About This OET Reading Guide
Staying focused and avoiding panic are easy things to recommend but not always so easy to do in practice. But, with the right approach and strategies, you will have every reason to walk into the OET reading exam with confidence and composure. This guide will give you the vital information you need to help you become an expert OET reader. And help you to achieve the results for your career dreams.
What is the OET Reading Test?
What to do to prepare before the OET Reading Test
Get familiar with the exam
Assess your level
Get plenty of reading practice
Get direction from a qualified OET English teacher
Preparing for part A: Skimming
Preparing for part A: Scanning
Preparing for part A: Being prepared to skip a question
Preparing for part B: Making use of background knowledge
Preparing for part B: Reading the options carefully
Preparing for part B: Recognising paraphrasing and avoiding distractors
Preparing for part C: Reading for gist
Preparing for part C: Identifying opinions
Questions in this part of the reading test often ask us to identify the opinions of writers and individuals referred to in the texts. In order to do this successfully, we should pay attention to evaluative language, particularly language such as adjectives and modal verbs which may be used to express notions such as doubt, optimism or likelihood. Just as in part B, it’s important that you read the questions and information in the text in detail, to ensure that you have correctly identified the opinions of the relevant individuals and, thus, answered the questions correctly.
Preparing for part C: Recognising referencing and detecting meaning from context
These are the other two types of question you will have to answer for part C. Each type will ask you to either select the meaning of a specific word or phrase in the text or to identify what a specific word or phrase is referring to. The ability to answer both questions relies on your being able to use other information around the specific word or phrase in order to work out its meaning or reference. These surrounding words provide clues and you should note information about them including their part of speech (are they nouns, verbs or adjectives, for example) and also their connotation (are they expressing a negative, positive or neutral idea). For more information on detecting meaning from context, read Blog Article 7 “Detecting meaning from context”.
The OET Reading checklist
To summarise, then, for OET reading success:
- Make sure you are fully familiar with the OET reading test
- Take an exam readiness test so that you are clear as to your current level
- Get plenty of practice both by doing OET reading mock tests and engaging with other relevant reading material
- Find a qualified OET teacher to help you become aware of and to develop your reading strategies
- Make use of skimming and scanning in order to complete part A quickly. Don’t waste time on difficult questions, skip and move on if you have to.
- Use your background knowledge and ensure you read the options and texts in part B carefully to ensure that you do not get distracted into selecting an incorrect option.
- Skim the texts in part C before reading the relevant parts in detail in order to identify opinion, detect meaning from context and recognise referencing.
- Celebrate. Your exam has come to an end and you should now be ready to contemplate success.
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