Do this one OET Listening Practice And You Will Dramatically Improve

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I’m asked by other students on how they can practice and prepare for the OET examination. Today, I’ve got a very effective OET listening practice that you can do every single day. To prepare for your OET exam. When preparing for OET , you don’t need to rely only on sample OET materials. Or other … Read more Do this one OET Listening Practice And You Will Dramatically Improve

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

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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 letter that you can experience in the OET examination. These OET grammar tips will help you significantly in order … Read more 3 Practical Tips on how to Improve your Grammar in OET WRITING

After Failing OET Exam: This Is What You Should Do

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 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, maybe there was a lot of grammatical mistakes Or you … Read more After Failing OET Exam: This Is What You Should Do

OET Exam Preparation Week: Speaking Practice is Crucial!

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The tip I’ve got for you today is all about practicing your speaking. What I am about to tell you seems like really simple and basic advice. However, I speak to a lot of students after they’ve taken their examination. I ask them what their preparation like plus the length of time they spent on this.
Generally, for people who are not in our VIP programmes, they either say they didn’t practice at all. Or had very, very little practice which is unfortunate. Candidates who haven’t prepared enough are more likely to find themselves in a predicament on exam day.
It’s so crucial that you familiarize yourself with the format of the speaking exam. You also need to understand every aspect of it. Knowing what to expect when you’re seated in front of the interlocutor will help you immensely. Basic things like warm-up questions that will be asked of you at the beginning. How much preparation time is given for each of the two role plays (2-3 minutes). And the five-minute talk time for each role play. It’s surprising that so many nurses and doctors go into the examination not fully understanding these very basic things.
I know that there are a lot of financial difficulties out there for nurses and doctors. Especially with paying for the examination. But you should be getting a native OET teacher to help you with some form of speaking practice. They’ll give you advice, and tell you what’s right or wrong with your performance. They can even give you an estimated grade or an indication of what your level is. And the things you need to know before your exam. Furthermore, your teacher will remind you to empathize with the patient and go through as many bullet points as possible in the role play card. Also, your pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary are all fundamental elements that will be checked by a native OET teacher. Unfortunately, not all OET test takers are doing a lot of speaking practice. Our Swoosh VIP students have the benefit of receiving hands-on feedback and advice during their speaking practice and mock examinations.
If you’re in a situation where you cannot have access to an OET teacher to help. Then get a fellow nurse or doctor to be your study partner. You can take turns in playing the role of the candidate/interlocutor. But of course, you must be careful in taking advice from the person you’re doing the role play with because their level might be lower than yours and they may unintentionally give you wrong advice.
Nevertheless, it’s better than getting no practice at all. Practicing will make you more comfortable with the conversation format. One more advice I can give you is to visit the official OET website and make use of role play cards used in previous exams and practice with them.
Hopefully this was helpful. It does sound very simple but a lot of people don’t focus on the simple things. They might spend hours and hours and hours reading role plays but memorizing and cramming information before your exam won’t benefit you in the same way that practicing with feedback would.
I wish you all the best. If you’ve got any questions about this article, make sure you put them in the message box. If you’re planning to take the OET exam, we’ve got an OET FREE 3-part video course which you can easily download on our website
Your OET teacher,

Think like an actor/actress to get a grade B

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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 time, think like an actor/actress.
During the speaking role-play, you can never be sure how the interlocutor is going to respond. They are English teachers playing the role of patients or carers. Preparation is the key to all kinds of unexpected responses. Including emotional and aggressive reactions. That is quite common in real-life situations in hospitals. Usually, many doctors and nurses can be too overwhelmed to come up with a response. But here’s how your ‘acting skills’ might save you below.
Think about how you would act when facing this situation in real life. You can then improvise a well-balanced argument, explanation, and piece of advice based on the situation. This can really help patients and take them from that aggressive, anxious worried state to a feeling of calm. This enables your patients to handle their feelings towards the condition/disease. Or whatever they might be going through more effectively.
We will delve deeper into the actor/actress concept and start being more creative. For example, there was a previous OET medicine role play card for doctors about asthma. A boy called Matthew had just been diagnosed with asthma. The parent becomes emotionally unstable after finding out Matthew’s condition. And they were in denial, and extremely worried. They think that Matthew was going to have these debilitating effects forever. Your job in this role-play is to empathise with them. You need to show understanding, try to make them feel reassured and put them in a place of calm.
On the actor/actress theme, you could say something like: “I understand your situation. My brother was diagnosed like Matthew a few days prior, he/she was also worried stressed. I just want to let you know that he/she was able to cope with it and I understand what you’re going through. I know how you’re feeling right now.” You are introducing new information that was not in the roleplay card to achieve your task of calming them down. And this is especially useful when dealing with emotionally unstable patients/carers.
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Do you lose marks for not completing the OET speaking role play tasks?

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We have been conducting live classes on Facebook and YouTube for a while now. You can also check out when our next FREE class is. And what we noticed from teaching these classes is that a lot of students seemed to be concerned with one particular thing in OET speaking: TASK FULFILMENT! Basically, do we lose marks if we do not complete the speaking role play task?
There are usually 4-5 bullet points in a typical roleplay card. The reality though is that some students may only answer 2-3 of them during the limited time in the real exam. This causes students to worry about whether they will lose marks because of this. Today we are going to address this confusion.
When we look at the OET speaking marking rubric, one of the aspects that is marked upon is overall task fulfilment. Which accounts for 20% of the total score.  However, please note that you won’t lose marks just because you didn’t complete all the bullet points.
Although they will mark you based on whether you fulfilled the task or not. It is more about you demonstrating your English communication skills rather than finishing all the tasks in a rush. With the new OET 2.0 update, it is now written in the guidelines that they should also assess your ‘clinical communication skills’. I will be talking more about this in future blog posts.
The other misunderstanding among students is the interlocutor task. You might be wondering if he/she trying to help you or harm you? Like I said in a previous article, the OET interlocutor is trying to help students throughout the five minutes for each of the two role-plays. The interlocutors look at the role-play cards in detail beforehand to give them a good understanding of the tasks. So the OET interlocutor will help you as much as possible to try and fulfill all of those bullet points. But it does not really matter if you cannot answer all of them. But you should aim to complete all of the bullet points. This is something to practice with your teachers and study partners before you take your exam.
So remember, if you want to get a great B. You don’t necessarily have to cover all the bullet points. Just demonstrate your English communication skills. If you have any questions, make sure you put them in the message box below and I’ll be happy to answer them. If you want to get more OET tips for each sub-test, make sure you go to
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