PTE Academic Practice Test 13 – Writing (Summarize Written Text)

PTE Academic Practice Test Summarize Written Text – Read the passage below and summarize it using 1 sentence (between 5 and 75 words). Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

Pearson English Test – Summarize Written Text

  1. Read and summarize written text in your words.

Today, the pandemic alert level was raised to 5, just one level away from epidemic proportions. This, according to the World health Organisation, is because deaths attributed to the virus have occurred in countries in which the virus was not born. In layman’s terms, we are facing a global flu pandemic the likes of which have not been seen since the 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu), in which an influenza virus spread to nearly every part of the world and reportedly killed more than 40 million people. The increase of this pandemic alert to level 5 has instilled fear and panic into the hearts of most people. Despite continual assurance that we are prepared for the pandemic, there are signs throughout the world – the global rush to purchase facemasks – that people are not listening to the experts.

A pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus, which people have no immunity to, emerges and starts spreading with the same ferocity as normal influenza. Experts have been forecasting for many years that the world is on the brink of a pandemic. Such speculations are based on the fact that records show that a global epidemic occurs every forty to fifty years. Simple calculations thus reveal that we are about 40 years overdue.

2. Read and summarize written text in your words.

Tissue consists of millions of cells that are grouped together to perform a specific function in the body. Muscle tissue, for example, is one particular type of tissue. It consists of millions of threadlike muscle cells. In addition to muscle tissue, there are three other basic types of tissue: nerve, epidermal (skin), and connective tissue.

Organs are composed of different types of tissues that work together to carry out a specific body function. For instance, the heart is an organ that consists of muscle tissue, connective tissue, and nerve tissue. Because these tissues work together, the organ of the heart is able to pump and circulate blood throughout the body. Other examples of organs are the eyes, liver, and kidneys. The skin is the largest organ of the body.

Systems consist of organs that work together. The systems of the body include the digestive system, nervous system, skeletal system (bones), muscular system, respiratory system (breathing), endocrine system (glands), excretory system (waste removal), reproductive system, and circulatory system. The organs that work together as the digestive system are the mouth, gullet, stomach, and intestines. Together the brain, spinal cord, and nerves throughout the body function as the nervous system.

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