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  • 0:03 Reading Practice
  • 0:24 Instructions
  • 1:03 Example Reading Passages
  • 2:30 Explanation
  • 3:16 Practice
  • 4:20 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts is an adjunct instructor in English, film/media studies and interdisciplinary studies.

This lesson offers OET test takers the opportunity to practice their skills for the reading section of the exam. We'll walk through Parts A and B of the OET reading section and learn about the skills required to complete the exam.

Reading Practice

The OET, or Occupational English Test evaluates your ability to read, write, listen, and speak in English language appropriate for professional healthcare environments. The Reading section consists of two parts. Part A tests your rapid reading ability, and Part B tests your ability to read comprehensively.


Follow these instructions for the three example paragraphs:

First, read the passage, but ignore the bold terms. Prepare for Part A by skimming and scanning the passage. Identify the topic and keywords, or important terms, technical terms, and words that appear multiple times. You'll be asked to fill in the blanks of a new passage based on the information presented.

Second, read the passage again and pay attention to the bold terms. Prepare for Part B by reading the passage comprehensively. Identify the main idea, intention, and implied meaning the author has presented in order to answer 16-20 multiple choice questions on the content.

Example Reading Passages

Here is the first practice paragraph, entitled Policies for Health in Schools. For the purpose of this lesson, you may wish to take notes so you can answer the practice questions. Remember to look for the topic, keywords, main idea, intention, and implied meaning of the paragraph!

Policies for Health in Schools

A school is a center of a community, a place where children and teachers come together. In addition to being hubs of education, schools are also gardens for germs. As such, school administrators and educators have the responsibility of designing and implementing policies to promote health and hygiene. In addition, nutrition also plays an important role in school health policy; every school has a cafeteria, as well as the responsibility to provide and instruct children on healthy eating. Apart from being important cornerstones of a school's administrative policy, school health can play a part in the social and psychological atmosphere of the community. When teachers and staff follow well-designed health policies, the children will benefit from learning by example.

Let's move on to the second practice paragraph. It's called Water and Sanitation Safety:

Water and Sanitation Safety

Water is a well-known carrier of disease. Guaranteeing safe and sanitary facilities for students, staff, and faculty should be a priority in schools. In addition, schools should also implement hygiene education, which reinforces the importance of sanitation and clean water. The construction and maintenance of school facilities can be bolstered by a sound health and hygiene policy.

Did you find the main ideas and keywords? Health Education is our final practice paragraph:

Health Education

As hubs of knowledge and practice, schools should pair a sound health policy with a curriculum of instruction that teaches students about the importance of health, hygiene and nutrition. Classroom instruction teaches students about how to develop positive attitudes and life skills that will allow them to make decisions about their own health. Good health education focuses on practicing skills for dealing with disease, pregnancy, first aid, intoxicants, and illegal substances. Thus, health education and policy goes beyond the basic standards for safety. Faculty and staff should instill a positive psycho-social environment in schools so that children feel safe and healthy.


The first two paragraph headings signal the topic of the passages that follow: ''Four Recommendations for Healthy Schools.''

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