Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks Tips and Practice Test

Reading & Writing – Fill in the blanks

Fill in the blanks item type in the Reading section are not the toughest; however, they shouldn’t be overlooked because you need to finish in the shortest possible time in order to gain some slacks for the more important tasks later on. There are few tips that can help you select the correct words in no time.

1. Learn collocation

Collocation not only determines the different between a native speaker and an ESL person, it also helps you in this task.

For example, “depend____”, yes, we all know “depend on” . Or “job seeker” not “job finder”

Still not sure what is it? Learn collocation here and download official PTE academic collocation list here

2. Practice reading comprehension

If you can understand the meaning of the text, you’re highly likely able to select the correct words. You can practice by skimming the whole text to grasp the contextual meaning and the related to that meaning option is the correct answer. Check out our reading section for many academic reading articles.

3. Review grammar

Sounds boring, right?

But you should have a knowledge about verb forms, tenses and know when to use adjectives, adverbs, nouns.

You can download the powerful grammar book of Martin Hewings, Advanced Grammar In Use (pdf version) here

4. Improve your lexical resources

In other words improving your vocabulary in terms of synonyms can save a lot of time in solving the Fill in the blank

Download book of Rawdon Wyatt, A Workbook for students to expand your vocabulary here


Reading & Writing: Fill in the blanks

Using questionnaires to gather information from people is a well-used quantitative research method. It is considered to be an easy ___________ , but in reality, it is actually very difficult to design a good questionnaire. Question type, clarity of language, length of questionnaire and layout are just some of the many ____________, which all need to be carefully considered when designing the questionnaire. Another issue, which _________ some deliberation, is how to ensure a high response __________.

option   opportunity  selection   influences  requires  factors  rate

Psychology is a suitable course study for those ______ in all aspects of all human thought and behaviour. It can be ______ as the scientific study of how humans function on biological, social and mental level. There are a range of influential approaches to the subject, which are _____ to such areas as child development, health, education and sports.

practised  defined  affected  interested  applied  diagnosed

Migration could be described as the well-defined journey animals make to a familiar ____ at specific seasons or times of the year. All species that migrate do so for a common ____, in order to survive. Migration allows them to spend their life in more than one area and thus ____ problems that can occur in one habitat, such as lack of food, shelter or exposure to harsh weather.

position  purpose  destination  experience  situation   avoid

Multinational companies are often criticised for a number of reasons, but we cannot deny their ____ impact. Employment opportunities are generated for locals in the overseas country. When multinational companies set up manufacturing plants, there is often an increased ____ of products for local consumers, which profits the local economy. Training is also sometimes provided in the use of technology; moreover, the experience and knowledge that the employees ____ strengthens their skills and overall employability.

positive  gain purchase  negative  availability  benefit


Answers and explanations below

Answer 1: using knowledge of collocation and reading comprehension can get it right quickly

  1. option (collocation with easy)
  2. factors (contextual meaning)
  3. requires (contextual meaning)
  4. rate (collocation with response)

Answer 2:

  1. interested (contextual meaning)
  2. defined: (definition follows)
  3. applied (contextual & collocation: apply to )

Answer 3:

  1. destination (collocation with journey)
  2. purpose (collocation with common)
  3. avoid (contextual meaning & grammar – verb needed here)

Answer 4:

  1. positive (grammar – adjective & contextual meaning – we can rule out negative)
  2. availability (grammar – Noun needed here)
  3. gain (collocation with experience and knowledge)


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