Can I Use Abbreviations in OET

One of the common questions that many of the OET candidates ask is this: “Can we use abbreviations in OET?”

Yes, you can use abbreviations in your OET writing, reading, and listening tests but you should know what you have to avoid.

For instance, in general sense, dr. is an abbreviation for a doctor. It is understood by everyone but, do you know dr. may also stand for drive or driver? As most of the people make use of dr. to mean drive or driver.

Of course, from the context, it will be easy to understand. And if you dr. in your writing test, then it may never be taken as a driver or drive. It will always be taken as a doctor.

But, do you know, in medical English, there are so many abbreviations that you should avoid as they may stand for two different things.

Check out some examples:

A.D.A may stand for

  • American Dietetic Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Diabetic Association

RA may stand for

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Right Atrium

CHD may stand for

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease

MS may stand for

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Mental Status

CT may stand for

  • Computer Tomography
  • Cerebral Tumor
  • Coronary Thrombosis

RVH may stand for

  • Reno vascular Hypertension
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy

As you can see these abbreviations are characterized by a high level of ambiguity. They can be confusing for the examiner to understand what you really want to convey.  Therefore, it is always suggested that you should avoid making use of abbreviations that may give two different meanings. Or it is always better to make use of abbreviations and then expand that as well. For instance, if you are writing CT then in the bracket you can write like (Cerebral Tumor or Coronary Thrombosis as what you would like to convey).

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