PTE Reading – MCQ Single Answer

There are two types of Multiple Choice type questions on PTE Academic Reading section. PTE refers to one of them as “Multiple choice, choose single  answer”. For the sake of simplicity, we shall refer to it as MCQ Single Answer.

What is the MCQ Single Answer task all about?

MCQ Single Answer is the fifth and the last item type on PTE Reading part. In this task, you will be given a passage. Based on the passage, there will be a question with four options. You are supposed to select the option that best fits as an answer to the question.

This is how the MCQ Single Answer task screen may look like on the real PTE:

MCQ Single Answer
MCQ Single Answer

 

Preparation & Attempt Time

You will not have any separate time for this task. There is a general timer of around 32 to 40 minutes for the entire Reading section. So, you will need to manage your time smartly and decide where to invest more time.

Number of questions

Depending on the combination of questions on the test, you will find 2 or 3 questions of this type.

Scoring

You will get 1 point for every correct option you choose. There is no negative marking for choosing the incorrect option.

PTE Master Tips

The length of the passage can vary. You may be given a short one paragraph passage or a long, two-three paragraph passage. Hence, you need to be smart about the strategy with which you approach this question type.

Read the question first and then read the passage with the purpose of finding the answer. If you try to read the passage first, then have a look at the options and then again go back to search the answer – you might end up wasting a lot of your precious time.

Be sure not to spend more than 2 minutes per question. If you do spend more than 2 minutes, you might feel the time pressure going forward and answering the easy questions. You might not even be able to see a few questions and the time could run out.

How serious are you about your PTE prep?

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