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PTE Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks Practice Part 1

In order to score high in the PTE Reading & Writing “Fill in the Blanks” section, find here sample practice questions with transcripts. The candidates need to use their grammar knowledge in choosing the correct missing words. To improve your PTE scores, follow our useful PTE reading & writing “fill in the blanks” tips and tricks, that will help the candidates to prepare well for the exam and score maximum scores.

PTE Academic Reading & Writing – Fill in the Blanks Tips:

  1. Skim the whole text before the recording begins to get the central idea of the text.
  2. Read the options and eliminate which does not fit in the text or modify its meaning. If you do not know the answer, guess works sometimes but don’t leave it unanswered.
  3. Look for obvious pairs of words (that you often see or hear) and logical chronology of events.
  4. Apply your knowledge of grammar especially of idioms and collocations. This will help you identify the correct missing word from the given options.
  5. Rule out words based on the contextual meaning of the passage (negative or positive) and if it should be an adjective, noun, verb etc.
  6. Practice at home with common collocations of verbs and adjectives with prepositions so to remember them while taking the exam.
  7. Always keep the track of time with on-screen timer.

PTE Reading & Writing: Fill in the Blanks Practice – Part 1

Below is a text with blanks. Select the appropriate answer choice for each blank.

PRACTICE SET 1:

Human factors, with its (1)………. on user- or person-centered design, can help to ensure that health care in the home suits the people, the tasks, and the environments involved and that the care provided is safe, (2)………., and efficient. According to the International Ergonomics Association, “[Human factors] is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the (3)………. that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance” (International Ergonomics Association, 2010).Human factors is (4)………. concerned with applying what is known about human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design of systems, tasks/activities, environments, and equipment/technologies. It is also concerned with the design of training programs and instructional materials that (5)………. the performance of tasks or the use of technology/equipment.

Human factors is (4)………. concerned with applying what is known about human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design of systems, tasks/activities, environments, and equipment/technologies. It is also concerned with the design of training programs and instructional materials that (5)………. the performance of tasks or the use of technology/equipment.

S.No Choose Missing Words
1 stress emphasis prominence focus
2 practical effective theoretical implicit
3 profession sphere field pursuit
4 so thus therefore hence
5 assist support aid reinforce

[expand title=”TRANSCRIPT”]Human factors, with its emphasis on user- or person-centered design, can help to ensure that health care in the home suits the people, the tasks, and the environments involved and that the care provided is safe, effective, and efficient. According to the International Ergonomics Association, “[Human factors] is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance” (International Ergonomics Association, 2010).

Human factors is therefore concerned with applying what is known about human behavior, abilities, limitations, and other characteristics to the design of systems, tasks/activities, environments, and equipment/technologies. It is also concerned with the design of training programs and instructional materials that support the performance of tasks or the use of technology/equipment.[/expand]

PRACTICE SET 2:

Smoking is still very (1)………. in certain places in the world. In Greece, 40% of people over the age of 15 are smokers. Belgium isn’t too far behind either, consuming a (2)………. amount of tobacco per capita annually. Part of this has to do with the public’s perception of smoking in these places. In Greece, for example, efforts to ban smoking in public are relatively (3)………. and not well-enforced. Efforts to curb smoking through taxation have largely failed as well; Greece, for one, has a large black market for cheaper cigarettes.

The United States has seen a (4)………. drop in cigarette consumption over time, an important change given the importance of tobacco as a cash crop in the colonial days. (5)………. the reduction, the US still manages to make the top five in terms of tobacco consumption. For the most part, states have been free to regulate tobacco usage as they see fit. As a result, policies on smoking in public and the price of a pack of cigarettes (6)………. widely from one state to another. Regardless of particular state laws, it is increasingly more common for restaurants, offices, bars, and other businesses to proactively ban smoking on premises.

S.No Choose Missing Words
1 usual common popular regular
2 great tremendous huge whooping
3 old recent new former
4 steady instant significant fast
5 inspite of even with despite regardless of
6 varies deviate differ change

[expand title=”TRANSCRIPT”]Smoking is still very common in certain places in the world. In Greece, 40% of people over the age of 15 are smokers. Belgium isn’t too far behind either, consuming a tremendous amount of tobacco per capita annually. Part of this has to do with the public’s perception of smoking in these places. In Greece, for example, efforts to ban smoking in public are relatively recent and not well-enforced. Efforts to curb smoking through taxation have largely failed as well; Greece, for one, has a large black market for cheaper cigarettes.

The United States has seen a steady drop in cigarette consumption over time, an important change given the importance of tobacco as a cash crop in the colonial days. Despite the reduction, the US still manages to make the top five in terms of tobacco consumption. For the most part, states have been free to regulate tobacco usage as they see fit. As a result, policies on smoking in public and the price of a pack of cigarettes varies widely from one state to another. Regardless of particular state laws, it is increasingly more common for restaurants, offices, bars, and other businesses to proactively ban smoking on premises.[/expand]

PRACTICE SET 3:

Prior to independence, the healthcare sector in India was in a (1)………. with a large number of deaths and rampant spread of infectious diseases. After independence, the Government of India laid (2)………. on primary healthcare and India has put in sustained efforts to better the healthcare system (3)………. of the country. The government initiative was not enough to meet the demands of a growing population be it in primary, secondary or tertiary healthcare. Alternate sources of finance were critical for the sustainability of the health sector.

Till about 20 years ago, private sector ventures in the healthcare sector (4)………. of only solo practitioners, small hospitals and nursing homes. The quality of service provided was excellent especially in the hospitals run by charitable trusts and religious foundations. In 1980s, realizing that the government on its own would not be able to (5)………. for health care, the government allowed the entry of private sector to reduce the (6)………. between supply and demand for healthcare. The establishment of the private sector has resulted in the (7)………. of opportunities in terms of medical equipment, information technology in health services, BPO, telemedicine and medical tourism.

Large companies and (8)………. individuals have now started five star hospitals which dominate the space for the high end market. The private sector has made (9)………. progress, but on the flip side it is also responsible for increasing (10)………. in the healthcare sector. The private sector should be more socially relevant and effort must be made to make private sector accessible to the weaker sections of society.

S.No Choose Missing Words
1 shambles failure demand prosperity
2 bricks emphasize request stress
3 through across sharing with
4 made comprise consisted is
5 cater provide manage survive
6 gap position distance length
7 reduction sea cropping disabling
8 needy destitute bigger affluent
9 improve many improvised tremendous
10 speed pace inequality uniformity

[expand title=”TRANSCRIPT”]Prior to independence, the healthcare sector in India was in a shambles with a large number of deaths and rampant spread of infectious diseases. After independence, the Government of India laid stress on primary healthcare and India has put in sustained efforts to better the healthcare system across of the country. The government initiative was not enough to meet the demands of a growing population be it in primary, secondary or tertiary healthcare. Alternate sources of finance were critical for the sustainability of the health sector.

Till about 20 years ago, private sector ventures in the healthcare sector consisted of only solo practitioners, small hospitals and nursing homes. The quality of service provided was excellent especially in the hospitals run by charitable trusts and religious foundations. In 1980s, realizing that the government on its own would not be able to provide for health care, the government allowed the entry of private sector to reduce the gap between supply and demand for healthcare. The establishment of the private sector has resulted in the sea of opportunities in terms of medical equipment, information technology in health services, BPO, telemedicine and medical tourism.

Large companies and affluent individuals have now started five star hospitals which dominate the space for the high end market. The private sector has made tremendous progress, but on the flip side it is also responsible for increasing inequality in the healthcare sector. The private sector should be more socially relevant and effort must be made to make private sector accessible to the weaker sections of society.[/expand]

PRACTICE SET 4:

Actually, everyday we all engage in this business of ‘reading’ people. We do it (1)………. We want to figure others out. So we (2)………. make guesses about what others think, value, want and feel and we do so based on our (3)………. beliefs and understanding about human nature. We do so because if we can figure out (4)………. and intentions of others the possibility of them (5)………. or hurting us, lessens and this will help us to avoid a lot of unnecessary pain and trouble. We also make second-guesses about what they will do in future. How they will respond if we make this or that response. We do all this second guessing based upon our (6)………. of what we believe about the person’s inner nature (7)………. his or her roles and manners. We mind-read their deeper motives.

S.No Choose Missing Words
1 vehemently practically actually incessantly
2 ably constantly partly largely
3 proactive reactive decorative assumptive
4 manifestations expressions motives hopes
5 tricking blaming furthering alarming
6 projection exhibition situation prediction
7 organizing underneath appreciating proposing

[expand title=”TRANSCRIPT”]Actually, everyday we all engage in this business of ‘reading’ people. We do it incessantly. We want to figure others out. So we constantly make guesses about what others think, value, want and feel and we do so based on our assumptive beliefs and understanding about human nature. We do so because if we can figure out motives and intentions of others the possibility of them tricking or hurting us, lessens and this will help us to avoid a lot of unnecessary pain and trouble. We also make second-guesses about what they will do in future. How they will respond if we make this or that response. We do all this second guessing based upon our prediction of what we believe about the person’s inner nature underneath his or her roles and manners. We mind-read their deeper motives.[/expand]

PRACTICE SET 5:

In science, models are often used to try and (1)………. what might happen in the future. A model is something used when it is impossible or impractical (for example, too expensive) to use a real system to make measurements. They can be set up in many different ways, such as a practical experiment or as a computer simulation. Scientists study real measurements that have been taken in the past and use these to set up their model. They make assumptions about things that (2)………. happen and then test them using their model. For example, a researcher might want to know the effects of using wind generated electricity on the national grid. It would not be wise to (3)………. test this out on the nation’s electricity supply in case something went wrong. So a model can be built that behaves in a similar way to the national grid. The researchers can test different ways of adding their model wind farm onto the grid and (4)………. what happens.

In other areas such as climate change, scientists use computer models to try and predict what the climate might be like in the future. Scientists can (5)………. information about a number of different things like current measurements of greenhouse gases, the current population of the world etc.

S.No Choose Missing Words
1 foretell predict anticipate see
2 may can shall might
3 just really actually indeed
4 measure test evaluate try
5 input data take process

[expand title=”TRANSCRIPT”]In science, models are often used to try and predict what might happen in the future. A model is something used when it is impossible or impractical (for example, too expensive) to use a real system to make measurements. They can be set up in many different ways, such as a practical experiment or as a computer simulation. Scientists study real measurements that have been taken in the past and use these to set up their model. They make assumptions about things that might happen and then test them using their model. For example, a researcher might want to know the effects of using wind generated electricity on the national grid. It would not be wise to really test this out on the nation’s electricity supply in case something went wrong. So a model can be built that behaves in a similar way to the national grid. The researchers can test different ways of adding their model wind farm onto the grid and measure what happens.

In other areas such as climate change, scientists use computer models to try and predict what the climate might be like in the future. Scientists can input information about a number of different things like current measurements of greenhouse gases, the current population of the world etc.[/expand]

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