PTE Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks

Reading & Writing Fill in the Blanks

Reading & Writing Fill in the Blanks

Number of questions: 

The total number of questions presented in Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks is five-six(5~6).

Scoring(Skills Tested):

The main purpose of the Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks section is an assessment of the Reading & Writing 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 spelt 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, Writing is connected to the question type.

Time to answer:  

You are presented with a text passage up to 300 words then you need to fill in the blanks(select from the drop-down list) with the correct phrase from the drop-down list.

There is no time limit on a per question basis. You need to be aware of the overall time limit of the Listening 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 300 words with some of the words missing. Click on the dropdown and select the appropriate words 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 selecting 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.
  • It is recommended to review the individual sentence and the preceding one to check if it matches the theme of the whole passage.
  • To select an option click on the drop-down option using the left button on your mouse and select the appropriate word. You can click on another option to deselect the first option and select the second one.
  • 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 and Writing:  Fill in the blanks.

How to answer Reading & Writing: 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.

It is recommended to scan through the passage and start the selection of the correct option from the dropdown list.

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

A good grasp on grammar, vocabulary and common Collocations is a recommended skill to sharpen to score higher in this test section.

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 and Writing

First, Scan The whole Passage before starting to answer the question. Even if you do not want to scan the whole passage go through words in front and back of the blanks. 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.

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. 

You can always come back to the missed ones and make the best guess.

Sample Question with the answer for Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks

Sample Question 01

Below is a text with blanks. Click on each blank, a list of choices will appear. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

Can an experiment conceived, carried out, and reported in kids-speak with pencil-coloured figures and hand-written tables by school children aged 8 to 10 years get published in a highly rated international journal following a peer-reviewing process? Twenty-seven schoolchildren from a primary school in the UK have proved this is  if a simple but novel scientific question raised is  in a scientific way. Their paper was published in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters journal. Their was that bumble-bees can use a “combination of the colour of flower to forage from.”

Considering that our understanding of how bees perceive coloured patterns and scenes is inadequate, this inspiring outcome has shown that schoolchildren guided by gifted teachers can think and  out experiments like any hard-wired scientist. For these kids, doing science changed their of the subject. Science also became “cool and fun.” This refreshing approach turns the spotlight on the best methods of teaching science.

The learning system adopted by most schools in India, even classroom study combined with some laboratory work with pre-defined outcomes, does very little to curiosity and interest in science. Is that one of the why out-of-the-box thinking that produces path-breaking science rarely comes out of Indian laboratories?


 

Sample Question 02

Below is a text with blanks. Click on each blank, a list of choices will appear. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

This is a recipe that would have been  to all Britons living and working in the Imperial Raj. Indeed the of Indian cooks, British tastes and exotic foods have made a lasting on British cuisine right down to the present day. New, strange and exciting ingredients would be used to and recreate familiar, edible and nutritious meals befitting the   class that they had become. Lack of refrigeration, a hot and humid climate and unfamiliar cooking facilities would all  to make cooking an even more  {{{ difficult | mysterious | enigmatic | exhausted }} prospect than it already would have been. However, the results of these intrepid culinary explorers could often be an interesting of East meets West.


 

Sample Question 03

 

Below is a text with blanks. Click on each blank, a list of choices will appear. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

Trinity College was by Sir Thomas Pope in 1555. A devout catholic with no surviving children, Thomas Pope saw the Foundation of an Oxford college as a means of  {{ ensuring | securing | clinching | verifying }}} that he and his family would always be remembered in the prayers and masses of its members. He came from a family of small in Oxford-shire, trained as a lawyer, and rose rapidly to prominence Henry VIII. As Treasurer of the Court of Augmentations, he handled the estates of the monasteries at the Reformation, and amassed a considerable personal . Pope was a discreet and trusted privy counsellor of Mary Tudor, and it was from Mary and Philip that he Letters Patent and royal approval for his new foundation. Pope died in 1559. Although his religious were never fully realized – Elizabeth I had succeeded her sister and England to the Protestant faith – nonetheless, the memory of his name, like his College, has endured the fluctuating fortunes of over 400 years. His wife, Lady Elizabeth Pope, was a particularly influential in Trinity’s early years. The Pope's foundation was for a President, twelve Fellows and twelve scholars, all supported by the income from his endowment of lands, and for up to twenty undergraduates. The Fellows, all men, were required to take Holy Orders and remain unmarried. The College Statutes set out rules for a simple monastic life of religious observance and study. The Garden was an informal grove of trees, mainly elms, among-st which the members of the College could and meditate.


 

Sample Question 04

Below is a text with blanks. Click on each blank, a list of choices will appear. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

Sound depressing, even apocalyptic? Well, it could be the future. If government  are right, about 20 years from now, two out of five households will be single And there is evidence the situation is already According to a report, Social Isolation in America, published in the American Sociological Review in 2006, the average American today has only two close friends. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed said they do not have anyone to talk with about important things—And yet, while some are  a crisis in our ability to make friends, others are saying exactly the opposite. For example, MSN’s Anatomy of Friendship Report, published last November, suggests that the average Briton has 54 friends -a  rise of 64 percent since 2003.


 

Sample Question 05

Below is a text with blanks. Click on each blank, a list of choices will appear. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

The use of drugs by people driving cars is  The use of alcohol is going down. In 1973, 7.5 percent of drivers had a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. In the new survey, the percent of people driving above the legal alcohol limit had fallen to 2.2 percent. Breath, saliva, and blood samples came from   selected drivers in 300 locations around the United States. Screening for drugs was a new part of the study. The survey screened for marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs. The survey  that 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers tested positive for drugs. Nearly 9 percent had used marijuana. Nearly 4 percent tested positive for cocaine. About the same number had used prescription drugs. The drug tests do not show if the driver was  The survey showed that more men used alcohol than women did. Drivers were most likely to be legally drunk between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., and not daytime or evening hours. The vehicles most likely   by drunk drivers were motorcycles and pick-up trucks.