The texts you need to understand and produce in the OET sub-tests are just like those that healthcare professionals see in their work environment or in professional development situations. Recently we gave you some ideas about how to work some extra listening practice for the OET listening sub-test into your day-to-day life outside of your formal study hours. Below we are showing you how to squeeze in some more exposure to the types of texts you will be presented within the OET reading sub-test.
Reading Part A
Part A includes texts you might read while you are with a patient like contraindications for medication or checklists for making a diagnosis. Practice reading these types of texts quickly and extracting the main information.
Reading Part B
Part B includes texts that you would read in the workplace, but not when you are with a patient, such as policy documents or instructions. Read these kinds of documents often to get used to the language you will be expected to understand.
Reading Part C
This part will include semi-academic texts you might find in medical journals or websites for healthcare professionals and will always include a professional’s opinion or attitude. Practice reading articles and using the language in the article to pick up on the opinions being presented.
Some general tips
While reading, always keep a notebook handy to write down new words that you come across. Refer to this vocabulary list often to make sure you can understand and know how to use the new words and phrases you have picked up.
These ideas are perfect for getting more exposure to the types of texts you will see in the OET reading sub-test, but to make sure you are truly prepared on test day, you need to use high-quality practice tests for your formal study and to know what is required of you in each part of the test. To get access to practice tests, more tips, and tutorials and live classes with expert OET tutors…. (plug for E2Language classes here?)