OET Reading Part ABCIntroduction
Do you know why your reading answers sometimes go wrong? It is because of a group of words called abstract and uncertain words, especially indefinite adjectives and adverbs.
Take the expression “Not more than.’ This is not conclusive. It doesn’t speak clearly. “Such medicines do not more good than those mentioned in the first paragraph” is such a statement that creates more confusion than sense. Sometimes they use expressions like “it doesn’t go without any effect…” There are double negatives and that makes a positive effect. Similarly, when you say few and a few or little and a little, there are variations in their quantity. When you say enough, that is enough for some people but that is not enough for others. 1$ is enough for a beggar but not for A millionaire.
Expressions of Uncertainty?
- About / around
Both words express nothing for sure. “About 200” can mean 190 to 210. It can be even between 180 and 220.
- Less likely, likely, more likely
Mean less possible, possible and more possible. As the words possible and probable are themselves not sure of themselves, we can never know what all those expressions really mean. The case with “more likely, not likely and less likely” are all expressions of uncertainty.
- More or Less
Who has authority to draw a line between more and less?
- “It is not unknown” which means it is known.
Double negatives and double positives create their opposite effect.
- Few, a few, little, a little
Few and little are close to zero/nill while a few and a little refer to somewhere below “some.”
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NextReading Quizzes – Part A>
- Look at the four texts, A – D, in the separate Text Booklet.
- For each question, 1 -20, look through the texts, A – D, to find the relevant information.
- Write your answers in the spaces provided in this Answer Paper.
- Answer all the questions within 15 minutes time limit.
Order of Sections
- Attempt questions 8-14
- And then 15-20.
- Attempt 1-7.
Reading Part A>
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Part BQuiz 87
Reading Part B consists of 6 multiple choice questions based on six different texts. Most questions are highly trick so you should be careful about choosing the right answer.
- Read quickly and see what each line mentions.
- Find out the main terms discussed.
- Arrange them under 2 – 3 groups.
- See how each one is different from others.
- See if two terms are in some way the same.
- Make your choice carefully.
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