OET (Occupational English Test)

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OET (Occupational English Test) is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise 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.

What is OET?

OET (Occupational English Test) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to practise in an English-speaking environment. All four language skills are assessed, with Writing and Speaking tests available in 12 different areas of healthcare. All candidates sit the same Reading and Listening tests. OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore for registration in 12 healthcare professions. OET is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA). It is a venture between Cambridge English and Box Hill Institute.

OET is an international English proficiency test that assesses the language communication skills for health-care professionals. OET medicine is designed specifically for physicians: the ECFMG chose this test to determine if a candidate meets the minimum English skills required to practice medicine in the US. OET assesses English proficiency in different types of communication. The test is divided into four parts: listening, writing, reading, and speaking.

OET Test Structure:

  • Listening : (50 minutes) In this section, the exam assesses your ability to understand spoken language. It is divided into three parts: A, B, and C. You will listen to consultations between physicians and patients (part A), monologues (i.e. one person speaking) and/or dialogues (i.e. 2 people speaking) (parts B and C). With each encounter you will have to fill the answers based on information in the listening exercise.
  • Writing : (45 minutes) In this section, you will be provided a case note and a task, and you are given five minutes to read through them (during those five minutes you are not allowed to use a pen or a pencil). After that, you have 40 minutes to write a letter according to the task. In the writing session, you will be assessed for the following measures: purpose, content, conciseness & clarity, genre & style, organization & layout, and language. The writing part is usually the most challenging, and it is advisable to practice before the actual exam.
  • Reading : (60 minutes) In this section you will be provided with texts talking about different healthcare related topics and you will answer questions according to these texts. The reading is divided into three parts A, B and C. Part A is done alone and it is 15 minutes. While parts B and C are taken in tandem, you have 45 minutes to complete both (so make sure you monitor the time carefully). Part B consists of six short-texts of about 100-150 words from a healthcare workplace, where you will get one multiple-choice question with three options about each text. While part C consists of two long-texts of up to 800 words in which each text covers a specific topic and is divided into paragraphs. In Part C you will get eight multiple-choice questions with four options. The good thing about part C questions is that they guide you where to look in the text (i.e. specifying what paragraph in the text the question is about).
  • Speaking : (20 minutes) In the speaking section you participate in two role-playing exercises where you take the role of the professional ( i.e. physician) and the interlocutor (the person facilitating this portion of the exam) plays as a patient, a patient’s relative, or a caregiver.  You start by getting a card that states the setting, the patient’s information, and the task. Once you get the card, you have three minutes to prepare. Then, you have five minutes to perform the role-play. Once you finish the first role-play, you will get a card for the second role-play, repeating the same steps as the first but in a different setting, with a different patient and task. 

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