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.

TRANSCRIPT

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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  • Hi Author, please review

    The author talks about the civilized people. Often people names mentioned in history books are of great conquers and generals, but who really help civilization are not mentioned at all. Instead of quarreling, destroying, fighting between the countries, there are many ways to solve problems, the fight is not civilized. Civilized people like doctors, prophets, teachers, saints instead of killing people they handled in a more civilized manner through peace and happiness, they deserved our attention and respect.

  • Hi Author, Please review

    The author explains how girls are brought up in America, setting up their mind that beauty is most important part of their life. It could be dressing up, putting perfumes etc., beauty is their essence under great personality. This continued for many generations, where kids were given tackle box to makeup Barbie toy and were also told to be thin and maintain flawless beauty. Girls spent a lot of energy, self-sacrifice, hard work, and purchase of right products to achieve flawless beauty.

  • Dear Author, Appreciate your time on this.

    Nowadays young girls and women are more particular about their beauty. Even the recent advertisement industry, those who sells perfume, clothing are more particular in targeting these people. The girls of all ages prefer to dress like a Barbie doll and spend huge money and time. The author conveys, glossy image of being thin is the destructive nature as per the American belief.

    As per the author, the civilized people in our society such as Saints, Doctors, Teachers are considered as the most deserving people. However, when we look at our history and the ancient civilization, we had raised statues for people who fought and conducted wars. Overall, he compares animals to them, which also fight to hunt their prey.

  • This lecture is about recognizing the efforts of the reformers who made great contribution to the mankind by healing their wounds and in settled quarrels, although many of them are not mentioned in the history, we tend to erect the statues of the people who fought so do the animals, the point here is that these group of people may be doctors, inventors etc. deserve respect since they go unnoticed.

    Comments please Authour.

  • This lecture brings out the devastating effects of the advertisements on the girls of all age groups in America, they are misguided by imparting trivial ideas which are unattainable too, the wrong notion of becoming beautiful is been imparted that, through the purchase of beauty products and in achieving those vain ideas they self-sacrifice and spend time in attaining unrealistic goals.

    please provide your feedback Author.

  • The speaker tells that the we all know about the great Generals and warrior who fought battles to bring the civilisation and honoured them by making their statues.But the real civilisation lies in the peace and happiness which is brought by the saints,doctors,inventors,discoverers.To conclude,the speaker enlighten the need to recognise the people who heeled the wounds .

  • The speaker describes that the advertisement of various beauty,clothing products influence the life of girls.The impact of various models who advertised, especially teens want to be alike the same and get conscious about the glossy images and thin body.Moreover,the speaker said that it is also the belief that by using the exact product onus can achieve the same.

  • The lecture talks about history and says most of the people who appear more often in history books are Conqueror and Generals, people do not know who made the first book, or calculated the year calendar but are aware who fought which battle, we raise statues of brave fighters, but civilized people like Saints, Prophets, Doctors, do not fight, they bring peace and happiness and should be respected as they healed the wounds of every human being.

  • History books do not contain the names of those who helped in civilization rather comprises of information about conquerors and generals and their fights and even fights of animals, consequently everybody knows the names of destroyers not the real heroes. Civilized people faced great pains and hardships in bringing peace and happiness to the humanity. Thus, these people deserve our attention and respect.

  • Presently, advertisements are influencing females of all ages towards clothing and beauty products explaining the significance of flawless beauty and perfect body that can be possible through self-sacrifice. Young and little girls are spending time and energy to achieve unattainable results. Moreover, the glossy images of thin personalities have a profound impact that required transformation of their bodies into perfect commodities can only be possible through prescribed diet products.

  • All the historical books enclosed with great generals. While on the other hand, civilized people are vanishing from the history. Moreover, civilized people are those who help people and bring peace in their society. For instance, Doctors, Researchers, and Inventors are a truly civilized people; therefore people must give respect and pay attention to them.

  • Can you please review and comment — The primary girls merely influenced by perfume, cloth, and beauty via advertisement. Even little girl knows how to make-up the dolls for night out. Moreover, girls of all ages pass on the message that they are beautiful hence can procure the desire outcome, but principally they are wasting their time and energy to achieve unattainable results.

  • This lecture throws light on the dangerous trend which inculcates a feeling in girls, that flawless beauty is more important than hard work. This leads to a tendency in concentrating on unimportant and unattainable aspects through self-sacrifice. The trend is so widespread that even small girls are targeted through their Barbies and toys. Overall, emphasis is laid more on buying commodities that will give give a glossy body.

  • The speaker talks about the girls’ personality building items. The major things are perfume, cosmetic and clothing. Girls keep themselves update with the latest fashion according to their culture. For this, they buy a fashion magazine, watch fashion advertisements. Age does not matter, even a baby girl impressed by her toy barbie and try to copy it, and wish to be like as Barbie in fashion. In nutshell, girls spend energy and money to look a fashionable.

  • The importance of a history of conquerors and generals have been significantly outlined as it includes that they helped civilisation and fought bravely. Meanwhile, there are many ways of civilised people who maintained the peace and happiness to the mankind. Moreover, it can be stated that they are human civilised and worthy our attention and respect.

  • we need at least one example with an answer to know whether we are going in the right direction or not. Simply practicing wouldn’t help.

  • Girls have been influenced by advertisers that perfume, body and underwear are crucial to be attractive. You can see young girls and boys with perfect beauty and thin images affect others to be like them. This is very hard because they sacrifice themselves to get this image. It can be unrealistic goal by others to have a perfect body.

  • Nowadays, young girls are influenced by advertisement. Young girls are more concentrate on clothes, cosmetic, perfume through advertisement. Even very little girls are offered make-up for Barbie and toys. Some girls spend more time and energy to achieve something but completely unattainable. Purchasing right products is most important for new possibilities.

    People who appear in history book are the great conqueror in ancient days. But generally we don’t care about who built first boat or who calculated length of the year. Civilized people bought peace and happiness to the mankind. Doctors, inventors and discoverers have been truly great since instead of inflicting pain they have healed their wounds. Instead of killing, they are really civilized and deserve our attention and respect.

  • 1. Nowadays, young girls are influenced by advertisement. Young girls are more concentrate on clothes, cosmetic, perfume through advertisement. Even very little girls are offered make-up for Barbie and toys. Some girls spend more time and energy to achieve something but completely unattainable. Purchasing right products is most important for new possibilities

    2.People who appear in history book are the great conqueror in ancient days. But generally we don’t care about who built first boat or who calculated length of the year. Civilized people bought peace and happiness to the mankind. Doctors, inventors and discoverers have been truly great since instead of inflicting pain they have healed their wounds. Instead of killing, they are really civilized and deserve our attention and respect.

  • Ads normally promote that perfumes, clothing, body and beauty is the foremost thing for girls.Wrong notions, such as wearing tight jeans, having a cosmetic kit, and need for looking flawlessly beautiful and having skinny bodies, are being conceived as the ultimate goals and girls spend a considerable amount of time to achieve what is quite unattainable.

  • The article states that history always mentions the conqueror generals and destroyers who helped establish peace through fight and war. Even animals and savages fight but their fight is not civilized. Main criteria for praising personalities should be based on their contribution to peace and happiness. We should hail doctors, saints, philanthropists who heal the wounds in a civilized way.

  • The importance of beauty of women has been significantly outlined as it includes that the beauty comes from women body, clothing and perfume. Notably, it also denotes that the many girls spend the huge amount of time to achieve something in their lives. Therefore, it can be stated that pictures of stunningly beautiful and extremely thin women would not have the strong impact on the American society.

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