Dear OET Aspirants, soon on a day you are going to face the much awaited and unnecessarily feared OET exam that will determine your future course of life. If you are a second or third timer, you know what goes through your mind before, during and after the examination. Therefor, let me address the first timers and tell them something very important about the OET exam.
Fear, yes, who doesn’t fear an Exam?
Your mind will be in great stress around the time of the examination – from a week before till a week after the result! Your mind will be so stressed out that you will behave much differently in the exam hall – with a huge clock in front of you and the unfriendly speaking interlocutor and a number of panic stricken nurses and doctors, their minds ready to burst – But WHY?
You are going to write a very ordinary exam with an extraordinarily heavy heart. If you do not overcome this unnecessary panic, you are going to at loss again and OET will fail you again. Believe me, from what I have gathered from my students who passed and failed, OET exam centre will make you a DIFFERENT person at the time of exam and you will mess up with all modules. To be yourself, read this page and be cool.
- OET Examination is not as difficult as you think.
- Every time, out of an estimated 24 thousand examinees, not less than 3 to 5 thousand pass.
- 60% of candidates who attempt a second or third time also pass.
- 95% of them are able to successfully immigrate without any hurdles.
But who are most likely to pass?
- Candidates from English Medium schools.
- Candidates who have very strong command over English language.
- Medical professionals Smart (beauty/color doesn’t have a role) and dedicated to the profession.
- People with common sense and empathy.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EXAM HALL (INDIA)
Most often, OET exams are conducted over a day, that is, in a span of 24 hours. However, very rarely, are are conducted over two days in succession.
- We should reach the exam center before 9 am.
- Remember, the temperature is set very low so you should carry warmers. It is very important.
- Do eat something and half fill the tummy for a long go.
- We should go with passport and writing materials like pencils, eraser, sharpener.
- Though all will be available in the hall, if you want, you can take them along with you.
- Seating arrangements will take a while and the exam will start at 10.00 AM.
- Mostly, the first module is listening. Once you get the question papers, you have 5 minutes to read the questions and then audio will start.
- Unlike Reading, all three parts of Listening are conducted one after the other, continuously.
- Although headphones are provided individually, in some exam centers, the audio may be played over a speaker. In that case, No need to panic about no headphones. Speakers are as good as headphones.
- Be warned, sometimes the headphones may be a little old or both speakers may not be functional. No need to worry. You can even complain if the headphones are out of order.
- Once the time runs out, your papers will be collected.
- Under emergencies like a need to go to washroom, do not worry. One of the invigilators will accompany you but no extra time will be allowed.
- In the examination hall water is provided so you can have it any time.
- Once listening papers are collected from everyone, announcement will be given for reading modules.
READING A, B & C
- Now the reading papers will be issued. We should not open them until the invigilator says so.
- In the examination hall digital time will be displayed so we can see that or else they will keep informing the time like 5 minutes left out.
- About time, avoid looking at the clock every now and then. They purposefully keep reminding you of the elapsed time to keep your adrenaline high. Ignore clock. Ignore time. Just hurry.
- Most importantly, if you are not very good at fast reading, do not care about attempting all the 20 questions of Part A.
- Once Part A is completed our answer paper will be collected from us.
- After this, Part B and C will follow.
- May I remind you, if you have practiced from Medcity Materials, Part B and C may be harder than you expect.
- Once all three sections are completed, reading answer sheets will be collected.
- Here is time for a break. You can relieve yourself at this time.
- At the start of Writing Exam, the question (case notes) will be given. You need to check if your name is written correctly in the paper. Then you will have to wait for the announcement to start.
- Once your time starts, you can start writing your answer in the answer sheet. If you want additional paper, you can raise your hands so that it will be provided to you.
- Once 40 minutes is completed, your answer sheet will be promptly collected. Not a second will be granted!
- The Speaking exam will start after a short period as per arrangement.
- You will be informed of your speaking time so they don’t allow you to leave the hall or speak with others. But in Bangalore last time we discussed with our candidates.
- Lunch break is a time when some of you will be lucky enough to share the speaking topics. Remember, asking others about the elapsed speaking topic is allowed and that may help you. However, never hope that you will get a particular speaking topic.
- Then as per the scheduled time you will be led to the speaking room.
- For speaking session at Bangalore, they were not that much strict, even for washroom they allowed us.
When they allot 10 members for speaking, we got enough time to discuss the topics.
The Speaking sub-test is taken individually in a span of around 20 minutes. This part of OET uses materials specifically designed for your profession. In each role-play, you take your professional role (for example, as a nurse, a doctor, dietitian or a pharmacist) while the interlocutor (examiner) plays the role of a patient, a client, or a patient’s relative or carer. For veterinary science, the interlocutor is the owner or carer of the animal.
Speaking has 3 rounds of questions.
- Checking your identity and profession.
- Questions about your professional background.
- Role plays begin with the presenting of two role play cards.
- You can keep the cards while you do the role-play.
- The card explains the situation and what you are required to do.
- You may write notes on the card if you want.
- If you have any questions about the content of the role-play or how a role-play works, you can ask them during the preparation time.
- The role-plays are based on typical workplace situations and reflect the demands made on a health professional in those situations.
- The interlocutor follows a script so that the Speaking test structure is similar for each candidate.
- The interlocutor also has detailed information to use in each role-play.
- Different role-plays are used for different candidates at the same test administration.
- Duration – 5 Minutes.
The Listening sub-test consists of three parts, and a total of 42 question items.
- The topics are of generic healthcare interest and accessible to candidates across all professions.
- The total length of the Listening audio is about 40 minutes, including recorded speech and pauses to allow you time to write your answers.
- You will hear each recording once and are expected to write your answers while listening.
Part A – consultation extracts (about 5 minutes each)
- Skill needed – Identify specific information during a consultation.
- You will listen to two recorded (any) health professional-patient consultations and you will complete the health professional’s notes using the information you hear.
Part B – short workplace extracts (about 1 minute each)
- Part B assesses your ability to identify the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace.
- You will listen to six recorded extracts (e.g. team briefings, handovers, or health professional-patient dialogues) and you will answer one multiple-choice question for each extract.
Part C – presentation extracts (about 5 minutes each)
- Part C assesses your ability to follow a recorded presentation or interview on a range of accessible healthcare topics.
- You will listen to two different extracts and you will answer six multiple-choice questions for each extract.
- Parts – 3
- Number of Questions – 42
- Time allowed – 60 minutes.
- The topics – Generic healthcare interest.
Part A – expeditious reading task (15 minutes)
- Skill Required – Ability to locate specific information in a quick and efficient manner.
- Parts – Four short texts.
- Topics – A single healthcare topic.
- Number of Question – 20 questions.
- Time – 15 minutes.
- Kinds of questions – Matching, sentence completion and short answer questions.
Part B and Part C – careful reading tasks
- Time – 45 minutes
- Skills needed – Ability to identify the detail, gist or main point of
- Number of Questions – 6
- The texts – 6 Extracts from policy documents, hospital guidelines, manuals or internal communications, such as emails or memos.
- Question types – 1 three-option multiple-choice question.
- Skills needed – Your ability to identify detailed meaning and opinion.
- Texts – 2
- Questions 8 + 8, four-option multiple choice questions.
- Time – 45 minutes.
- Number of Tasks – 1
- Nature of Question – Based on a typical workplace.
- Kinds of letters – Referral, transfer, discharge, advice, information, complaint, etc.
- Input – Task instructions, case notes, other related documentation.