BONUS: Free practice test below!
Reading at speed is a tricky skill for both native and non-native English readers alike. Could there be anything more anxiety-inducing than the prospect of having to read 4 texts? Then answer 20 questions all in the space of just 15 minutes in the OET exam?
1. Begin with a skim
One of the most common questions I get as an OET exam teacher is: “Where should I start? With the texts or the questions?” My answer is always the same. Start with the texts but don’t read them in detail because you don’t know which details you need yet.
2. Let your previous reading guide you forward
3. Write exactly what you read
4. Be prepared to skip a question
5. Provide yourself with plenty of practice
The best way to get better at anything is to practise. You can do this with a qualified OET teacher who will be able to monitor your progress. They can give you feedback on areas of strength and weakness as well.
-Should be performed in the majority of cases where an acute subdural haematoma is evidenced.
-Involves temporarily removing a section of the skull in order to access and remove haematoma.
-Haematoma should be gently removed via suction and irrigation, enabling it to be washed away with fluid.
-Section of skull to be put back in place following removal of haematoma and re-attached using metal plates or screws.
-Operation typically conducted under general anaesthetic.
-Should be performed in the majority of cases where a subacute/chronic haematoma is evidenced.
-One or multiple small holes to be drilled into the skull and a rubber tube to be inserted in order to drain the haematoma.
-Tube may be left in place for up to a few days post-surgery in order to continue drainage and avoid recurrence of haematoma.
-Operation typically conducted under local anaesthetic.
2. How much of the text did you need to read to answer the above question? How helpful was the text heading?
3. Looking again at the text above, answer the following questions in under a minute:
I. Which procedure needs to be conducted under evidence of a subacute haematoma?
II. Which procedure requires the use of general anaesthetic?
III. What is used to help resecure the skull following a crainiotomy?
The heading should have given a strong guide as to the answer
I. Burr holes II. Crainiotomy III. Metal plates or screws
Check your answers carefully; did you spell them accurately? Did you find it helpful to underline the sections where you found the answers? Keep practising the above procedures with short texts to continue improving your skills in OET reading.
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