The OET Reading Test is in two parts and takes one hour. Changes to Part A of the test have been in place since March 2010.
Part A of OET Reading is four short pieces of text / statistical information / dot point list / short paragraphs – which candidates need to read and then complete 25 – 30 gaps in the summary document. 15 minutes is allowed for this test. Time management is critical.
Part B of OET Reading requires the candidates to read two short pieces of text and then answer 7 or 8 multiple choice questions for each short piece. Again, time management is critical.
The OET Listening Test is in two parts:
Part A is a consultation – two people speaking – usually lasts 8 to 10 minutes
Part B is a short lecture – one person speaking – usually lasts 25 to 30 minutes
The Listening Test takes one hour to complete and candidates need to take notes while listening and complete a questionaire.
Key skills to pass this test: being able to anticipate what someone is going to say; being able to take notes in English while listening to English.
Here are the two tips:
1. Learn to search out information by gleaning through information packs. One of the OET test is a 15 minute reading test which technically does not allow you sufficient time to read all the paragraphs of information provided. The technique to ace this is to find key words in the questions and quickly scroll through the information text and identify the key word. Once you do, you will find the answer there..do not waste time wondering if this is the correct one or not…FILL IN THE BLANKS. Example – The success and survival rate for patients undergoing balloon angioplasty during a myocardial infarct is ____%. The key word is "balloon angioplasty"…go to the information/text and search for this word and you should find the data to fill in the blank. DO NOT READ THE WHOLE information/TEXT…you will have NO time after reading to do you questions!!
2. You have 1 minute before each section of a test starts…USE IT to read all the questions ahead of you. This IS doubly important for LISTENING. If you try to listen and look at the question at the same time, you will fall behind because there is only one chance to hear it…The tape of the conversation or speech is never repeated.