Top 9 FAQs on OET Listening Sub Test

Listed down are top nine frequently asked questions with respect to OET listening sub test. 

Is it compulsory that I shall write exactly the same what the recordings say?

In most of the cases, yes, it is necessary. You can’t use different words or paraphrase the information. However, in some cases, you can have the option to use similar kinds of words. 

Will I lose marks if I use abbreviations?

You can use abbreviations. But, remember, you can use abbreviations which are common. For instance, b.i.d for Twice daily, bld for Blood.

BP for Blood Pressure can be used but you can’t use BPD to show that blood pressure has decreased 

Because, BPD may stand for Borderline personality disorder (a type of personality disorder).

What if I give extra information in my answer? Will I lose marks?

Well, it is recommended that you shall provide only appropriate or relevant answers. Providing extra information may not lead to any penalty. However, there are chances that your answer may go wrong. 

Will I lose marks if there are spelling errors?

Well, you will not lose marks if there are spelling errors. 

Generally speaking, medical terminology is complex. There are medications and conditions which are difficult to spell. OET ensures that the candidates are not disadvantaged by this. You will listen to recordings and answer the questions. There are possibilities that you may not provide correct spelling for the brand names or disease conditions. 

But, make sure that you try to provide correct spellings. Words or phrases which are globally common in medical terminology shall always be correct otherwise you may lose marks. 
For instance, an error in writing “Blood Pressure” will lead to penalty and you will lose marks. 

But spelling errors for terms like Acrocephalosyndactyly, Agammaglobulinemia, Cholescintigraphy, Flaviviridae, Glucocerebrosidase deficiency, Oligoasthenoteratozoospermia, Propylthiouracil and other similar terms are acceptable and you will not lose marks for these errors. 
How many marks are available in the listening sub-test and how are they distributed?

There are 42 marks which can be broken into three parts. 

Part A will have 24 marks 
Part B will have 6 marks  
Part C will have 12 marks 

Will there be time given to check the answers?

Yes, you will have two minutes to check the answers before submission. . 

Will the recordings be played only once?

Yes, recordings will be played only once and you are required to listen properly and record your answer while you listen.  

Where shall I write answers?
For Part A, you will have to provide answers in the space given in the question booklet. 

You will shade the lozenge next to your appropriate answer in Parts B and C.  

Remember, your answer will not be marked if it is written elsewhere in the booklet.  It is always recommended that you shall take some OET practice tests in order to familiarize yourself with the test formats.  

Why different accents are used in the recordings?

The test takers will find all three parts to have different accents. This actually reflects the global nature of the healthcare sector. Generally, candidates will find accents such as American, British, Australian and various other accents such as Canadian, South African, Irish, New Zealand etc.

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