Summarise Spoken Text

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This is the task one of the PTE test in Listening Module. This is a long-answer listening task type that tests listening and writing skills. You have to summarise the key points in a short lecture, in 50-70 words. You will do 2-3 summarise spoken text tasks.

You will have 10 minutes to finish each task. You response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points presented in the lecture.


  1. Your grammar, vocabulary and spelling should be accurate. Leave one or two minutes at the end to check your summary. Have you used the right tense? Have you started each sentence with a capital letter, used commas in lists and ended with a full stop.
  2. Your summary should include the main points and important supporting points. When you are summarising research or an experiment, note down the key stages paying less attention to examples or minor details.


Subskills tested

Listening: Identifying the topic, theme or






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