OET Listening Part A: Tips:
- Write as much as you can in note form, because this is a note-taking activity.
- Don’t copy what you hear word for word.
- Don’t write in complete sentences.
- Aim for a clear, concise, condensed and detailed presentation of information
- If the patient uses descriptive expressions particularly to describe his or her condition, you can either:
- Take the exact words and put them in quotes, e.g. ‘under the weather’ 2 weeks and off food
- Or paraphrase, like this: feeling unwell 2/52, no appetite
- Be careful to put your information under the relevant heading. If you write in the wrong section, don’t waste time erasing or re-copying; just use arrows to indicate the shift.
- Handwriting is important. It’s hard to write legibly under time pressure, but remember, if your work is unreadable you won’t gain marks.