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FAQs On PTE Academic Listening Section


1. How long is the PTE Academic Listening Section?

This section is 45-57 minutes long.

2.When does the PTE Academic Listening Section begin?

After reading the section, it is the last section of PTE Academic.

3.Can we increase or decrease the volume of recording?

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Yes, you can. While the clip is playing, move the control bar to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume.

4.Can I hear the recording again?

  No, the recording will be played only once so listen carefully.

5.How to use the ‘cut’, ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ options while writing summary etc?

The options can be used in the same manner as you normally would. Select text, left click: options will appear.


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6.Will the recording starts as soon as the question appears?

No, you will be given a heads up of some seconds (depending on the question) before the recording starts.

7.Should I fill in the blanks while listening to the lecture or later?

Ideally, you should write as you hear but in case you are not sure about your typing speed, note it down instead.

8.I highlighted the wrong option in ‘Highlight Incorrect Word’, should I go back and correct?


One needs to tick these words while listening to the recording. Going back, you can miss more incorrect words so continue instead of correcting mistakes while the clip is playing. You can correct mistakes after the clip is complete.

9.How to take notes?

You will be given a notepad and pen, you can use it anytime.


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