OET Speaking consists of a set of warm up questions followed by two role-plays. Warm-up questions are very friendly questions about you. Although you do not score here, your poor response to warm-ups will badly affect your Reading score.

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Part 1 Warm – up Questions
What kind of profession are your dealing with?
I am a nurse with three years of experience in operation theater and recently one year experience in an intensive care cardiac unit.
Why did you choose this profession?
Well, I have more than just one single reason for choosing nursing as my profession. Frankly speaking, I love caring people in distress. I think I have imbibed this attitude from some of my relatives and yes, from my own mother and uncle, who were both doctors. Secondly, in my society most girls are, what we say, earmarked for this noble profession which is highly yielding and moderately respected.
What advice can you give the upcoming nurses?
I would advise them to love their profession more than the huge money it can bring. As for any noble profession, medical profession too attracts greed and materialism. Moreover, respect your profession and your patients. Remember every other profession is as hard as nursing is.
Do u have a role model in your profession?
Very much, yes! I find my uncle in the first place to pick out from among scores of people who have influenced me in shaping my career and outlook. My father’s eldest brother, this uncle of mine is my glowing role model because he was our village’s first doctor and his wife the first nurse. He was a passionate medical professional who worked day and night for the ill and inflicted in our village and outside.
Please speak about your routine day as a nurse.
A nurse’ routine consists of more days than nights. It is supposed to be so and I do not find it very hard to cope up with. Early rising, a hasty preparation, a speedy journey to the hospital, getting into work in time, skidding from ward to theater and then to patients, accompanying duty doctors on their rounds, preparing reports, the life of a nurse is eventful day in and day out.
“What are the good qualities of a good nurse?”

“Unlike the qualities expected and fostered in every professional, a nurse needs to imbibe more human qualities for which the weak and dying should find repose and hope in them. One of the most prominent quality of a nurse is willingness to be a nurse. A nurse is a specially gifted person who runs to care for the afflicted when the rest of the world cringes (unwilling). Another quality that places a human being much above ordinary humanity is sympathy and empathy. A nurse should be able to find her patient in her own place. Patience, punctuality and dedication are some other qualities that are expected to be found in a nurse.”

Part 1 More Questions
What are the challenges that nursing and nurses face today?
  1. Sleep deprivations.
  2. Overloaded work pressure.
  3. Losing social life.
  4. Difficulty in coping with foreign cultures & Languages.
  5. Inferiority complex while working in a foreign land.
What would have been your second choice to Nursing? Why?
  1. Teaching would have been my second choice.
  2. I like the profession because by being a teacher or lecturer, I take part in the building up of a culture.
  3. Apart from all that I have said, I like the Social recognition & Respect bestowed upon a teacher.
Why have you opted for nursing?
  1. It is a profession that doesn’t compromise with service.
  2. Nursing gives a lot of opportunities to interact with various kinds of people from diverse culture.
  3. It gives a great deal of job satisfactions.
  4. Last but not the least, taking care of the ailing and the aged is next to godliness.
What are the occupational disease that nursing professionals mostly suffer from?
  1. Chronic back-pain is one of the most troubling difficulty that practicing nurses face.
  2. Radiation Exposure
  3. Needle-stick injuries
    1. Infections such HIV
    2. Hepatitis B, C
    3. Tuberculosis (TB)
Why did you choose nursing as a profession, Elizabeth?
  1. Nursing is a noble profession that satisfies anyone who wishes to earn a decent living by helping the humanity. That means, one can feed one’s ambitions and..
  2. Besides, nursing as a profession opens up opportunities to socialize.
Do you have a role model? Who? Why?
  1. Yes, I consider Dr. Abdul Kalam as my role model. He was a genius at heart. His inspiring words and his simple life have both inspired me.
  2. Yes, E M Sridharan who is popularly known as the Metro Man of India is my number one role model. I like his dedication and a life without blemishes.
  3. My mother is my role model. She had been a strong person when our family had gone through the worst time.
What are the qualities of a nurse?

Listener, compassionate, good at communicating, dedicated, punctual.

How do you describe a routine day in your life?

Tell me more about Australia.

What are your plans after reaching Australia?
Is gender difference something that gives you cause of a little worry?
What was your unforgettable experience while working as a nurse?
Why did you prefer OET?
Which country are you planning to emigrate to? Why?
What are the recent trends and advancements in nursing?
  1. Computerized recordings
  2. Sophisticated machinery/equipment.
  3. Evidence-based practice.
  4. Tele nursing
Better Avoid
  • In my opinion (It’s all your opinion!)
  • According to me (That’s what you are asked!)
  • Of course! (You are wondering because you are not very sure!)

Part 2 Role Plays

After the initial warm up questions, your interlocutor moves ahead to 2 role plays, one after another. Both almost similar, let’s look at one solved role play.

Relax and get ready for the second part of the speaking sub test – the 3 minute preparation time before speaking test for each role play. This part of the sub test allows you to read and study carefully the role card in terms of the setting, the patient details, primary and secondary medical issues, the patient’s emotional state, and the 3-5 Speaking Tasks.

Underline key words in the role cards to remind you of the important information to guide you through during the actual Speaking tests. Write notes or bullet points for each Speaking task, to serve as your reference and guide during the actual Speaking test.

Aim for the overall communicative effectiveness. Note that the Speaking test requires you to perform any and all of the following:

  1. REASSURE.
  2. ASK.
  3. EXPLAIN.
  4. PERSUADE.

To achieve success in the Speaking subtest, you must be able to communicate effectively and maintain MEANINGFUL INTERACTION to your patient (or carer) who maybe angry, anxious, depressed, despondent, stubborn, demanding, and any other patient types.

Demonstrate EMPATHY and use appropriate empathy phrases. For example:

  1. “I can understand that your are feeling anxious or upset.”

Aim to speak in CLEAR ENGLISH. Intelligibility is` one criterion. Demonstrate your fluency (i.e. ability to speak in natural speed), pronounce clearly, apply proper intonation, word stress and rhythm.

Role Plays Preparation>> 
Preparation
  • Read the role play cue-card carefully.
  • See if it is formal or informal role-play.
Formal and informal Role-plays
  • If the patient is new at your desk, the role-play is formal.
  • If the patient is known to you, the role play is informal.
Step 1 Starting
Formal Salutation
  • Good morning. I am Suzane Smith, one of the head nurses here. How may I assist you?
Informal Salutation
  • Good morning, Mr. Sam. It is a pleasant thing to talk to you. Come on, how can I assist you today.
Step 2 Patient’s First Response>> 

Listen to the patient and understand his mood.

  • Angry / upset
    Very good morning, Ms Smith. My mother is a patient in the cardiac ward. I am her only surviving relation. I am shocked that the cardiac nurses have declined my request to meet her once. May I know why this so happened?
  • Worried / anxious
    Good evening, nurse, but you see, eh… you know, the thing that troubles me now is this pain in the knee. Why is it not yet cured? It has been a week now, with all those medicines, you see.
Step 3 Responding to the Patient>>> 

How to Reply to a Patient who is in pain / who has a complaint, etc.

  1. Express back.
    1. Oh! That’s sad to hear but there is no need to panic.
    2. That’s unfortunate!
  2. Ask a few add-on questions to clarify. Maximum 3. (Not under severe situations)
    1. Well, would mind giving me more details about the operation/pain?’
    2. Do you remember the first occurrence of the pain?
    3. Have you brought your papers, especially the previous doctor’s medical reports along with your MRI result?
  3. Make the patient understand that you have understood his/her problem.
    1. This is a normal case called …… .
    2. There are over 200 similar cases daily dealt by every hospital these days.
  4. Start your Reply:
    1. Talk like an expert. Use a few easy medical terms that the patient may or may not understand.
      1. Thyroid gland is very necessary for people, especially for women.
    2. Say that this is a normal case.
    3. Quote examples of recovery cases.
    4. Assure that there is nothing to worry.
      1. Have your cool because you have almost recovered from a very serious situation.
    5. Inform what you(the hospital/doctors) have done for him.
      1. We have done all kinds of tests on you and found no malignant agents of cancer in your brain.
    6. Inform what the doctors are going to do for him.
      1. For your information, you will have to undergo weekly checkups for three months.
      2. You may be asked to monitor your diet during the treatment.
      3. You may also be advised to abstain from alcohol for the same duration.
  5. Your personal advice/suggestion
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Part 2 Sample Ques & Ans

Patient – “I should see my wife immediately!”
Nurse – I quite understand your anxiety but I am sorry that you cannot see her right now.

Patient – When can I see my doctor?
Nurse – He is on an emergency round / I am sorry to see you in trouble / I can check for you in a minute.

Patient – Can I go home?
Nurse – You are not yet alright, Mr. Sam / You can but in two day’s time / If you go home, your wounds will not heal perfectly.

Why is my pain not receding?
Nurse – The weather is the main cause / You have been injected low amount of analgesic, I mean, painkillers.

When can I have food/meds/visitors?
Patient – Nurse, I feel like moving to another hospital but my children do not agree!
Nurse – Opps! That’s unfortunate that you think of moving to another hospital. Well, may I know what makes you think of quitting our hospital?
Patient – Nurse, I love my baby but I am terribly worried about its skin color.

Patient – Nurse, why are you so kind and patient with all the patients here?
Nurse – Let’s focus on you, for now. How are you feeling?
Nurse – And, of course, if you ever feel truly uncomfortable, let your supervisor know.

Patient – How long until my test results are back?
Nurse – “I’m not sure, I can check for you,” is perfectly acceptable too.

Patient – The doctor said that I will shortly need to undergo a …… operation. What does that mean?

Patient – The doctor said I need to come back again next week for another test, is it that bad?
Nurse – Just follow the doctor’s diagnosis and your instincts on this one / Calm the patient as much as you can if they’re concerned, but also be realistic with them / It’s a tough balance to strike sometimes, with any of these patient questions, but it makes a huge difference to your patients to know they have someone there who cares enough to answer their questions.

Patient – Nurse, what time can I drive my grandfather to the hospital?
Nurse – Well, that depends on your convenience. The hospital is open 24 hours on all days.

Patient – Sister, do you think that I will recover and be able to function normally?
Nurse – By all means you will! What makes you think that way? As per your medical examination and discharge plan you are well and silver.

Patient – Is there any way I can avoid taking insulin injection?

Patient – Nurse, should I inform my dear ones that I am a cancer patient?
Nurse – You can gladly tell them about it. What I mean is, your cancer, that is basal skin carcinoma, is very common and 100% curable.

Patient – Nurse, is it alright that I washed the site of bite with clean water?
Nurse – That’s alright for the time being. However, I suggest washing wounds with sterile water.

Patient – Nurse, I have an appointment with Dr. Specks tomorrow 4 PM. Is it alright I come by 5.30?
Nurse – Sorry, but you will run into trouble if you postpone the appointment. Dr. Specks visits this hospital only twice every month. I would like to request you to stick to the time given to you.

Patient – Nurse, I am really sorry but can you consult with the hospital management about removing the life supporting facilities that my brain-dead brother is at present provided?

Patient – Nurse, I am 100% impotent at the moment. My wife thinks that we should go for a test-tube conception. What would you suggest?

Patient – Nurse, I think I am suffering from acute memory loss. I fear it is the starting point of dementia or the like. Should I worry?
Patient – I am a TB patient. I have not been aware of it. Is it too late to start treatment?
Patient – I do not know how my life is going to change from this point. I don’t find any meaning being alive.

Patient – Do you think I am going to be alright after operation?
Nurse – You will be able to live as you always had done. Please think less of the operation but more of your recovery and family.

Patient – Can I write my exams.
Patient – Will you suggest exercise for a speedy recovery?

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Part 1 Nurse’ Questions

Nurse: That’s unfortunate! By the way, have you consulted Dr. Wills on your previous appointment?

Nurse: Please tell me more about your medical history.

Nurse: Is there anything else I should know about you?

Nurse: What are your daily activities?

Nurse: What kind of exercise do you do?

Nurse: What does your daughter eat usually?

Nurse: What do you do daily?

Nurse: What time do you take medication?

Nurse: What time does your daughter take medication?

Nurse: Where does it hurt?

Nurse: When did the pain occur?

Nurse:  When  did the pain start?

Nurse: When was the last time you visited GP?

Nurse: When was the last time you visited the clinic?

Nurse: What is bothering you today?

Nurse: How long have you had the pain?

Nurse: How llong have you been suffering DM?

Nurse: How long have you been hypertensive?

Nurse: How long have you been taking these medications?

Nurse: How long have you been exercising?

Nurse: How long have you been maintaining diet and exercise?

Nurse: How long have you been diagnosed with DM?

Nurse: How long have you been experiencing these difficulties?

Nurse: How often do you take the medicine?

Nurse: How often the patient become disoriented?

Nurse: How often do you exercise?

Nurse: How often the patient become disoriented?

How often do u exercise?

How often do you walk?

How often do you get hedache?

How often do you get the pain?

How many ciggretts do you smoke?

How many hours do you sleep?

How many children do you have?

How much do you drink?

Do you drink alcohol everyday?

Does he drink alcohol everyday?

Does anyone in your family has the same condition?

Do you know about DM?

Does your husband know about DM?

Does anyone in your family has the history of CA?

Does the pain wake you up at night?

Does the pain intolerable?

Are you eating normally?

Is he eating normally?

Is your wife know about the correct techniques of breastfeeding?

Is their anyone in your family wih the  same condition?

Have you had any nausea and vomitting?

Has your husband has any nausea or vomitting?

Have you been taking medication?

Has their any changes in your symptom?

Has he been taking this medication?

How long has he been taking this medication?

Has their any changes in your symptom?

Can you cook for yourself?

Can you walk yourself?

Do you need any assistance?

Can you tell me when you first noticed these symptoms?

Could you tell me about your family history?

Could you tell me about your previous medicine?

Could you tell me about your habits?

Part 1 Between a Chain Smoker and a Nurse
  1. Express back.
    1. Oh! That’s sad to hear but there is no need to panic.
    2. That’s unfortunate!
  2. Ask a few add-on questions to clarify. Maximum 3. (Not under severe situations)
    1. Well, would mind giving me more details about the operation/pain?’
    2. Do you remember the first occurrence of the pain?
    3. Have you brought your papers, especially the previous doctor’s medical reports along with your MRI result?
  3. Make the patient understand that you have understood his/her problem.
    1. This is a normal case called …… .
    2. There are over 200 similar cases daily dealt by every hospital these days.
  4. Start your Reply:
    1. Talk like an expert. Use a few easy medical terms that the patient may or may not understand.
      1. Thyroid gland is very necessary for people, especially for women.
    2. Say that this is a normal case.
    3. Quote examples of recovery cases.
    4. Assure that there is nothing to worry.
      1. Have your cool because you have almost recovered from a very serious situation.
      2. I understand  your concern?
      3. I understand how you feel?
      4. I understand why  you have this concern?
      5. I understand why you are worried?
      6. I understand about your health condition?
      7. I am sorry to hear that ,but there is a  solution for every problem
    5. Inform what you(the hospital/doctors) have done for him.
      1. We have done all kinds of tests on you and found no malignant agents of cancer in your brain.
    6. Inform what the doctors are going to do for him.
      1. For your information, you will have to undergo weekly checkups for three months.
      2. You may be asked to monitor your diet during the treatment.
      3. You may also be advised to abstain from alcohol for the same duration.
    7. Your personal advice/suggestion
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Role Play SolvedMs Carole Ayuso

Biju John is an educational writer, educator and the author of OM - The Otherwise Men. He gives live classes on Skype and Facebook. You can attend his 3 Day Classes (English & Business Studies) in Delhi, Bangalore, Qatar and Dubai. His Contact number is 91 9810740061.

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    • November 27, 2018

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    • December 20, 2018

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