Highlight Incorrect Words

Highlight Incorrect Words

Highlight Incorrect Words

Number of questions: 

The total number of questions presented in Highlight incorrect words is three-four (3~4).

Scoring(Skills Tested):

The main purpose of the Highlight incorrect words Test section is an assessment of the Listening/Reading skill of the student.

 Your response to Highlight Incorrect Words is scored based on your ability to understand and identify the similarities between a recording and a transcription.

 For any wrong options chosen 1 point is deducted, Whereas correct options are given 1 point. Selecting all correct words can fetch you full marks. 

Negative marking is applicable for incorrect answers. Make sure you are confident in your choices. The minimum number you can score is no less than 0.

 This question section affects the scoring of listening and reading. The score of Writing and speaking is not affected by this section.


Time to answer:  

There is no time limit on a per question basis. You need to be aware of the overall time limit of the Listening section.

You have 10 seconds before the recording is played.

It may not be possible to go through the transcription word to word but you can quickly skim through the transcription for better understanding about the topic to highlight the incorrect Words.

If you can complete the answer in less time, you can transfer the time to another task.


Structure of the task

  • For this item type, you hear a recording(15-50 seconds).
  • You are presented with an audio recording and transcript of the recording, but there are some mistakes in the document.
  • You have to pick phrases that vary from what the speaker said while you’re listening and reading.
  • You’ve got 7-10 seconds before the start of the recording. Utilise the time to quickly skim through the transcription for better understanding of the topic to highlight the incorrect Words.
  • The task is scored as either correct or incorrect. No score is allocated for an incorrect response or no response.
  • Once the audio ends, You can take your time to highlight the incorrect words and submit your response after hearing the audio whereas, It is recommended to listen to the lecture and make a quick highlight of the incorrect words along the way. Put in your 100% concentration on the audio and go along to highlight the incorrect phrases, the audio is played only once, no-repeat play is available. 
  • There are more than one incorrect words in the transcript so selecting the incorrect is the only task regardless if it makes sense to the transcript or not. Remember it is not a proofreading task, the only task is to highlight the words that differ from the audio.
  • There is a fear of missing the words if there is no proper concentration, thus putting 100 % concentration to read along the passage as audio proceeds is a must.
  • The question requires more practice than other sections as there are greater chances students miss out on the words.
  • It is not recommended to memorize the whole passage, make notes of key points from the passage and highlight the incorrect phrases.
  • To highlight the incorrect words just select the words with the mouse pointer with a left button click.
  • You have no time limit on individual questions, there is a time limit on the overall Listening Section which is around 20 to 40 mins. It is recommended to use around 1-2 minutes to finish this task.
  • Then, Click on the Next button on the bottom right corner of the screen.

The image shows an example of the test screen for Listening Highlight Incorrect Words

How to answer Listening Highlight Incorrect Words

In this question, what you’ll have to do is listen to the recording and tally with the transcript that’s given (while listening to the audio) and highlight the incorrect words in the transcript. This test is meant to check if you can spot the differences between the said and written. 

You should be able to choose the words properly as long as you can follow along with the audio and understand the text. The ability to read at the same time is the key skill in this question.

The audio begins to play after a brief countdown of 7-10 secs. Once the audio ends, You can take your time to highlight the incorrect words and submit your response after hearing the audio whereas, It is recommended to listen to the lecture and make a quick highlight of the incorrect words along the way. 

Please note that only an overall timer is available in the Listening portion. There is no per question time limit. You must, therefore, develop your strategy for time management.

You don’t want to be in a position where you spend so much time highlighting Incorrect Words that you don’t end up with any time left for answering dictation questions. Don’t suppose you can just press and get a few words right at least randomly. This way, you will lose marks. Be careful therefore always when you click a word

Tips and Key Recommendation: 

Follow These Tips To EffectivelyHighlight Incorrect WordsIn Pte Academic Listening

Skim through the transcript before listening to the actual audio. You have 10 seconds to do that so reading word by word is downright impossible. Get a hint of what the text is actually about and get the essence of the text first. 

While you listen to the text, make sure to follow the text with a cursor. This will ensure that you are not losing track of the text as well as the recording and it will make it easier for you to spot the differences.

Your ability to listen and point out the difference is checked between the recording and transcription. Every selected word can be either correct or incorrect.  

Sample Question with the answer for Highlight Incorrect Words

Sample Question 01

Every year, foreign governments and other overseas annuities spend about half a billion dollars trying to influence American policy, according to the Project on Government Oversight. The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) enables researchers to track their standing and sway. The federal law was adopted in 1938 when Congress was worried about Nazi propagate in the United States; it was updated in 1966 to cover activities more broadly political. Today under FARA, which is run by the U.S. Department of Justice, loyalists and other organizations are required to regularly declare their relationships with foreign principals, their meetings, payments, as well as the informational materials they use to influence policymakers, such as presentations, email correspondence, even draft flagellation. Much of the documentation is available on the FARA website, though there are holes in both the legislation and implementation.



Incorrect Words:

annuities, standing, propagate, loyalists, flagellation



Sample Question 02


Leaders need to show more composition (composure) than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demanding (demand) and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the effect (impact) of uncertainty. How leaders respond to these and other growing pressures is an indicator of their leadership preparedness, maturity and acumen.

The composure of a leader is reflected in their attitude, body language and overall presence. In today’s evolving business enrolment (environment), it is clear that leadership is not only about elevating the performance, attitude (aptitude) and development of people – but more so about the ability to make people feel safe and secure. Employees have grown tired of working in survival mode and thus want to be part of a workspace (workplace) culture where they can get back to doing their best work without the fear of losing their jobs.


Sample Question 03


Marine garbage is the most visible and easily remembered (recognized) of all ocean pollution and causes serious damage to marine wildlife. Every year millions of marine animals die worldwide because of this type of population (pollution). The small personal pieces of garbage, casually discarded, are often the most damaging. While some of this trash is left directly on the beach, much of it originates as street latter (litter) from coastal and inland cities where it is washed down to the sea through storm water drains and rivers. Some trash, particularly plastics, can last in the ocean for years. There are many different items which make up marine baggage (garbage), ranging from large commercial fishing nets which can entail (entange) and maim or kill animals, to small plastic bags that can be mistaken for food and ingested by marine life.


Sample Question 04


Teaching and Teacher Education is an intentional (international) journal concerned primarily with teachers, teaching, or teacher education situated in an international perspective or in an international context.

Teaching and Teacher Education is a multidisciplinary general (journal), committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. It is concerned with teaching and teacher education in general and devoted to all concerned with teaching.

Teaching and Teacher Education recognizes that many disciplines have important collections (contributions) to make to teaching and teacher education and the Editors invite contributions from them. In the absence of any dominant paradigm, the journal welcomes varied approaches to empirical research, theoretical and intellectual (conceptual) analyses, and reviews of high quality.

Teaching and Teacher Education aims to inhabit (enhance) theory, research, and practice in teaching and teacher education through the publication of primary research and review papers. The Journal does not publish unsolicited Book Reviews.


Sample Question 05


Many European countries, as well as most members of the transatlantic NATO military alliance, have already done away with necessary (compulsory) military service. Of the 28 NATO countries, 23 have full-time potential (professional) armies, and 21 of the 27 European Union nations have abolished the draft. The latest to do so is Sweden, which ended conscription on June 30.

Alongside Turkey, Germany remains the only major NATO country that sill mandates (requires) its young men to serve in the military. Conscription also still exists in Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece and Norway.

At 26 months, the longest required military service in Europe is on the island of Cyprus. Denmark’s contribution (conscription) seems by contrast to be impractically short, at just 4 months. However, conscription there is only employed if there is a shortage of trained (volunteer) recruits.