and for exam success on your chosen PTE exam dates.

Please check out the corresponding video for this lesson to get the recording, as well as more tips, strategies, analysis and prompts. Don’t forget to check out the other blogs and videos on the other sections of the PTE exam too!