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OET is an International English language test to assess the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practice in an English-speaking environment. It has a particular emphasis on communication in medical and healthcare settings. OET tests health practitioners from the following 12 professions:
Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology, Veterinary Science
OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment. It consists of four sub-tests:
The Listening and Reading sub-tests are designed to assess your ability to understand spoken and written English, based on health-related topics and tasks common to all professions. The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to the 12 individual healthcare professions - designed to reflect common tasks performed in the workplace.
You must register for OET online via the OET website. You will find all the information you need on how to apply for OET, including guidelines for uploading photos, test costs and how to pay, at www.occupationalenglishtest.org
Applications open: 20 Apr to 17 May
Results published: 4 Jul 17
Applications open: 18 May to 18 Jun
Results published: 31 Jul 17
Applications open: 19 Jun to 16 Jul
Results published: 28 Aug 17
Applications open: 17 Jul to 13 Aug
Results published: 25 Sep 17
Applications open: 14 Aug to 17 Sep
Results published: 30 Oct 17
Applications open: 18 Sep to 11 Oct
Results published: 28 Nov 17
Applications open: 12 Oct to 8 Nov
Results published: 22 Dec 17
Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland
Your results will be published online approximately 15 business days after the test; log in to your secure online profile to view them. In addition, an Official statement of Results will be posted to the current address in your online profile.
You will receive a separate grade for each sub-test ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest). There is no overall grade. The grades are printed on the Statement of Results.
You will find the description for each grade in the table below.
You can find a wide range or practice materials, including sample test questions on the OET website www.occupationalenglishtest.org/test-information/preparation-portal
OET is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in an English-speaking environment. It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.
The test is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA), a joint venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute.
Cambridge English Language Assessment is the world's leading provider of language assessment for learners and teachers of English. Over 4 million people take Cambridge English exams each year in more than 130 countries. Around the world over 13,500 organisations rely on its exams and qualifications as proof of their English-language ability. It is part of the world-renowned University of Cambridge.
Box Hill Institute, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a leading vocational and higher-education provider known for its collaborative and creative approach to education is Australia and overseas. The institute has a rich history, and over the years has been the recipient of many awards demonstrating recognition for its achievements.
OET is an in-depth and thorough assessment of all areas of language ability, and includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sub-tests. For more information about the test, please visit www.occupationalenglishtest.org
The Speaking test consists of two simulated consultations in the form of face-to-face role-plays between a patient and a health practitioner. The candidate takes the role of the practitioner and the interviewer plays the patient or patient's relative/carer (or for veterinary science, the animal's owner/carer).
OET is recognised and trusted by many regulatory healthcare bodies and councils, hospitals, universities and colleges. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recognises OET for a number of skilled migration and student visas. You can find a list of all the organisations that recognise here: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/test-information/who-recognises-oet/
The worldwide candidate fee is AUD $580.00 (for all four sub-tests).
There is increasing demand for English-speaking healthcare professionals in many countries and demand for profession-specific training and testing is increasing - from healthcare professionals, authorities, employers and educators.
Yes, in some circumstances it is possible for candidates to resit one module of the test instead of taking the whole test again.
OET is designed to focus on the communication requirements of healthcare professionals in the workplace and to provide an assessment of language skills in that setting. If you are not a health professional aiming towards registration in an English-speaking context, OET may not be the most suitable test for you. We would recommend contacting the relevant regulatory board before booking a test.
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Last updated on Monday 15 May 2017