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OET

What is OET (Occupational English Test) ?

Overview of OET
A thorough paper-based test of all areas of language ability.
Consists of four sub tests:

  • Listening (approx. 50 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (45 minutes)
  • Speaking (approx, 20 minutes)

Available up to 10 times a year*
Results are published online approximately 15 business days after the test.
Official statements of Results are posted following the publication of result online.
Graded from A(highest) to E (lowest) for each sub-test-there is no overall grade for OET.

OET is a well-respected international English language test for the healthcare sector. Established in the late 1980s under contract to the Australian Federal Government, OET continues to remain relevant through continuous research and validation.

It is a test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.OET is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.

OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions:
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science
Who recognises OET?

OET is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.

Assessment Structure

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.


Listening
approx. 50 minutes
Same content for all healthcare professions
Part A: recorded, simulated professional/patient consultation with note-taking questions.
Part B: recorded talk or lecture on health-related topic, with range of short and multiple choice answers.


Reading
1 hour
Same content for all healthcare professions.
Part A: skim and scan short health-related texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in missing words.
Part B: read longer health-related texts and answer multiple-choice questions.


Writing
45 minutes
Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.


Speaking
approx. 20 minutes
Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your professional role (as a healthcare professional) while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative or carer.



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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q
Which test is better for me; IELTS, PTE or OET?
A
It really depends on your strengths. All these 3 tests are quite different from each other especially in terms of content.
 
Q
Which test is easier to pass IELTS, PTE or OET?
A
The first thing to be considered in this case is your desired score/band in the official exam. The main difference between IELTS and PTE is how the official assessment takes place.
 
Q
How much training/coaching do I need?
A
Before you enrol, you will sit an admission test. Based on that, we will advise you on the duration of coaching you would require so that you can achieve your goal.
 

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