OET Sample Speaking Test For Beginners taking OET Medicine

Here is an example of a role-play scenario made for beginners for the OET Speaking sub-test, including cue cards for both the candidate (a healthcare professional) and the interlocutor (acting as a patient). The conversation is structured to last approximately 5 minutes.

Interlocutor Cue Card (Patient):

Background Information:

  • You have been experiencing persistent lower back pain for the last 6 months.
  • You work as a data analyst and spend approximately 8 hours a day sitting.
  • No prior history of significant injury or back pain.
  • You have tried taking over-the-counter painkillers, but there has been no long-term relief.
  • You are worried about the pain affecting your ability to work and are seeking advice.

Tasks for Interlocutor:

  1. Express your concern about the ongoing pain and its impact on your life.
  2. Describe the nature of your job and your daily routine.
  3. Ask the doctor for advice on pain management and any alternative treatments.
  4. Show interest in understanding the causes of your pain.
  5. Express your hesitation about taking time off work but inquire about whether it’s necessary.

Candidate Cue Card (Healthcare Professional):

Background Information:

  • The patient has chronic lower back pain, possibly due to their sedentary job.
  • There’s a need to assess lifestyle and provide practical advice on managing pain.
  • Encourage non-pharmacological approaches before considering medication.

Tasks for Candidate:

  1. Greet the patient and establish a rapport.
  2. Inquire in-depth about the pain and how it affects the patient’s daily activities.
  3. Educate the patient on the role of ergonomics and the importance of regular movement.
  4. Discuss non-invasive treatments, such as physiotherapy and exercises.
  5. Address the patient’s concern about time off work, providing a balanced view.

Sample Conversation:

Candidate (C): Good morning, I’m Dr. Smith. What brings you in today?

Patient (P): Hi, Doctor. I’ve been having this lower back pain for half a year now, and it’s starting to worry me. It’s affecting my job too.

C: I understand how that can be concerning. Can you tell me more about your pain and your daily routine?

P): Sure. I sit a lot because of my office job, and the pain gets quite bad by the end of the day. I’ve tried painkillers, but they don’t seem to work long-term.

C: Sitting for extended periods can indeed exacerbate back pain. Have you tried any exercises or stretches?

P): No, I haven’t. I wasn’t sure what would be safe to do.

C: I can recommend some gentle stretching exercises and ways to improve your posture at work. We can also consider physiotherapy. It’s important to stay active and take regular breaks to move around.

P): That sounds good, but I’m a bit worried about needing to take time off work. Is that necessary?

C: Let’s try these interventions first without disrupting your work. If we don’t see improvement, we might need to reassess.

P): Okay, and what about the causes? Do you know why this might be happening?

C: Often, it’s due to poor posture and lack of movement, but we can look into other causes if these changes don’t help. For now, let’s focus on improving your work environment and habits.

P): Thank you, Doctor. I’m willing to try these suggestions. Can we make a follow-up appointment?

C: Absolutely. We’ll book a follow-up in two weeks to monitor your progress. Here are some leaflets on exercises and ergonomics in the meantime.

P): Thanks a lot for your help.

C: You’re welcome. Take care and see you soon.

This conversation provides a balanced exchange between the healthcare professional and the patient, covering the necessary discussion points and tasks within the five-minute timeframe of the OET Speaking sub-test role-play.






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