PTE Practice Test 5 – Listening (Summarize Spoken Text)

 PTE Practice 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.


Primarily girls are told by advertisers that what is most important about them is their perfume, their clothing, their bodies, their beauty. Their “essence” is their underwear. “He says the first thing he noticed about you is your great personality,” says an ad featuring a very young woman in tight jeans.  Click here to read full transcript

The copy continues, “He lies.” “If this is your idea of a great catch,” says an ad for a cosmetic kit from a teen magazine featuring a cute boy, “this is your tackle box.” Even very little girls are offered makeup and toys like Special Night Barbie, which shows them how to dress up for a night out. Girls of all ages get the message that they must be flawlessly beautiful and, above all these days, they must be thin.

Even more destructively, they get the message that this is possible, that, with enough effort and self-sacrifice, they can achieve this ideal. Thus many girls spend enormous amounts of time and energy attempting to achieve something that is not only trivial but also completely unattainable. The glossy images of flawlessly beautiful and extremely thin women that surround us would not have the impact they do if we did not live in a culture that encourages us to believe we can and should remake our bodies into perfect commodities. These images play into the American belief of transformation and ever-new possibilities, no longer via hard work but via purchase of the right products.

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

Most of the people who appear most often in history books are great conquerors and generals. Strangely enough the people who really helped civilization forward are often never mentioned at all. Click here to read full transcript

We do not know who made the first boat or calculated the length of the year, but we know all about our killers and destroyers.

We raise statues of them simply because they fought bravely. But even animals fight, so do savages. To fight is not be civilized. Moreover, there are other ways of settling quarrels among men or nations. So really civilized people have been those who brought peace and happiness to the mankind.

They have been prophets, saints, doctors, inventors and discoverers. They have been truly great since instead of inflicting pain and hardships upon humanity they have healed their wounds. Instead of killing, they are really civilized and deserve our attention and respect.

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