Challenges in OET Reading Test
Any English test of international standard will have its own challenges. OET is no exception. But, here, in OET, the challenges are too big.
Being a professional, you may think it is easy at one glance as you will find the content of the test to be relevant to your profession. But, in reality, it will be difficult to pass this test. So, what are the challenges in the OET reading sub-test? Let us discuss a few of them.
Part A of the Reading Sub-Test
Part A of the reading sub-test is enough to make anyone confused. There will be 15 minutes to complete this part but it will require expeditious reading skills. How good are you at locating the specific information? Can you read different texts and come to one common and acceptable solution?
You will be given four short texts. These four texts will talk about one particular subject. And there will be 20 questions to answer. Challenges in OET Reading Test
All different texts may point out to one particular subject but, superficially all these texts may look different to the test takers. The test taker may get tricked into considering these four texts as four different topics. So, be careful and read twice if you find it difficult to see direct relevance among these texts.
Different types of questions & the limited time for it makes this task difficult. Most of the candidates spend more than the required time on it and because of this, they do not manage to complete the whole test on time. So, it is recommended that you should try to complete this first part of the test within or less than 15 minutes.
Part B and Part C of the reading sub-test There will be 45 minutes to complete these two parts of the test. But, you will have to practice hard to answer part B completely well within 12-15 minutes of time. Generally, part C of the test is more challenging and may take more time.
What is analyzed? Are you good at comprehending the lengthy and complex text? Are you good at analyzing and finding the answers from the given text? Are you good at identifying the gist of the content?
Part B will comprise six short texts. The total word length of all the six texts may go up to 600-900 words. Each text may have about 100-150 words. Part C will have two different texts of about 800 words each.
You will have very little time to complete the test. 45 minutes may really be not enough if you are not good at smart reading and comprehension. The questions may seem more complex to you. Almost all of the candidates, even the smartest of the candidates, feel some level of difficulty in answering all the questions. Most of the candidates complain of not being able to manage the time because of the difficulty in comprehending and finding the answers to the questions.