How are the MCQs arranged?
In the Listening subtest Parts B and C, there are three-option multiple choice questions, which means that for each question, there are 3 possible answers: A, B, C. Reading Part B also has these three-option questions, but Reading Part C consists of four-option MCQs, meaning there are 4 possible answers to choose from for each question – A, B, C and D.
The fun of MCQs is that the answer will be there right in front of you. All you need to do is pay attention to the piece that is there in front of you, and you will have your answer. However, the trick is to identify those answers in the limited time correctly. With the tips and strategies I am going to talk about, you will be able to identify and answer the MCQs correctly, with some practice.
Tip 1: Understand the Question
There are two type of questions usually in the OET –
- A short answer question
- A sentence completion question
It is the latter which is trickier. The strategy should be to read the beginning of the sentence with the each of the answer options, to see which fits best and forms a complete meaningful sentence.
Tip 2: Understand the Answer options
In Part B, the one thing to do is to read the verb in the question and try to understand what this verb means and its difference from the verbs in the other answer options. For this, your English language skills need to be good. In our OET training at BAFEL, we pay special attention to increasing your vocabulary along with synonyms, because often you will be able to tick the correct option in the MCQs if you understand the meaning of the verb.
Tip 3: Don’t lose your focus.
It is very easy to lose concentration when you are taking your OET, especially during your listening subtest. You need to be constantly vigilant of what you are listening to or reading. So, losing focus is not an option.