OET Speaking Sub Test Linguistic and Clinical Communication Criteria

Do you know why most of the candidates do not get a good grade in OET Speaking Sub-Test?

Most of the test takers are not aware of the criteria.  It is important that you should get yourself acquainted with the scoring criteria. If you know about it then you will not go wrong. You will take the test more confidently and get the score that you desire. 

Your interview will act as per your patient or the client. So, speak as you will speak with your patient or the client. 

There are two major criteria. One is related to your language and the other is related to your clinical communication skills. 

Linguistic Criteria:

When it comes to English, the following will be taken into consideration. Intelligibility, fluency, appropriateness of language, grammar expressions, or grammar resources. 

Intelligibility: Your pronunciation is the first very important thing. You need to use the correct accent. Speak in your natural voice. That is recommended. You do not have to mimic like a foreigner. Your words shall be clear. What you say shall be understandable.

Fluency: Do you speak slowly with breaks? Do you speak fluently? Do you take time to express your thoughts? Do you reply to questions instantly or not? Are you speaking fast? Is your listener able to understand your language or not?

Appropriateness of Language: Are you using the correct language? Are you using appropriate words? Is it professional?  

Resources of Grammar and Expression: Are there grammatical errors in your English? Are you using correct grammar? Are you making use of variety of sentences to express your thoughts? Are you picking the words with care or not? (Think before you speak. That is always better). 
Apart from the linguistic criteria, your score will also be assessed on the basis of your clinical communication skills.

Clinical communication criteria may include the following: 

  • Relationship-building 
  • Understanding the patient’s perspective 
  • Information gathering 
  • Providing Structure 
  • Information giving 

It is important to speak to the patients in their own language. 

You may talk to an 18 years old patient or an 80 years old patient. There will be a big difference in the way you speak to these two patients (the young and the old). 
You need to be careful how you open the conversation with these two different patients. You need to demonstrate empathy, and the respect towards your listener. 

You will have to listen to the patient and be ready to answer the questions the patient may have. You will have to be good at gathering as much information as you can about the patient. 
You will also have to be good at giving as much information as you can about anything the patient may ask. 
It is important that you ask as many questions as you can to get the conversation on. You will have to provide explanations on anything the patient may ask 

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