For this item type you are presented with a transcript of the audio recording, however, some words are missing. Restore the transcript by typing in the missing words.

Important: The audio plays automatically. You are only able to listen to the audio recording once.

Left-click on each gap and type in the missing word. You can also use the Tab button on the keyboard to move between gaps.

Note: While the audio is playing, you can take notes on the erasable noteboard provided and then fill in the gaps.

Some helpful tips

Skim the text before the recording begins

In the 7 seconds before the recording begins, you only have time to skim the text. As you do this, ignore the gaps and try to get an overall idea of what the text is about. This will help you recognize the words that fit the gaps, as you hear them.

Some of the things you can look for:
  • Proper nouns (that begin with a capital letter). They can give you information about people and what they do (e.g., ‘Mike Griffiths … conservationist’), places (e.g., ‘Indonesian island of Sumatra’) and organizations (e.g., ‘conservation group The Leuser International Foundation’). (Don’t worry if you don’t know where or who they are).
  • Nouns that are repeated in the text. They may help you decide on the topic.

As you listen, write the words you hear for the blanks on your ‘erasable noteboard booklet’

The recording is at normal speed and is only played once. When you are listening, you do not have time to think about how to spell the missing words. Use your erasable noteboard booklet to write down what you think you hear:

After the recording has finished, you can read through the text, and use your notes to decide on the words that are missing and how they are spelled. Then type them into the gaps.

Remember, the next item does not start until you click Next at the bottom of the screen, so you have a little time to think about your answers.

How is this question scored?

Your response for Fill in the Blanks is judged on your ability to listen for missing words in a recording and type the missing words into a transcription. Your score on Fill in the blanks is based on the following factor:

Content: Does your response include all the missing words?

Content is scored by counting the number of right words with correct spelling in your
response. Each correct word spelled correctly scores 1 point.


  • If all blanks are filled with the right word spelled correctly, you receive the maximum score points for this question type. If one or more blanks are filled incorrectly, partial credit scoring applies. This question type affects the scoring of listening and writing.
  • Your speaking skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions and the transcription.

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