Specialist Language Courses

For many candidates, the OET Reading test is the most difficult of the four papers.

The texts are high level, the questions are tricky, and time is short. This course makes sure you understand what to expect, give you essential techniques to follow, and includes plenty of test practice.

There are 3 parts to the Reading paper.

In Part A you read 4 texts on a common topic in 15 minutes, such as leaflets, tables, instructions and explanations, and answer 20 questions. The time goes very quickly and there is no time to read all the texts. Instead you have just enough time to scan them and find the information or vocabulary required. This requires strong techniques, plenty of practice and a cool head.

In Part B, candidates read 6 short workplace texts, such as an extract from a leaflet, guidelines, an email or a manual, and answer a multiple-choice question on each one. The topics should be familiar to healthcare professionals, but again it’s important to k ow what to expect before entering the test centre.

Part C is perhaps the most difficult for many candidates. There are 2 longer texts of 700-800 words, often with a relatively academic focus, for example new research, a health issue, or a patient initiative, with 7 questions on each text. The language is advanced – complex sentences, lots of references, academic/formal vocabulary – and time is tight at 15-20 minutes per text in practice.

To score well in the OET Reading requires a clear understanding of the text types, the question formats, a wide range of healthcare vocabulary, and the ability to use reading techniques such as skimming and scanning in a tight time frame.

SLC’s OET Reading course, taken from our hugely popular Reach OET B course, prepares you to achieve a high score. You work on a combination of carefully structured language and test-based tasks, video tips and lesson recordings. You look at a wide range of texts and test questions. You analyse answers and develop techniques and strategies for the test.

Want to work with a Reading expert? You can book 5 one-to-one lessons with an experienced OET teacher who will work on your reading skills and make suggestions for improvement so you can maximise your score. 


Why not try our Reach OET B course for Medicine or Nursing?

Reach OET B gives you the language, strategies and techniques to get the OET scores you need in all four papers (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking)

OET Reading

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€299 – $359

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Medicine w/tutor


€34 – $39

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€299 – $359

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Nursing w/tutor


The course includes two full mock tests where you practice OET Reading under timed conditions.

Test practice

Test questions are integrated into all the units, so you really see what you need to do in the real exam.

Develop the language strategies you need

The course shows you how to develop OET-specific reading skills and techniques.

Learn the language you need

Vocabulary and grammar are integrated throughout covering key language of healthcare.


Over 10 videos presented by our experienced OET Trainer Jo Langford available to view on demand.

A properly structured and sequenced course

You can see what you’re learning, how it all fits together and what you have achieved at the end.

Dynamic multi-media learning

The course is highly visual with many videos, different tasks and activities.


Enter the test centre with the knowledge, language and techniques you need to take the Reading test with confidence and achieve a high score.

Virginia Allum

This course has been written by a team of accredited OET Trainers under the guidance of Virginia Allum. Virginia wrote SLC’s Medical English courses and is SLC’s Head of Medical English. She is a lecturer in English for Medical Purposes, a Medical English teacher trainer, and a widely published writer. Virginia co-authored the Cambridge OET Preparation book and the Cambridge English for Nursing text books, used by Medical universities around the world.