OET Reading – Everyday Practice
Reading Part A
Part A has four types of texts, like checklists for making diagnoses or contraindications for medication that you read with a patient. It would help if you practised reading these types of texts quickly to extract the primary information.
Reading Part B
Part B includes texts you would read in the workplace, such as policy documents or instructions, that you do not read with a patient. You have to read these kinds of documents often to get used to the language you will be expected to understand.
Reading Part C
This part will include semi-academic texts you might find in medical journals or websites for healthcare professionals and will always have a professional’s opinion or attitude. Practice reading articles and using the language in the report to pick up on the views being presented.
Learning Resources To develop OET Reading Skills.
Make yourself ready for the OET Reading sub-test; it can be challenging for you. Please do not consider that it will be simple. For practising OET reading in your everyday life, use the following Learning Resources. It improves your OET Reading Skills.
You are required to read, identify and understand the texts to answer the questions. The test contains different questions, such as matching, sentence completion, short answer questions etc.
OET Reading Part A sub-test would require you to read as fast as possible and answer the given questions. You are allotted 15 minutes for this part of the test. There will be four short texts related to a single healthcare topic, and you are required to read carefully to answer 20 questions of Reading Part A.
Part B and Part C are combined and all about careful reading. It would help if you scanned the text analytically to arrive at the correct answers. Part B will assess your ability to identify the gist or main points of the given texts (Part B consists of six short texts, and each will carry 100-150 words). Part C assesses your skills to identify the opinions, suggestions or recommendations given in the text. There will be two different texts (and each will carry a minimum of 800 words). You will have to answer four-option multiple-choice questions.
The texts are taken from several resources. So many medical journals, magazines, free learning resources are there for medical doctors and nurses. The texts are taken from journals, academic books, radio recordings, interviews of healthcare experts, lectures, speeches, etc.
You can check out the following resources to make yourself more adept at OET Reading:
- ABC health newsletter
- Academic Medicine
- American Journal of Nursing
- Annals of Family Medicine
- BMC Family Practice
- BMJ Health and Care Informatics
- British Medical Journal (BMJ)
- Clinical Medicine
- Free Medical Journals
- JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
- Journal of Advanced Nursing
- Journal of the American Medical Association
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute
- Medical Journal of Australia
- Nature Medicine
- New England Journal of Medicine
- OMICS International
- Science Magazine for the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- The American Journal of Surgery
- The Journal of Paediatrics
For the OET Reading practice, practice the following:
- Read the English dictionary.
- Change your devices’ language to English.
- Read books that interest you. For example, a book on healthcare, music or sport and read it out loud.
- Find out the English words and phrases that are trending right now!
- Pick a topic and learn new vocabulary in just six minutes.
- Practise discussing complex issues with patients.
Tips to Improve OET Reading Skill
Most of the OET candidates manage to do well in other sub-tests but not in reading. You will have three parts to this test, so it is essential to divide your time. You are allotted get 60 minutes to complete the reading part of OET. Part A will be taken away in 15 minutes. So, it is preferable not to waste your time and try to finish it off as soon as you can. The difficulty level of reading increases as you move from Part A to Part C. Part B and C will be much more difficult for you. And, Part C is going to be much tougher than Part B.
Finding the answers
You may get questions that may consist of words you may not find in the text provided. And of course, when test-takers do not see the keywords from the questions anywhere in the text, it makes them confused and difficult to answer the question. If you encounter such a problem, you must try to understand the meaning of words given as keywords in the questions and look for words or phrases similar to the words or phrases shown in the text. Always there will be a synonym is used to confuse the test-takers.
Sometimes, the given text might provide you with two different ideas or viewpoints. It would help to focus on which concept is being discussed more in the text in such situations. If you are able to find this, then your answer will be right for sure.
For gap-fill questions, you do not have to think of a word out of the text given. You can pick the correct word from the given text itself. Make sure that you read the text well. therefore you are required to have a good understanding of what is missed.
Don’t get frustrated.
It is essential that you shall not get frustrated. Yes, you will have to learn to stay cool, calm and in control of yourself. If you find difficulty answering a question, it makes sense that you move to the next question. You can always come back to answer that question later, which you may leave. But, make sure that you answer all the questions. If you are stuck anywhere and give more time to that question, it won’t be easy to answer all the questions.
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