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.
OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.
OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.
Listening is approximately 45 minutes. The test has the same content for all healthcare professions. Test takers need to follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.
Reading is 60 minutes, 15 minutes for Part A and 45 minutes for Parts B and C. The test has the same content for all healthcare professions. Test takers need to read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects
Writing is for 45 minutes. This test is 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 is approximately 20 minutes. This test is 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.