Updated: Jun 10
Where do I begin? What do I need?
These questions come into your mind when you first begin to think of taking on an OET exam.
First learn about what the test entails. Try at best to get an overview on the modules (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) that are included in the test. Then learn the structure of each module and what is the valid assessment for each of the modules. Know that the OET test can be taken written as well as on a computer. Specific centers are allocated for these tests in India. Choose your location to write the test according to your convenience.
Secondly you need to create a plan on how you can learn OET. If you are a working individual, then you can plan on taking the OET classes online according to your working schedule. If you are not working, then regular offline classes would be your best option. Find centers that have regular batches and join them. Take practice tests. Know your weaknesses in regards to the modules and be realistic. Assimilate the assessment criteria required for each module and improve on your skills.
Sharpen your skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Try listening to podcasts or healthcare presentations so that your ears get accustomed to the way words are pronounced and you get a good grip of the accent Reading newspapers, journals, healthcare topics, etc. help you to improve your reading. Try to improve your vocabulary from the reading that you do, so that your writing too can be of high weightage when the examiner reads it. Improve on your speaking skills by doing self talk, recording what you speak, learning the natural flow of English, thinking in English and not Malayalam when replying to someone who has spoken to you in English. Most people try to think of an answer in Malayalam and then translate that to English which is not the right thing to do.
When you feel that you have the confidence to take up the test, then go ahead. You can also get the official OET Course guide from the OET site.