Despite this, I do add some free tips to this site, my face book page (English for Nursing and Healthcare) and through You tube videos. I have several students about to sit an OET for nurses on October 5. They are working hard to ensure that they understand the format of the test (in all areas) and that they are practising as many role plays as possible to ensure that they can deal with any situation which is presented.
So, here are my free tips today:
1. Start preparing for the test well ahead of time. There are a lot of tricky parts to the test which you need to be aware of. E.g.
Speaking - getting sidetracked by the interviewer, knowing how to speak most of the time but still include the 'patient', knowing how to start the conversation and end it.
Listening - picking out key terms and context, particularly in Part B which is more challenging.
Writing - setting out the letter properly, keeping to the word limit, organising the letter in 3-4 coherent paragraphs with only relevant information in them. Remembering who you are writing to and why (what you want them to do for you).
Reading - being aware that there will be a variety of texts - some graphs or tables are a challenge. The answer gapfill will usually have words and phrases which have the same meaning as words or phrases in the text.
Many students find the writing section the most challenging. This is often because it is an artificial exercise. At no time in your nursing degree ,or as an RN, will you write a referral letter these days. You will probably never have practised this before. Try to see it as an exercise in:
1. Organising relevant information into sections (paragraphs in this case)
2. Writing a clear statement of what is needed ( think of it as similar to writing nursing notes)
Keep your sentences relatively simple - 180-200 words is not long enough to expand on much.
Make sure you know how to write the address, date and salutation correctly as well as the ending. - These are easy marks to gain or lose!
Spell any words in the stimulus material correctly!