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OET Success Story and Tips by Dr. Progna Paromita

Hello dear friends/seniors/juniors, I’ve cleared OET (Occupational English Test) recently… The journey was neither too easy nor too smooth for me… I don’t know if it will help anyone or not; nevertheless, I would like to share my OET experience with you all…

‌I appeared 1st time on Jan’ 20… I thought I was completely prepared but my listening score was 320… so, I tried to search for the mistakes I had made…

  1. The first & foremost one was my nervousness… as listening is the first task, you must have to be cool… at my test day when listening task started, my sympathetic activity just flared up… as a result I missed ques no 2 to 5 of part A… if I didn’t miss those, I would have been able to clear OET at my first attempt… so, try to keep ur nerve in control…
  2. During preparation, at first, I practiced listening & reading.. then writing & then speaking… I found some difficulties in speaking so I got myself entirely focused on it… I can say I almost ignored other modules before the exam… And I practiced very little of the listening module at last hour preparation… that was my biggest mistake… so please please, at least for the last 7 days keep practicing all the modules equally…

‌2nd time, I appeared on 21st march ’20… for some family & work-related issue (I work in a corporate hospital) I couldn’t get much of time to be prepared… As I was unable to get the desired score in listening 1st time so this time I focused on it solely… I listened to podcasts a lot & watched various movies & series… this time I have been able to get the desired score in listening but unfortunately I scored 340 in speaking… So, I submitted a remark for speaking & yesterday I got the news that my grade has been changed to B… Thanks to the Almighty…

‌It is worth mentioning the names of some people who helped me a lot in this whole journey…

Ahmed who is a friend, philosopher & guide… He just spoonfed me the rules, regulations & tricks of every module especially speaking… Can’t thank you enough for what you have done for us…

Arafin has been a great partner… And being a good friend as he always is, he practiced speaking with me even after completing his own OET… thank you dost…

Sharmin, Tanvir thank u for supporting & helping me as always…

Manob thank u dear for holding my hand in my worst days… supporting & inspiring me in my every step…

‌Some tricks & advice:

I am an average student… my scores are average too… I believe that there are many students of my type who might find it helpful… everyone has his/her own tricks… I am sharing mine which helped me… You can try it & if you think it’s helpful, pick it…

‌Listening :

(1) listen to podcasts regularly even if u can’t focus on it… just listen… eventually you will be able to concentrate & then try to find out the overall meaning of what you have listened to…

(2) don’t get nervous… it can just ruin your exam…

(3) try to listen carefully & pick the right word… most of the time the answer comes from the patient but a few times it may come from the doctor too… so you should listen to both of them…

(4) in part A if u miss any answer, just move on… never get puzzled at one point…

(5) don’t waste time using an eraser, cut it in a straight line & write the right answer beside it…

(6) after finishing part A & before starting the audio of part B, try to read as many questions as you can from 25-30 with options… just go through it… then when you hear that ques no 25 is starting, pay attention to it…

Reading:

🎯 Part A:

‌Spend only 1:30-2 mins to scan & skim the context, headlines, bold words from text A to D… start answering from ques no 8… quickly search the text and probable paragraph… if you fail to find an answer, leave it & move on… you will find it later while searching for another… thus complete up to 20… in the meantime, you have already gone through the 4 texts again… now get back to ques 1-7 & any leftovers… In that way, you might be able to save about 2-4 mins which you can easily use to revise…

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🎯 Part B

‌Read in the following sequence… ques→text→ques→options→answer it… if necessary read the specific portion of the text again… never read the options before the text… it’ll only make you more confused…

🎯 Part C

‌Read in the following sequence… ques→options→specific/related paragraph→ques→(options if necessary)→answer it… For the questions with “underlined word”, go over the sentence using it, the previous sentence & the following sentence… There is a good chance you will find your answer… don’t waste time reading the whole paragraph…

Writing:

(1) Must practice with time…

(2) before starting to write, you must try to organize it in your mind what you are going to write…

(3) if there are too many visits, try to curtail & compress it in 2/3 visits…

(4) most of the letters have the same starting & ending… so choose beforehand what you are going to write on your test day… it will save your time…

‌Speaking:

Nowadays the speaking cards are new each time so try to practice as many cards from the Futureland book as you can… Because we all know Practice makes a man perfect… And a good mentor (in my case Ahmed) can help you to do it in the right way… Again, you can watch speaking videos from YouTube & follow pages 13-15 from the Futureland…

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Dr. Progna Paromita

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