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OET Reading Part B: 5-steps to the right answer

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Part B is a multiple choice question section. Read on to find out what strategy best suits this part of Reading. In Part B of Reading, you will be given six short extracts, and each extract will require you to answer one multiple-choice question with 3 answers to choose from. The main intention of part B is to test your ability to quickly understand the main idea of a short text. You have to read for gist. How do we do that?  Here is one strategy you can follow to ensure you get the answers right.Go through these 5-steps and get it right easily. READ the context sentence which offers you information about the text type.  Next read the question without looking at the answer options given. Now, read the sentence pretty quick and decide the answer you think is apt, the one that best matches the question. Once you have an answer in your mind, go through the answers given as options. Does you answer match any of the options given? Look at the text again to make sure the answer you got is r

'THE' confusing ARTICLE

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  One of the most common confusions when it comes to OET aspirants is on the topic “articles”. And, it isn’t just about OET students, but also with native speakers at times, because articles can be confusing if you don’t have a crystal clear idea about the particular topic.   The article “the” is used when we are talking about something, which is one of a kind , or when the reader and the writer are sure about which one is being discussed .   Let’s take an example to clear the confusion.    The low-calorie diet was recommended.   In the above example, we mentioned about one type of diet and there are so many wide varieties of diets available: low-fat, high-protein, fruit, pureed and so on. In such situations, it is important to strictly avoid the use of “the”. So if we avoid the use of “the”, then we are left out with just two options: “a & an”. Since the word “low-calorie” doesn’t start with a vowel sound we can’t use the article “an”.        A low-calorie diet was recommen

The mighty PREPOSITIONs: OET Writing take-aways

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Just two letter long it might be, but it's mighty strong enough to reduce your scores if used at the wrong places. We are talking about the preposition TO.   When it comes to losing marks at OET writing, prepositions are of high ranking. We are going to look at one of the most commonly wrongly used preposition“To”.     “To” is a preposition used to show direction.  If don’t use it right, you know you would be heading towards the wrong direction.  Mistake type 1;   Using TO in places where it doesn’t need to be used.  Mr David presented to me at the hospital yesterday.  Mrs Johnson will be going to home tomorrow after discharging.   These above two sentences are examples for the use of TO in places where no need of it to be.  In English “TO” is not really used in front of the words “home” and “me”.  Correct usages  Mr David presented at the hospital yesterday.  Mrs Johnson will be going home tomorrow after discharging.   Mistake type 2; The habit of writi

17 November 2020: Learn how to write dates naturally in your OET letter

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17 November 2020: November 17, 2020, can be written as 'today'.  17 November 2019: Last 17 November 2019, or 17 November last year? Which is correct? What’s the importance or significance of writing dates naturally?  What does it mean by writing dates naturally?   Let’s discuss…! We need to look at an example to have an understanding about it.   Marry had a heart attack last March 2019.  If you take a close look at the above example you can understand the fact that, the word “last” must be replaced with “on”. But, why is that so?  Reason is simple, since we are living in 2020 the word last means, it is pointing at 2019. The world last in that sentence means, one year prior to the current.  So it is not natural to write “last” in the above example, as the last year (2019) is also mentioned in the same sentence. Marry had a heart attack on March 2019.  This example shows you the natural way of writing or mentioning a date.  We can only use the word “last” if the time

Strategies for each part of OET Reading

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Many OET aspirants find reading challenging. They think it is only because they do not have the habit of reading that they find it really difficult to solve reading tasks? But is that right? Well, to an extend. Along with developing the habit of reading, using the right strategies can make a world of difference in your reading scores. Read on to unlock those strategies that will help you get that perfect grade A. If you are an OET aspirant, I’m not saying you have to be a bookworm, but you really need to have a habit of reading. Regular reading helps you to go through paragraphs quickly and efficiently. If you are accustomed to reading, you would automatically be a lot relaxed than someone who doesn’t read much.  Keeping this very generic advice aside, let's move ahead with the strategies that you need to master, to complete OET reading tasks like a professional. As you know there are three parts for the reading test in OET. Each of these parts requires you to have a specific rea

Choose words and tone according to your patient in OET Speaking

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When I say that you need to talk to different people differently, are you taken aback?  Have you been using the same kinds of words and the similar tone when you speak to a child, a teenager, a middle-aged person or an elderly person? Then, you have been doing it all wrong. It’s important to change the tone and the choice of words or even articulation in your talks according to the patient you are having the conversation with.   You can’t talk to an elderly person the same way you talk to a child.  You can’t talk to a child the same way you talk to a person who is sad or emotionally devastated.   So it’s extremely important to be able to change the way you speak according to the situation.  Confused how you can decide this? Keep these factors in mind to know how to adapt your speech to context. The way you choose to talk to a patient should vary depending on;  Age  Familiarity Emotions  Medical condition For example, let us consider the medical condition of a patient. If your

Must read for all planning to work in the UK

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If you are someone aspiring to live your dreams in the UK, do go through this post. This will help you survive there. Let us learn some British idioms that would pop up here and there when they talk. So it is very important if you are someone who is aspiring to go to the U.K. It’s also very interesting to learn if you are someone who loves English language.  Here are a few idioms:  Fancy a cuppa ?  Interesting!!! Isn’t it?  It just means would you like a cup of tea?   Tea is one of the most famous drinks in the U.K. So if someone from the U.K asks you “ fancy a cuppa? ” don’t panic, instead say yes and enjoy that hot cup of tea.  I’m knackered If someone ends up saying “ I’m knackered ” you better let them be.  “ I’m knackered ” means one is exhausted or very tired.  The next time when you are exhausted try saying it.  Oh, sorry In the U.K saying sorry is such a common thing. You can even see people saying “Oh, sorry” when they accidentally get a bit wet in the rain.