Highlight Correct Summary

Highlight Correct Summary
Highlight Correct Summary

For this item type you need to select the summary that best matches the recording.

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.

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.

The option you select is highlighted in yellow.

Note: It may be difficult to read and listen at the same time. It is recommended that you listen first, make notes on the erasable noteboard and then read the summaries.


PTE Listening (Highlight Correct Summary) – Authentic Practice Sample 1

Highlight Correct Summary – You will hear a recording. Choose the paragraph that best relates to the recording. This is item type assesses listening and reading skills.

Answer given at the end


Listen to the following audio and choose most accurate summary of the recording.

Note: This transcript is given for your reference purpose only. It will not be given in PTE Academic examination.


Researchers in France and the United States have recently reported that baboons are able to think abstractly. It has been known for some time that chimpanzees are capable of abstract thought, but baboons are a more distant relation to mankind. In the experiment, scientists trained two baboons to use a personal computer and a joystick.

The animals had to match computer designs which were basically the same, but had superficial differences. In the experiment, the baboons performed better than would be expected by chance. The researchers describe their study in an article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Choose the best summary:

[A]. French and American scientists have shown for the first time that baboons have the ability to think in an abstract way. The animals were taught to use a computer, and then had to select patterns that were similar, which they did at a rate better than chance.

[B]. Baboons are a kind of monkey more distant from man than chimpanzees. Although it is known that chimpanzees are able to think abstractly, until recently it was not clear if baboons could do the same. But new research by various scientists has shown that this is so.

[C]. According to a recent article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, baboons are able to think in an abstract way. The article describes how researchers trained two baboons to use a personal computer and a joystick. The animals did better than would be expected.



PTE Academic Listening (Highlight Correct Summary) Practice Sample 2

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