OET Speaking Tips: Tips to Improve your OET Speaking

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OET Speaking Tips: Tips to Improve your OET Speaking

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an overview of the OET Speaking task?

Before seeking employment or admission as medical personnel in a foreign nation where English is spoken as one of the primary languages, you need to provide proof. This is where the OET comes into play. Being a healthcare professional, it becomes consequential to have mastery over your communication skills. Hence, OET Speaking is all about assessing you based on the tasks, i.e., role plays in a medical context and healthcare setting and testifies your command of the English language.

What are some of the most prominent determiners as per the OET Speaking criteria?

The nine criteria used to determine the result of OET Speaking are divided into two different segments: Linguistic and Clinical Communicative. Under the Linguistic Criteria, you will be evaluated on the basis of Intelligibility (Intonation, pronunciation, rhythm, etc.), Fluency in communication, Apt usage of terms and language and the way the matter is explained (impact of language, tone and professionalism), Level of grammatical accuracy and vocabulary choices. And, for the Clinical Communication Criteria, there are factors like Relationship building with the patients, Understanding and incorporating the patient’s perspective, Organising the information you provide and introducing new topics for discussion on your listener’s understanding and Imparting and receiving the information from the patients.

Is there any preparatory time allotted?

Yes, there is a preparation time. After a quick introduction with the interlocutor as an ice-breaker and acclimatising yourself for the role-plays, you would be assigned a cue card and given a time of 3 minutes to go through and understand the role well. You may take this time to structure and strategise where and how to include the pointers in your conversation.

How is using a range of expressions for my communication important?

The Speaking part of OET is all about how well you can communicate orally using and covering all the points of the cue card. Therefore, while preparing for the Speaking subtest, always make sure you emote your expressions well. Communication is all about how you put forth your emotions and how well you express it using a range of gestures and words in a right and apt way that the listener can understand. Especially for the healthcare domain, the consultation is all about conversation, sympathising and expressing the ideas clearly and hence, the OET Speaking subtest gives importance to it.

Should I make notes while organising the ideas for the Speaking part of the OET?

Yes, it would help if you made notes of the pointers or the gist that you would follow to encapsulate the points given on the cue cards. For this, you may take that three minutes, which you would be getting to prepare yourself for the role-plays. Since that is a part of the preparation, you are free to make notes and you may use the cue card to write the notes of what you plan to say while you are in a role. However, ensure that your script does not exceed five minutes, as you would only be assessed for five minutes for each role

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Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson

Soon after graduating with a Master’s in Literature from Southern Arkansas University, she joined an institute as an English language trainer. She has had innumerous student interactions and has produced a couple of research papers on English language teaching. She soon found that non-native speakers struggled to meet the English language requirements set by foreign universities. It was when she decided to jump ship into IELTS training. From then on, she has been mentoring IELTS aspirants. She joined IELTSMaterial about a year ago, and her contributions have been exceptional. Her essay ideas and vocabulary have taken many students to a band 9.

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