Mastering the PTE Listening Test: Strategies for Highlighting Incorrect Words

Posted on 12/05/2023 by Moni PTE Magic


The “Highlight Incorrect Words” question type is an integral part of the PTE Test Listening section. Preparing effectively for these questions in your PTE Practice Test Listening sessions can significantly improve your performance in the actual PTE Academic Test. In this question type, your task is to identify and highlight the incorrect words in the provided transcript while simultaneously listening to the audio. Some words in the audio may differ from the transcript, and it is crucial to identify and mark them correctly. In this blog post, we will explore key points to keep in mind and provide valuable tips to excel in Highlight Incorrect Words questions. By integrating these strategies into your practice sessions, you can enhance your performance and achieve success in the PTE Listening test.

Following are key points, you should keep in your mind and go practice.

Basic exam structure of highlighting incorrect words:

Understanding the basic structure of the Highlight Incorrect Words question type is essential for effective preparation. In the PTE Listening section, you can expect to encounter 2 to 3 questions related to highlighting incorrect words. These questions contribute to your overall listening and reading scores. It’s important to note that there is negative marking, so accuracy is crucial for maximizing your score.

What you need to know?

There is no specific time limit on each question, you will get only 10 seconds before the audio starts, But you have to keep in your mind the overall time limit of the PTE listening practice.If you understand the audio and follow the next there are more chances for you to identify the words correctly. The main skills for this are your capability to read and listen at the same time.

To maximize your score in the Highlight Incorrect Words question type, it is important to adopt the following strategies:

  1. Ready your cursor: Before the transcript begins, ensure that your cursor is ready, and your hand is on the mouse. When the audio starts, swiftly identify the word that differs from what you heard and what is written in the transcript. Click on it immediately without wasting time on second thoughts. Being prompt is crucial to not miss out on the audio.
  2. Keep moving: If you encounter a word that you do not understand and the audio has already progressed, avoid dwelling on that word. Quickly move forward to where the audio is currently playing. By doing so, you can avoid missing out on multiple answers.
  3. Avoid random clicking: Resist the temptation to click randomly on words if you are unsure about the correct answer. Selecting an incorrect word will result in marks deduction. Instead, choose words that you are confident are incorrect. Avoid hasty decisions and focus on accuracy.
  4. Practice, practice, practice: Listening and reading simultaneously can be challenging. It tests your ability to comprehend both skills simultaneously. Regular practice is key to improve your capability to read and listen at the same time. Dedicate time to focused listening practice, ensuring you can effectively process information from both sources concurrently.

By implementing the expert strategies outlined above, you can enhance your performance in the Highlight Incorrect Words question type of the PTE Listening test. Maintain readiness with your cursor, swiftly move forward to avoid missing answers, avoid random clicking, and prioritize accuracy. Consistent practice, particularly in the context of reading and listening simultaneously, will further strengthen your abilities. Remember to also allocate time for PTE Speaking, PTE Reading, and PTE Writing practice to comprehensively prepare for the exam. With a focused approach and diligent practice, you can maximize your score and achieve success in the PTE Listening test. Best of luck on your PTE journey!

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Moni PTE Magic

My name is Moni, and I am a seasoned PTE teacher with over 6 years of experience. I have helped thousands of students overcome their struggles and achieve their desired scores. My passion for teaching and dedication to my student’s success drives me to continually improve my teaching methods and provide the best possible support. Join me on this journey toward PTE success!


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