PTE Academic Reading Test 3: Fill In The Blanks – Practice Sample

Fill in the BlanksThere is a passage with some missing words. You have a list of words in the blue box that you can use to fill the gaps in the text. There are more words than gaps so you will not use all the words provided. This item type assesses reading skills.

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PTE Reading Test 3 – Fill In The Blanks 

1. Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 


| devised | formulate | arbitrary | impact | similar | summary | usage | vertical | designed


1. Although not exactly identical, the two books are so _________ to each other that one author must have copied much of his book from the other.

2. The Prime Minister set up a committee of financial experts to help him discuss and ___________ new policies.

3. In 1990, the British researcher Tim Berners-Lee ____________ the first browser, and so paved the way for the development of the World Wide Web.

4. In newspapers, the layout of the columns is ___________, while the rows run across the page horizontally.

5. The rise in the number of deaths from AIDS has had a very significant __________ on people’s sexual behaviour.

6. Students should not try to write down everything they hear in a lecture, but just make a ___________ of the most important points.

 

2. Read the given text and choose words from the box to fill the gaps. 


| assigned | context | criteria | data | represent | denote | ignored | overlooked


7. We use the term “class” to ____________ groups of people who share the same social and economic backgrounds.

8. The new journalist was _____________ to researching the election promises of the main political parties.

9. Before we can judge a government’s success, we have to decide the ____________, such as unemployment, defence or taxation.

10. One student failed because he completely ___________ the instructions on the paper, although they appeared at the top of every page.

11. Market researchers use ______________ such as people’s spending patterns as well as information about age and occupation to decide on the most effective marketing strategies.

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1. similar 2. formulate 3. devised 4. vertical 5. impact 6. summary 7. denote 8. assigned 9. criteria 10. ignored 11. data

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        • Though some people use ‘denote’ & ‘represent’ interchangeably they do not mean the same.
          ‘Denote’ means to indicate something. For example, The colour red is used to denote passion or danger.

          Whereas ‘Represent means to speak, act, or be present officially for another person or people. For example, They chose a famous barrister to represent them in court.

          Now, in our question, we use the term class to denote group of people, not to ‘represent’ group of people

    • Though some people use ‘denote’ & ‘represent’ interchangeably they do not mean the same.
      ‘Denote’ means to indicate something. For example, The colour red is used to denote passion or danger.

      Whereas ‘Represent means to speak, act, or be present officially for another person or people. For example, They chose a famous barrister to represent them in court.

      Now, in our question, we use the term class to denote group of people, not to ‘represent’ group of people

  • Why the answer for blank 3 is “Devised”? Web browsers can be designed. we say web designing. Can you someone please explain

  • I am wondering in 10, how comes “ignored” is a right answer, can anyone please justify? I thought “overlooked” the right one.

    Thanks

    • Both words mean the same.. I don’t think overlooked should be incorrect.. both are correct ‘ignored’ and ‘overlooked’.

    • Hi Dave,

      Instructions are clearly visible and given on top of the paper, so a student cannot overlook (miss/fail to notice), the only possibility is ignored. Hope this helps.

      • Hi Anagha,
        I have same doubt as here it was not mentioned anywhere that student has read it and failed.

        @Author: If both the answers are correct then what;s the point having both of them in options? This creates chaos as in real PTE test, computer will evaluate it and not human.

        • Hi Dipesh,

          We are in the process of updating our whole site. We have received a lot of recommendations and errors. You won’t face any problems in future.
          Thanks for pointing out.

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