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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 not be clear,...

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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 CBONUS: 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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5 Ways to Read Faster – Tips for OET Reading part A

5 Ways to Read Faster - Tips for OET Reading part A  BONUS: Free practice test below!   Reading at speed is a tricky skill for both native and non-native English readers alike. Could there be anything more anxiety-inducing than the prospect of having to read 4...

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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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A Simple, Yet Powerful Way To Practice Your OET Speaking

A Simple, Yet Powerful Way To Practice Your OET SpeakingI have got a very simple yet powerful method of being able to practice your speaking on a day to day basis. If you've got your examination coming up and you're not getting a lot of practice right now for...

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3 Practical Tips on how to Improve your Grammar in OET WRITING

3 Practical Tips on how to Improve your Grammar in OET WRITING In this article, I will share with you fantastic grammar tips on how to improve your OET letter writing. You can use this for your referral letters, transfer letters or discharge letters - whatever kind of...

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OET Exam Week Preparation: Speaking Practice is Crucial!

Practicing is key to your OET Speaking success. Knowing and and understanding every aspect of the OET speaking exam can spell the difference between a grade A or E. Listen to Alex talk about secrets to passing your OET speaking exam on the first take and why practicing is so crucial.

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Think like an actor/actress to get a grade B

Whether you are preparing for the OET exam or you have it booked already in the coming few weeks, I want to challenge you with the idea of thinking like an actor / actress during your role-play. I want you to not just think like a doctor /...

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Why should you read aloud to improve your OET speaking?

  I want to tell you about one of my students, a nurse from a non-English speaking country in Eastern Europe. The big difficulties she had was that she couldn’t practice her English on a day-to-day basis. Can you relate to this? If...

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