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Can I look at my notes in the OET Speaking Role-Play?

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

Can I look at my notes during the OET speaking role-play?

A very common question that a lot of OET candidates have, is, "Can I look at my notes during my OET Speaking Role-Play?" and that's exactly the question that our YouTube student, Assawer, asked us.

So, what's the answer?

Well, the answer is YES! You can look at your notes during the OET speaking role-play, but just remember to keep focussing on your patient and listen to what they are saying so you can answer appropriately and move the consultation along in a logical order.

You also don't want to just look at your notes, but keep looking at the patient as well, so you can pick up on any non-verbal cues - just as you would do in real life.

Can I still refer to the task card during the OET speaking role-play?

How about the task card itself? Will you still be able to refer to that during the OET role-play? The answer is again, YES! You will keep the task card with you during the 5 minutes' role-play and you can keep checking it. This will help you move the consultation along and guide you through the types of questions you will need to ask and the kinds of answers you'll need to give the patient or carer.

Again, just be careful not to focus too much on your notes and the tasks and ignore the patient! So many candidates are fixated on getting through the task and their notes, that they almost forget they have a "patient" in front of them. Here's a little YouTube shorts video where you can check whether you've been getting this right or wrong.

What kind of notes should I be making in my preparation time?

To help you score well in the OET Speaking role-plays, you should make the most of the preparation time given to you. You can do this by thinking about how to start, how the patient will be feeling, and whether you know them or not.

Can you ask the interlocutor any questions during your preparation time?

The answer is again, YES! You can and should ask the interlocutor questions if you have them. Here is a quick guide for you.

Making the most of your preparation time in your OET Speaking role-plays

If you'd like to know more about how to make the most of your preparation time before the OET speaking role-plays, why not watch this video lesson about de-coding the setting.

Discount Codes on our on-demand OET Speaking Courses

Here are some discount codes for you for on our best-selling Udemy short courses. These are all pre-recorded and are designed as quick insights into the OET speaking sub-tests. The best thing about them is that you can work through the videos and worksheets in your own time.

OET Speaking Play-List

And just before you go, here's an OET play-list you might like!


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