OET Overview

What is OET?

OET is Occupational English Test. It is an International English test that determines the communication abilities of healthcare professionals who want to register/practice in an English-speaking environment.
This test ensures that professionals are capable to deliver the best quality and safe services to their patients or others.  It also serves the purpose in registration, study and employment in healthcare sector in designated countries.

Who Recognize OET?

OET is recognized by regulatory Health Care bodies in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, Dubai, Ukraine, Namibia, and Singapore, United States of America.
Each recognized body decides which grade results mean the candidate meets the level of language competency to work in the healthcare organizations (govt, private, care homes etc.) or as mobile nurses.

How long is the OET score valid?

OET score is generally valid for 2 years. The exam is accepted in various countries and each country’s regulatory board has the power to decide the validity of exam.

Why Choose OET?

OET test is focused on medical care professionals. The performance is evaluated on the four modules i.e. listening, speaking, writing, and reading. This test has a strong positive effect on medical professionals as it helps in interacting with patients in day to day practice in advanced healthcare settings. It strongly boosts confidence, enhances communication skills and allows to study or work internationally.

How many times OET is conducted in a year?

OET is generally conducted twice a month or 24 times in a year. It is available in 44 countries. The candidates select their location as per their preference. The full list of countries is mentioned on the official website of OET. The OET fee depends on countries’ currency.
Candidates who have appeared in the test can check their results online, 16 days from the day of the exam. The candidate can log in to their OET profile to check the results.

What is the OET test format?

OET is aimed to reproduce the critical tasks of healthcare workplace settings and measure abilities of all 4 language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
For each of the above-mentioned sub tests, candidates are awarded numeric score of 0-500 like 310, 320,330 etc. This score is then mapped to separate letter grading system ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest) e.g. For nursing, the grades required for UK are B in all except writing which requires C+.

OET is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long and consist of 42 Listening questions, 42 Reading questions, 2 Speaking role plays and 1 Writing task.

Sections Time Ability Testing
Listening 40 Min Listening and understanding a range of recordings on healthcare topics.
Reading 60 Min Reading and understanding various texts related to healthcare topics.
Writing 45 Min Writing a letter, usually a referral letter using information provided in patient case.
Speaking 20 Min Conversation with a patient/attendant in a real-life context through role play.