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5 quick ways to prepare for OET during the COVID-19 outbreak

Five quick ways to improve your English

OET is committed to supporting healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve put together five ways you can improve your English and prepare for OET quickly.


As many of you will be working longer shifts more often during the COVD-19, you might not have the same time to spend on OET preparation.

We wanted to help by providing you with five easy ways to prepare for OET that do not take too much time.

You can use them on your daily commute or when you get home. You could even take advantage of your break and watch a quick video or take a language quiz!

Take a look through the list below and let us know which of these you use to prepare for OET.

1. Watch a video

The OET YouTube channel has a wide range of short videos you can watch while on the go.

Whether you check out an FAQ video or sample role play, you can get some quick, easy to watch preparation support in less than 10 minutes.

2. Read a blog post

While we produce a lot of long guides, like our Guide to the Writing sub-test, a huge chunk of our 300+ blog posts are short and quick to read.

Here are five examples to get you started:

Can you rate these pain adjectives?

Is sustain part of your vocabulary?

Do you know how to use reporting verbs?

Can you use the infinite form when explaining a reason?

Did you know you can use commas instead of brackets?

3. Watch some TV

Watching TV is a great way to improve your general English. Luckily, there is a broad range of healthcare shows you can watch. Outback ER is a good example. You can watch a preview below:

Take a look at this article for five examples of TV shows to watch.

4. Build your Vocabulary

Words and their meanings are super important to a strong grasp of English. As a healthcare worker, you need to be able to translate up or down, which means using different words to describe the same thing.

Some of the ways you can build your vocabulary include:

5. Keep a journal

It can be hard to practise writing when you don’t have much time. However, writing as much as you can really help you improve.

A journal is a good way of doing this. Not only is it a great way to practise writing, but it’s also a fantastic tool for managing your stress levels.

You can write about your day, how you felt and what kinds of emotions you experienced. You can grab yourself a paper journal from most stationary stores and supermarkets. However, if you want to take it digital, there is a range of easy to use digital apps available, such as Diarium for Windows and Day One for Mac and IOS

Hopefully, these five tips will help you prepare for OET with what little time you can spare. We will keep helping you with preparation and support resources during this time!

Take a look at our Improve Your English challenge for more interactive preparation material