PTE writing summarize written text exercise 1


Task: After reading a text, write a one-sentence summary of the passage.

Skills assessed: Reading and writing

Prompt length: Text up to 300 words

Time to answer: 10 minutes

For this item type you need to write a summary of the text in one sentence.

You have 10 minutes to write your summary. Make sure to include the main points of the reading passage in a full, single sentence of no more than 75 words. The Word Count at the bottom of the screen counts the number of words you write. There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may 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”.

Make sure your response is in the correct form/

When you have written your response, check to make sure that it is only one sentence, with a capital letter at the beginning and only one full stop at the end.

Your response must be between 5 and 75 words so check the word count using the ‘Total Word Count’ counter below the response box. If you write fewer than five words or more than 75 words, your response will not be scored:


Practice using compound and complex sentences

Your response must be expressed within one sentence, so you will need to use a complex or compound sentence to be able to summarize the main point of the passage and also briefly mention the supporting detail. For example, look at the clause structures used in these summaries to link supporting ideas to the main point:

Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

Peter Gabriel was born in 1950, in Surrey, England, and showed early promise in music. In 1967 he formed the band Genesis with some schoolmates and they achieved success in the early 1970s. However, musical differences occurred and Gabriel left to pursue a solo career as a singer and songwriter with his own style.

In 1986, with his seventh solo album, Gabriel won his first Grammy Award for musical excellence, and the accompanying video for the song ‘Sledgehammer’ has also since won awards for its innovative style. Building on his love for and desire to promote world music, Gabriel founded Real World Studios in Wiltshire England in 1986, with an aim to record and thus promote often little-heard artists from around the world.

Peter Gabriel has also been very focussed on the issues of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s and through the 90s he toured under the Amnesty International banner with other recognised popular artists, such as the Americans Tracy Chapman and Bruce Springsteen, England’s ‘Sting’ and the Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour. He has also travelled to countries such as Russia to assist in establishing local branches of the environmental organisation Greenpeace, and more recently has been involved with the visual and digital arts, pioneering the blending of music and visuals and motion, and earning recognition from the British Contemporary Arts for his work, as well as continuing to garner accolades for his music.

Total word count: 0 words. Words left: 200

Show an example answer
Throughout his career, British born musician Peter Gabriel has gained recognition as a member of the band Genesis, as a solo performer, and as a promoter of world music and visual arts; in addition, he is recognised for his human rights contributions and environmental work.

The answer above covers the key and differing aspects of Peter Gabriel’s career.

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