PTE Mock Test 7 – Listening (Summarize Spoken Text)

Pearson English Test Summarize Spoken Text – You will hear a short report. Write a summary in 50-70 words. This is a long-answer item type that integrates listening and writing skills, and requires test takers to understand, analyze and combine information from a spoken text, and then summarize the key points in writing.

You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the report.

PTE Practice Test: Summarize Spoken Text

  • Listen to the audio and summarize spoken text in your own words #1

Note: This transcript is given for your reference purpose only. It will not be given in PTE Academic examination.


One of the things that distinguish man from the animals is the power of speech. While it is true that most animals and birds can utter cries which indicate emotion, anger, fear, affection nevertheless, their range of sounds is very limited, so that they are not capable of expressing more complicated emotions. On the other hand, man can express a very wide range of ideas and emotions through speech.Click here to read full transcript

Words are only symbols to which special values and meanings have become attached by general agreement. The same object, consisting of printed pages and a cover is called by a French speaker Livre, by an English speaker book, and by a Hindi speaker kitab, the object is the same in each case, but in each linguistic community a different word to describe it has been agreed upon. Other symbols may be used instead of linguistic ones; a red light is used to indicate danger, a policeman‟s’ upheld hand tells us to stop, a forefinger held to the lips warns us to be quiet; but these substitutes are fairly few in number and therefore cannot be used except in very limited circumstances. 


  • Listen to the audio and summarize spoken text in your own words #2

Note: This transcript is given for your reference purpose only. It will not be given in PTE Academic examination.


Christopher Columbus, the famous navigator and explorer who is credited with the discovery of America (although he was not the first European to visit the New World) was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. The site of his birth has been a matter of debate for quite some time but several documents confirm that he was born in the Republic of Genoa as the eldest of five children to Domenico Colombo and Susanna Fontanarossa. Little is known about Columbus’ early life and childhood. He first went to sea when he was 18 years old and started making voyages for the Genoese firms at age of 21.  Click here to read full transcript

When Columbus arrived to Portugal is not exactly known but in 1479, he married Filipa Moniz Perestrelo, a daughter of the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Perestrelo (c. 1395-1457). He first lived with his wife in Lisbon where his mother-in-law showed him Perestrelo’s documents about the western lands in the Atlantic which probably influenced his theory about a westward route to Asia. He then moved to Porto Santo where his wife Filipa died shortly after giving birth to his son Diego. 


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