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General Like writing ,the speaking sub-test in OET is also specific to each profession it tests your ability to communicate effectively in a consultation and typical to your profession. The video tutorial for OET speaking helps that candidate to understand the situation ,the task and the criteria that they need to complete. It is a capsule but details are well explained scientifically and helps a candidate to do speaking section with all the essential ingredients perfectly added.

What is OET Sub-Test?

The speaking sub-test of the OET is one task that is divided into two separate role-plays. The role-plays will be between you (playing a health professional) and an interlocutor (playing a patient or patient care). These role-plays will relate to real-life interactions you may have in your specific healthcare field. 

How can I improve my OET speaking?

  1. Role Play - Playing Your Part. It is going to be a role-play.
  2. Breaking The Ice / Beginning The Conversation.
  3. Continuing Conversation
  4. Do Not Hesitate To Ask Questions.
  5. Understanding The Patient, The Client (the interlocutor) 
  6. Refining Your Language.
  7. Be Ready For All Odds

Is clubbing possible?
Clubbing requires results in two sittings, not one. As you don't have 350 in reading and listening, you need to take another OET test.
What OET Speaking Criteria?
For the Speaking sub-test, each Assessor scores your performance according to nine criteria. The four linguistically-oriented criteria are Intelligibility, Fluency, Appropriateness of Language, and Resources of Grammar and Expression. They are assessed on a scale from 0 to 6.
OET Sub-Test Criteria?
When it comes to speaking sub-test, there are two essential aspects of the assessment. The assessors will focus on clinical communicative strategy and the linguistic strategy

Let us discuss these two aspects of the OET Speaking sub-test assessment

Linguistic Criteria?

Strong hold over English language is very important. This is the first thing that the assessors will focus on. Following are the linguistic criteria in the OET speaking sub-test.

Make use of the correct grammar. Do not make mistakes when you speak.

Intelligible or Not?

Everything will be counted - the way you pronounce, the accent you will use, the intonation. How clearly you speak. How well your listeners can understand from what you are saying.


Fluency defines speed. But, there is a misconception prevalent in the OET test market. Most of the test takers think that they will have to speak fast in front of their interviewers. But, that is wrong. Speaking fast is not fluency. Rather, you are expected to speak more calmly and with words that are very clear for the listeners. You do not have to speak too fast or to slow. Focus on speaking more calmly but without long pauses.


Did you make use of the most appropriate words or not? Are you using the right language that conveys the given thoughts in the right manner? Does the listener understand your language, your thoughts?

Clinical Communicative Criteria Of The OET Speaking Sub-Test?

Apart from the linguistic criteria in the OET speaking sub-test, we also find other essential criteria such as clinical communicative criteria.

Following are the major criteria with respect to clinical communication.


How are you to your clients? Are you passionate about your job? Are you speaking in the right tone? How do you behave? Does your client/patient like the way you speak, the way you provide the support? Do you demonstrate empathy? Do you listen to your client/patient?

Understanding Patients

Are you good at understanding your patients/clients? Are you good at incorporating the patient’s perspectives? Are you capable enough to involve the patient in the conversation?

Structuring Information

Are you good at giving the information in the right manner? Is the information organized or not? Does it convey the intended message in a clear way or not?

Gathering Info about the patient or the client

You will have to be good at explaining things the patient or the client may ask. Apart from this, you should also be good at questioning. You should ask questions to learn more about eh the needs of the patients or the client.

Remember, your assessor will not count how many mistakes you have made in your OET speaking or writing sub-tests. Rather, they will assess the score based on the criteria they have.