The OET listening sub-test is divided into three sections: Part A (Consultation Extracts); Part B (Short Workplace Extracts), and Part C (Presentation). This article delves into the second one.
Part B gauges your ability to listen to a conversation or discussion that’s common in a healthcare workplace setting (e.g., record handovers, team briefings, professional–patient dialogues, etc.) and determine its gist, key details, facts, and opinions. It involves listening to six audio recordings and answering a question after each one.
Be prepared for this section of the high-stakes exam. Below is a list of what you should and shouldn’t do to ace it. Keep them in mind during your sessions at the JRooz OET review in Manila to supercharge your test performance.
• Familiarize yourself with how the section works.
It will help maximize your time and score high in the test. Here’s a basic run-through of the Short Workplace Extracts section and some exam tips.
1) You have 15 seconds before the audio recording plays. Use the interval to read the instructions, the context statement beside the task number, the question, and its options (if there are any).
2) The audio automatically plays after 15 seconds. Take down notes while you listen.
3) You have five seconds to finalize your answer on your booklet after the recording ends.
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• Know the different task types that may appear in the exam. There are two main types: open response and closed response. Here’s how they differ and what they include.
Open response involves determining the answer from the extract using the keywords mentioned in the task or question. It includes:
○ Word replacement
○ Short answer question
○ Table completion
○ Diagram completion
○ Sentence completion
○ Summary completion
Closed response involves listening for specific information and determining the answer from a set of options. It includes:
○ Multiple choice responses
○ Matching type responses
Familiarize yourself with these task types during your training period so you’ll know what to expect during the exam. Then, prepare strategies for each one.
• Limit your listening review to American and British accents. OET uses a wide range of English accents to reflect the healthcare industry’s global nature. So, don’t assume you’re only going to hear speakers with US or UK accents. You may also encounter other English accents like Canadian, Irish, South African, Australian, Kiwi (New Zealand), and more. Keep these in mind during your OET review Manila sessions.
• Skip the instructions. Don’t disregard the instructions and go straight to skimming the questions. Many OET takers employ this strategy believing they’re saving time. Don’t make the same mistake. Following suit will do more harm than good to your overall test performance. You may, for instance, end up not following the directions (e.g., underlining the incorrect word instead of crossing it out) consequently disqualifying your responses. So, read the instructions carefully.
Score high in the second part of the listening sub-test. Follow these dos and don’ts when you train for and take the life-changing exam.