PTE Test Sample 11 – Reading (Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer)

Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer – Read the text 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 reading skills. It requires test takers to read, analyze, understand and assess a short text on an academic subject and choose a single correct response.


PTE Academic Reading Practice Sample – Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer
PTE Academic Reading Practice Sample – Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer – 2
PTE Academic Reading Practice Sample – Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer – 3
PTE Academic Reading Practice Sample – Multiple Choice Choose Single Answer – 4

PTE Practice – Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer

Read the following passage and answer question 1.

In 1998 scientists using the neutrino detector in Kamioka, Japan, were able to observe several thousand neutrinos—elusive, tiny subatomic particles moving at nearly the speed of light and passing through almost everything in their path. The Kamioka findings have potentially far-reaching ramifications. They strongly suggest that the neutrino has mass, albeit an infinitesimal amount. Even a tiny mass means that neutrinos would outweigh all the universe’s visible matter, because of their vast numbers.

The findings also suggest that a given neutrino does not have one stable mass or one stable identity; instead it oscillates from one identity or “flavor” (physicists’ term describing how neutrinos interact with other particles) to another. This oscillation may explain why, although the Sun is a large source of neutrinos, detectors capture far fewer solar neutrinos than the best theory of solar physics predicts: the neutrinos may be changing to flavors undetectable by detectors.

Finally, while the standard particle-physics model—which describes all matter in terms of twelve fundamental particles and four fundamental forces—does not allow for neutrinos with mass, there are theories that do. Further experiments to confirm that neutrinos have mass could help physicists determine which, if any, of these theories is correct

  1. The primary purpose of the passage is to

[A]. evaluate the merits of a particular theory in light of new evidence
[B]. discuss scientists’ inability to account for certain unexpected discoveries
[C]. point out certain shortcomings in a long-standing theory
[D]. consider some implications of certain scientific findings



Read the following passage and answer question 2.

The increasing pressure on American businesses to purpose cost – cutting measures will eventually lead to an increase in the outsourcing of business processes to venues with lower head, such as India. However, this shift may not provide the dramatic gains for American business that might have been expected by an enterprises with an ethos for change that is oriented to preserving bottom – line profits.

The difficulty is that a significant portion of American society remains uncomfortable with shifting business tasks overseas. Therefore, American businesses will predominantly opt for outsourcing opportunities for repetitive tasks that can easily be brought back to the United States if necessary.
Nevertheless, opportunities for India firms to get a larger piece of pie seem certain to arise. The growing emphasis on bringing down the cast of back – office operations is bound to offer increasing scope for India firms to become involved in novel types of ever more complex business processes.

As the universe expands outward in all directions, any observer from a fixed vantage point will look out and see everything running away from them. The further away any two points are, the more the expansion affects them, and the faster they appear to be moving away from each other. Hubble’s result was the first experimental proof that we do not live in a steady-state universe, but rather a dynamic and expanding one.

2. The primary purpose of the passage is to

[A]. present an overview of the different types of business opportunities available to Indian firms
[B]. present a reasoned prognosis of the business opportunities that may become available to Indian firms
[C]. analyze how opportunities available to Indian firms were necessitated by an increasing number of American firms
[D]. analyze the use of cost-cutting measures as a substitute for outsourcing in the new American business climate.



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