Test Information

Test Overview

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

Who Recognize OET?

OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment Structure

Listening

approx. 45 minutes
Same content for all healthcare professions. Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.

Reading

60 minutes
Same content for all healthcare professions. Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects.

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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