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OET Reading 1 – The M Method

Today we will look at the most common method for OET Reading – “The M Method.”

By this, you will look for the main information in the given text and match it with the question keyword.

Step 1 – Read the Text

Text A

Governments around the world and throughout the United States are beginning to “reopen their economies” in stages. Some have been considering the use of serologic antibody testing to screen for possible immunity and to identify people who could return to the workplace with less severe mitigation measures or be assigned to higher-exposure tasks. Although availability of antibody tests is lagging and successful mitigation has kept seroprevalence too low to rely fully on positive test results, at some point in the near future antibody testing will become a viable option. This idea is not without its critics. On April 24, for example, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following guidance: “At this point in the pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate.’”

Step 2. “Melon” Reading

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Now, let’s Melon-Read this paragraph:

Sentences MELONs
Governments around the world and throughout the United States are beginning to “reopen their economies” in stages. M
Reopening economy
Some have been considering the use of serologic antibody testing to screen for possible immunity and to identify people who could return to the workplace with less severe mitigation measures or be assigned to higher-exposure tasks. M
Testing
L
Serologic, mitigation
Although availability of antibody tests is lagging and successful mitigation has kept seroprevalence too low to rely fully on positive test results, at some point in the near future antibody testing will become a viable option.
O1
Future of antibody testing
L
Lagging, mitigation, seroprevalence, rely, viable.
This idea is not without its critics. O2
Exception to M
On April 24, for example, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following guidance:
“At this point in the pandemic, there is not enough evidence about the effectiveness of antibody-mediated immunity to guarantee the accuracy of an ‘immunity passport’ or ‘risk-free certificate.’”
O2
Argument against M

Step 3. Learning the Words & Meaning – Lexicon

You have to check if you knew what these words mean. The more you don’t know, the harder the questions are going to be.

Lexicon Meaning
In stages Step by step
Serologic antibody testing Serologic tests are blood tests that look for antibodies in your blood.
Screen Test
Return to the workplace Rejoin their offices, companies, etc
Severe Intense; serious
Mitigation Make a disease / a bad condition less severe
Higher-exposure tasks Works that expose one to diseases, risks.
Lagging Falling behind; failing; delay
Rely fully on To completely depend on
Viable Practical; feasible
“This idea is not without its critics” This idea has been questioned
Immunity passport Risk-free certificate

Step 4. Analysis

Now, let’s apply the M Method with a sample question.

Questions 8-14

Answer each of the questions, 8-14, with a word or short phrase from one of the texts. Each answer may include words, numbers or both.

8. What is the method of economy reopening planned by many world governments?
_________

How to find out the Answer with M Method?

  • This is the easiest and most common method.
  • By this, you find the M (main key of the question) and then try to find the same M in the text.
  • “Method of economy reopening” is the M of the question and of the text.
  • How many methods are discussed in the text?
  • As per this text, there is a single method of economy reopening mentioned and that is, “serologic antibody testing.”

Today’s Tip!

Remember, most of the questions from 8 to 14 are “what” or “which.” You needn’t worry about “how” and “why” question types.

Step 5 – The Quiz.

It is time to take this short quiz. This will help you refresh what you have learnt and to get to know how much you have learnt!

  • Question of

    Who has raised concern and criticism over antibody testing?

    • United States
    • WHO
    • Governments
  • Question of

    WHO is of the opinion that:

    • Antibody-mediated immunity testing will never be possible due to lack of evidence.
    • Antibody-mediated immunity testing is not possible at present.
    • Antibody-mediated immunity testing can never be possible.
  • Question of

    “Immunity passport” means:

    • Identifying people who have zero chances of getting infection.
    • Identifying people who could return to the workplace.
    • Assigning workers to higher-exposure tasks.
  • Question of

    At some point in the near future antibody testing will become a viable option because:

    • Availability of antibody tests is lagging.
    • Successful mitigation has kept seroprevalence too low to rely fully on positive test results.
    • Although it will delay, antibody testing seems to be the only choice.
    • Although it will delay, antibody testing seems to be the only choice.
  • Question of

    In spite of the strenuous efforts taken by the nurses and doctors, the worsening condition was not _______.

    • lagged
    • mitigated
    • viable
  • Question of

    One cannot fully ______ over-the-counter medicines.

    • rely on
    • mitigate
    • lag

Written by Biju John

Love for English begins with understanding its unknown rules. Biju John lives on the internet, teaching OET, IELTS and PTE. More than a million students have thanked him from their heart.

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