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.

Remember that this Section of an O.E.T is marked by a computer program at the Education Testing Centre at the University of NSW. This means that there cannot be any allowance for “error” in completing the computer answer sheet.

Before you attend O.E.T, I would advise any candidate spend some time studying or reading as much as “exam-style” passages, even if those are just passages or articles without asking questions.

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