For this item type the last word or group of words in the recording has been replaced by a beep. Select the most appropriate option to complete the recording.

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

There are several possible response options but only one is To select an option click on it using the left button on your mouse. If you change your mind, left-click on the option again to deselect it, or left-click on a different option. The option you select is highlighted in yellow

Some helpful tips

Know what to do if you change your mind about the answer

For each item in this task, there are three to five response options but only one option is correct. At the end of the recording, click on the option you think is correct.

The next recording does not begin playing until you click ‘Next’. So you have a little time to think about your answer. If you want to change your answer, click on it again to ‘de-select’ it. Then click on the option you think is correct.

How is this question scored?

Your response for Select Missing Word is judged on your ability to predict what a speaker will say based on contextual clues in a recording. Your response is scored as either correct or incorrect. No credit is given for no response or an incorrect response.


  • This question type affects the scoring of only listening.
  • Your speaking and writing skills are not tested by this question type, and your reading skills are only used to read the instructions and the response options.

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