How OET Candidates Reading Abilities Are Assessed

The reading test will have three different parts. Each part will have a different way of assessment. 

Reading Part A is all about expeditious reading. Yes, you will have to have good reading skills. You should be able to read as quickly as you can. You will not have much time to read in detail and then answer the questions. You should be good at skimming the text. Look for the most relevant information. Understand the core ideas present in the given texts. 

There will be different texts on a given topic. You need to look for the specific information by scanning those texts. Often, students spend a lot of time reading and closely analyzing texts. That is the biggest mistake. Remember, this part of the test is strictly timed. You will have only 15 minutes.  Focus more on the underlying meaning. You need to have good medical vocabulary. You need to show that you can understand medical text and that you are capable enough to find the information in the given text. 

Reading Part B will lay more focus on in-depth comprehension. You will have to be good at understanding the summary or the gist of the given text. The text will be long and it can be peppered with so many medical terms. The content will be related to general healthcare issues or workplace situations.  

Reading Part C is all about understanding the meaning that is implied in the text. It is possible that you will read the text but you may not be able to understand it properly. The questions may look very different. It will be difficult to find the answers in the given text. This part of the test is all about reading between the lines. You will have to have a scientific bent of mind to analyze the text and understand it well. 

You will have to be good at identifying the relationship between different ideas, different sentences or the paragraphs. 

Focus more on the lexical references. If you feel you are not able to understand complex phrases within the text then leave those phrases and move on to comprehend the other pieces of the text. 
Reading Resources 

It is always to prepare for the test. You can pay attention to some of the common reading resources that are recommended for the OET Reading Sub-Test. You can check out free medical journals or books. Some of the common journals that can be helpful for you to improve your reading skills are as follows:

  • Anesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Anatomical Science International
  • Anesthesia & Analgesia
  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology
  • American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • American Journal of Hypertension
  • American Journal of Kidney Diseases
  • American Journal Of Medical Genetics
  • American Journal of Neuroradiology
  • American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Archives of Osteoporosis
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Archives of Women's Mental Health

Remember, preparation is a key to success. You can get a good score in OET only when you prepare yourself for it. 

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