How Should Be Your Answers in OET Speaking

OET candidates are often confused when it comes to the OET speaking sub-test. They want to know how their answers shall be. What type of answers is accepted? How long should they be? Do they have to give short answers or long answers?

There will be role-plays in OET speaking. The interviewer will act as a patient or the client. 

During this role play you are expected to answer all the questions the patient or the client may ask. The patient may want to know a little about the disease. The patient may want to know how her new medications will help him or her. 

Questions can be on anything and you will have to be ready to answer them. 

Check out some sample questions and their answers. 

Role play

You are talking about a patient who has been hospitalized due to high blood pressure and diabetes. The patient has never faced such a health problem in the past. She is worried. She wants to go back home. As a nurse you are trying to educate this patient with BP and diabetes and provide comfort to the patient. 

Nurse: Good morning, how are you doing today? 

Patient: My head feels heavy and tired. 

Nurse: Do not worry. You will be alright soon. There is a little problem. Your blood pressure was a little high. 

Patient: I do not understand how this happens? I have always been very active. I regularly exercise.  I go to the gym. But, still this has happened?

Nurse: You do not have to think about it much. You will be alright soon. The doctor has already prescribed some medicines. You need to take it on time. Regularly. 

Patient: For how many days?

Nurse: It is recommended that you take this medicine for a few weeks. Your blood pressure will be under control. 
Patient: What about diabetes?

Nurse: Your blood sugar level is a little higher than 140 mg/dL. But, it is controllable too. 

Patient: You mean I will have to take medicine for that too for a few weeks?

Nurse: Well, to be very honest, you will have to take it as long as the doctor recommends. You need to take it for a few weeks and get your blood sugar level checked and get your reports here. Seeing your reports, doctors may suggest some other plan for diabetes management. 

If you observe this sample conversation given above, you will understand that the nurse provides answers to questions as needed. If you can limit your answer to a few sentences then it will be enough for you. You don't have to provide lengthy answers. 

It is also important that you answer intelligently. You need to be simple and honest too.  Sometimes, the patient may ask you some irrelevant questions as well. So, you will have to be ready for those questions too. You can’t skip even such questions. You need to deal with such situations in a professional way. 

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