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.”

More Expressions of Uncertainty. Read More

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
  1. Attempt questions 8-14
  2. And then 15-20.
  3. Attempt 1-7.
Reading Part A>
Our 4 Methods of attempting Reading Part A
Method 1 – Imaging Method
  • By this method, you have to create an image (mind-mapping) of the texts that you read.
  • Suppose you have all the four texts about MRI and CT, create an image of both the machines.
  • As you read, draw more and add information to the base image.
  • You will soon have a complicated image with several lines, arrows, shapes, graphs, pies, etc.
  • If you are not very good at imagining, you can draw the image on the Question Paper.
Method 2 – Underline Method
  • Underlining is kind of drawing on the brain.
  • As IELTS allows you to underline and draw on your question paper, make good use of that.
  • When you underline words, you are able to understand the text 10 times better.
  • Underlining saves your time and reduces mind’s inactive interstices.
  • When you underline, make sure you underline:
    • Difficult words
    • Key words (“IV fluids”)
    • Confusing words.
Method 3 – Predictive Reading Method
  • This is one of the best ever but you should be good at predicting what comes next.
  • By this method, you engage your mind (imagination) in guessing what’s next.
  • Suppose you are reading about the symptoms of a particular disease.
  • Supposedly, what comes next is causes, consequences and solutions.
  • Likewise, every text contains these elements – Facts, Causes, Consequences and Solutions.
  • The best way of predicting is to apply your clinical knowledge into the texts.
Method 4 – Concentration Method
  • This is the most ideal method for many like you. In fact all the other methods help you to apply this method.
  • Concentration method expects you to remain on a word at a time but keep on collecting all the information you have so far collected.
  • It is like driving a car. You handle levers, steer wheel, clutch, brake, music buttons, AC controls and much more.
  • You are reading a word at a time but your mind is processing all the information you have read and guessing all possible information yet to come.

Now you can choose one or all of the methods to complete your Reading Part A. Below are some of our well-crafted Reading Part A Quizzes. Try and see your score right here!

Part A Quiz 1

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.
  • Done!

Next – Part B Quiz 77

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    • Aisha

    • November 17, 2018

    It’s a good initiative

    • Anupriya

    • November 18, 2018

    Could you please send more Oet materials to me

    • Juliet

    • November 20, 2018

    Wow! This has helped me a lot

    • Nadia Khan

    • November 23, 2018

    I want to practise for oet

    • Blessy

    • November 28, 2018

    Could you please send me the oet materials

    1. Reading materials are not yet ready.

    • Mandeep kaur

    • November 28, 2018

    I need reading practice

    1. stay with us.


    • November 29, 2018

    Great Job Sir Than ks for quiz

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    • salma

    • December 9, 2018

    why there is no diagram or table in one passage? in authentic metrial they have one illustration as well. how could a person read these four big passages in 15 min

    1. Our new materials have all kinds of texts.

    • Reeta

    • December 10, 2018

    Can you plz provide listening material?

    • Jeothsana George

    • January 12, 2019

    Please send OET materials

    • Tinoy

    • January 15, 2019

    Please send me some oet materials sir

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