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The Occupational English Test (otherwise called OET) is a universal English language test for the medicinal services area. It surveys the language relational abilities of medicinal services experts who wish to enroll and rehearse in an English-talking condition.

OET is accessible for the accompanying 12 callings: dentistry, dietetics, medication, nursing, word related treatment, optometry, drug store, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, discourse pathology, and veterinary science.

OET is perceived by administrative human services bodies and chambers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Numerous associations, including medical clinics, colleges and universities, are utilizing OET as evidence of a competitor's capacity to convey viably in a requesting human services condition. [4] likewise, OET is perceived by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for various visa classes, including work and understudy visas. Each perceiving association figures out which evaluation results imply that up-and-comers satisfy the language competency guidelines to work in their calling.


OET 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. OET consists of four sub-tests:

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


The listening test consists of two parts. In Part A, candidates listen to a simulated consultation (dialogue) between a professional and a patient and are required to take notes under headings. In Part B, candidates listen to a health professional giving a short talk on a health-related topic and are required to complete a range of open-ended and fixed-choice questions


The reading test consists of two parts. In Part A, lasting 15 minutes, candidates are asked to skim read 3 or 4 short texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in the missing words. It is designed to test the reader’s ability to scan texts within a time limit, source information from multiple texts, and synthesise information. In Part B, lasting 45 minutes, candidates are asked to read two passages on a general healthcare topic and answer 8–10 multiple choice questions for each text. It is designed to test the reader’s ability to read and comprehend longer texts.


The writing paper asks candidates to write a letter, usually a letter of referral. For some professions a different type of letter is required, e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise a patient, carer or group. Candidates are given case notes which must be included in their letter.


The speaking test is in the form of one-to-one conversations with an interlocutor. It starts with a short warm-up interview about the candidate’s professional background. This is followed by two role plays. Candidates have 2–3 minutes to prepare for each role play. Role plays last about five minutes and are based on typical interactions between a health professional and a patient. The candidate adopts their usual professional role (e.g. as a nurse) and the interviewer plays a patient or sometimes a relative or carer. For veterinary science the interviewer is the owner or carer of the animal.


Each of the four sub-tests that make up OET are graded A to E, where A is the highest grade and E is the lowest. There is no overall grade.

OET grade Description of ability
A Very high level of performance
B High level of performance, i.e. able to use English with fluency and accuracy adequate for professional needs
C Good level of performance; however, not acceptable to a range of health and medical councils
D Moderate level of performance; requires improvement
E Low level of performance; requires considerable improvement
Timing and results

OET is accessible up to 12 times each year and can be taken at test settings around the globe. A full rundown is accessible on the official site.

Results are distributed online around 16 business days after the test. Official articulations of results are conveyed in the post following the arrival of online outcomes. There is no general evaluation – up-and-comers get independent evaluations for each sub-test. Most perceiving associations expect possibility to have at any rate a B grade in every one of the four sub-tests and perceive results as substantial for as long as two years. Most perceiving associations additionally necessitate that up-and-comers accomplish the imperative evaluations for each sub-test in one sitting. In any case, applicants should check with the association that manages their calling to affirm current necessities.