OET Listening Before Your Test

Most of the candidates find it difficult to perform well in the listening test. 

It is certainly not enough to have only information about the test. It is necessary that you shall focus on building OET listening skills too. 

Improve your language proficiency.

You can have the opportunity to develop your skills outside test contexts. If you need to get a grade B then you will have to improve your skills. You can listen regularly to a wide range of speech. Listen to different people. Get familiar with different accents. You do not have to limit your listening practice to only test material. You need to broaden your ability to deal with all types of content. If you get familiar with unfamiliar voices on the radio, or listen to online lectures, you will improve your listening skills. When you listen to speakers, pay attention to what they are trying to say. What are the main points they discuss? This way you will learn to identify main ideas and follow the line of argument of the speaker. 

Remember, in your OET listening test, you will have to pay close attention to main ideas the speakers. 

Each part of the sub-test is different 

Listening Part A 

There will be patient/ professional consultations. 

During this part of the test, you are expected to gather specific information, (more often from the patient).

You will have to write as accurately as you can. Listen to the recordings and write exactly what you hear. You may not have to focus more on small bits of grammar. For instance, if you miss writing prepositions or articles such as a, an or the, you may not be held accountable for that. It will not be considered a mistake. Often, such grammar words are given in the answer key as a non-essential part of the answer. Small grammatical or spelling errors are overlooked by the OET assessors.  
Listening Part B 

It will be about workplace communication. 

You will have to be good at understanding the gist (the main ideas) of communication. 

There can be two healthcare colleagues or a healthcare expert talking to a group of colleagues. There will be 3 options. You will have to pick the best one which actually represents the communication. 
Listening Part C 

More often, it will be a healthcare presentation or an interview. This will comprise two main types of listening. 

You will have to be good at understanding direct meaning.

You will have to be good at understanding inferred or implied meaning. 

Direct meaning: 

Example: You will be asked to explain the speaker's main ideas. 

Inferred meaning:

Example: You will be asked to answer questions with respect to the speaker's attitude. 

You will have to think more deeply about what the speaker says. Separate main ideas from other supplemental ideas to arrive at the correct answer. 

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