Right now, many of us are experiencing many unexpected changes. Some of you may have been preparing to do the Occupational English Test in the coming weeks but have now had your tests postponed. For others, travel restrictions are stopping you from getting to your test venues. This is certainly disappointing, but that doesn’t mean that all your hard work has gone to waste. In fact, a little bit of extra time to prepare and making the most of self-isolation to do so could be beneficial. Here are some tips for studying for the OET at home with E2Language.
Book some one-on-one tutorials with an expert E2Language tutor
These are personalised classes that give you a chance to get some OET practice and ask those burning questions that often come up while you’re studying. All our tutors are experts in the test and know how to identify your strengths and weaknesses. This is one of the best ways to get advice that is specific to you which can guide you through the next steps in your OET preparation. You can attend these classes from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. These tutorials are available to those on our Bronze, Silver, or Gold packages.
If you have multiple OET at home tutorials, try to spread them out instead of using them all in the two or three days before your test. That way you can get some advice from our experts, apply it during your preparation, then have another tutorial to check your progress – we guarantee you’ll see improvement!
Attend E2Language OET live classes
These are lecture-like classes held twice a day in which one of our expert tutors takes you through recommended strategies and test practice. You can also attend these classes from the comfort of your own home. These classes are also recorded in case you miss one. You can try them for free here.
Work on your general English skills, like grammar and vocabulary
Remember that achieving a B grade in all sub-tests requires quite an advanced level of English i.e. equivalent to a C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Scale. Getting these skills up to scratch is essential, but it can sometimes be neglected by candidates who are pressed for time in their busy lives or who are facing a deadline. If your test date has been postponed, use this extra time to work on the areas that may need some more attention.
Let’s take the example of vocabulary. Vocabulary is an important part of all the OET sub-tests, yet it is often underestimated by many candidates. For Listening and Reading, being familiar with synonyms and paraphrasing techniques in order to recognise different ways of expressing the same ideas are essential. For Writing, you need to have a good grasp of vocabulary to express the information clearly and accurately. For Speaking, you need to show you’re able to express yourself in a variety of ways that are appropriate to the scenario you have been given.
Do the E2Language OET mini-mock test
Our mini-mock test takes just over two hours and gives you a test-like experience. You get to see what each part of the test involves and get detailed feedback for each one. You even get a mock speaking test where one of our expert tutors takes on the role of the interlocutor.
Get feedback on your OET writing
The Writing sub-test is one that candidates often find quite tricky. Many of our packages include detailed assessments of your writing. Submit some assessment tasks via our platform and get some feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. Combine these assessments with a detailed discussion of your writing and extra tips in a tutorial as well as key strategies from the OET at home live classes.
Expose yourself to as much English as possible
If you have some extra time on your hands, it might be the perfect opportunity to read that book in English that you haven’t had time to read yet, listen to some interesting podcasts, or watch that TV series that everyone’s been talking about (maybe without subtitles!). Always read and listen carefully, trying to understand as much as possible and looking up any new words that you might come across. Doing something you enjoy in English can be very useful.
But remember – this should be in addition to the above-mentioned strategies. Reading a novel isn’t quite enough to prepare you for the OET at home!
This is a difficult time for all, especially for those working in the healthcare sector. But that doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams on hold. If you find yourself spending more time at home than you expected, make the most of it with E2Language so that, when all this is over, you will still be able to pursue that dream, whatever it may be.