PTE Listening Fill in the Blanks

In the PTE Listening Fill in the Blanks questions in the Listening section of PTE Academic, you will hear and audio and at the same time see its transcript on the screen. The transcript will have a few blanks in it. Your task is to pick the words from the audio and type them into the blanks.

Although this section tests your listening skills, reading and writing also cross over here as you should read and follow the transcription on the screen to ensure you are at the right point. Writing the answers correctly with no spelling mistakes will be the difference between passing and failing this section. 

Tips While Practicing and Preparing for the Test

The majority of students find this section extremely easy as you are told the answers. However, be vigilant as you must identify the words correctly to get the points.

Your score depends simply on how many blanks you fill correctly. If you make spelling mistakes, you will lose marks.

There will only be a maximum of seven blanks, sometimes less in each transcription. Nothing too overwhelming. How can you execute this challenge to the best of your abilities? 

Only with a clear method and staying calm, here are a few tips to remember and practice while preparing for the test:

  • So the words that fill the blanks don’t throw you off guard, pay close attention to the words that are said BEFORE the blanks so that when they come along you can type the answers in straight away.
  • Follow what is being said with your finger or curser so that you don’t miss any blanks due to ill preparation.
  • Get into a rhythm. The only way to do this is to do as many practice tests as you can as a lot of multitasking is required here.
  • Unfortunately, spelling is a big deal here, and having a right answer spelled incorrectly will result in no points being awarded.
  • Please fill in all the answers. You won’t be doing yourself any favors if you leave something blank, maximum, take an educated guess.

The test is designed to see if you can follow along with a transcript to audio in English and to read and understand English words. So like I said earlier, lots of multitasking!

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Question 1

Land ______ has been carried out along the coast of Tokyo Bay since the Meiji period. Areas along the shore with a depth of less than 5 meters are simplest to carry out landfills, and sand from the floor of Tokyo Bay is used for these______. The topography of the shoreline of Tokyo Bay differs greatly from that of the pre-modern period due to ongoing land reclamation projects. Tokyo Bay includes about 249 square kilometers of reclaimed land area in 2021.______ household waste production is______ in Greater Tokyo, there is little room for traditional garbage disposal sites; waste is rigorously sorted at the household, much of it is turned into ash and further______ into bay landfill.

Question 2

A ______ sales are when the home is owned out-right or the seller owes less on the mortgage than fair market value. Conventional sales involve quicker______ between both parties, unlike foreclosures, short sales and probate sales

We typically______ conventional sales for our buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, to help them avoid the complications they could run into when dealing with distressed______ or probate sales. For a majority of buyers who are looking to purchase and move into their dream home as soon as possible, conventional sales are the way to go. Often times,______ properties can take many months for the seller’s bank to______ an offer or for a court date to bet set in the case of a probate sale.

Question 3

The Knowledge Challenge invites _____ to submit proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of_____ and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. The Knowledge Challenge is open to proposers_____ research in universities and academic institutions, laboratories, companies, nonprofit organizations and as individuals. Collaborations between academic researchers and entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship_____ programs and other entrepreneurial ecosystem builders are welcome.

The Knowledge Challenge may grant up to $400,000 annually for project teams, up to $150,000 annually for individual researchers, including hiring_____ or research assistance, and up to $30,000 annually for students or student teams or_____ researchers.

Question 4

Understanding Migration was _____ in response to numerous requests from educators and curriculum_____ concerning the presentation and discussion of issues related to human migration in the social studies classroom. What are the reasons that large groups of people have found themselves moving from place to place? What effects does this_____ have? And most importantly, how can such a fluid and nebulous concept be presented in a classroom in an easy-to-follow manner with clear lesson_____ and outcomes? Regional case studies were chosen to address these, and other,_____ questions. Where possible, we have used primary source documents to present the information in each case study.

Question 5

In every _____ marketers find themselves in poorly charted waters because no two downturns are exactly alike. However, in studying the marketing successes and failures of dozens of companies as they’ve_____ recessions from the 1970s onward, we’ve identified patterns in consumers’_____ and firms’ strategies that either propel or undermine performance. Companies need to understand the evolving consumption patterns and fine-tune their strategies accordingly.

During recessions, of course, consumers set stricter priorities and reduce their spending. As sales start to drop, businesses typically cut costs, reduce prices, and_____ new investments. Marketing expenditures in areas from communications to research are often slashed across the board—but such_____ cost-cutting is a mistake.

Although it’s wise to contain costs, failing to support brands or examine core customers’ changing needs can jeopardize performance over the long term. Companies that put customer needs under the microscope, take a scalpel rather than a cleaver to the marketing budget, and nimbly adjust_____, tactics, and product offerings in response to shifting demand are more likely than others to flourish both during and after a recession.

Question 6

Secure financial _____ services provider SWIFT said today that it has expanded the GPI Tracker system to help banks track their global_____ at all times, keeping full vigil on the payments activity.

Extension of its GPI Tracker will cover all payment_____ sent across the network, SWIFT said in a statement.

The introduction of the unique end-to-end transaction reference in all payment instructions will be effected through the_____ annual standards update in November 2021.

SWIFT GPI improves customer experience by increasing speed, transparency and_____ provides status updates to all GPI banks involved in any GPI payment chain, it said.

Question 7

If you are carrying out building work personally, it is very important that you understand how the building _____ system and material applies to your situation as you are responsible for making sure that the work_____ with the building regulations.

If you are employing a builder, the responsibility will usually be theirs – but you should confirm this at the very beginning. You should also bear in mind that if you are the owner of the building, it is ultimately you who may be served with an_____ notice if the work does not comply with the regulations.

Some kinds of building projects are_____ from the regulations, however generally if you are planning to carry out ‘building work’ as defined in regulation 3 of the building regulations, then it must_____ with the building regulations.

Question 8

Plastic domes can be produced from a quality plastic called Plexiglas. Its qualities are closer to glass. Its light _____ doesn’t change with time. Its surface is hard and smog and dust do not stick to or bake onto the surface. Each rain completely_____ it, making it self-cleaning. The surface is scratch-resistant against flying dust in strong wind. It has excellent optical_____ and the ability to collect sunlight and send it down the tube. It doesn’t age under UV rays or temperature changes or moisture. Its disadvantage is, however, a higher price. Some producers don’t use a dome, but instead, use a roof window to which they then attach a sun tunnel tube. This is an_____ solution, but only for spaces where a lower amount of sunlight is enough. The flat surface of a window reflects 30% of the light away from the sun tunnel at the roof level. Smog and dust stick more easily to its flat surface and it’s_____ to keep it clean.  Snow sticks to the flat surface very easily, leaving no other choice but to crawl onto the roof and remove the snow or remain without sunlight and turn on a light during the day.  There are also several kinds of surface profiles and internal_____ for domes. These alterations are supposed to raise the amount of light the dome catches.

Question 9

The Global Nutrition Summit will take stock of _____ made to date, celebrate progress toward global goals on nutrition, and announce new commitments to accelerate the global response to_____. The event is open to governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, private foundations, and companies.

After a_____ of decline, the recent news that global hunger is on the rise — with the number of undernourished people increasing from 777 to 815 million in 2021 – signals the urgent need for action. During a time of political change around the globe, this event is an opportunity for world leaders to make new_____ and commit to upholding prior ones.

Nutrition plays a critical role not only in child health and survival but also in driving economic_____ for families and nations. It is encouraging to see increased attention from world leaders to address malnutrition in all its forms and in particular to reduce stunting everywhere. It will take_____ efforts and dedication to ensure this progress continues.

The Global Nutrition Summit will build on the legacy of Nutrition for Growth, the first-ever global nutrition_____ held in London in 2021, which mobilized over $4 billion for nutrition-specific projects, and $19 billion in nutrition-sensitive projects. The Summit will foster dialogue around emerging issues such as ‘Cities as Innovator Hubs’, ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Optimal Nutrition’ and ‘Gender, health, and nutrition.’

Question 10

Let’s assume you have got that dream job.

You are quite satisfied with the job and your company is quite happy with your _____. However, all this can change almost overnight if you do not look into that major aspect of_____ life – progress. Make sure that you enhance your qualities at least once a year. Also, make sure that you are_____ in pursuit of enhancing your academic knowledge. Without an increase in academic knowledge as well as qualities required for the job, you will find it very difficult to move your career forward.

Another important aspect of_____ your career potential is to network.

The network of a professional is sometimes considered as his or her the second salary.

Having a_____ relationship with colleges, company’s customers and even the company’s competitors may enhance your career.

If you have a number of people on your network, you will be able to keep an ear to the market position as well as new career opportunities and_____.

This is a tricky aspect, but if carried outright, it can work wonders for your profession. This will not only ease the initial_____ anyone has about grouping with existent members, as well as ensure that your interaction levels have increased or at least exist with other individuals.

If once you have finished you still have some blanks, go back and listen to the audio again to pinpoint the words you missed. You might see a pattern of types of words that you had trouble with. If this is the case, identifying what you need help with is a vital part of your learning process.

Have you spelled everything correctly? If not then I am afraid no points will be given for those words spelt incorrectly. Spelling mistakes can also have some sort of pattern, for instance, the letters ‘tion’ together at the end of a word makes the sound ‘shun’ there for if you are spelling words with these patterns wrong then take time out to revise these spellings.

Another common spelling mistake is knowing when to use double letters, for example, ‘distressed’, ‘approved’ and ‘recommended’ are all words containing double letters taken from the questions you just answered. 

Pay attention in this section to the little things and identify what your strengths are and what needs improvement in order to get the highest possible score. It takes time, so don’t rush yourself and be patient.

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