PTE Academic Writing: Summarize Written Text – Practice Sample 6

Summarize Written Text – Read the passage below and summarize it using one 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.

PTE Writing – Summarize Written Text

  1. Read the given text and summarize it in your words.

It is obvious from the visible garbage around us that solid wastes are not being managed properly. However, housing colonies are the mot disorganized sector as far as garbage is concerned. As a result the legal garbage dumps are overflowing and the number of illegal garbage dumps in the by-lanes, parks and roadside is on the increase in most colonies of Delhi, and for that matter in all Indian cities.

At present five percent of Delhi‟s land mass is being choked by the garbage. This five percent has become a wasteland, its utility is steadily declining and soil quality is deteriorating. Besides being eyesores, these garbage dumps pose health and environment hazard for the ten million people who live in Delhi. They are the breeding grounds for the germs of infectious diseases like plague, tuberculosis, dysentery, diarrhea, eye-infections and numerous skin ailments.

Scientific management of garbage thus is one of the most important services that need to be regularized in all residential colonies. After exploring all viable solutions to this problem, I have successfully launched an indigenous scheme „Cleaning Brigade‟ in many colonies of Delhi. The Cleaning Brigades are managing solid wastes for at least 25 thousand Delhites. A year and a half back the first cleaning brigade was launched during the Asiad. Since then it has been constantly expanding.

Solid waste pose big threat to people’s health and environment so there is a strong need for its proper and scientific management.


2. Read the given text and summarize it in your words.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” says a proverb. This dictum has become true only if we know that play meas. The dictum incorporates every kind of entertainment along with playing in its meaning. Playing is immensely helpful. It builds our reflexes, stamina, strength and energy. It builds a spirit of sportsmanship and a sense of comradeship in us. It also increases our intelligence and memory because we inhale more oxygen while playing.

Coming to entertainment, we must first establish as to what constitutes entertainment? Most students I have spoken to watch films or television, go to discos or listen to violent, deafening music because they want to be entertained. When I ask them why they don‟t read something truly worthwhile, they say it bores them. I wonder why the stupid and the inane entertain them and the profound bores them? I wish someone would probe the very basis of our existence. Most of us glamorize laziness. We seek religion mainly because it is a license to be lazy and not to think. We accumulate people for all sorts of causes in order to fill the emptiness of our minds. Fathers retire at 60 and stop working in offices at 35. Mothers are choked with domestic work. They may be both do no more than three hours of creative work but they expect their child to work for twelve. They have perhaps forgotten that best impetus for a child is inspiration through personal example.

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