OET 2.0 Listening Test Tips | OET Listening

Are you preparing for the Occupational English Test (OET)? Do you want to score high in the OET exam? Well, in this article we will share all the key tips to improve your performance in the OET Listening subtest Part A.

In this article, we will guide you about how to do better in the reading section A with some simple and  effective tips. The OET listening test is quite difficult to solve and it needs good listening skills to answer the listening section of the test.

OET Listening is a subtest of the OET exam, The listening section has total 42 questions which is divided in three parts Part A, Part  & Part C. Part A of the test has 24 fill in the blanks question. Part B & Part C has 6 and 12 multiple choice questions respectively.

OET Listening Tests Format:

SectionNo. of QuestionsQuestion Type
Part A24 questionsFill in the blanks
Part B6 questionsMultiple choice
Part C12 questionsMultiple Choice

Part A OET Listening:

Part A of the Listening subtest consists of a recorded conversation/consultation between a health professional and a patient. As you listen to the conversation you have to fill in the blanks of given questions. The audio will be played only once after which there will be pause to take notes from the audio. Duration of the Part is about 20 minutes.

Part A of the subtest is to check your ability to listen carefully and process the important information from the audio in an effective and quick manner. In part A the test taker tries to replicate a real life situation of a healthcare professional to check your ability, how carefully you listen and understand information.

The part A is the most challenging section in all of three sections. OET Listening Part A contains the highest no of questions and also the most difficult one. In this section you have to guess the correct word by listening to the audio while in the other two sections you have three options to choose from. But in fll in the blanks you have to guess the correct word.

Many times in the audio the examiner uses synonyms in fill in the blanks and you have to understand what the test taker has asked and answer it accordingly. There are some valuable listening strategies you need to learn which will definitely help you to improve your score in the listening subtest.

Strategies OET Listening Part A

#1 Focus on Patient during conversation

The audio is a conversation between a  healthcare professional with a patient. In conversation the patient does the most talking and you have to focus on what the patient is saying while listening. So, write down what the patient is saying and you will get your answer for the fill in the blank.

#2 Try to find the word

The second tip is that the answer to fill in the blank can be more than one  word. So be focused and try to grab the key information which can be the right answer to the question. Keep in mind that the answer usually will not be more than 3 words.

#3 guess the word

The third important tip for OET listening part A is that the word or phrase that you write into the blank will not change from the audio. Guess the answer by looking at the words before and after the blank.

#4 Look For Synonym

The fourth important thing you need to be aware of is that in question the test taker will use synonym to confuse you. But you have to understand the meaning of words used in audio. That is, the written and the aural differ from each other. Let’s take our example from above. I want you to look at the case note and then think about how the transcript relates to the case note but does not say the exact same thing:

OET Listenig Test Part A For Prectice:


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