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OET30 Day 1

SUBJECTS - NOUNS, PRONOUNS & MORE

Emigration:

Welcome to the commencement day of OET30 Program! This page will guide you through the entire program detail, the tasks, the methods, initial tips, introduction of the 4 Modules and much more.

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Welcome Message!

Commencement Day Tasks

Often and always, most candidates fail in OET because of a number of reasons such as practicing without learning, borrowed English language and fear in the examination hall. With all that in mind we have developed this simple but powerful program. Proceed to the tasks and develop the following skills:

  1. English language with strong Grammar!
  2. Listening and Reading Skills
  3. Writing Skills
  4. Speaking Skills
  5. Common Sense
  6. Medical Knowledge

All the best!!

With best wishes to keep your heart strong,
Biju John and Team, English Melon.

Program Details

Read, word by word! Do not miss any Task!

Dear Participant, OET30 is different from the traditional methods of practices-after-practices without acquiring skills. The key feature of OET30 by English Melon is building up skills first and then putting them in practice. To build up your skills, we have the following tasks:

  1. Labeling Method (R)
  2. Transcription Method (L)
  3. Grammar Training (SWiRL)
  4. Group-wise Speaking
  5. Live Corrections (Writing)
  6. Story Writing (SW)
  7. Quizzes (SWiRL)
  8. Word Power-Up (SWiRL)

Dos and Don’ts

  • From today, you will have just a single trainer!
  • Take your time but never miss a task! Stay motivated.
  • In case you have questions, openly ask them in the OET30 Telegram Group.
  • Be active in the group and be ready to help others.
  • Have faith in you, in me and in the Almighty!

Time Table

Kindly note that OET30 will follow a very flexible but fixed time table for everyone’s convenience. All the time references are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

TimeTask
10.00 AMPublishing Page
11.00 AMLive Correction 1
12.00 PMLive Correction 2
02.00 PMLive Role Play
03.00 PMLive Correction 3
07.00 PMLive Correction

Get Ready

Please note, you should have done the following preparation for participating OET30:

  1. Install Google Docs (if you are using a mobile phone / tab).
  2. Use only Google Chrome browser.
  3. You should have a notebook and pencil. Use only a pencil to practice.
  4. Practice with and without a headphone.
  5. Get in touch with your group members and get a speaking partner on Day 1 itself.

NB: Use a computer (laptop / desktop) for better experience. However, high end mobile phones can be used.

Today's Grammar

Subjects in a Sentence Subjects and Agreement

Grammar is the first step to any English examination. Be it OET, IELTS, PTE or TOEFL, grammar is the starting point. A poor grammatical structure earns you a bad reputation.

Today, as we start OET30, we will start with Subjects because I have always felt that understanding subjects is the first lesson in grammar!

Subjects are either nouns (mostly, names of people) or pronouns (words such as I, we, you, they, he, she, it). To begin any sentence, we need subjects and the rest of the sentence depends on this subject.

  • Singular Subjects (like, Mr Wills)
  • Plural Subjects (like, Mr and Mrs Wills)

Read the entire grammar section and go through all the solved and unsolved tests.

Why are we starting with Subject?

I believe we should start with subjects because every sentence has a subject that agrees with the rest of the sentence. Most of the errors I have corrected in OET letters and speaking role-plays are in connection with subject – verb issues.

NB: Before you start, you may not understand each rules mentioned below. If you do not understand, the same will be discussed during the discussion time from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm Indian Time.

What are Subjects in a Sentence?

Every sentence has a subject and a verb. Most errors happen in English when your knowledge of Subject – Verb is poor! Subjects are usually nouns (like ‘Mr Peter Parker) and pronouns (like ‘he’ and ‘she’) that carry out the main action in a sentence.

  1. Mr Peter Parker is a smoker.
  2. Mrs Parker takes care of their two sons but Mr Parker is always busy with his job.
  3. She has no complaints because she knows that indirectly her husband is also taking care of their sons and herself.

In the two sentences above, Mr Peter Parker and Mrs Parker are the subjects.

  1. In the first sentence above, Mr Parker does not do any action when we speak about him but we say that “he is a smoker” because he usually does ‘smoking’.
  2. In the second sentence above, Mrs Parker does an action but again, Mr Parker does not do any particular action but it is evident that he ‘does’ some job.

What are the common subjects in OET?

1. Names of patients like:

  • Ms Emma,
  • Mr Billy,
  • Master Rohan, etc.

2. Nouns that do not have a “name”. In OET the names of patients, most disease names, most medicine names, etc.

  • The patient and her mother need immediate psychological support…,
  • Your son’s involvement in unprotected sexual activities has made him weak over the years.
  • The family needs support of a social worker to overcome this situation.

3. Pronouns like:

  • He – “He needs to be monitored for breathing difficulty.”
  • She – “She can now ambulate without a support.”
  • It – “It is a common disease among children.”
  • They – “They need the service of a home care nurse.”
  • I – “I think the child and father should consult a psychiatrist.”
  • We – “We are providing a wedge pillow for a period of 3 weeks.”
  • You – “You need to talk to the mother of the child before further assessment.”

Finding out Subjects Direct Sentences (Active)

Direct Sentences or Active Voice follow a Subject → Verb. For example, “She commenced medication on Aspirin” is Subject → Verb sentence.

  1. Ms Elizabeth lives alone. (Social History)
  2. He can neither read English nor speak meaningful sentences. (Social History)
  3. She was admitted her a month ago with osteoarthritis and a sudden outbreak of eczema. (Medical history)

Subjects in Indirect Sentences (Passive)

Now you know that the subject in “She needs urgent treatment” is “She” and “The patient can walk without support” is “The patient.”

Alright but what about “She was advised to avoid lifting more than 10 kg of weight”?

  • Is it “She”?

In fact, No! Here we have to ask the same questions – what or who!

  • Ask: Who / What advised her?
  • Answer: A doctor, nurse or most probably, a physiotherapist!

That makes sense but why is that not mentioned? Now listen! When the subject is not given directly, such a sentence is said to be in Passive Voice. Remember, you will have to guess “by whom” each action was done.

  1. Her treatment was commenced on Aspirin.
  2. She was advised to do a lot of exercise.
  3. Warfarin was prescribed for him.

Ask by whom each action was done!

  1. In the first sentence, “the doctor commenced her treatment on Warfarin.”
  2. In the second sentence, “her dietitian advised her to do a lot of exercise.”
  3. In the third sentence, probably “the doctor prescribed Warfarin for him.”

We will see Passive Voice in details on another day. Now this is enough!

Find out Subjects

Below is a quiz. Find out the subjects in each sentence and click the correct subject from the options. To get the subject:

  1. Find out the verb.
  2. ask “who / what / by whom” did that action.

Look at this sentence:

  1. Sentence: “She commenced medication on Aspirin.”
  2. Question: Who commenced medication on Aspirin?
  3. Answer: “She…”

Grammar Tests! Touch Here!

Time to Test!

We are now proceeding to Testing what we have studied so far.
If your score is less than 90%, please learn the rules and then retake the test.

1. Identify Subjects. 2. Check your Overall Grammar Skills. 3. Check your Subject Skills.

Reading Section

Attention! We will have no Reading tests on Day 1 to Day 5!

In Reading Section, you have the following tasks:

  1. Sentence Labeling (Mandatory)
  2. Paragraph Labeling (Mandatory)
  3. A Mock Test (Starting from Day 6)

NB: Make sure you complete the mock test in the exact time given in the question paper. The test materials will be made available in the Telegram Group Only!

Sentence Labeling

Summarize the sentences in a word or 2!

Labeling is ‘summarizing’ sentences and paragraphs in a word or a few words. By ‘labeling’, you prepare your brain to understand your reading extracts in the fraction of a second, without feeling ‘tired of reading.’ Labeling helps you with:

  1. Reading without getting tired;
  2. Understanding the ideas very quickly;
  3. Finding out the answers instantly and correctly.
  4. Most importantly, Enhancing your comprehension pattern based on Brain Mapping.

ExSample:

Write the label of the following sentences in a word or 2:

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a disorder of the connective tissue characterized by fibrosis of the skin, vascular abnormalities, and presence of autoantibodies.

Label: What’s SSc?

To sum up, labeling of sentences involves the following steps:

  1. Read each sentence carefully (your brain works many times faster while labeling)
  2. Guess and write the summary / theme / title of the sentence.
  3. If the sentence has more than a single idea, separate each word with comma.

NB: After completing your training in labeling, you will be able to guess the summary of each sentence and each paragraph after reading the first few words (for sentences) / sentences (for paragraphs)!

Here are some very common “labels” for sentences:

  • What – Which – Who – When – Why – How
  • Symptoms – Process – Solutions

Sentence Labeling. Touch Here!

Time to Test!

Do not forget to enter your email ID. After “Submit”, proceed to “View Score.” If your answer/s are incorrect, please learn the rules and then retake the test.

Take the Quiz!

Paragraph Labeling

Summarize the paragraphs in less than 10 words!

Labeling of paragraphs is ‘summarizing’ paragraphs in a a few words. By ‘labeling’, you prepare your brain to understand your reading extracts in the fraction of a second, without feeling ‘tired of reading.’ Labeling helps you with:

  1. Reading without getting tired;
  2. Understanding the ideas very quickly;
  3. Finding out the answers instantly and correctly.

Example 1

Cerebral contusions are scattered areas of bleeding on the surface of the brain, most commonly along the undersurface and poles of the frontal and temporal lobes.
They occur when the brain strikes a ridge on the skull or a fold in the dura mater, the brain’s tough outer covering. These bruises may occur without other types of bleeding or they may occur with acute subdural or epidural hematomas.

Label: General Information

Example 2:

Most patients with cerebral contusions have had a serious head injury with a loss of consciousness. Cerebral edema, or swelling, typically develops around contusions within 48 to 72 hours after injury.

Label: Symptoms

Example 3

As with other types of intracranial hemorrhages, cerebral contusions are most rapidly and accurately diagnosed using computed tomography (CT) brain scans.

Label: Diagnosis

Example 4

If pressure on the brain increases significantly or if the hemorrhage forms a sizeable blood clot in the brain (an intracerebral hematoma), a craniotomy to open a section of the skull may be required to surgically remove the cerebral contusion.

Label: Treatment

Example 5

Recovery after brain injury varies widely. Treatment outcomes vary according to size and location of the cerebral contusion. Other predictors include age, the initial Glasgow Coma Scale score, and the presence of other types of brain injuries.

Label: Outcome

To sum up, labeling of paragraphs involves the following steps:

  1. Read each paragraph carefully (your brain works many times faster while labeling)
  2. Guess and write the summary / theme / title of the paragraph.
  3. As a paragraph has 2 kinds of contents – central theme and contributing themes – separate each ‘label’ with comma.

Paragraph Labeling. Touch Here!

Time to Test!

Do not forget to enter your email ID. After “Submit”, proceed to “View Score.” If your answer/s are incorrect, please learn the rules and then retake the test.

Take the Quiz!

Listening Section

Attention! We will have no full length Listening Tests for the first 5 Days!

In Listening Section, you have the following tasks:

  1. Transcription of at least 1 part of the given audio/s.
  2. Labeling of the Audios
  3. A complete test (From Day 6 onward)

NB: Make sure you complete the mock test in the exact time given in the question paper.

What is Transcription Task?

Go ahead and transcribe (write down) listening task audios that you have received on registration for OET30 Program. Listen as many times until you got all the words!

NB: Transcription Method will bore you and it takes a lot of time but this will change your listening experience!

Transcription Task

  1. Pick any OET Listening Audios / Listen to the short audios below.
  2. Get your headphone, pen, notebook and the device to play back the audio.
  3. Start playing back and listen carefully.
  4. As you listen to the audio, start writing down the conversations in the notebook.
  5. You will have to pause, stop, rewind and forward the playback head many times.
  6. Complete writing the transcription.

That’s all!

NB: When you play back large audio files, listen continuously till the end and write the transcription, leaving blank spaces whenever you fail to understand a particular word. After reaching the end of the audio, replay and fill the blanks.

Labeling Task

Listen to the short audios below and, applying the paragraph labeling you have mastered by now, write the short labels of the audio in a word or in a few words.

Audio Labeling 1

Audio Labeling 2

Important! The Listening audio for each day is shared every morning and the same will be deleted at the end of the day.

Speaking Section

Warm-up, Role Plays and More

In Speaking Section, you have the following tasks:

  1. Reading a warm up question with sample answer.
  2. Writing your own answer to the warm up question.
  3. Completing a quiz of the given role play!

Additionally:

  1. Read as many OET Speaking books and refer to OET Official website, E2 Language, Odin English, Swoosh, etc.
  2. Listen to OET official videos.
  3. Watch medical interviews.
Why did you choose OET over other exams like IELTS or PTE?

That’s really an interesting question! When I first thought seriously about immigration, IELTS came to my mind because among my friends most of them were familiar with IELTS and OET is still not very popular in my neighborhood. Besides, we did not have an OET center nearby. Honestly speaking, I made two months’ rigorous preparation for IELTS and then was ready to book my exam when, you know, all were talking only about OET! I made my own kind of investigation and began to strangely feel that OET must be my choice because the questions are all, medical.

ROLE PLAYER’S CARD

Setting – General Practitioner's Clinic

PATIENT

You are Mr. Edmond Whitely, a 43-year old man, who started to snore while sleeping at night after a nose injury in a car accident 6 months ago. According to your doctor’s suggestion you’re speaking to a nurse in the clinic regarding CPAP mask.

TASKS:

  • Briefly explain the details of your accident.
  • Explain that your wife started complaining about the snoring.
  • Ask nurse about the CPAP mask.
  • If asked, explain about increased alcohol consumption.

CANDIDATE'S CARD

Setting – General Practitioner's Clinic

NURSE

You are speaking to Mr.Edmond Whitely, a 43-year old man, who started to snore while sleeping at night after a nose injury in a car accident 6 months ago. The doctor asked you to explain sleep apnea in detail and necessity of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask.

TASKS:

  • Find out his concerns.
  • Explain about sleep apnea (breath stops for short times during sleepdangerous)
  • Explain the working of CPAP mask.
  • Explain how to use the CPAP mask.
  • Ask to limit alcohol intake, if any.

Nurse: “Mr. Edmond Whitely? My name is Sam – Sam Mueller. I’m the nurse practitioner in this facility.”

Interlocutor “Hello,.”

Nurse: “How do you prefer to be called?”

Interlocutor: “Mr. Edmond, is fine.”

Nurse: “Thanks for coming to see me now, Mr Edmond. I understand that you are here to talk about your sleep apnea.”

Interlocutor: “Yes, I’m very confused about my condition and I don’t know what to do now.”

Nurse “That okay, Mr. Edmond! If I have guessed correctly from my own experience, I can understand why you feel that way, and it can be overwhelming, right?. Before I take you through the treatment options, I’d like to ask you some questions about your condition. Is that alright?”

Interlocutor “Okay.”

Nurse “Can you tell me, what type of health problems you’ve been having?”

Interlocutor: “I had a car accident six months ago and injured my nose.”

Nurse: “Uh huh. Please tell me more about it.”

Interlocutor: “According to my wife, after that I’ve started sleeping just like my father.”

Nurse: “You said you were sleeping just like my father. What did you mean by that?”

Interlocutor: “My father was a big snorer.”

Nurse: “I see.”

Interlocutor: “All I know is that I’m very exhausted when I wake up in the morning.”

Nurse: “To go over what you have told me, your nose was injured in a car accident six months ago. Since then, you have been snoring while sleeping and wake up exhausted in the morning. Is that an accurate summary?”

Interlocutor: “Yes, it is.”

Nurse “Okay, here’s what I’m going to do. First, I’ll explain about sleep apnea and why it can be a serious problem; then, we can discuss how to manage the condition. But, prior to that I would like to know, how much you know about sleep apnea?”

Interlocutor : “I think, it is the medical term for snoring during sleep.”

Nurse: “Well, actually, sleep apnea is quite different from snoring. It is caused when your throat closes for short periods during sleep, which closes the upper airway, here, and as a result, your breathing stops. After a short break, your brain realizes that breathing has stopped and triggers the breathing to start again. This can sound like snoring.”

Interlocutor “So you’re saying that I stop breathing at night?”

Nurse “Yes, that’s right. In most cases, the person who has this condition doesn’t even realize this and always feels exhausted after waking up.”

Interlocutor “I see. I thought it was due to ageing.”

Nurse: “No, it isn’t. The most important thing to remember about sleep apnea is that it is not just a type of snoring that happens during your sleep. Without proper management, it can be a very serious condition. People with severe sleep apnea have an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and heart attacks.”

Interlocutor “Oh my God! That sounds very serious.”

Nurse: “I can see it’s a bit of a shock for you but believe me, it is easily manageable if you are ready to take some pain. I really mean that there are some treatment options which will help you manage the condition.”

Interlocutor: “Treatment like medication?”

Nurse “Actually, it doesn’t involve medication. I am going to divide this talk into two parts. I’d like to start by explaining about a device you can use at night to breathe more easily during sleep. Following that I’ll talk about some indispensable lifestyle changes which can definitely improve your condition. Is that okay?”

Interlocutor: “Okay. Is it the special mask that the doctor mentioned earlier?”

Nurse: “Yes, it is. It’s known as CPAP mask. CPAP means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The mask looks very similar to the normal oxygen mask; but, it works in entirely a different way. It continuously blows gentle, pressurized air through your airway and the increased air pressure prevents the airway from collapsing when you breathe. Thus, it avoids the situation that causes you to stop breathing.”

Interlocutor: “How do I use it? When should I wear it?”

Nurse: “You put on the mask in the same way as an ordinary oxygen mask and it’s only needed at night to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep.”

Interlocutor: “Oh, that seems easy enough.”

Nurse “Can you tell me about how often do you have alcohol?”

Interlocutor: “To be honest, I am afraid it’s probably a bit too much after the accident.”

Nurse: “I must say that your alcohol consumption can deteriorate your condition. How would you feel about limiting your alcohol intake step by step to a bare minimum?”

Interlocutor: “Yeah, I can try to cut down.”

Nurse: “It’s great that you are willing to consider cutting down your alcohol intake. Gradually, you might find it’s a lot easier to manage. Before you go, I just would like to make sure that we have discussed about CPAP mask properly. Would you mind describing the CPAP mask to ensure that you’ve a clear understanding about it?”

Interlocutor: “It’s a mask that looks like oxygen mask, but instead of oxygen, it supplies pressure into my throat to prevent airways from collapsing and avoids breathing to stop. I’ve to wear it only at night.”

Nurse: “Thank you for your comprehension. I’m glad that I was able to help today. Is there any questions that you would like to ask about what we’ve discussed?”

Interlocutor: “No, there isn’t any.”

Nurse: “Well, it was great meeting you Please, call the hospital if you have any questions.”

Writing Section

Let's write and Assess Letters here!

Today’s Writing Tasks are:

  1. Read the case note carefully (because most of them are modified or new).
  2. If you are a member of today’s Group, Type / write the letter and post in the premium “OET30” Telegram Group.
  3. If you are not a member of today’s group and still want regular letter correction, buy a writing package right now and submit your letters for correction.
  4. If you have a personal Take your note book and write down your letter.
  5. Attend the 7.00 pm Live Correction sessions.
  6. In case you missed the Live Correction, you can view the same Offline. That doesn’t make much difference.
  7. Also, attempt the unsolved tests.

What should you do?

NB: Check if you can join Live Corrections (Live/Offline). If this doesn’t work, you should not enroll for OET30 Programs.

Decide on what platform you will join the Live Sessions.

  1. Mobile / Android Tabs: Click Here and see if this link opens in your Google Docs app.
  2. PC / Laptops: Click Here

If clicking opens a page with “Welcome to OET30 Live Page!,” you can join my Live Sessions. You can join OET30 Programs.

OCCUPATIONAL ENGLISH TEST

WRITING SUB-TEST: Nursing

TIME ALLOWED: READING TIME: 5 MINUTES
WRITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

Read the case notes and complete the writing task which follows.

Notes:

  • Name of the Patient: Melisa Tan
  • Age: 75 years old.
  • Telephone number: +61 34974 5659
  • Discharge Date: Discharged from the hospital on the 20th of April, 2018.
  • Patient requested for home care services.

Social History

  • Lives alone, No Children
  • Her neighbor, Mona, visits her house once in a week.
  • Brother lives in London with family, two children.
  • Sister lives in Texas, High School teacher, divorced.

Hx / Diagnosis:

  • Bilateral lower extremity edema, cellulitis of lower extremities, Renal insufficiency, Hypercholesterolemia and obesity, Incontinence of bladder & bowel at times, HTN, Venous stasis
  • Ambulates and transfers independently with walker.

Recommended:

  • Due to her weakness and limited physical abilities, personal care is recommended.

Writing task:

Using the information in the case notes, write a letter to German Caroline. “Choice Home Care Agency”, Leichhardt NSW, Australia, making a request for the agency to provide health care services to the patient.

In your answer:

  • Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences
  • Do not use note form
  • Use letter format
  • The body of the letter should be approximately 180-200 words.

The 7 Questions!

Live Correction!

Read the case notes most carefully and answer these 7 questions. The purpose is, you get a clear idea about who you are writing this letter to, who the patient is, what the purpose of this letter is, etc. You have to ask these questions before the exams, too!

The 7 Questions!

Writing Format

Follow this format

Please read the case notes and write 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 on your question paper.

Who is the recipient of the letter?

  1. Doctor – Do not include much social history
  2. Social worker – Give detailed social history
  3. Physio – Medical history
  4. Write only what the recipient need to know.

Who is the patient?

  1. Age
  2. Gender – Do not interchange “he” and “she”
  3. Condition – The present condition only.

What is the purpose?

  1. Single purpose?
  2. Multi purpose?
    1. Decide what is the present condition.
    2. Sometimes the case notes will present more than 2 – 3 purposes but you have to decide what is the present condition.
  3. If multi purposes, decide who is the prime patient.

What are irrelevant?

  1. Based on the recipient and patient’s condition some information are irrelevant
  2. Always ask – “Should the recipient know this condition / problem of the patient?
  3. Why? Why not?
  4. Some irrelevant expressions:
    1. She lives with her husband (she can’t live with someone’s husband) No need of “Her”
    2. If a disease condition is not present now, that also is not important
    3. I don’t remember many examples. Will update later.

Difference between admission date and discharge dates

  1. In some cases, the patient is not admitted (wound dressing, emergency)
  2. In some cases, the discharge date will not be given.
    1. Admitted on 1st Novemebers
    2. Diagnosed on the second day
    3. Surgery on the fifth day
    4. 4 days of post operative care
    5. 1 day under observation
  3. In such cases, you have to make a calculation and write

What is the trick in this case notes?

  1. Too much information (decide only what is relevant)
  2. The question of “Known – not known case”
  3. A new genre of task, like, “information letter!”
  4. Too many medicines names to a social worker
  5. Confusing about “who is the real patient…

Known case or not known?

  1. If there is an expression like, “his/her gp” it is known case
  2. Refer him back to Dr Mattew (Known)
  3. Refer him to Dr Mattew (Not known).

Expanding Notes

How to Expand two or more words to a sentence?

At the end of this task, you will be able to expand single and multiple words into meaningful sentences.

  • Add more parts of speech before and after the “note”.
  • Change word into phrase; change phrase into clauses; change clauses into sentences.

You need to develop skills to convert broken words into meaningful sentences:

Now let’s expand simple notes to complete sentences. It is like adding flesh, blood and skin to a skeleton, that is, you have to add many words to the given 2 or three words.

  1. Lives alone → Mr Peter lives alone.
  2. Can walk → He can walk.
  3. Needs assistance → However, he needs assistance with walking.
  4. Dressing done → His dressing is done.
  5. No Children → Mr Peter has no children.
  6. Brother lives in London with family, two children →  He has a brother who lives in London with two children.
  7. Her neighbor, Mona, visits her house once in a week → Mona, her neighbor, visits her house once in a week.
  8. Incontinence of bladder & bowel at times → She also suffers from incontinence of bladder and bowel at times.
  9. Husband works in factory: setting up small import business → Her husband works in a factory and is setting up a small import business simultaneously.
  10. Said English at night school → She said that she learns English at a night school.
  11. Children (boy 13, boy 11, girl 7) all at school; working hard to adjust → With three school-going children between 7 and 13, she finds it hard to adjust.
  12. Strong family commitment to school/work/study/business → (In spite of all this) She maintains very strong family commitment with school, work, study and business.
  13. After operation, hard to manage new baby → After this operation, she finds it hard to manage the new baby.
  14. No other family in Australia → It is worth considering that he has no other family in Australia.

Checking the 6 + 1 Criteria

Live Letter Correction

Writing Marking Criteria!

On this Day 5, let me explain the 7 criteria upon which OET assesses your letters. If you focus only on a few but not all, you will not B!

  1. Purpose – What action do you want the recipient take after reading this letter?
  2. Content – What should you write and what not?
  3. Conciseness and Clarity – Relevant or irrelevant?
  4. Genre & Style – Do you know to whom you are writing?
  5. Organization and Layout – Does it look like a letter?
  6. Language – Does your language confuse or clarify?

Not official but very much crucial – Handwriting! Can the assessor read you?

Live Corrections. Touch Here!

Live Correction!

Live Letter Corrections are conducted on Google Docs from 10 AM to 4 PM, one every hour. Please make sure you have Google Docs (only if you are on a Mobile).

Go to the Live Page.

Correct Words

Commenced, Has commenced, Has been commenced

Commence is probably one of the most mistaken word in OET.  

The right expressions are:

  • She commenced on Aspirin
  • She has commenced on Aspirin
  • Her treatment commenced with intravenous therapy
  • Her treatment has commenced with intravenous fluids…

The wrong expressions are:

  • She was commenced on oxygen therapy.
  • She has been commenced on physiotherapy.
  • He has been commenced on Aspirin and Warfarin as required.

Correct Usage of Words

Time to Test!

Why?
To understand that, take this Quiz!

Speak Well!

Speak into the Mike

If Google can understand you, your interlocutor will, too!

This is a very important task. You have to use a little technology to do this task. Do not worry, you already have this technology with you. All you need to do is, take your smartphone and:

  1. Open Google Docs
  2. Create a New Document by clicking on the + button below
  3. Click on the Microphone button on top of the keypad
  4. Start speaking the text below.

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NB: You will have to speak many times. Initially Google may not recognize your accent so you will need to try several times.

A recent study, reported on by Medical News Today, found that the faster a person walks, the longer they may live, with older adults benefitting the most from a brisk pace. Medical professionals have long used gait speed as a marker of health and fitness among older adults, but the new research asks a slightly different question: Does a slow gait speed in midlife indicate and predict accelerated aging?

Story Completion

Write a story based on the verbal input below:

You may be wondering why you have been asked to write a story! Write this story because this is very important and is included in all the 30 days.

By writing a story from imagination, you develop qualities outside medical skills, like:

  1. Imaginative skills that will help in speaking.
  2. Ability to shift between past tense and present tense.
  3. Skill to work with imagination while listening to a conversation.

How to write a story?

  1. Read the verbal input which is usually the beginning limes, middle lines or closing lines.
  2. Mostly stories are written in past tense so your story should be written in past tense (90%) and the rest (10%) in past tense and future tense.
  3. You can see a sample story each on This Page.

Write a simple story with the following starting:

Starting – “When Nr Laksmi reached the railway station, it was past 9.00 pm. Her train would take 10 more minutes to depart the platform. Running into the coach and finding her seat number 12, she began to suspect if she would reach Ms Alfia’s residence in time.”

Learning Words

Learn these words and power up your language skills!

It is important that you learn at least 500 new words during these 30 – 45 days. Take your time and try this test.

Note: The following words occur in your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing Sub-tests. Learn carefully!

Abate

Pronounciation: /əˈbeɪt/
Meaning: (of something unpleasant or severe) become less intense or widespread.
MedSample: “Ms Stella’s bleeding suddenly abated.”

Abstinence

Pronunciation: /ˈabstɪnəns/
Meaning: The practice of restraining (not doing) oneself from indulging in something, typically alcohol or sex.
Example: “I started drinking again after six years of abstinence”

Affliction

Ailments

Akin to

Albeit

Pronunciation: /ɔːlˈbiːɪt/
Meaning: Though.
Example: “Postoperatively he was making progress, albeit (though) rather slowly”

Alienation

Aliquot

Pronunciation /ˈalɪkwɒt/
Meaning: A portion of a larger whole, especially a sample taken for chemical analysis or other treatment.
Example: “An aliquot was examined daily for the appearance of cholesterol monohydrate crystals.”

Alleviate

Ameliorate

Pronunciation: /əˈmiːlɪəreɪt/
Meaning: Make (something that is already bad or unsatisfactory) better.
Example: “The reform did much to ameliorate living standards”

Antipathy

Apoplexy

Atonement

Autonomous

Aversion

Await / Wait

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