How to find answers in OET Reading Part C?



  • Part B & C   totally have 45 minutes 
  • Approximately 2 minutes each for each section, so totally around 30 minutes. 
  • Part C consists of 2 long semi-academic texts.
  • 8 multiple-choice questions for each text which make a total of 16 questions in Part C 
  • Each question will have 4 options. 

5 Steps to the Answer in OET Reading Part C


How to approach the OET Reading Part C?


Step 1

Read the question carefully.

Step 2

Read the options clearly.

  • It is very essential to read the options before you read the paragraph.
  • Remember not to get biased with any options.
Step 3

Read the paragraph in ‘depth’.

  • Yes, you read it right. Read the paragraph thoroughly.
  • No skimming and scanning are possible in OET Part C.
  • Your goal during practice is to read the paragraph once and to find the answers. Yes, we know it is difficult but that should be what you have to work for.
  1. While reading the paragraph, underline the area where the options are getting discussed. It will help to save time while cross-checking the question.
  2. Develop the skill to summarize the paragraph.
  3. Develop the skill to name the paragraph
Step 4

Find the suitable answer from the options 

  • The most appropriate option will be the answer.
  • The method used is elimination.
    But the basic theory behind the process is to cross-check all the options to be the answer. Yes, you have to check for the possibility of each option to become the answer.
Very Important
  • When you are stuck with options, read the question once again.
    It is not the comparison between paragraph and options, you are answering the question. So read the question again when you get confused with the options.
Step 5

Find justification for your wrong options.

  • Why each option is eliminated should be justified. Or else, you may go wrong.

Kindly remember the probability of using synonyms in the questions.

How the options will be?

  • Contradicting one 
  • Not given
  • Partially correct 
  • Completely correct sentence (which is the answer)

Its common to get confused with the partially correct and correct options. So, thoroughly read the passage and find the completely correct answer. 

Type of questions( In detail)  

1. To identify the writer view, opinion, perspective or suggestion

  • Can expect; Direct questions or complete the sentence questions 


  • According to the fifth paragraph, the benefit of changes to scope of practice is: 

A) The communities in which healthcare professionals work can have their needs met more effectively. 

B) The services provided by allied health professionals in rural or remote areas can be better than those provided in metropolitan areas. 

C) Allied health professionals can better serve rural or remote communities. 

D) Healthcare professionals can rely more on their judgment when treating patients, rather than being restricted by their scope of practice.

  • The situation for paramedics is similar to that for registered respiratory therapists because: 

A) They are both involved in emergency patient care. 

B) They both have varying scopes of practice. 

C) They can both perform a percutaneous cricothyrotomy. 

D) They are both procedures used to help a patient breathe more effectively.

2. Lexical type of questions

  • A phrase or word from the paragraph might be given, the candidate should find the appropriate meaning which suits the word from the option.

Example: In the second paragraph, the core scope of practice refers to: 

A) The clinician’s expectation of what their work involves.

B) The things that a member of the public can expect from the clinician. 

C) The things that the unit can expect from the clinician. 

D) The qualifications and training of the clinician.

3. Referral type of questions

  • Under stand the meaning of the phrase given in the question and identify which paragraph or sentence states about it. 

Example: In the first paragraph, the meaning of the phrase “afforded to” is:

 A) The clinical responsibility that is paid for by healthcare professionals. 

B) The clinical responsibility that can be afforded by healthcare professionals.

 C) The clinical responsibility that is given to healthcare professionals.

 D) The clinical responsibility that is acceptable to healthcare professionals.

4. Find the exception question/ True or false  

  • To find the option which is not there in the paragraph 
  • To find the statement which is true among the options 
  • To find the statement which is false among the statement 

Example: Ways in which the care of patients with advanced dementia can be improved include all the following except:

A) Adherence to patient preferences for treatment. 

B) Better treatment of distressing symptoms. 

C) Engaging patients and families in advanced care planning.

D) Hand feeding instead of tube feeding.

5. Find the content/ heading 

  • You should find the main content or appropriate heading for the text

Example: The main message of the article is: 

A) Scope of practice varies within each profession, so healthcare professionals should be informed of what their scope of practice is. 

B) Scope of practice is dynamic and depends on geographical factors, individual states or institutions, and significant events. 

C) Different healthcare professions have different scopes of practice. 

D) Each member of a healthcare team should be aware of their individual, as well as professional, scope of practice.

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