OET Listening Test – Pattern, Structure and Quick Tips

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OET Listening Test – Pattern, Structure and Quick Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the OET Listening task all about?

The OET Listening subtest consists of three parts- Part A, Part B and Part C. Each of these parts are designed to evaluate your listening faculty in the medical context, such as inferential listening, listening for context, listening for a purpose, listening for a gesture, etc. Moreover, it also assesses how you can discern the context of the audios that are played for you to answer the 42 questions. With the scores you get in OET Listening, your skills could be easily perceived as listening is cardinal for a medical professional.

What is the total time for the OET Listening task?

The total time assigned for the Listening subtest of OET is 40 minutes. It means that one has to complete all three parts of the subtest, i.e. Part A, Part B and Part C, within this allotted time. The time required in the pauses and the audios that are played are included in the duration of 40 minutes. Hence, use the time between the recordings wisely and that could be honed by practising as many OET listening mock tests as possible.

How many questions are there in each part of the OET Listening?

The OET has 42 questions in the Listening task in total, which is divided into 24 questions of Part A, 6 questions of Part B and 12 questions for Part C. For Part A, there are two audios of five minutes each which you are required to answer 24 questions ( 12 questions for each of the audios). For Part B, there are 6 audio extracts that are a minute long and you have to answer 6 questions for each of these audios. Finally, Part C consists of two audios of 5 minutes each (a part of a consultation between a medical professional and a patient), for which you have to answer 12 questions (6 questions for each of the audio).

What are the types of questions asked in the OET Listening?

The OET Listening consists of two types of questions: Note completion and Multiple choice questions. You have to complete the notes for Part A and write your answers in the gaps provided against each question. You have to complete these notes based on the information you hear in the audio. For Part B and Part C, the questions asked are multiple-choice questions, where you have to choose and fill the lozenge, as per the audio, against the most appropriate option out of four alternatives given for a question.

Is there any time allotted to go through the responses I have provided?

Yes, after you have completed your test, two minutes are provided to you to check all the parts collectively. You won’t be given any specific time to check for the answers at the end of every part; however, you can quickly check your responses and make any changes that you think need to be made in the given two minutes. That said, it is always advisable to stay alert while you respond to the questions.

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