OET Reading Tips: Part A, Part B OET Reading Skills

If you are preparing for OET Reading test, these questions must have crossed your mind. How can I improve my OET reading skills? How many questions are there in OET Reading? Is OET Reading easy or difficult? Keep reading, and this detailed blog will guide you everything about scoring better in OET Reading Test. OET(Occupational English test) Writing Sub-test is a 45 minutes test mainly for Health professionals aspiring to go abroad for Nursing and Medical Jobs. OET is available for the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science. According to Wikipedia, OET was designed in the late 1980s by Professor Tim McNamara, under the guidance of the Australian National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), which administered the test at that time. List of regulatory organisations that accept OET can be seen on the official website. IELTS test contains three sections: Academic, General Training and Life Skills & consists of different question types including MCQ, fill in the blanks,  short sentences and True/False/Not given questions. OET is similar to IELTS but a bit simpler. It consists of 2 sections: First one is fill in the missing words passage and second one is MCQ.  OET Test is divided into Four sub-tests:
  • Listening (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (45 minutes)
  • Speaking (approximately 20 minutes)
OET Reading Test is of 60 Minutes, which consists of 3 Parts and has a total of 42 Questions items.  Those 60 minutes are split into 15 minutes for Part A and 45 Minutes for Part B and C.  If your OET Exam date is near, O2masters can help you with our Advanced OET Preparation course

OET Reading Part A 

Part A – expeditious reading task (15 minutes)

OET Reading Part A is a summary competition task. Candidate is given a summary of 4 short texts with fill in the blanks. Each of these 4 texts will be some certain topics. This tests the candidate’s ability to read across several tests to find the answer. OET Sample Test: Download sample test from official website
Candidate has to fill the blanks with the right word from the given TEXTS. For example, let’s say the topic is ‘Fever’. Out of 4 texts, one might outline various types of fever and its symptoms. Another portion of the text might contain various drugs. While other text can be a case study of the patient. One part of the text will be a visual graph like a bar chart, table etc. Your job is to fill the gap with the correct word taken from the TEXTS. 

OET Reading Part B: 

Part B and Part C – careful reading tasks (45 minutes)

Your job is to fill the gap with the correct word taken from the TEXTS.  In this part of OET Reading, the candidate gets a short 150 words text and an MCQ. You need to answer from one of the options: A, B, C.  There are three types of questions asked in OET Reading Part B. 1- Sentence Competition: In this, Some questions will give you starting with 4 different ways of completing it. Read the start and end of the sentence properly together & answer one out of 4 options.  2- True or False In this, if a question asks which one of the options is true, then other 3 statements will be false. Read the question properly first whether you need to find the true statement or false statement. 3- Vocabulary Definition Candidate needs to select the best matching word or phrase within the text. Word or phrase will be highlighted in the text. Read the questions properly whether sentence is positive or negative as it helps you to choose the best option out of 4. Candidate will get 6 Reading Part B questions. So, try not to spend more than 2 minutes on each to leave time for the next part i.e Part C.

OET Reading Part C: 

In this Part of OET Reading, candidate gets 700-800 word semi-academic texts on a medical topic.  Total 6 Multiple choice questions. This section tests the candidate ability to understand the function of the text. Test taker needs to define the writer’s opinion from their aspects. OET Reading Part C can be considered one of the most difficult section among listening, speaking, writing. Because this tests the candidate vocabulary choice but also his/her understanding of the test. Focus on this by understanding what the writer is trying to communicate.

How can I improve my reading OET?

  • Don’t stuff yourself with information
  • Analyse your speed on a regular basis.
  • Develop your skills outside test contexts
  • Use the right skills for each part of the sub-test
  • Understand the context of reading
  • Write exactly what you read in the booklet
  • Practice on a regular basis before test
  • Be prepared to skip a question

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