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Asking Closed Questions in the OET Speaking Role-Play



OET Assessment Criteria


If you are studying for your OET, one of the assessment criteria that you should keep in mind is how you get information from your patient, known as Information Gathering.


Open Questions in the OET


In this criterion, they want you to start with open questions as this will allow your patient to describe the reason why they have presented to you, in their own words.


Some examples of open questions are as follows:

  • How are you feeling now?

  • How are you getting along with the medication?

  • Have you noticed any changes?


Closed Questions in the OET


After you've done this, you will then need to ask follow up questions so that you can offer your advice and expertise.


To do so, you'll often have questions that you want specific answers to, and so you need to use Closed Questions that can have a limited number of answers, such as "yes" or "no", or duration or number.


Here are some examples of closed questions that you could ask in the OET


  • How long have you been experiencing this?

  • When did it start?

  • Have you been taking the tablets as we discussed earlier?


Practice Asking Closed Questions


When asking closed questions in your OET role-play, you'll need to use the correct grammar, of course, as well as the correct rhythm (prosody) and intonation.


Our latest YouTube Video give you further practice on this, using the context of a pre-vaccination checklist. You can watch it here.


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