OET Reading Sub-Test - Access to Resources For Improvement of Reading
Feb 22, 2017 English for Special Purposes (ESP) 955 Views
Candidates often face a lot of difficulty in OET reading sub-test. This happens because they do not pay more attention to some essentials required to pass through it. It should be mentioned here that reading skills required to get through are needed to be developed. In this article, we have talked about what candidates can do to improve their skills to get their desired grade in their OET reading sub-test.
Get yourself acquainted with the basics of reading
Reading for pleasure and reading for profession are two different things. When you read for pleasure, for instance, a novel or a short story book then you may not pay more attention to all minor details. You may not pay more attention to difficult words which you may come across and may not care to look for their meaning. Generally, meaning would be deducted through given contexts. But when you read for profession then it is essential to pay details to all minor and major details. It would be required to understand what the text wants to suggest or imply. If there are any difficult words then finding their meaning would be essential too as this can lead to strengthening your own medical vocabulary.
It would certainly be a good idea to read wide range of text type. This will equip you with different usage of the language. Most often, candidates prefer to read only one type of medical journal or magazine. But doing so, they restrict themselves to only one particular style of presentation of the language. But, if various other journals are read then it would give idea of different styles. This can even broaden reading capabilities and understanding skills.
Flow of reading
When you read for practice then it would be important to read slowly as this can help you understand the text more easily. Of course, at the time of exam, you may have to skim the text to save your time but during practice session you should not do this. Focus on short and big paragraphs. Focus on important sections of the paragraphs. When you read the paragraph try to assess your own understanding by asking questions as follows: What the writer has suggested in this paragraph? What the writer implies in this paragraph? What is the main point in it? Etc. It will also be good to summarize what you have understood in your words too as this will make it very clear that you have really got the grip on what you have read.
How to deal with the difficult words in the paragraphs during your exam?
Candidates might get complex text in their exam. It can be full of difficult-to-understand words or phrases. Those who have got good vocabulary may not face any problem but those who have got poor vocabulary can be in a state of confusion. But still it can be possible to deal with the problem as candidates can try to infer their meaning through given context. Let us give a simple example from our daily lives.
Look at the given sentences:
The man journeying through Atlanta Train offered his berth to an old lady.
Shirley gave birth to a baby boy at the hospital.
When we say “a berth in the train” or “birth at the hospital” then the candidates can come to understand their meaning depending upon the given text. The first sentence may suggest a seat at the train where as second sentence is talking more about the birth of a baby.
It should also be said here that building vocabulary of getting to know words or phrases that are common to your medical profession are necessary.
Remember, it may not be possible to master all vocabulary but still if you can have this art of understanding the words depending upon the given context then it would be enough. It can make your reading smooth. You can understand each and every piece of the text without bothering much over the complex words or phrases.
There are plenty of learning resources which can help candidates prepare for their OET in a more professional way. Listed down are a few of the resources which can be put to use by the candidates.
ABC – All in the Mind, Health Minutes, Health Report etc
BBC – Life Matters, Health, Health Check, Inside Health, Science in Action etc.
Similarly, candidates can subscribe for newsletters from a few of the popular and authoritative sites which provide learning resources which are more relevant to their profession.
Apart from this, candidates can focus on reading journals because the passages which one might get in the reading sub-test are often taken from the journals. Some of the best journals include the following: Medical Journal of Australia, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Medical Association, OMICS International, Science Magazine for the American Association for the Advancement of Science etc. For other journals, candidates can search online for Free and Paid Medical Journals. It would certainly be good to subscribe to journals which are more relevant to one’s own profession as this can lead to strengthening one’s own knowledge of profession and also help pass OET with flying colors.
OET preparation kit
If you are confused over how to prepare for your OET exam and do not have enough time then it would always be wise to download the OET exam preparation kit and prepare for it the smart way. You can download OET material online at oetmaterial.com.au.