Fill in the Blanks PTE Test Reading

Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the Blanks

Number of questions: 

The total number of questions presented in Fill in the blanks is four-five(4~5).

Scoring(Skills Tested):

The main purpose of the Fill in the blanks Test section is an assessment of the Reading skill of the student.

The scoring is fairly simple. The number of gaps you fill with the right words, the more marks you get. If there are wrong answers on the gap you will be marked for correct answers only. Each correct word selected correctly scores 1 point.

The main purpose of the Fill in the Blanks section is an assessment of your ability to use contextual and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text.

Your response will be evaluated on the total number of correct word/phrase ( with spelling ) input by the user.

The primary skills required are:

  • The competence to use contextual and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text.
  • The ability to read and understand the passage.

The score of Reading is connected to the question type.

Time to answer:  

You are presented with a text passage up to 80 words then Drag and drop( from the list available at the bottom) the correct phrase into the blank space.

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

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 are presented with a short passage up to 80 words with some of the words missing with words to fill in at the bottom of the passage. 
  • Click on the option(click on the left button of the mouse), drag it to the blank space text box to complete the passage.
  • You need to select appropriate words for all the blank spaces.
  • It is suggested to go through the sentence and understand the theme of the sentence to select the appropriate phrase.
  • The task is scored based on the total number of correct options selected for the entire passage.
  • You can read the passage as many times as you want, there is no time limit on the individual question. Whereas you need to consider the time limit for the entire section(Reading Section)
  • Review the passage and each sentence after filling the gap with the options. If the sentence and whole passage seem to make complete sense, click on the Next button on the right corner.
  • It is important to select appropriate words for the passage within the time limit of 5-10 mins time frame to allocate time for other questions.
  • Review each individual sentence and the preceding one to check if it matches the theme of the whole passage.
  • 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 5-10 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 Reading Fill in the blanks.

How to answer Fill in the blanks:

The task is scored based on the student’s ability to use contextual and grammatical cues to identify words that complete a reading text.

In this question, you will have to read a text and fill the empty blanks with the given words in the blue box.

All you have to do in this question is to select appropriate words from the list and insert into the blank space in the sentence. 

Start with the first blank and proceed accordingly. Do not get stuck on a single blank space for longer, just continue with the rest of the blank space and come back to difficult ones at the end. This will reduce the number of possible outcomes for the blank space at the end and easy to choose from. 

After you complete filling the blanks don’t submit the answers immediately. Review the whole passage and check if each sentence makes complete sense with the theme of the passage. 

You need to select the answer based on its appropriate fit, logically in the context of the sentence presented in the passage.

You can score full marks in this task so carefully select the answer, better performance on this task can help to improve the overall score in PTE Academic.

Tips and Key Recommendation: 

Follow These Tips To Effectively Fill in the Blanks In Pte Academic Reading

First, Scan The whole Passage before starting to answer the question. There are only up to 80 words so it’s easy to go through the passage. This simple step will put your mind in a better position to understand the context of the passage in whole to answer accordingly. 

 Continue to the next option even if you miss a word/blank space, It’s better to try to catch the next blank space word/phrase than to get stuck on a single space and miss other spaces in the process.

 There are two advantages to this. 

  • First You can attend other questions. 
  • Secondly, the number of other options remaining will be reduced and other blanks filled easier.

 A good grasp on grammar, vocabulary and common Collocations is a recommended skill to sharpen to score higher in this test section. Practice reading English Newspaper and reports as much as possible especially to boost your skills on grammar, vocabulary and common Collocations score higher in this test section.

 After you complete filling the blanks don’t submit the answers immediately. Review the whole passage and check if each sentence makes complete sense with the theme of the passage. 

 In the end, a quick analysis will easily avoid these errors.

Last but not the least, use the time wisely. It’s better to complete earlier and then review for accuracy than to hold on to the single hurdle and lose other potential correct answers. 

Sample Question with the answer for Fill in the blanks

Sample Question 01

 

Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 

Hardly had I boarded a bus for the railway station when, to my dismay, I remembered that I had forgotten my purse at home. If ever you have had such an experience, you will know the feeling which such a discovery (1)_________. In such a situation, one would be (2)_________ because he would look like a fool at the best and like a Knave at the worst. One would not be at all (3)_________ if the conductor gave you a contemptuous stare as much as to say, ” Yes, I know that (4)_________ old trick, Now then, you be off the bus”, and even if the conductor were, a (5)_________ fellow and allowed you to travel without paying the fare, you would still be faced with the necessity of going back home to collect your purse and thus (6)_________ the train.

Options

stale creates missing annoyed happy arouses surprised cunning stopping good

Correct Answer

  1. arouses 2. annoyed 3. surprised 4. stale 5. good 6. Missing

 

 

 

Sample Question 02

 

Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 

Most of us are (1)____________ of open conflict and avoid it if we can. And there is a (2)___________ to expressing and working through conflict. If the working involves harsh words and name-calling people fell deeply hurt and relationships can be (3)_____________ Some group members may be afraid that if they really (4)___________ their anger, they may go out of control and become violent, or they may do this. These fears can be very (5)_________ and based on experience.

Options

control maligned express damaged scared real exaggerative worried risk 

Correct Answer

  1. scared 2. risk 3. maligned 4. express 5. real

 

 

Sample Question 03

 

Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 

About three million young people in the United States are ………….. in cheerleading. People often think of cheerleaders when they think of school spirit. Cheerleaders are a …………….. at football games and other sports events. They help get the crowds excited for their team. In the past, cheerleading at American schools mostly involved shouting cheers and jumping up and down. But cheerleading has …………. into a sport of its own. The moves are more physical. Cheerleaders, for example, are often thrown into the air. The ……………. of modern cheerleading has led to more injuries. A new study shows that the number nationwide increased one hundred ten per cent during the years examined. It says hospital emergency rooms ……………… more than two hundred thousand cheerleaders between 1990 and 2002.

Options

tradition | involved | | grown | part | difficulty | treated |complexity | admitted |

Correct Answer

1.involved | tradition | grown | difficulty | treated 

 

 

Sample Question 04

 

Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 

Do you feel frustrated or stressed (1)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ at work? In the latest researches search playing video games may help to reduce so. The latest research (2)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ people who play casual video games have greater engagement than normal relaxation condition. The best part of research shows, playing video games even restored the individual’s working efficiency, ability to work more, making it a suitable activity for restoring mood in response to stress. On the other way round, people (3)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ took silent rest break between extra time was reported that they felt less engaged with work. Some people were given guided relaxation activity saw a reduction (4)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ negative affect and distress under their result.

Options

who, may, and in, out, with, show, more

Correct Answer

  1. out 2. show 3. who 4. in
 
Sample Question 05

 Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 

Scientists have generally believed that dendrites meekly sent (1)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ they received from the cell’s synapse (the junction between two neurons) to the soma, which in turn (2)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ an electrical impulse. Those short electrical bursts, known as somatic spikes, were thought to be at the heart of neural (3)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ and learning. But the new study (4)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ that dendrites generate their spikes 10 times more often than the somas. The researchers also found that dendrites generate large (5)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ in voltage in addition to the spikes; the spikes are binary, all-or-nothing events.

Options

fluctuations, generated, computation, demonstrated, currents

Correct Answer

  1. currents 2. generated 3. computation 4. demonstrated 5. fluctuations