Listening Summarize Spoken Text

Understand Summarize Spoken Text Question Type


After listening to a recording, write a 50–70 word summary.

Prompt Length

60–90 seconds

Skills Assessed

Listening and writing

Time to Answer

Not applicable


How to answer this question

For this item type, you will hear an audio recording and will need to write a 50–70 word summary of what you heard.

You have 10 minutes to listen and write your summary.

The audio begins to play automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. Make sure to write a minimum of 50 words, but no more than 70 words.

There are also cut, copy and paste buttons, which you may choose to use while constructing your summary.

  • Cut: Select text from your answer that you wish to remove and left-click “Cut”.
  • Copy: Select text from your answer that you wish to copy and left-click “Copy”.
  • Paste: Place the cursor where you wish to paste the cut/copied text and left-click “Paste”.