What to Expect on the 4 Sub-Tests of the OET Exam

What to Expect on the 4 Sub-Tests of the OET Exam

OET test

When you have to take an English test for work, it’s better to take one that also includes words that you will use in your career. If you want to work in healthcare in the UK, there are things you will need to know when working in English that other people don’t need to know. You can help yourself by taking a test that focuses on what you need to understand. The OET is the best way to make sure you know how to use English in a healthcare setting. The test is organised into four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

Read on to learn more about what the OET is like!

The Listening Section of the OET Exam

The listening section of the OET is made of 3 parts. The first part is about talking to patients. You will listen to a health professional talk to a patient, then you will take notes. The second part of the Listening portion of the OET is about listening to and understanding short pieces of communication that would happen at work. The third part is about understanding presentations. The three parts help you to make sure you can understand English in different situations. Passing the OET test will help you know that you are ready to listen to patients and other workers without getting confused.

What to Expect on the Reading Section of the OET Test

There are also three parts in the Reading section of the OET. The first part is about finding the information you need fast. You will have to answer questions after reading short texts about one topic. The second part is about understanding things like documents or emails. The third part is about understanding details and opinions in texts that you read. This part of the OET exam helps you to show that you can read important things at work and know what they mean. It also shows that you can do this fast, which may be important when working in healthcare.

Practise your English in class so that you feel good about the exam
Practise your English in class so that you feel good about the exam

How the OET Tests Your Writing

The Writing section of the OET asks you to write a letter. You will have some information that you can use for your letter. Most of the time, it will be a referral letter. Sometimes, it will change to a transfer letter or a letter of discharge. At least two people will mark your writing, and they will decide how good it is by looking at these things:

  • If you can tell why the letter was written
  • How good the information is in your letter
  • How clear your letter is
  • How good your writing style is
  • If you organised the letter well
  • If you’re using words and language tools properly

What You Will Need to Do for the Speaking Section of the OET Test

For the Speaking part of the test, you will talk to someone for a short time about your work history. Then, you will do three role-plays. These are pretend situations that are similar to things you would do at work. A person will talk to you and pretend to be someone at your job. You will have a small amount of time to get ready for each of the role-plays.

When your speaking is judged, what will matter is how clearly you speak, how fast and easily you can make sentences, if you can speak in a professional way, and how well you use the English language. All of these things are important to make sure you are understood at work.

English lessons give you a positive place to work on speaking English clearly
English lessons give you a positive place to work on speaking English clearly

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