Select Missing Word PTE Practice With Answers 2018

Select Missing Word PTE Practice With Answers 2018

Find below 2018 PTE Select Missing Word sample questions with transcript and answer. The select missing word item type in the Listening section of the PTE exam is quite challenging. To ace this task, one needs a lot of practice. For this item type the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording. Follow the instructions written below:

  • The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.
  • There are several possible response options but only one is correct.
  • (In real exam) To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option.

Select Missing Word PTE Practice 2018

You will hear a recording about <TOPIC>. At the end of the recording the last group or group of words has been replaced by a beep. Select the correct option to complete the recording.

Select Missing Word Question #1

▢ from a number of angles
▢ with a specific goal in mind
▢ in a less emotional manner
▢ in a way that enriches society


It’s been suggested that we get rid of the study of humanities altogether. Some say studying subjects like history, philosophy, politics, literature, anthropology, and so on, has no intrinsic value and why should we waste time and energy on courses of study that won’t lead directly to a cut and dried career. They say that what the world needs now is specialists, not generalists. Well, I have to say, I couldn’t disagree more. Of course we want to produce well-informed, literate, highly functioning citizens who make solid contributions to society. That’s an idea that still holds sway — but that’s not the reason that I believe studying the humanities is valuable. People who study a breadth of topics, and who have a diverse range of interests, are actually better problem solvers. This broad education means they can approach an issue

Select Missing Word Question #2

▢ partners
▢ parents
▢ peers
▢ punishment


 When parents are asked how they handle their very unruly children, most will admit that they are likely to use physical forms of punishment. This is not to say that a parent generally hits their child each and every time they are bad. Nevertheless, parents generally use physical punishment as a last resort, after having unsuccessfully tried other forms of discipline with children who have become very bad. Those who believe in physical punishment, however, are unaware of the fact that it does not lead to better children. In fact, the opposite is true. Research findings show that children from homes where corporal punishment is the norm exhibit more anti-social behavior than children whose parents seldom or never hit them. For example, children whose parents systematically use corporal punishment are more often than not behind any classroom disruptions. Such children not only create discipline problems at school, but they are also overly aggressive. In addition, they have extremely low self-esteem and a negative attitude to those around them. On the other hand, children whose parents use less harsh methods of discipline have a healthier attitude towards their school environment and

Select Missing Word Question #3

▢ good production and wealth
▢ food production and health
▢ full production and wealth


  How much the Earth’s climate will change in the future depends, among other things, on how quickly and to what extent the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increases. If we take no action to limit future greenhouse gas emissions, it is estimated that there will be a rise in temperature of 0.2 to 0.3°C every ten years. This is a far greater rate of warming than anything that has occurred over the past ten thousand years. One set of predictions claims that some regions of the world will warm more quickly than others, and rainfall will also increase in some areas and decrease in others. These changes will affect the sea level, which could rise by 50cm over the next century. All this will affect humans through the effects it has on water resources,

Select Missing Word Question #4

▢ genetics
▢ diversity
▢ species


So what, what meiosis does for every species is generate a lot of diverse individuals. Individuals with different capabilities. In the hope, that by having a population with very diverse individuals that at least some of them will be competent to survive. And, it’s wildly successful, almost, almost every species on this planet has meio … has, has a way to create genetically diverse gametes, and they use meiosis to do that. Ok, so, um, meiosis is extremely important in the evolution of life and the survival of the

Select Missing Word Question #5

▢ before you understood
▢ after diagnosis
▢ from anti-oxidants
▢ in the first place


Robyn Guymer: My PhD student, Elaine Chong, did what was called a meta-analysis where you analyze the literature very carefully, to see what evidence there is to suggest that what we eat, particularly in terms of antioxidants, prevents you getting macular degeneration. Norman Swan: Because ophthalmologists have been using antioxidants quite a lot. Robyn Guymer: That’s right. There have been studies looking at whether antioxidant supplements slow the progression once you have the disease, whereas this study was looking at trying to stop you getting it

Select Missing Word Question #6

▢ obscure issue
▢ range of issues
▢ large piece of paper
▢ particular topic
▢ day to be determined


Scholarships are the best kind of financial aid you can get because you don’t need to pay them back. You should apply to as many scholarships as possible during your junior and senior year, and continue to look for scholarships even after you start college. Most scholarships ask you to fill out an application and write an essay on a

Select Missing Word Question #7

▢ modern workplace
▢ people we meet
▢ earth and its environment
▢ teenagers today


We spend most of our waking lives at work—in occupations often chosen by our unthinking sixteen-year-old selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what it might mean for us. This work explores the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics center, ears and eyes open to the beauty, interest and sheer strangeness of the

Select Missing Word Question #8

▢ unable to be studied scientifically
▢ influenced by our genetic factors
▢ is a merely human concern
▢ unrelated to any of the traits mentioned
▢ is ineffective and irrelevant


And studying identical twins raised apart is one of the most effective ways we can use twins to understand the origins of personality. And it is striking. I’ve studied reared apart twins for ten years, and we find that despite the differences in the homes, the twins are quite similar in many personality traits—from extraversion, to dominance, to aggressivity. And this does strongly underlie the fact that personality is, to a substantial degree although not entirely

Select Missing Word Question #9

▢ lack of interest of his family
▢ lack of demand for saline in the market
▢ increased saline concentrations in the soil
▢ increased level of social injustice
▢ new ideas about soil and saline


I think the people in Bangladesh have differing levels of awareness about the causes and consequences of climate change in much the same way that you would find, say the United Kingdom or any other country, some people are very conversant with what’s happening and others less so. What we found when we interviewed people in Khulna district was that some people had a very high level awareness of the causes and, in particular, one of our interviewees, Nirapad Byne, a vegetable farmer and he showed us around his vegetable garden. He’s now growing saline-tolerant crops because he can’t grow his old crops because of the

Select Missing Word Question #10

▢ is surely misunderstood
▢ still poorly understood
▢ will surely be understood
▢ is rarely understood


Scientists distinguish two basic ways in which we receive information from the outside world through the sense of touch: active and passive, or to put it more simply, touching and being touched. Being touched, or passive tactile awareness, includes sensing external pressure and temperature acting on parts of the body, and this gives us clues as to the nature of our environment. Active touching is when we explore our surrounding with our hands, feet, mouth, and so on. Because it’s difficult to guess what some objects are really like with the eyes alone – for example, their weight, hardness or softness, roughness or smoothness, etc. – touching them gives us a much fuller understanding of the objects around us. Yet, how touch works is very complex and

Select Missing Word Question #11

▢ out where books are kept
▢ yourself in the reference section
▢ the article you’re looking for
▢ time to go to the library


Too many students search for material by going to what they think is the right shelf in the library, finding little or nothing and then reporting back to their tutor that there’s nothing on it in the library. If you have some authors and titles in mind, look them up in the catalogue – they may not be where you think – and look at adjacent entries in the catalogue and on the shelves. The catalogue may lead you to restricted loan collections, reserve stacks or departmental collections, which may not always be obvious. You should also check the subject catalogue, trying to think of related terms. Other places to look would be the references shelves and newspaper section, though a problem here is finding

Select Missing Word Question #12

▢ portraying those living conditions in a literary way
▢ bringing the situation to the attention of the public
▢ making use of their own experience of poverty
▢ helping the poor to gain a good education


In nineteenth century Britain — and indeed in the first half of the twentieth century — many of the urban poor lived in extremely cramped conditions. Over-crowding, damp, and poor sanitation affected the daily lives of the majority of the population, with serious implications for their own and their children’s health. Novelists have a major role to play in reflecting their times to their-readers who may otherwise ignore social problems, and the portrayal of the wretched living conditions of the impoverished by such writers as Charles Dickens in the nineteenth century and George Orwell in the twentieth was instrumental in

Select Missing Word Question #13

▢ they made an inappropriate choice of topic
▢ they used illustrations and evidence well
▢ they showed they had grasped the content of the course
▢ they did not speak as clearly as they should have done


This year we’re planning to use a different type of assessment on this module. In the past students were required to complete two long written assignments and also to do a presentation on a subject of their own choice. We have decided to ask you to write four shorter pieces of written coursework this year. We are also going to be more prescriptive about what you focus on in your presentation. This is because previously many students lost marks unnecessarily simply because

Select Missing Word Question #14

▢ only books never to be read by Tolkien
▢ largest books ever published in the English language
▢ books without a major natural publicity market
▢ libraries of North America, Australia and England
▢ most beloved books of classic children’s literature


Initially when Lewis turned to writing children’s books, his publisher and some of his friends tried to dissuade him; they thought it would hurt his reputation as a writer of serious works. Tolkien, in particular, criticized Lewis’s first Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He thought that there were too many elements that clashed—a Father Christmas and an evil witch, talking animals and children. Thankfully, Lewis didn’t listen to any of them. Following the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950, Lewis quickly wrote six more Narnia books, publishing the final one, The Last Battle, in 1956. Although they were not well received at first by critics and reviewers, the books gained in popularity through word of mouth. The Narnia books have since sold more than 100 million copies and are among the

Select Missing Word Question #15

▢ merely a fictional paradise
▢ based in fact
▢ definitely realistic
▢ a key element of our cultural heritage
▢ first in a series of mythical tales


Most of the information we have about Atlantis comes from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. He says that Atlantis lay west of the Pillars of Hercules, rock formations at the Straits of Gibraltar, in the Atlantic Ocean. On this huge island was a “great and wonderful empire’where brave, virtuous people lived in a kind of paradise. But this peaceful existence came to an end when the people of Atlantis began to love power more than they loved the gods. They waged war against the rest of the world, but were ultimately defeated by the wise and moral Athenians. Then, some 9,000 years before Plato’s own time, or around 9,500 years before the Common Era, earthquakes sunk Atlantis into the sea. There is no proof that Atlantis ever existed. Many people believe that Atlantis was just a legend, told by Plato to praise the values Athenian society held dear. But others believe that the storied island was

Select Missing Word Question #16

▢ irrelevant
▢ problematic
▢ confusing
▢ important
▢ popular


As Asian culture becomes more popular in the United States, the ancient Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, feng shui, is also gaining ground. Feng shui literally means “wind and water? Its roots are 5,000 years old. Feng shui seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general well-being by examining how energy, qi, flows through a particular room, house, building, or garden. Feng shui considers yin, feminine and passive energy, and yang, which is masculine and hot. It also looks at the five elements—water, fire, wood, metal, and earth, and the external environment. The points on the compass, with eight separate directions—north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest—are also

Select Missing Word Question #17

▢ complex
▢ unreal
▢ confusing
▢ invisible


When you first examine something under a microscope, say a leaf from a plant, you’re amazed at how much detail there is and it’s detail that you simply cannot see without magnification. And what you can see with the naked eye becomes suddenly huge under the lens. How big everything looks is astonishing but it’s also amazingly intricate. Suddenly it’s as if another world has opened up in front of your eyes and you think, hey, I hadn’t realized that something so small, so tiny, could be so

Select Missing Word Question #18

▢ suits some writers better than others
▢ is becoming more popular
▢ has changed over time
▢ makes reading easier


As I mentioned last week, we’re going to look today at fiction writing, writing stories, and in particular at authors who have a reputation for creating characters in their books who are known as ‘unreliable narrators’. Now what does that mean exactly? Well originally, in the nineteenth century, it tended to simply mean that — as a reader — you just couldn’t trust what the narrator of a story was telling you. This might have been because they were not giving you important information, or because they themselves as a character in their own story lacked some kind of personal insight. In later works of literature, this ‘unreliability’ was used by authors more deliberately, um, with the direct intention of making a story more complicated for a reader to understand —perhaps a crime novel, or a thriller. Nowadays, there’s a lot more humor in unreliable narration and it’s often used to make first-person characters enjoyable to read about. So, what all that tells us as a general starting point is that this type of narration

Select Missing Word Question #19

▢ ancient civilizations
▢ desert tribes
▢ historical periods
▢ current days


OK, so the date of the invention of the first clock is disputed among historians but it’s agreed that the first method for telling the time was the movement of the sun across the sky. When the sun was directly ahead, it was midday and when it was on the horizon, it was early morning or early evening, according to whether it was in the east or the west. However, this method was problematic in terms of accuracy; but nevertheless, it’s been used for countless years, from early humanity to

Select Missing Word Question #20

▢ are much older than expected
▢ could very possibly be fake
▢ belonged to that culture


So, just a few weeks ago excavators of a remote archeological site in southeastern Asia reported an exciting find under the ground. They found evidence of a writing system which dates back thousands of years. Three blocks of flat rock with odd symbols which look like ancient forms of writing were discovered. Well, this find could reveal much about an advanced, independent urban culture which historians believe may have lived in that area. However, many scholars are sceptical about the authenticity of the blocks, which they suspect

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