What is the Listening sub-test?
The Listening sub-test consists of two parts (Part A and Part B).

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How can I prepare for the Listening sub-test? Try the Listening material from the sample test. To purchase further Listening practice materials go to the OET Bookshop. The Listening sub-test is the same for all OET professions. Listening to health-related radio and television programs in English is great preparation for the OET. These are also often available on the Web as streamed or downloadable files. Some possible sources are: ABC Australia Health Health Matters - index with links to programs and features All in the Mind Health Report Life Matters Health Minutes BBC World Service Health

Health Check Science in Action BBC Health Newsletters You could subscribe to these regular health-related newsletters: index with links to programs and features

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a nervous candidate at the next desk) Fill in the cover page correctly When the recording starts.g. review. what vocabulary is likely to come up given this topic Don¶t write full sentences.g. and prepare for the next section Use the space provided for answers and the number of marks available for each question to guide you about how much information to include Don¶t lose your place during the test.. use the time allowed to look through the questions carefully: y y Scan the headings and questions so you know what to listen out for Use prediction skills ± e. make notes and be sure they are clear and unambiguous Use common abbreviations and symbols Write clearly.Do¶s and don¶ts y y y y Do demonstrate that you have understood the recording (as well as heard it) Don¶t try to write everything the speakers say ± it is not dictation or a memory test Do take a sample test under test conditions beforehand so you know what it feels like Do practise writing clearly if you have poor handwriting How can I help myself during the Li stening sub-test? General Have a spare pen or pencil ready just in case Stay relaxed and receptive ± ready to listen Focus on listening and understanding then recording your answer Don¶t be distracted by what is going on around you (e.. don¶t make it difficult for the assessor to read your responses as you may not get all the marks you could Keep looking ahead at what is coming up (on the next page too) Use the pauses in the recordings to finish writing. remain focused on each question Part A Use the headings to guide you ± give all relevant information under the correct heading Give specific rather than general information from the recording Don¶t jump ahead or back: the headings follow the sequence of the recording Note that longer pauses in the dialogue usually indicate the end of each numbered question . sneezing.

This sets out which answers are given marks and how the marks are counted. sentence completion. µbills¶ for µpills¶. Assessors use the guide to decide for each question whether you have provided enough correct information to be given the mark(s) available.g. Assessors follow a detailed marking guide prepared by the test designers. true-false or multiple-choice questions Predict what type of response is required: e.g... use clear marks (e. > More information about OET assessment procedures .Part B Read through each question carefully Check the format of each question: e.) If a page is messy. arrows) to show which answer belongs to which question or heading Think twice about going back to change something ± it may be better to leave what you wrote the first time if you are not sure Don¶t leave any blanks. table or diagram completion. to complete µ___%¶ you will probably need a number Checking at the end Make sure your notes communicate what you intend Look for any simple spelling errors that may accidentally change the meaning of your answer (µmessage¶ for µmassage¶. have a guess at the answer How is the Listening sub -test assessed? The Listening sub-test is marked by assessors who receive comprehensive training to work on the particular test being used. etc..g. note-taking or listing.

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