Six steps to help you successfully prepare for the OET
1. Give yourself enough time
We understand that you are keen to take the OET as soon as possible and progress to the next stage in your career; the OET can open a lot of doors for you. It’s very important, however, that you start preparing to take the OET early enough to ensure success. OET is a high-stakes English test and successful candidates have a high level of responsibility for the health and safety of patients.
Even candidates with a high level of English will need to make sure they are properly prepared to sit the OET. Often candidates are also juggling work and family commitments so a part-time OET Preparation course may be the ideal solution.
2. Understand your starting point
Understand starting point and be realistic in what you need to do in order to achieve your ultimate goal – successfully taking the OET. Take a level test to assess your level of English and take a sample OET paper. Talk to an expert. An experienced OET Preparation course teacher will be able to give you advice and guidance on how close you are to achieving success and areas you need to work on.
3. Identify the gaps in your knowledge
Taking the sample OET paper will give you a good understanding of the areas you are confident in and will also highlight your weaknesses – these are the areas you need to focus on. Your OET Preparation course teacher will be work with you to close these gaps in your knowledge. They will help you identify why you make the mistake and what you need to do and learn in order to avoid making the same mistake next time. Whether it’s improving your grammar or identifying areas of vocabulary you need to work on they will help you progress and you will be even closer to that all important goal.
4. Understand the assessment criteria
You know where you are starting from and you’ve identified your strengths and weaknesses. You’ve enrolled on an OET Preparation course to give yourself the best chance of success and you’re already an experienced healthcare professional! All of
these are vital parts of the puzzle. Understanding what the assessors are looking for in the OET is just as important. For each part of the test there is information about assessment. For Writing and Speaking particularly there are level descriptors of each criterion which help you understand the way OET assessors grade you.
You will need to know, for example, that in the Writing component your performance is scored against six criteria and receives a band score for each criterion:
· Conciseness & Clarity
· Genre & Style
· Organisation & Layout
Learning about what the OET assessors are looking for will maximise your chance of success on the day.
5. Improve your skills
As well as practicing the exam by working on sample papers you will need to make sure are improving your English language skills; as we mentioned before successful candidates will be responsible for the health and safety of patients. There is a multitude of resources online to help you improve your English, from video tutorials to blogs to language learning articles. Self-study isn’t easy, however, and there is nothing as effective as dedicated time in a classroom with an expert teacher on an OET Preparation course.
6. Apply when you are ready
Talk to your OET Preparation course teacher. They will help you decide when you are ready to take the OET. There are lots of test dates throughout the year and it will always be worth taking your time to make sure you are well prepared and avoid having to resit the OET. With the right preparation, you will be ready to achieve success in the OET and embark on the next step in your career!