The listening sub-test consists of three parts, and a total of 42 questions. You will hear the recording once only and are expected to write your answers while listening.

Tips and strategies on listening

  • Part A
  • Part B
  • Part C



  • 2 consultations between a medical professional and a patient/care taker will be played.
  • 12 gaps per consultation(total 24 gaps)
  • Use a word or a phrase to answer.
  • This part assesses your ability to identify specific information during a consultation.

Tips and strategies

  1. Always read the instructions on booklet.
  2. Read and listen the title – “a dentist talking to a patient”. Predict the type of conversation. For example, it can be about toothache, decaying, root canal, implants, braces, dental x-ray and so on.
  3. During 30 seconds of preparation time, read the blanks carefully and identify what you are going to listen for. If you are not a fast reader, skip the sentences that do not contain blanks but keep eyes on left sentences when audio is going on.
  4. Always read headings and subheadings carefully. It will be helpful to you to understand about upcoming information and to catch the audio if in case you get lost.
  5. Based on the type of sentence, predict your answers and a type of word that fits into the sentence.(verb/adjective/noun/singular/plural)
  6. Listen for synonymous language as there will be paraphrased words rather than exactly as it is written in the text.
  7. Take the advantage of dialogues. Most of the answers arrive from patient’s voice; however, some answers may come from doctor’s voice too.
  8. When the audio starts, be focused. Have full concentration because the first word spoken in the audio might be your first answer.
  9. Write exactly as you listen. Now, you do not need to modify the answer and if you need to modify that means it is incorrect answer, you picked up.
  10. Be ready for traps. For example,
    • The speaker may say “ I used to work as a nurse but now I am working as a teacher.” You have been asked current occupation, so your answer should be “a teacher” and not the previous profession.
    • At certain places answer comes first and then the explanation. Your question is, not to try…………………, audio says, “I have received acupressure therapy but it’s not useful so I have decided to avoid further sessions.”
  11. Write your answer on question paper itself, no separate answer sheet is provided for OET listening. While writing the answers, listen the audio so there will be no chance to skip next answer.
  12. Spelling errors do not matter until it maintains the pronunciation. That means you can write knowledge as nolege.

Listening part A weighs more than 50%, so try to answer maximum answers you can.


  • 6 MCQs with three answer options.
  • 15 seconds to read each question before you listen then the audio will be played.
  • 5 seconds to shade your answers.
  • You will be given context in which some background information will be given regarding who is talking to whom and for what.
  • Then you will get question prompt.
  • And then three options.

Tips and strategies

  1. Read the context and identify the interaction you will have.
  2. Read the question and identify what you are going to listen for.
  3. Read the answer options carefully, understand the key features of each option that makes them different from each other.
  4. Never decide your answer before you listened full audio for the question.
  5. Give only one answer.
  6. Before you appear for the test, learn all types of questions and how to answer them.
    • The type of questions
      • Detail
      • Gist
      • Opinion
      • Purpose
      • Function
      • Agreement and future action
    • Type of information
      • Team briefing
      • Handovers
      • Health professional health dialogues


  • 2 different five minute extracts will be plays
  • 6 MCQs with 3 answer options each.
  • 90 seconds will be given to you, before each extract, to read and understand the questions with answer options.
  • The audio will be played and you are expected to answer your questions as you listen.

Tips and strategies

  1. Develop your listening skills-
    • Listen YouTube videos about health related issues.
    • Listen to the speakers from different English-speaking countries in order to understand different pronunciation, accent and tone and so on.
    • Please do not get tempted to listen to nonnative speakers just by being attracted to their stories. It is not appreciated for OET preparation.
    • Try to get the main idea of the speaker, purpose of making video and personal experiences.
    • Once you start getting majority of the contents, you may start preparing for OET listening.
  2. Look for the headings-
    • “You will hear an interview with a neurosurgeon called Dr. Nile Smith who specializes who specializes in the treatment of concussion in sports.”
  3. Read the questions and identify the key words.
  4. Listen for paraphrased key words.
    • “One of the aims of the new guidelines….”
    • Now, you may hear for, one of the goals, the main objective, recent guideline, current change, new updates….
  5. Be aware of traps-
    • “I thought………, BUT……”
    • I thought = first view, But = second view
    • When you listen a conjunction that shows contrast, be careful to select your final answer.
  6. If you have no time to prepare and you are a slow reader, watch my YouTube video to appear for the answers of part c.