PTE Academic Reading Test 1: Fill In The Blanks – Practice Exercises

Fill in the Blanks – There is a passage with some missing words. You have a list of words in the box that you can use to fill the gaps in the text. There are more words than gaps so you will not use all the words provided. Choose the one that best matches your predictions.

This is a long answer item type that integrates speaking and reading skills and requires test takers to read a short text aloud, using correct pronunciation and intonation.

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PTE Reading: Fill In The Blanks 

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


decisions, enhance, affection, different, discover, theorized, alternative


Animals have played a major role in human’s lives throughout history. Today, scientific research is trying to (1)_______ the positive aspects of living with companion animals. Animals have been used as an (2)__________ form of treatment for many years. More recently it has been discovered that owning a pet can help lower people’s blood pressure, (3)_________ the chances of living after a heart attack, keep people more active and provide more satisfaction with life. It is (4)__________ that this happens because pets help people become more social, provide a means to give and receive (5)___________, and help connect us with the natural world.

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1. discover   2. alternative   3.enhance    4. theorized    5. affection 

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


sorry, forsee, choices, pleasant, direction, both, trail, fork


The poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost is about the (1)_______ that one makes in life. It tells about a man who comes to a (2)_______ in the road he is travelling upon. He feels (3)________ that he cannot travel (4)________ paths as he must choose one. Frost uses this fork in the road to represent a point in the man’s life where he has to choose the (5)_________ he wishes to take in life.

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1. choices  2. fork  3.sorry    4. both   5. direction

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


peaceful, polluted, cosmopolitan, bustling, facilities, crowded, hospital, sandy


Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the third by population. It is a lively and (1)_______beach resort and attracts a lot of tourists from many different countries with its (2)__________ beaches and (3)_________ relaxing atmosphere. Many Americans and Europeans, as well as Jamaicans, have summer homes in Montego Bay, so it is a (4)_______ city and becomes more (5)_________ during the holiday seasons. It is most famous for Doctor’s Cave beach, which has clear, turquoise waters.

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1. bustling  2. sandy  3.peaceful    4. cosmopolitan    5. crowded

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


 listen, empathy, determiner, improve, employed, positive, increased


High emotional intelligence can help a manager (1)_______ workplace communication skills, employee motivation and organisational effectiveness. If a manager has high (2)________ , a key component of emotional intelligence, he or she will be able to (3)_________ to the concerns of employees and will be more understanding of their needs, wants and concerns. This will most likely translate into (4)_______ motivation and satisfaction of employees and ultimately will have a (5)_________ effect on the effectiveness of the business.

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1. improve  2. empathy  3.listen    4. increased     5. positive

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