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OET Reading 2 – The E Method

Today we will look at another method of finding answers for Reading Test questions. This is known as E Method or Elimination from Examples.

  • You know that there are several “examples” in a text to support the main information.
  • These examples are slightly different from each other.
  • Some examples support strongly while others give a weak support for the Main Information.
  • The problem is, most of these “examples” look similar, so, selecting one becomes hard.

Today we will look at another method of finding answers for Reading Test questions.

Step 1. Reading Part B

MRSA Screening guidelines

It may be necessary to screen staff there is an outbreak of MRSA within a ward or department. Results will normally be available within three days, although occasionally additional tests need to be done in the laboratory. Staff found to have MRSA will be given advice by the Department of Occupational Health regarding treatment. Even minor skin sepsis or skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis amongst staff can result in widespread dissemination of staphylococci. If a ward has an MRSA problem, staff with any of these conditions (colonised or infected) must contact Occupational Health promptly, so that they can be screened for MRSA carriage. Small cuts and/or abrasions must always be covered with a waterproof plaster. Staff with infected lesions must not have direct contact with patients and must contact Occupational Health.

Step 2. Question

These guidelines contain instructions for staff who:

  1. need to screen patients for MRSA
  2. are likely to put patients at risk from MRSA.
  3. intent to treat patients who are infected with MRSA.

Step 3. “Melon” Reading

Now we are sorting the sentences out based on the information in them. This is known as Melon Reading – the father of all the Reading Methods. Do not know Melon Reading? Read Now

Text Melons
It may be necessary to screen staff when there is an outbreak of MRSA within a ward or department. M
Instructions on Outbreak of MRSA
Necessity to screen staff
Results will normally be available within three days, although occasionally additional tests need to be done in the laboratory. M
Results within 3 daysO
Additional tests
Staff found to have MRSA will be given advice by the Department of Occupational Health regarding treatment. E
Staff with MRSA
Even minor skin sepsis or skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis amongst staff can result in widespread dissemination of staphylococci. E
Staff with skin sepsis / skin diseases
If a ward has an MRSA problem, staff with any of these conditions (colonised or infected) must contact Occupational Health promptly, so that they can be screened for MRSA carriage. E
Staff with any symptoms
Small cuts and/or abrasions must always be covered with a waterproof plaster. E
Staff with small cuts / abrasions
Staff with infected lesions must not have direct contact with patients and must contact Occupational Health. EN
Staff with infected lesions

Step 4. Words & Meaning – Lexicon

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

  1. MRSA –
  2. Likely to put patients at risk from MRSA –
  3. Intent to treat patients who are infected with MRSA.

Step 5 – Finding Answers.

What are the questions? Let’s look at them again!

These guidelines contain instructions for staff who:

  1. Need to screen patients for MRSA
  2. Are likely to put patients at risk from MRSA.
  3. Intent to treat patients who are infected with MRSA.

Can we Eliminate A?

If you read the text you can see that these instructions are NOT for staff who need to screen patients for MRSA. There is no information like “screening patients” in the text.

Can we Eliminate B?

While Option A is almost eliminated, option B is not likely to be eliminated. Why we think B is the correct option? This contains no information like “screening patients” (A) and “treating patients” (C). However, there is a problem – a staff can be any staff – doctor or nurse, who do “screening” and “treating” the patients. So, can we eliminate?

Can we Eliminate C?

Like option A, C can be easily eliminated because C has a non-existing phrase, “treat patients” in it. The text does not mention “staff treating patients”.

Now, Let’s Play and find the correct answer below:

  • Question of

    These guidelines contain instructions for staff who:

    • Need to screen patients for MRSA
    • Are likely to put patients at risk from MRSA
    • Intent to treat patients who are infected with MRSA

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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