How To Get An A In OET Speaking Sub Test

Getting an A in the OET speaking sub-test is not very difficult. If you know the rules it is enough. You can get an A in the test. 

You need to explain what the examiner wants you to. 

Your OET speaking test score depends upon

  • Correct Grammar 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Way of presentation 
  • Task fulfillment

Start the conversation

The first thing that you need to understand is that it is a medical situation. Do not assume that it is an exam for you. If it is a medical situation then naturally you will be the first person who has to start the conversation. 

Do not wait for the examiner to start the conversation. Remember, the examiner will act as a patient or the client. So, it is good that you take the charge and start the conversation. 


“Hello, my name is Anna and I’m the community nurse. Can you tell me your name?

Keep the conversation on

It is very important that you should maintain the conversation. You need to keep it moving. Even if it stops, you need to bring it back smartly. 


  • Can you tell me something more about this problem?
  • Is there anything else apart from this problem?
  • Are you experiencing any other problem?

Do not stop asking questions 

One of the most important techniques to keep the conversation on is that you can ask patient questions. The patient may be reluctant to speak. You will have to ask questions to get the relevant information.   

  • Do you feel tired?
  • How do you describe this pain?
  • Do you feel the same pain? 

You need to ask as many questions as you can so that the patient opens up and give you more details.  

Listen to the patient attentively

You will have to listen to the patient too. It is true that it is a test of your speaking abilities but it is also a test of listening. Because, when you listen properly, you provide much better answers to questions. Understand what the patient says. You do not have to concentrate on how you are performing. Communicate and be a good listener. 

The patient may ask you questions and you may have to respond appropriately.  

Speak in easy-to-understand language

You need to adjust your language. You are talking to the patient. So, use simple words. You don't have to use medical vocabulary. Even if you use any medical term it is better to explain that in simple English.

Remember, you may talk to a patient who is 70 years old. You may talk to a patient who is aggressive. Or a patient who is a little deaf.  
So, adjust your language as needed.

Be ready for the unexpected turns

During your speaking test, your OET test person or the examiner may ask you some questions that are a little tricky or a little odd. You will have to be ready for such questions. The examiner wants to see how well you can reply, how good you are at speaking spontaneously. 

Example: Can your therapist visit my home? Can you give me his phone number?

You are expected to answer the question and move the conversation forward. 
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