How to answer Reading Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the blanks is divided into two parts. In part one, an 80 words long written text with missing words are displayed on the screen and below the text are various words from which the test taker has to select a right answer by dragging it to the blank space. In part two the test taker is provided with a 300 words text that has blank spaces. The task is to select the correct answer from the dropdown menu. Both parts assess reading skills as the main communicative skill.


The subskill assessed include identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; identifying words and phrases appropriate to the context; understanding academic vocabulary; understanding the difference between connotation and denotation and many more.


Tips on how to answer this section.


  1. Know your grammar

The test taker needs to know grammar to attempt this question. Sometimes it is about identifying whether the missing word is a noun, verb adjective or adverb. Knowing the use of different types of words that form communication is vital. You should be able to tell at first glance whether a word is a noun, verb and so on.


  1. Read the full sentence


Before selecting the word, read the sentence to the end and after selecting the word read the sentence again to make sure there is the logic in your content. If you can’t provide an answer for any blank space, skip it and go to the next one then come back and finish off your work. Don’t waste time.


  1. Incorporate reading when preparing for PTE Academics


The test taker needs to read as much as possible to be able to answer the reading section and on other sections as well. Reading improves vocabulary, which in turn will help the test taker to identify the word needed to fill in the blanks and will also improve the test taker’s ability to understand written content and to read faster. Make a habit of recording unfamiliar word to improve vocabulary.



  1. Don’t leave blank spaces


Try by all means to fill all the blank spaces even if you are not sure about the answer. The lowest mark awarded in this section is zero; that is there is no negative marking for a wrong answer. Guessing may score you some marks so try by all means to fill in the blanks.


  1. Use common sense


Regarding example 2, some of the words provided are not used regularly, therefore, it might be difficult to know their real meaning and where they can be applied in the text. Use common sense to make logic of the content even if you don’t know the meaning of the word.


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How to answer Reading Fill in the Blanks
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