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OET Writing: Making the most of your OET letter feedback

You have written your OET letters and you have submitted them to your OET teacher.  The teacher has spent time and energy reading your letters in order to provide you feedback on areas of strength and weaknessin your OET letter writing: she has highlighted grammar...

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OET Writing: What to check before you submit

OET Writing: What to check before you submit Writing is often seen as the most challenging skill when preparing for an examination of English.  There are many students who feel confident when it comes to speaking but struggle with elements which are writing specific,...

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Weighing up the options: Approaching Reading section B

Weighing up the options: Approaching Reading section B Reading section B of the OET exam can often cause problems for students. The texts are short, much shorter than those in part C, but they are dense and, therefore, contain lots of information. As a result, it can...

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OET mock exams: Making the most of your practice

Making the most of your practice It seems intuitive that, in order to prepare for the real OET exam, the best strategy would be to do as many OET mock exams as possible. Each mock exam that you do is helping you to develop your exposure to the OET format and,...

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OET Writing: Expanding the Case Notes

OET Writing: Expanding the Case Notes In all official OET Writing tasks you will see these three instructions: “In your answer: expand the relevant notes into complete sentences; do not use note form; use letter format”. The reason for the first two instructions...

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Reading for speed: Tips for approaching Reading part A

Reading for speed: Tips for approaching Reading part A Reading at speed is a tricky skill for both native and non-native English readers alike, so could there be anything more anxiety-inducing than the prospect of having to read 4 texts and answer 20 questions all in...

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Eji’s Journey to Passing OET First Time with 4B’s

Eji’s Journey to Passing OET First Time with 4B’s The world of OET is full of colorful stories both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Anyone who has taken the exam knows that it’s no easy feat to pass and for many people it’s taken them two, three, or even ten times to...

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Expert Advice for OET Speaking: Maintaining Fluency

Expert Advice for OET Speaking: Maintaining Fluency When entering the examination room, it is natural to start feeling nervous. Even the most proficient of speakers need time to settle-down, focus and relax before being able to show the true extent of their abilities...

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OET Test Dates & Location 2019

OET is available 14 times per year in 40 countries in more than 140 locations around the world. There are test dates every month but the registration is only open for the next three test dates at a time so be quick to book! Applications close three weeks before the...

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Getting the tenses correct for OET writing (An overview)

Getting the tenses correct for OET writing (An overview) “Which tense should I use?” Is a question which I have heard with regularity when preparing students for OET writing. More specific comments include: “If the patient still has the condition then it should be the...

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Including articles: How to write more accurately for the OET

Including articles: How to write more accurately for the OET In relation to grammatical errors, the most common omission students make relates to two of the most popular, and yet often overlooked, words in the English language “a/an” and “the”. Despite the popularity...

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Improve your pronunciation in IELTS speaking

Improve your pronunciation in IELTS speaking If you know how the IELTS speaking test is scored, you will understand that pronunciation is one of the four marking criteria, and it counts for 25% of your speaking score. It is of course important to work on your...

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We are now an OET premium provider (we can help you pass)

We are now an OET premium provider (we can help you pass) Swoosh English are extremely proud to announce that we are now accredited by the Occupational English Test (OET) as a Premium Preparation Provider of OET test preparation courses for doctors and nurses (OET...

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More Tips for IELTS Speaking Success

More Tips for IELTS Speaking Success   Most of you may have a very good speaking ability and think you have the chance to get that 7 or above band score that you require. But you actually have to know the following few things before you can get this score.  ...

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The “New” OET Writing Subtest: What Exactly Is Changing?

The “New” OET Writing Subtest: What Exactly Is Changing?  + Bonus Review Questions for the new OET writing criteria     As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, as of 3rd August this year, changes are coming in relation to the OET Writing Subtest. What may...

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4 Common Errors in OET Writing and How To Avoid Them

4 Common Errors in OET Writing and How To Avoid Them +Bonus: OET writing practice test   When writing your OET letters, there are a number of considerations you have to bear in mind in order to ensure you score as highly as possible. There are grammatical...

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4 Important Tips on How To Ace OET Listening Part C

4 Important Tips on How To Ace OET Listening Part C BONUS: Practice test & recommendation links!   OET listening part C is often cited by candidates as being the most challenging of the listening sections of the OET exam.  Like OET listening part B, it uses a...

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