How to Attempt Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks


There are two tasks in the reading section in which the test taker has to fill in the blanks. The only difference between Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks and Fill in the Blanks is that in the former, you have to select one option from a drop-down list provided for each blank separately. Whereas in the latter, a single list of options is provided and you have to fill all the blanks from that list.  

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In the PTE Academic test, you will get 5-6 questions based on the Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks task. It contributes to your PTE reading and writing score.

PTE Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks tests your overall understanding of a text. You have to find the answer by the tone or the context a word appears in.

Here’s how you can improve your score on Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks task:

Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks


  1. First, go through the complete text quickly to get an idea of what the passage is about. Time is of the essence here. So make sure that you don’t get distracted and end up having to re-read the text again and again.  
  2. For each blank, read the whole sentence and try to understand it. Once you have understood it, use your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and collocations (groups of two or more words that are often used together, like “the general public”, “once upon a time”, etc.), to guess the answer even before looking at the options.
  3. If you are not sure what the answer is, narrow down the drop-down list by skipping options which are clearly wrong. Select the option which is “most likely to be correct”. Now without wasting too much time second-guessing your choice, click next.
  4. Do not leave any blanks unanswered. There is no negative marking in this task. So even if you don’t know the answer, just take a guess.

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How to Attempt Reading and Writing Fill in the Blanks
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