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PTE Listening: Summarize Spoken Text Practice Exercise 1

Hello Guys, here we have provided you with practice exercise to tackle the “Summarize Spoken Text” questions of PTE Academic exam listening module. Before attempting the practice questions, read below given tips to score 79+ in PTE exam.

  • The exam takers are required to write between 50-70 words. Fewer than 40 words or more than 100 words will get no marks for the student. So you should pay attention to the number of words in summary.
  • Using key points and main ideas, frame sentences.
  • Use synonyms and effective words in the summary text.
  • Mention any view or opinion of the speaker.
  • Avoid including examples, unless you are really short on words.
  • Avoid grammar and spelling mistakes.

PTE Listening: Summarize Spoken Text Sample Templates

“Summarize Spoken Text” responses are scored on the quality of writing and how well the student has covered main points of the recording. So we have given some sample templates to write an effective and precise summary of the spoken text:

  1. The lecture describes the information about ………….. To begin with, …………… In addition to this, ………….. To conclude, ………………
  2. The speaker provides the brief information about ………… In a nutshell, ……………….
  3. The lecture is about ……………… As per the speaker, ………………. Finally, ……………….

PTE Listening: Summarize Spoken Text Practice Questions With Model Summary

ITEM 1:

 

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This is how the human brain development takes place. Studies report that three primary structures are formed in the sixth gestational week. These are the forebrain, the midbrain, and the hindbrain, also known as the prosencephalon, mesencephalon, and the rhombencephalon respectively. Five secondary structures from these in the seventh gestational week. These are the telencephalon, diencephalon, mesencephalon, metencephalon, and myelencephalon which later become the lateral ventricles, third ventricles, aqueduct, and upper and lower parts of the fourth ventricle from the telencephalon to the myelencephalon, during adulthood. Cortical white matter increases from childhood (nearly 9 years) to adolescence (nearly 14 years), most notably in the frontal and parietal cortices. Cortical grey matter development peaks at 12 years of age in the frontal and parietal cortices, and 17 years in the temporal lobes (with the superior temporal cortex being last to mature). In terms of grey matter loss, the sensory and motor regions mature first, followed by other cortical regions. One of the most intriguing facts of human brains is the appearance of cortical folds which first takes place during 24 and 32 weeks of gestation.

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The lecture is about human brain development structure. There are three primary structures, the forebrain, the midbrain, and the hindbrain that are formed in the sixth gestational week. The speaker further explains that the sensory and motor regions of the brain mature first which is then followed by other cortical regions. In a nutshell, the lecture is the highlights of human brain development from conception through adulthood.

(67 words)

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ITEM 2:

 

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In the movie Collateral, Tom Cruise plays, Vincent, a hit man visiting Los Angeles who has five people to kill in a night. He forces Max, a taxi driver played by Jamie Fox, to drive him to each of his destinations.
Max starts to freak out after the first man is killed, and the dialogue is particularly caustic.
Max: Well, who was he?
Vincent: What do you care? Have you ever heard of Rwanda?
Max: Yes, I know Rwanda.
Vincent: Well, tens of thousands killed before sundown. Nobody’s killed people that fast since Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Did you bat an eye, Max?
Max: What?
Vincent: Did you join Amnesty International, Oxfam, Save the Whales, Greenpeace, or something? No. I off one fat Angelino and you throw a hissy fit.
Max: Man, I don’t know any Rwandans.
Vincent: You don’t know the guy in the trunk, either.

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The lecture describes a scene of the film “Collateral” in which Tom Cruise plays a hit man. The lecture then moves on to a dialogue conversation between Vincent and Max who is a taxi driver. After the first killing by Vincent, taxi driver freaks out. At last Vincent reveals that he doesn’t know the guy he killed.

(57 words)

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ITEM 3:

 

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Invisibility, flight, the power to split into multiple bodies… these superhuman abilities have long been associated with ninjas, but ninjas didn’t really do all of that stuff.  They were just regular people with exceptional abilities.  So why do people think that ninjas had super powers?  Well, one reason is that ninjas were very secretive and left behind few historical records of their activities.  Since we do not know much about what they actually did, we are left to speculate.  Another reason why people often think that ninjas had superhuman abilities is because of how ninjas are depicted in folklore (particularly during the Edo period in Japan).  In such legends and works of art, ninjas were mysticized and romanticized.  These romantic notions of ninjas as superhero are perpetuated in media today, but maybe that’s just because these days people expect ninjas to have supernatural abilities.

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The speaker in the lecture is a briefing about superhuman abilities with which people associate ninjas. People think that ninjas had superpowers because they don’t know much about them and this is how they have been portrayed in art and media. In a nutshell, with few historical records to correct these misconceptions, the myths prevail.

(55 words)

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ITEM 4:

 

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Haussmann’s renovation of Paris was a vast public works program commissioned by Emperor Napoléon III and directed by his prefect of the Seine, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, between 1853 and 1870. It included the demolition of medieval neighborhoods that were deemed overcrowded and unhealthy by officials at the time; the building of wide avenues; new parks and squares; the annexation of the suburbs surrounding Paris; and the construction of new sewers, fountains and aqueducts. Haussmann’s work met with fierce opposition, and he was finally dismissed by Napoleon III in 1870; but work on his projects continued until 1927. The street plan and distinctive appearance of the center of Paris today is largely the result of Haussmann’s renovation.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the center of Paris was overcrowded, dark, dangerous, and unhealthy.

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The lecture is about Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. The renovation was a vast public works program in which Napoleon III instructed Haussmann to bring air and light to the center of the city, construct new parks, squares, sewers, fountains, and aqueducts. The old Paris was overcrowded, dark, dangerous, and unhealthy.

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ITEM 5:

 

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The image of the ninja wearing all black is a popular one indeed, but there is really no evidence that ninjas ever wore such a costume.  In fact, it is much more likely that ninjas dressed as regular civilians, which would have been far more effective camouflage in most situations than an all black suit.  The use of disguises amongst ninja is common and well-documented.  Ninja often dressed as monks, entertainers, fortune-tellers, merchants, or farmers.  Each of these disguises carried advantages that dressing in all black did not.  Dressed as monks, ninjas could conceal weapons in their robes.  Dressed as entertainers, they could spy in enemy buildings without arousing suspicion.  Dressed as fortune-tellers, they could extract information from unknowing targets.  Dressed as merchants, they could travel freely across enemy borders.  And while dressed as farmers, ninja carried simple gardening tools (such as sickles or trowels) and used them as deadly weaponry.  In this way if a ninja were caught by authorities, he could claim that his deadly apparatus were tools, not weapons.  Though they may not have been wearing all black stealth suits, ninjas were always well-disguised.

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The popular image of ninjas wearing black suits, might not be real. It is likely that they dressed like regular civilians. They wore more advantageous disguises such as farmer, fortune-teller, merchant, or monk. In a nutshell, the lecture is about how ninjas really dressed.

(44 words)

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6 thoughts on “PTE Listening: Summarize Spoken Text Practice Exercise 1”

  1. The lecturer describes the information about the human brain development that begins at an early age until adulthood. There were different stages that were mentioned about the encephalon brain parts which develop according to a human’s developmental age as early as toddler,adolescent and adulthood.

    this was hard

  2. 3. The speaker gives an information about why people think that ninjas has super natural abilities such as invisibility that makes them very different from regular people. The reasons is that ninjas has many talents about practicing martial arts that they had taken it from their ancestors. They are originated from Japan and according to their history this ninjas were legends.

  3. 5. The speaker talked about how ninjas supposed to dress if wearing a whole black suit that it would easier for them to be caught by anyone. However, ninjas could wear like civilians and act like it,for example they could wear like farmers so that they can use farmer tools to execute someone and if they will be caught it would be possible to say that it was an accident.

  4. The speaker talked about the movie “Collateral” where Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox played the respective roles of Vincent who is a serial killer and Max who is a taxi driver hired by Vincent to reach his targets. She mentioned that, when Max panicked after Vincent’s first murder, he tried to convince him that killing one person should not concern him because lots of people get killed daily and no one cares.

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