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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

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.

How to choose the best OET coaching center

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One of the most important questions, when it comes to a healthcare professional who is aspiring to write and clear OET exam, is “ how to choose the best OET coaching center ?” because, no one wants to invest their money into something that doesn’t serve the purpose.  When it comes to choosing the best coaching center for OET what exactly are the things that we need to keep in mind and look for? You need to make a list of the training centres currently available. Once this is done, follow these steps. Step1: Website  First thing first, it’s important to go through the website of the training center. Make a note of the things that grab your attention such as, the offers provided for the different courses available, the special features of those offers, the different services that the institute provide: for instance, exam booking, online and regular class options, practice materials provided, customer service etc., the different branches and locations of the institute, and things like

CLARIFY information received like a PRO

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  When someone is going through pain, anxiety or any discomfort, that someone might not be able to deliver a speech with clarity and ease. That’s the case with most of the patients you are going to come across in your real life as healthcare professionals. So, it’s extremely important to be calm and understanding. Patients may provide you incomplete information, in a jumbled order or even not be able to answer you properly. But, as a healthcare professional, it’s crucial for you to collect the right information from your patients. If not, you would end up struggling to diagnose or bring forth the correct care.   In situations where you did not understand something or you want to recheck the information that you collected from the patient, to make sure what you got is correct, it’s important to clarify the information which a patient provides. The OET speaking test’s clinical communication criteria needs you to clarify the information patients tell you. How can we clarify?

Learn how to create an effective patient timeline in your OET Letter?

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The most apt method to create a patient timeline in your letter, resulting in giving a very clear picture about the patient to your reader, has been under the scanner for some time now. Many students report this as a challenging aspect of OET letter writing.  Now you have TWO WORDS to help you solve this major hurdle.   FOLLOWING and FOLLOWED are the secret tools to writing an easy-to-follow order about the different things that happened in a patient’s life. But aren’t these words one and the same, is probably what you are thinking right now. Have you ever thought of how these words, in two different forms, can completely alter the structure of a sentence? They also completely change the order in which the events happen.   Well… Here we go! Let’s take examples to look at it. Example 1: ·           Mr Thomas was presented to hospital on 21/02/2020 followed by a syncopal attack. Example 2:  E    Mr Thomas was presented to hospital on 21/02/2020  following  a syncopal attack.