PTE Academic Listening Mock Test – Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer

Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer – Listen to the recording and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

This is a multiple-choice item type that assesses listening skills. It requires test takers to listen to, analyze, understand and assess a short recording on an academic subject and choose a single correct response.

PTE Listening: Multiple-choice, choose single answer

  • Listen to the audio and answer the following question #1


Ques 1 : What is the main idea that the speaker is trying to convey?

[A]. The ancient Romans were the first to lead a life of pure luxury.
[B]. If the Romans had spent more time governing and less time bathing, the Roman Empire would still exist today.
[C]. The ancient Romans made luxury and socializing a part of bathing.



TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in actual PTE Academic Test)

For the ancient Romans, taking a bath was a very special occasion. Because they considered bathing a social opportunity, they constructed huge public baths that put our modern-day indoor pools and spas to shame. Click here to read full transcript

Not only were the baths themselves lavishly decorated, they were also surrounded by shops, libraries, and lounges so that a person could shop, read or chat after bathing. The famed Baths of Caracalla, for example, offered Roman citizens massages and saunas in addition to a gymnasium and gardens for after-bath walks in lovely surroundings. Art lovers that they were, the Romans also frequently built art galleries into their bathing facilities. There were also kitchens, where food was prepared to serve hungry bathers. Although initially men and women bathed separately, mixed baths became the fashion until 500 A.D., when the coming of Christianity brought the public baths to an end.


  • Listen to the audio and answer the following question #2


Ques: The main idea of passage is

[A]. The soil used in container plantings.
[B]. The management of container plantings
[C]. The effects of container for plants
[D]. The endurance of container plantings at homes.



TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in actual PTE Academic Test)

Almost anyone who has grown container plantings has experienced the frustration of planters that look great for the first couple of weeks, but then start to decline. Click here to read full transcript

Not to worry. With a little understanding of how plants grow in containers, what to use for soil, and how to feed and water properly, you’ll have the tools to keep your container plants looking great throughout their growing lifetimes.

Unlike plants growing in the ground, container plants don’t have the luxury of endless soil in which to stretch out their roots. Containers only hold a small volume of
soil in a defined space. And we often further reduce this available space by putting a number of plants in each container.

Success with container plantings, whether you’re planting in window boxes or in old work boots, begins from the ground up. Garden soils or purchased topsoils intended for garden beds aren’t appropriate for containers: they are too heavy, and tend to drain slowly, so roots confined to small spaces run the risk of rotting and dying. Additionally, the gardener who fills large planters with soil from a garden bed will find the planters excessively heavy to move.

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