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Studying for the OET: Using audio-visual content

Studying for the OET: Using audio-visual content

When preparing for an exam such as the OET, it’s natural that the first thing you will think to do is to complete practice papers, it’s likely that you will also attend classes, maybe you will read articles such as this one so that you can deepen your knowledge of the...

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OET from Your Own Home

OET from Your Own Home

          Breaking news: the OET has officially announced that an online version of the OET exam will be available very soon.        This is great news for all of you who felt that your dreams for the future had been paused for...

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Cohesive devices | IELTS Writing

Cohesive devices | IELTS Writing

► Sometimes less is more! This article will focus on giving advice and exercises to help you use cohesive devices correctly.  In the IELTS exam, to reach a band 7 or above you need to be able to use a range of cohesive devices accurately. Linking words are a great way...

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OET Writing: Grade Requirement Lowered in UK

OET Writing: Grade Requirement Lowered in UK

Great news for those looking to come and work in the United Kingdom: the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are lowering the Occupational English Test (OET) Writing requirement for nurses and midwives. From January 2020, the NMC will accept a C+ grade in...

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Improving OET Reading Skills: Tips for Scanning

Improving OET Reading Skills: Tips for Scanning

Improving OET Reading skills by scanning is an extremely important skill for your test and also for any sort of reading you have to conduct in general. It involves passing your eyes over a text rapidly in search of specific information which will allow you to find out...

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Improving Your Speaking and Writing for the OET Exam

Improving Your Speaking and Writing for the OET Exam

Practicing lots of OET tasks is a common approach to preparing for the OET speaking and writing test. In fact, many students write referral letter after referral letter based on case notes to prepare. These letters are designed to replicate the OET writing experience....

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Improving Your Reading and Listening for the OET

Improving Your Reading and Listening for the OET

It is natural to think that the best way to prepare for the OET reading and listening sections is with lots of mock exams. The logic is simple. The more mock tests you do, the better you will perform during the actual exam and get the B+ score you need in order to...

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OET Reading: The Complete Guide

OET Reading: The Complete Guide

About This OET Reading Guide At Swoosh English we care deeply about our students and we want nothing more than for you to achieve your goals.  To read and answer questions on lots of different texts under exam conditions can be stressful and confusing. In the OET...

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OET Listening: The Complete Guide

OET Listening: The Complete Guide

About This OET Listening Guide   At Swoosh English we care deeply about our students and we want nothing more than for you to achieve your goals. The Requirement upon entering OET Listening and any other listening exam naturally generate anxiety. Because you need...

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OET Speaking: The Complete Guide

OET Speaking: The Complete Guide

At Swoosh English we care deeply about our students and we want nothing more than for you to achieve your goals. Speaking in a foreign or second language under exam conditions is going to be a nerve-wracking and challenging experience. However, if you have prepared...

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OET Test Dates and Locations 2020

OET Test Dates and Locations 2020

OET Test Dates and Locations 2020 OET has recently announced the OET exam test dates and locations for 2020. 2 test dates per month from March to December. This is a great news for all the potential test-takers in more than 140 venues in 42 countries where OET is...

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3 Effective Tips to Improve your OET Reading Skimming Skills

3 Effective Tips to Improve your OET Reading Skimming Skills

+ FREE Practice Test   One of the most important reading skills you need to be successful in the OET exam is the skill of skimming.  It is something which you are required to do to read expeditiously, or quickly, in part A. It is also something that you should be...

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OET Speaking: How to Successfully do the Role Play

OET Speaking: How to Successfully do the Role Play

OET Speaking: How to Successfully do the Role Play   The speaking section of the OET exam can be seen as very accessible from a certain perspective.  It is designed to be familiar for medical professionals – it involves a conversation between a medical...

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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. Especially when preparing for an examination of English.  There are many students who feel confident when it comes to speaking.   But struggle with elements that are writing specifically. Such as producing aspects...

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OET Reading Part B: Weighing up the options

OET Reading Part B: Weighing up the options

OET reading part B can often cause problems for students. The texts are short, much shorter than those in part C. But they are dense and they contain lots of information.   As a result, it can be difficult to break down the text. To find the detailed meaning we need...

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OET mock exams: Making the most of your practice

OET mock exams: 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, hopefully, with each exam you complete,...

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OET Writing: Expanding the Case Notes

OET Writing: Expanding the Case Notes

In all official OET Writing case notes, 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 relates to the way the case notes...

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Tips For OET Reading Part A: Improve Your Reading Skills

Tips For OET Reading Part A: Improve Your Reading Skills

 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 the space of just 15 minutes!   It’s a real challenge,...

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

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

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 is not easy to pass. And for many people, it’s taken them two, three, or even ten...

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