And today… we are going to talk about PTE Reading: Fill in the Blanks. We’ll be honest from the get-go… there are no evident shortcuts or techniques in this section.
We can say… go with your guts but for that, you need a strong knowledge of English grammar, a wide range of vocabulary, and extensive knowledge of collocations.
However, let’s dive into some things you can do and improve to have a better chance of getting a good score in the Fill in the Blanks section.
This section consists of a passage of up to 80 words with several gaps that you need to fill out. Therefore, to get the right words in the gaps, you must read through the text and understand the context of the sentence.
That’s why our first suggestion for you is to skim the text and get a feel for the theme of the passage. This way, you can guess which words go together in the sentence.
Use Collocations to your advantage
After you have understood the context, you will notice that the words before and after the gap will give you the most important hint. By using this hint, you will considerably improve your chance of getting the right word in the right place. So, what we want you do to is to look for words that appear together often. Confused?
Okay… let’s look at some examples…
basic assumption, become available, brief summary, carry out, complex issue, core value.
All of the words above are examples of collocations. In the English language, some words come together often enough to form a pattern depending on a sentence. And you can learn to recognize those patterns and use them to your advantage.
Okay… below we have a sentence. Let’s take a look at it and analyze it.
Having _______ core values is the key to good self-esteem.
In the sentence above, the words, “core” and “values” form an example of collocation. Also, by reading the sentence, you can see that it is a positive sentence… what???
We mean, by reading the sentence, you understand that the context of the sentence is positive. So, what does this mean?
This means the word in the gap is going to be a positive word. How can we say that? By analyzing the grammatical pattern of the sentence.
You see, positive causes result in positive results. Thus, if your grammar is strong, you will instantly recognize what type of word should go there. And if your vocabulary is good, you will immediately see that “strong” is the best candidate given the grammatical and contextual theme of the sentence.
So, the final sentence will read…
Having “strong” core values is the key to good self-esteem.
This is why we want you to focus on building your vocabulary and grammar.
But how do you do that?
Here are a few tips you can follow to improve your vocabulary and grammar:
Read something every day
You are a click away from the internet. Use that resource, find something to read, and keep reading. This will help you understand the grammatical patterns in English and will also improve your vocabulary.
Understand collocations, idioms, and expression
In English, there are certain words that always seem to go together. Just like in the first tip, keep reading and you will start noticing the pattern in the English language. Also, idioms and expressions are good ways for you to improve your lexical range. So, keep an eye out for them.
We’ve told you there are no shortcuts but…
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