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OET Speaking: Using the 3 minutes wisely

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The OET speaking subtest allows the candidate a time of 3 minutes to prepare after the Role card is given and it goes without saying, the role cards demand a well-prepared candidate in order to perform the task. Thus, using this preparation time properly can make a huge difference. So here is a checklist that will help you get the best out those 3 minutes. Checklist to manage the first 3 minutes of preparation 1. Understand his or her feelings: Try looking at the situation of the patient from his or her perspective. This will help you empathise better with the patient. 2. Realize what the patient expects to hear: Always have in mind what the patient wants to hear and speak adhering to this. 3. Realize what he or she is about to hear: Is there a difference between what he or she expects to be discussed and the discussion that is actually going to take place? For example: A patient experiencing Diabetes might be expecting a prescription of pills where as you are about to suggest changes

IELTS- Tips to getting your SPELLINGS right!

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English is often said to be a funny language and true to this phrase, spelling the words right can often be a rather tricky business. One reason for this is that English was not built from scratch, but 'borrowed' from languages like Latin and Italian. Since spellings are of such massive importance in the IELTS test, how do we solve this?  Well here are a couple of basic tips that'll help you go about spelling things right. 1. "Laws of English"            Learning the rules of something is often the best way to go about understanding most of the thing, and just like anything else english spellings have a few written rules too.  Any good dictionary will have a good definition of these rules and once you start leaning these , you'll spell almost anything correctly before you it. Work from the ground up and give it time. 2. Learn the common mistakes.             Some spellings are so weird that even native speakers struggle with them. Thus leaning the most commonl

Describing LIFESTYLE in OET Letter- How WORDS & NUMBERS can be used

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Precision and accuracy are two key factors that will be of high demand when attempting the Writing sub-test in   OET, especially at times when you are given the task of communicating the lifestyle of a patient to a fellow doctor or a colleague. Read on to find out how exactly this can be done. Health care professionals are humans and just like humans, they vary in various aspects, thoughts being one of them.  Let's clarify with an example: You have to convey a patient's smoking habits to someone. You write:   Mr. Silverstien is an addicted smoker. Fair enough ! Well, now if I ask 4 different health care professionals "How many stubs might one find in an addicted smoker's cigar tray?", answers will range anywhere from 30-50 stubs which is a fairly big range for anybody. But this is quite easy to solve.  Just use factual numbers instead of adjectives. Here are some samples Stevens has a bad alcohol habit. = Stevens consumes an average 10 units of alcohol in day. Mr.

UKVI IELTS for UK nursing jobs

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M any of you would have heard of the UKVI IELTS . Though this Secured English Language Test (SELT) as enlisted in the UK government website has been around for a while, it has become quite a buzz recently. So what is the UKVI IELTS? UKVI is the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, a part of the Home Office of the UK government. This UKVI has recorded the IELTS for UKVI in its list of secured tests and only the UKVI IELTS is accepted for Visa purposes, whenever mentioned so by the government. A band score of 4 to 5, which is the minimum language requirement equivalent to the CEFR B1 level, is what will be needed to work in the UK as a Senior Carer. W hy are we talking about the UKVI IELTS now? The UK government has added a new job category in the Shortage Skill List which is the Senior Carer or Nursing Assistant profile.  To be able to apply to this opening a UKVI IELTS is a requirement for the visa processing.  This job opening will give anyone with a nursing background, be it GNM nur

Learn how to answer a task card in IELTS Speaking Part 2

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The IELTS Speaking is a 14-minute long test, where the examiner asks the candidate a set of questions divided into three parts. The second part of the speaking test requires the candidate to speak on a given topic for 1-2 minutes.  Do you want to know how you can manage talking for 2 minutes fluently? Read on to find more about it. What is Part 2 of IELTS Speaking? This section called as 'individual long-turn' requires the candidate to speak on a topic, given in the task card, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Which means, the examiner does not interrupt and you, as the candidate, will have to maintain speaking fro the full 2 minutes.  What is a task card? A task card or a prompt card, is a piece of paper which will have a main statement given, along with 3- 4 sub-points which the candidate will have to develop in his/ her speaking.  Let's have a look at one such task card. Here on the card, the main statement says, 'talk about a course that you would like to do if you had enou

Do you know how the IELTS essay writing is evaluated?

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The IELTS writing task 2 is an essay writing question which requires careful planning and proper structure when being written. So how is an essay assessed by the examiners? The IELTS essay has 5 major question types. No matter what the question type is, the IELTS essay needs to follow a particular structure. You may wonder why we should have a fixed structure. Well the answer is that IELTS essays are evaluated based on 4 assessment factors. So what are these factors? Assessment Criteria- IELTS WRITING TASK 2 1) TASK RESPONSE This criterion checks whether you have responded to the question asked. That is, have you given your opinion. For instance, look at this question. Example: These days, many students go abroad for higher studies. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages? Here, there is a statement given which basically introduces the main theme of the essay: which is "students opting to go outside their country to continue their studies". Along with that, the t

OET Sample tests and test preparation strategies

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Find out how your sample tests and its answers can help you in preparation Have you ever thought about the importance of attending the OET sample tests?  It’s the best way for you to test your skills, to have better understanding of the format and to see the areas that need improvement. The best part about this is you can use the OET sample test’s answers to prepare for your OET.  There are quite a handful of things you can do with your OET sample test’s answers.  Excel at your OET writing and speaking .  Do you know, to improve your writing and speaking skills, you can use your listening and reading papers?  Let me tell you how.  You can take all the needed information from Listening part A to create a referral letter. While referring the patient to a doctor or relevant department, make sure that all the important patient information are included in your referral letter.  In case, you want to practice speaking, use Reading part A as the topic. You can use a friend or a coll