Listening Part A: An Overview

Part A is a medical interview.

When the recording starts, use the time allowed to look through the headings carefully. There are no questions for Part A but rather headings under which you need to take notes.

The most common scenario is a doctor-patient interview, though it could also be a nurse patient interview or perhaps a different health professional interviewing a patient.

The headings will follow the course of the interview and your job will be to take as much relevant information as you can.

The structures of medical interviews are quite standardised, so to some degree you can predict the format, and a typical format is as follows:

1.   Current symptoms

2.   Past symptoms

3.   Personal history or details

4.   Family history or details

5.   Explanation of the illness

6.   Medication and treatment advice