PTE Academic Listening Test 1 – Fill In The Blanks – Practice Sample

Listening: Fill in the blanks – In this type of questions, you will hear a recording and after listening, type missing words in each gap. This item type will test your listening and writing skills.

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PTE Academic Listening – Fill In The Blanks

1. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

British commanders had _____ learnt the lessons of the Crimean War, and could adapt themselves to battalion and regimental columns maneuvering in jungles, deserts and mountainous regions; what they failed to _______ was that when they came up against the Boers all their tactical and technical skills were of little use because they had _____ failed to comprehend the trench fighting and _____ raids of the American Civil War. In 1899 all arms of the British service went to war with what was to _____ antiquated tactics, and in some cases antiquated weapons.

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indeed, comprehend, entirely, cavalry, prove

2. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

The Internet has _____ its part in the brand Bard propagation, but it has also produced a mountain of alternative, more _______ content upon which we could choose to feast. And yet it is Shakespeare who has risen to the top. And not just online where he’s _____ up so much that there are now bespoke Shakespeare search engines.

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played, contemporary, looked

3. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

It was the rise of local mono-cultural _______ that led to the break-up of the Empire, when Slav nationalism resulted in the ________ of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne on June 28, 1914 and Austria-Hungary was _______ into the armed conflict that became World War I. The post-World War II European space of a European Union of states with free movement of people and of goods and pan-European human rights ______ at its center could be seen as resurrecting the Austro-Hungarian model.

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nationalism, assassination, catapulted, legislation

4. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

The ________ of slavery into new territories and states had been an issue as far back as the Northwest _______ of 1784. When the slave territory of Missouri sought statehood in 1818, Congress debated for two years before _______ upon the Missouri Compromise of 1820. This was the first of a series of political deals that resulted from _______ between pro-slavery and antislavery forces over the expansion of the “_______ institution,” as it was known, into the West.

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extension, Ordinance, arriving, arguments, peculiar

5. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

The Civil War marked a _______ moment in United States history. Long simmering sectional tensions reached a critical stage in 1860–1861 when eleven slave-holding states ______ and formed the Confederate States of America. Political _______ gave way to war in April 1861, as Confederates _______ on their right to leave the Union and the loyal states refused to allow them to go.

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defining, seceded, disagreement, insisted

6. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

Once again, history repeats itself, the _______ in the environment around the world is on the rise with many ______ on edge. Yet this time around there are many countries with nuclear weapons ______ and so the stakes are much higher. In recent months we have been ______ to a rise in random terrorist attacks and ______ all over the world like the ones given below.

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instability, regions, capability, witness, conflicts

7. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

There are a high number of _______ and web pages about spiritual topics and there are an equally high number of publications containing _______ from spiritual beings, which have been received through channeling. The quality, _______, and reliability of such information must be assessed case by case. A universal _______ is not possible.

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publications, information, truthfulness, judgement

8. Listen the following audio and type missing words in each blank.

It can be very _______ to hear or read about the work, purpose, and tasks of non ______ beings. However, for most of us, such information is useful at best for entertainment. If we, respectively our soul, wanted to learn about the _______ in the spiritual world, why then should we incarnate at all? Our soul could have stayed in the ______ world. The interrelations of the spiritual world are certainly easier to _____ while you indeed are in the spiritual world. If you currently were in the rain forest with the goal to _______ the system of the rain forest better, would you then for this purpose drive to the desert?

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fascinating, incarnated, interrelations, spiritual, grasp, understand

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  • Hello Sir,
    While practicing for the Listening part, I usually take notes in my notebook and then transfer it to screen. Will we be getting time in PTE actual test day to do so?

  • In Listening exercise number 7, it says ‘An universal judgement is not possible’.
    Shouldn’t it be ‘A universal judgement is not possible’?

    • Universal starts with “U” and as a rule, we use “a” and not “an” before vowels. Nonetheless, it does not sound like “U” but “Y”, another example would be the word “University” which is also referred to as a university rather than “an University”. There are a few words in English with this trick and you should have a look at it to improve your grammar score.

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