PTE Reading module by PTE HUT

Reading module

This section of the PTE exam contains passages and questions based on the reading skills of the candidate. For each question, the candidate has to read the instructions carefully before answering it. There are five types of questions in the reading module that can be easily solved with the help of grammar rules and enhanced vocabulary. Different types of questions are:

  1. Reading and writing: Fill in the blanks (drop and down)
  2. Multiple choice choose multiple answers
  3. Re-order paragraph
  4. Reading: Fill in the blanks (drag and drop)
  5. Multiple choice choose single answer

1. Reading and writing fill in the blanks (drop and down)

Reading and writing fill in the blanks is an important part of reading which contributes about 45% of reading. In PTE reading, fill in the blanks are solved with the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. A person with enhanced vocabulary and grammar can easily score well in the Reading module. In reading and writing: fill in the blanks, there is a stanza with some missing words for which 4 options are given. There are about 5 questions in each stanza which comprises 1 mark. There are 5-6 reading and writing blanks in PTE reading. Fill the blanks with an appropriate word to make paragraphs meaningful.

Tips to do reading and writing: fill in the blanks

  • Learn collocations to find out parts of speech
  • Take grammar lessons to enhance to grammatical skills.
  • To enhance vocabulary, find and read the meaning of new words. Try to learn their synonyms as well. Daily reading of newspaper is also beneficial.
  • Stay updated with academic subjects and routine examples.
  • Attempt each question within 2 minutes.

2. Multiple choice choose multiple answers

In this, there is one passage/text, question, and 4 options. Now, the text here can be longer, up to 300 words. There is no need to spend time on MCQs as they are silent time killers.

Tips to do MCQs

  • Understand the question by reading passage and read options as well. Search for keywords in the options and paragraphs.
  • Skim paragraph quickly and find keywords. Note that you do not skip any line.
  • Understand the meaning of options and find keywords.
  • Do not spend more than 1.5 to 2 minutes answering each question.
  • Apply the elimination strategy. Eliminate the options for which you are not sure. Only highlight the correct options because there is negative marking for each incorrect option.

3. Reorder paragraph

In this module, jumbled sentences are there on the computer screen. There is a shuffling of sentences. Scoring of re-paragraphs is done on the basis of pairing. Each pair carries one mark.

Tips for reorder paragraphs

  • Skim the sentences.
  • Find out the independent sentence which can become a starting line.
  • The sentence starting with pronouns or examples cannot be the first sentence.
  • Find out keywords to arrange paragraphs.
  • Also, the sentence can be arranged according to chronological order or by the passage of time.

4. Reading: Fill in the blanks

A small passage will be there with few missing words around 3-6. There are 4 to 5 passages of fill in the blanks. You will be provided with options below which may vary in the numbers. You have to drag and drop the word at a suitable place which you think is right in the respective blank.

Tips to do Reading: fill in the blanks

  • You need to manage time while doing blanks. Spend only 2 minutes on each question.
  • Make sure whether a paragraph is positive or negative in sense.
  • Develop good vocabulary with the help of different sources.
  • Get knowledge of collocations first before starting your reading.
  • Eliminate the options which are not suitable first.

5. Multiple choice questions with single answer

Again there is a paragraph of about 300 words with 5 to 6 options. Choose the most suitable answers.

Tips to do multiple choice questions with single answer

  • Instead of reading paragraphs, always read and understand the question first.
  • Read different articles to enhance the habit of reading. It will help you to determine what the paragraph is about.
  • The texts are generally from everyday subjects such as humanities, natural sciences, or social science.
  • Look for keywords in the question, the text as well as from the options.
  • Pay attention to nouns, dates, adjectives, activities or any repeated activity mentioned.
  • Do not spend more than 1.5 to 2 minutes answering each question.
  • Solve questions with the elimination method. That means to remove that option for which you are not sure. And finalize the answer.
  • Do not skip any line in the paragraph.
  • Do not leave any question unanswered as there is no negative marking in this.