O.E.T Listening: Part A Tips

OET Listening Part A: Tips:

  1. Write as much as you can in note form, because this is a note-taking activity.
  2. Don’t copy what you hear word for word.
  3. Don’t write in complete sentences.
  4. Aim for a clear, concise, condensed and detailed presentation of information
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  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Handwriting is important. It’s hard to write legibly under time pressure, but remember, if your work is unreadable you won’t gain marks.

O.E.T: Advise about Reading Sub-test

Don’t forget to check your watch, because you only have one hour to complete this Reading Sub-test. In this time all answers must have been transcribed on to a computer sheet.

Remember this Reading Sub-test is not just a test of comprehension. Rather the purpose of this test is to determine your ability to carry out further study/research; therefore detailed, or particularly precise/most precise responses, are required.

Remember this is not a multiple-question type examination paper. The question asked is: “which answer best fits the question asked?” It means “Which is the best or the most appropriate answer?”

My general advice this:

  1. First, read and examine the title of the passage very carefully, because it should tell you what the passage is about.
  2. Then read the first paragraph very carefully, because it informs you what the passage is about as well.
  3. When you have done this, read through the passage very quickly from beginning to end so as to ensure you have an “overview” of what the passage is about. You could use skim reading skills. At this stage, don’t worry if you don’t understand every single word.

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OET: some suggestions

Apart from the obvious step of doing the CAE's OET preparation course, candidates should be reading professional literature and possibly some popular science.  I assume the listening would be of a diagnosis, but again practice makes perfect. I think sample practice tests from OET website might not enough for you. And recently, many students ask me to provide some OET materials. However, I only have the official OET practice materials and due to copyright issue, I cannot provide it on public domain – my blog.

With speaking, my advice would be that you should know how to put medical jargon in every day English – that's very important.  With writing, read the task very carefully, noting who exactly you are writing to and why. Apart from that it's a case of 'less is more' – ie don't just write out the material you've been given.

OET Listening

Why do people choose the OET (Occupational English Test) rather than the more popular IELTS (International English Language Testing System)? One major reason is because overall the OET is 'easier', except for the listening.

OET listening requires very fast understanding and very fast note-taking. To get good at these skills, you need to practise them… a lot.

Here are some of the best places to practise your OET-style listening:

OET home
The OET website sells practice materials.
BAD:
- expensive
- you don't get much for your money: eg. 'Practice Materials, Listening, 2010' is 3 full listening tests (parts A&B) and their transcripts

GOOD:
- the most realistic practice for the OET test
Many learners buy these materials with friends to keep the price down. If you're in Australia or New Zealand, you might find them in your local college/university library.


Better Health Channel
BAD:
- slow talking speed

GOOD:
- useful topics (read the 'conditions & treatments' articles to improve your understanding of these topics, ready for the OET test)
- these MP3s will help you recognise the Australian pronunciation of the condition/treatment names

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