PTE Practice Test 14 – Writing (Summarize Written Text)

PTE Practice Test 14 (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.

PTE Practice Test – Summarize Written Text

  1. Read and summarize written text in your words.

In the present day we see advertisements wherever we cast our eyes. Drawing up advertisements is not as easy as it might look at first sight. The knowledge of psychology is essential in order to draw up a good advertisement, one which will attract people and persuade them to buy something. Advertisements help people to make up their minds. An understanding of human nature and the way men‟s minds work is very necessary in a man who is going to write something which makes a person decide to part with his money. Some unskillful writers, instead of attracting people to buy goods, make them feel annoyed. For example it is said to be wrong from the psychological point of view to declare “Our toothpaste is the best”. Those who see such an advertisement say to themselves: “No, it isn’t. What I have been using for the last ten years is much better”. A wise way is to suggest that the toothpaste you manufacture has qualities which make it worth a trial. Again, a photograph is more attractive than a drawing of imaginary scenes of persons.

On the moral side, too, one has to be careful. Most advertising agencies refuse to have anything to do with the sale of goods which may be harmful or which are not what they are declared to be. Advertisements must not deceive. Certain medicines, upon examination, turn out to be nothing but water, sugar and coloring matter, yet the dishonest manufacturers ask a high price for them.


PTE Practice Test 12 – Summarize Written Text

PTE Practice Test 13 – Summarize Written Text

2. Read and summarize written text in your words.

Pilate, the ancient Roman Governor of Judea, was not much interested in knowing the meaning of truth. He was a skeptical man and changed his opinions frequently. There are men who think that having fixed beliefs amounts to slavery. They want freedom of thought and action. A school of philosophers in ancient Greece, called the skeptics, were of the view that whatever the man was inclined to believe was true.

The discovery of truth involves a lot of time and labour. Besides, when the truth has been discovered it acts as a kind of restraint upon the minds of the men, because, men cannot change their beliefs according to their whim. Lies are in favor not because of either of these two causes. It seems that human beings are somehow or other attracted by lies. Lies told by poets are certainly a source of pleasure. Lies told by traders bring them financial gain. But why people should speak lies for the sake of lies is not clear.

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