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OET Skills (Grammar) “Things Successful OET Candidates Do Well”

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OET Skills (Grammar) “Things Successful OET Candidates Do Well”

Practice Conditional I in English grammar. Skills needed for the OET.

The OET is challenging, but the successes each year show that you can succeed.

First, you need to have a good level of English in all four language communication areas: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  More specifically, your English should be comparable to B2+ to C1 on the Common European Framework for Languages scale. Don’t know what the international CEFL is? Look here to understand what each skill level on this benchmark means. Each communication skill is tested separately and you must be successful in all four areas separately.

Second, you must be able to do specific tasks in each subtest, from making clear notes in the Listening subtest and reaching conclusions or restating ideas in the Reading, to showing good formatting, grammar and spelling in the Writing, and address a patient’s issues clearly and sensitively in the Speaking.

The OET official website has free sample materials to help you understand the structure of each subtest. Click here!


Know the good practices to keep, and the bad practices to avoid! 

It will be harder to succeed if you only do a few practice tests and learn some common phrases just before your exam. Perhaps your English is excellent or you’ve already had experience with the test. But wouldn’t it be better to be properly prepared? 

Your chances of success will be drastically better if you understand and develop the needed skills, checking that your performance is consistent.


So, what do successful OET candidates do well that others don’t?

In the Listening subtest, they

  • quickly understand main and supporting ideas in an audio.
  • predict a lot of the vocabulary and language that might come up in certain healthcare situations.
  • listen and make short notes at the same time.
  • write in note form, without changing the meaning of what they hear.
  • connect ideas they hear in the audio and reach a reasonable conclusion.

In the Reading subtest, they

  • understand the different kinds of information found in different kinds of texts (kinds of studies, case reports, article review and others)
  • scan texts quickly, without reading in detail, and find the main ideas
  • identify signal words that indicate more details including facts, opinions, inference, attitude, and comparison.
  • rephrase or paraphrase information without changing meaning.
  • show very good basic grammar and spelling skills.

In the Writing subtest, they

  • understand the goal of the writing task and what information will be important for the intended reader.
  • show good basic grammar, vocabulary, spelling and formatting skills.
  • use the right tone for the exercise (including some standard phrases like “Should you need any further information…”, for example.)

In the Speaking subtest, they

  • speak clearly so there is no confusion in their pronunciation or meaning
  • guide the interview with the patient, without doing all the talking.
  • listen to and address their patient’s concerns.
  • deal with difficult patient emotions such as displeasure, anxiety and uncertainty.
  • use a mixture of technical and layman language their patient can understand.


How to improve your skills with correct and informed exam preparation

BPME is an OET endorsed Premium Preparation Provider – for classroom and online, for multiple professions.

This means that we are trained and skilled in preparing candidates for the OET.

So, what if your entry English is less than CEFL B2+?

If your basic grammar, vocabulary, idiom, listening, speaking, reading and writing need work before you can tackle preparation for OET, you need to do a more basic general medical English course.

Register for our Pre-OET Intermediate Medical English course which is designed to help you improve your skills from CEFL B1+ to B2+ level and develop OET skills, where they can tackle the OET Preparation Course.


Help in Preparing for OET

Grammar Exercise: Match 2 halves of the sentences to make up the meaningful tips for a successful OET results.

Skills: Practicing Conditional I (Real Conditional)  

1 If you listen to and then address the patient’s concerns directly and clearly, a. it guarantees your deeper understanding of test structure, language skills and test-taking technique, and how to improve your weak points.
2 You need to do a more basic General Medical English course  b. you are unlikely to pass.
3 Your chances of passing OET will be greatly improved    c. if you are systematic in understanding your strengths and weaknesses, put in the work to improve, and check your exam readiness with a Mock Test.
4 You must have good skills in all four subtests separately d. if you work with a knowledgeable, certified OET Preparation tutor to understand and develop the needed skills.
5 If you take work with a certified OET Provider e. you can score good points in two Speaking criteria; relationship building and information giving.
6 If you only do a few practice tests and learn some common phrases just before your exam   f. if your grammar and other four language skills are not very good.
7 It is possible to pass OET on your first try g. if you wish to get high score in all area of the OET.

Courses to prepare for OET:  

Speaking Practice

Listening & Private Coaching 

Intensive Writing Course

Listening & Reading Practice Combo

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Answers: 1-e, 2-f, 3-d, 4-g, 5- a, 6-b, 7-c


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