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OET Reading Practice

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

There are some words that people associate with each subtest of the OET exam. Scanning would be one of them, and it is usually what we think of at the mention of OET Reading A, or reading for gist in part B of the OET reading subtest, and also the famously known comprehension when it comes to part C reading of the OET. And while these terms very often make the backbone of the most appropriate approach to each part, it is vital to understand what actually constitutes reading for comprehension or gist.

OET Reading Part C: Reading Comprehension

Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read. It is the ability to understand the meaning or importance of something, and it is the main skill candidates should apply in part C of the OET. But how do you read for comprehension? The simplest way to explain it would be the following: to consider the potential of each of the three parts- the question, the content of the paragraph and the four answer-options. We start by identifying driving words in the question, we then move on to reading the paragraph, filtering and processing the information with the question in mind, and finally, we read the options and consider the accuracy, relevance or logic of each one related to the question and content. 1. Read the question and identify key words (a noun and very commonly, equally important, a verb) 2. Reading the paragraph: how everything in the paragraph relates to the question, what is important for the understanding of the question 3. Options: distinguishing different options and ideas in each of them Now, let's see what that looks like in practice In order to make it more interactive however, I would like to encourage readers to look at the paragraph below and approach the task as suggested. Paragraph III Several occupational studies have shown adequate physical activity in the workplace also provides

benefits. Seat-bound bus drivers in London experienced more coronary heart disease than mobile

conductors working on the same buses, as do office-based postal workers compared to their

colleagues delivering mail on foot. The AHA recommends that all Americans invest in at least 30

minutes a day of physical activity on most days of the week. In the face of such unambiguous

evidence, however, most healthy adults, apparently by choice it must be assumed, remain

sedentary. Q: The phrase 'apparently by choice' in the third paragraph, suggests the writer:

A believes that health education has failed the public.

B remains unsure of the motivations of certain people.

C thinks that people resent interference with their lifestyles.

D recognizes that the rights of individuals take priority in health issues.

Rather than choosing the correct answer alone, focus on the whole approach and seek arguments for all options- incorrect ones and the correct answer. Share your thoughts or ask questions so that we can come to some productive conclusions together. Good luck.

Faithfully yours, Elena

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