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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 nursing and OET medicine). Watch what our managing director...

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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 you think you have the chance to get that 7 or above band score that you need.   But you actually have to know the following few things before you can get this score.   How To Understand The Structure Of The...

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OET Score: Improve It By Focusing On Appropriacy

OET Score: Improve It By Focusing On Appropriacy

OET score in the speaking sub-test is graded from two perspectives: language and communication. When it comes to language, speaking appropriately is something that is deemed as being of great importance to achieve a high oet score in the exam. But what is the...

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The New OET Writing Criteria: What Exactly Is Changing?

The New OET Writing Criteria: 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, however, is exactly what those changes will be and...

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The 5 OET Speaking Criteria: 4 Effective Ways To Communicate

The 5 OET Speaking Criteria: 4 Effective Ways To Communicate

+Bonus: OET Speaking Practice Test The OET exam is quite unique when compared to other exams, like the IELTS, TOEFL or FCE. For example, in the sense that what you communicate is not the only factor examiners will be scoring you upon. In fact, almost 40% of your score...

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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 considerations, considerations of organisation, spelling,...

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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 multiple-choice format, however, unlike part B, the texts...

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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 texts? Then answer 20 questions all in the space...

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OET writing: The complete guide

OET writing: The complete guide

At Swoosh English we care deeply about our students and we want nothing more than for you to achieve your goals. Writing in English under exam conditions is always a challenge, and the OET Writing Test is no exception. However, there is no need to worry. By breaking...

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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 in a foreign language. The OET exam is more...

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A Simple, Yet Powerful OET Speaking Practice

A Simple, Yet Powerful OET Speaking Practice

I have got a very simple yet powerful OET speaking practice that you can do 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 speaking. Then this is a good method that you can use. When...

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Important OET Speaking Tips For Role Play

Important OET Speaking Tips For Role Play

One of the biggest worries for nurses and doctors when it comes to tips for OET speaking is not just about speaking English. But specifically being able to speak for the full five minutes of the role-play. Fear comes from maybe not having the opportunity (because of...

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After Failing OET Exam: This Is What You Should Do

After Failing OET Exam: This Is What You Should Do

 This is why you failed your OET exam and our advice on what you should do next There could be many reasons as to why you failed in your speaking, reading, writing or listening exams. Let’s take speaking for example; Your pronunciation wasn’t correct,...

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OET Exam Preparation Week: Speaking Practice is Crucial!

OET Exam Preparation Week: 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

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/nurse, but also at the same...

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