OET – The Occupational English Test

OET

OET or the Occupational English Test is an international English language test for the healthcare sector. It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practise 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.There are tests for different health practitioners. The tests can thus help anyone wanting to enter the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science.

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Qualification

This qualification 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.

It is recognised and trusted by more than 20 regulatory healthcare bodies 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, it is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.

Exams

It consists of four paper-based sections:

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

Results are published online approximately 15 business days after the test. The Official Statements of Results are posted to candidates following the publication of results online.

The test is graded from A (highest) to E (lowest) for each section – there is no overall grade.

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