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This tip will help you understand the questions in Listening Part B

By 18 March 2019Test Tips

OET’s Listening Part B uses both incomplete and complete questions to assess your understanding of the recording. It’s important to be able to read and understand both types.

We’ve got a tip that can help you accomplish this, if you’re having trouble.

Exploring Listening Part B

Listening Part B has 6 multiple-choice questions. Some are complete questions such as:

  • What does she warn her colleague about?
  • What is the plan for the patient today?

Other questions are incomplete: sentence-completion questions. You need to match the beginning of the sentence with the best ending from the three options. For example:

  • He says that errors in dispensing medication to patients usually result from __.
  • The trainee feels the cause of the problem was __.

Some candidates find the sentence completion questions harder. An easy solution to this is to turn them into a complete question during the reading time.

Completing incomplete questions

Let’s look at an example.

  • If the incomplete question is: The trainee feels the cause of the problem was __.
  • The complete questions would be: What does the trainee think was the cause of the problem?

Notice that “feel” was changed to “think”. While it doesn’t have any impact on the accuracy of the question, it is a clearer word when listening to the recording. If a person ‘feels something is a problem’ saying they ‘think something is a problem’ has the same meaning.

Can you turn this example incomplete sentence into a complete question?

He says that errors in dispensing medication to patients usually result from __.