PTE Listening Test -1 (Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer) – Practice Sample

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.

PTE Listening: Multiple-choice, choose single answer

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

Ques 1. It can be inferred from the passage that sea anemones are usually found

[A]. hidden inside cylindrical objects
[B]. attached to stationary surfaces
[C]. floating among underwater flowers
[D]. chasing prey around wharf pilings


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

With its radiant color and plantlike shape, the sea anemone looks more like a flower than an animal. More specifically, the sea anemone is formed quite like the flower for which it is named, with a body like a stem and tentacles like petals in brilliant shades of blue, green, pink, and red Its diameter varies from about six millimeters in some species to more than ninety centimeters in the giant varieties of Australia. Like corals, hydras, and jellyfish, sea anemones are coelenterates. They can move slowly, but more often they attach the lower part of their cylindrical bodies to rocks, shells, or wharf pilings. The upper end of the sea anemone has a mouth surrounded by tentacles that the animal uses to capture its food. Stinging cells in the tentacles throw out tiny poison threads that paralyze other small sea animals. The tentacles then drag this prey into the sea anemone’s mouth. The food is digested in the large inner body cavity. When disturbed a sea anemone retracts its tentacles and shortens its body so that it resembles a lump on a rock. Anemones may reproduce by forming eggs, dividing in half or developing buds that grow and break off as independent animals.

Listen to the audio and answer the following question #2

Ques 2. What is the main subject of the passage?

[A]. The adventures of Canadian settlers
[B]. The role of rivers and lakes in Canadian development’
[C]. The barriers to east-west communication in Canada
[D]. The development of the Canadian fur empire


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

Although great natural barriers hindered east-west development in Canada, this circumstance was mitigated by the mighty river and lake systems that provided avenues for the fur trader, missionary, soldier, and settler. Canada’s rivers and lakes allowed and, indeed, invited venturesome pioneers to explore the interior of the continent and in spite of natural barriers, to tap its great wealth. The rivers and lakes were essential to the great fur empire; people in canoes brought furs from the farthest extremity of the Canadian Shield to Montreal for exportation to Europe. The first settlements spread along the rivers, since only the rivers provided transportation and communication. Militarily, rivers and lakes were of prime importance; whoever controlled the St. Lawrence and its entrance also controlled Canada.

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