What Successful OET Candidates Do Well (that others don't)(For one thing, reading this article is easy for them!)
The OET is challenging, but others succeed and so can you.
1. You need a very good level of English in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Your English should reach an IELTS 7.0 or compare well to Level B2 on the Common European Framework for Languages scale. (Don’t know what the international CEFL is? Click here to understand what each level on this international benchmark means.) Each skill is tested separately in the OET, and you must be successful in all four areas separately. Examiners do not calculate an average and they do not give you an overall mark.
2. You must be further able to do specific tasks in each subtest—from making clear notes in the Listening subtest and restating ideas in the Reading, to good formatting, grammar and spelling in the Writing and professionally addressing a patient’s issues in the Speaking.
The OET website has many free sample materials to help you understand the structure of each part.
You won’t pass IF you only do a few practice tests and learn some common phrases right before your exam (not unless your English is already excellent and you've had lots of experience with the test.)
Your chances of passing will be drastically better IF you understand and develop the particular skills you will need. You do have to prepare well for this exam.
|So … what exactly do successful OET candidates do well?|
|In the Listening subtest, they |
• quickly understand main and supporting ideas in an audio.
• are able to predict a lot of the vocabulary and language that might come up in certain healthcare situations.
• can listen and make short notes at the same time.
• can write in note form without changing meaning of what they hear.
• connect ideas they hear in the audio to reach reasonable conclusions about opinions, outcomes and more.
|In the Reading subtest, they |
• understand the different kinds of information found in different kinds of texts (kinds of studies, case reports, article review and others).
• can scan texts quickly, without reading in detail, and find the main ideas.
• identify signal words that indicate more details including facts, opinions, inference, attitude, and comparison.
• can rephrase or paraphrase information without changing meaning.
• show good grammar and spelling skills.
|In the Writing subtest, they |
• understand the goal of the writing task and what information is important for the target reader.
• show good grammar, vocabulary, spelling and formatting skills.
• use the right tone for the exercise (yes, including some standard phrases like “Should you need any further information…”, for example.)
|In the Speaking subtest, they |
• speak clearly.
• can guide the ‘interview with the patient’ without doing all the talking.
• listen to, understand and address their patient’s concerns.
• deal with difficult patient emotions such as anger, anxiety and uncertainty.
• use a mixture of technical language as well as layman language so that their patient can understand.
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