PTE Academic Listening (Highlight Correct Summary) Practice Sample 1

Highlight Correct Summary – First hear the audio file and then choose the option which best relates to the recording. This type of question assesses listening and reading skills.

PTE Academic Listening (Highlight Correct Summary) Practice Sample 1

PTE Academic Listening (Highlight Correct Summary) Practice Sample 1


TRANSCRIPT (Only for reference, it will not be given in PTE Academic Test)

Dissatisfaction with body image is now recognised as being a concern for both males and females. Anorexia, bulimia and depression linked to dieting have traditionally been linked to females but recent research indicates that there has been a triple fold increase in the number of men presenting with body image dissatisfaction in the last 25 years. Read full transcript

One explanation given for this is that with the changing roles of women and men in society, body shape is one way in which men can still show their strength and masculinity. Men are beginning to suffer from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, and 3% of adolescent boys are believed to use muscle enhancing drugs. The media plays an important role in creating images of the ideal man’ and global advertising campaigns have promoted the new metrosexual man who is image conscious and spends money accordingly. Most males want minimal body fat and a large amount of muscle. The average man cannot achieve this without gym visits, eating disorders, supplements and perhaps steroid abuse. While women have dealt with similarly unachievable (for most) portrayals of the ‘ideal woman’, men may be less able, or perhaps less willing, to deal with them. 

Choose the best summary:

[A]. The way you feel about your body is your affective body image. This relates to the amount of satisfaction or dissatisfaction you feel about your shape, weight and individual body parts. How you see your body is your perceptual body image. This is not always a correct representation of how you actually look.

[B]. These issues are not new, women and adolescent girls have had to deal with them for many years. Now what is new, men and adolescent boys are now under the exact same pressure because of the possibility that they are less equipped, or willing, to address such traditionally female concerns. Body image is big business as the men’s cosmetic and grooming industry boasted a jump in sales.

[C]. Researchers comparing men’s and women’s dissatisfaction with their weight need to take into account the direction of the dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction with body image in women is normally shown by their desire to lose weight, whereas as many men want to gain weight as lose it.

[D]. Most past research has focused on body dissatisfaction among females. This paper provides a review and evaluation of studies that have examined body dissatisfaction among males. Men feel the need to display strength, and indeed masculinity, through physical appearance. It is believed that men’s body image dissatisfaction has tripled in the previous 25 years. Mass media campaigns have given birth to the new “metrosexual” man.


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  • bibek bhandari

    why only one test???_

  • bhargavi

    can u plz upload the remaining tests?

  • Rajeshwar

    this is very helpful. if possible, kindly upload atleast 10-15 samples for more practise.

  • Dhaval Vadher

    Please upload more practice tests. This is very helpful in both reading and listening.