OET: an English Language Test for Healthcare professionals who wish to practice abroad

OET: an English Language Test for Healthcare professionals who wish to practice abroad


When talking about English Language Tests for those who want to study or work abroad, the like of IELTS may come first to our mind maybe because we hear of it more often than the others, most people take it, covers more countries or people are ignorant of the fact that there are other English Language Tests one of which is OET.


OET simply stands for Occupational English Test, a well respected international English Language Test developed specifically to reflect workplace tasks for 12 healthcare professions. This peculiarity makes this test a better choice of English Test for healthcare professionals who want to study and work in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore or Namibia.


Are you a healthcare professional who wish to study or practice abroad and have been thinking of which English Language Test is best for you? I will recommend that you go for OET not because it is simpler than the others but because it tests the terms used in your field.


How does OET Work?

OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals and universities in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively and so possess the ability to successfully live and study/work abroad.


It covers all four language skills with emphasis laid on communication in a healthcare environment. The four language skills are listening, reading, writing and speaking. The whole test usually span a period of 2hours 50minutes of which listening is for approximately 45minutes, reading is for 60minutes, writing for 45minutes and speaking for approximately 20minutes.


It is worthy of note that the test examines the same content for all healthcare professions in listening and reading but specific content based on typical workplace situation in writing and speaking.


Who is Eligible for the Test?

As stated above, OET is designed for healthcare professionals who want to study or work in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Singapore or Namibia. Hence, it is expedient that the applicant be a healthcare professional in any of the following:

  • Dietician
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Veterinary doctor


OET Application

Before one can take this test, one must apply for it, therefore if you are eligible and ready to apply for OET kindly follow the steps below:


  • If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one @myOET
  • Log in to myOET
  • From your dashboard, click the apply for the test
  • Fill out information in each step
  • Review your times, location and profession
  • Proceed to checkout
  • Fill out credit card details in the secure screen


The application fee for OET as at 2020 is $587AUD


Where and when to take the test

OET can be taken at regular dates(every month) in about 40 countries around the world. Please visit Occupational English Test for more information.


Test results and validity period

Results for the test are available 3 weeks after the test had been taken. You can also find your results release date here. Once result is out, simply follow these steps to check:


  • Log in to your myOET profile
  • You can view, download and print your result


The test result form contains your grade for each of the four language skills as well as key notes. It also reflects your grades from A-E or – as appropriate.


It should be noted that OET results are only valid for two years, this also depends on the exam body that regulate the exam you will use to practice abroad. Therefore, you must use your result within the validity period.


Tips for Success in the Test

Taking an English language test can be a difficult experience and so you need an adequate preparation in order to succeed in the test and also to avoid repetition and of course wasting of money.


The following are some beneficial tips for your success in OET:

  • Learn about the test overview and structure here
  • Create a study plan
  • Sharpen your skills
  • Take practice test here
  • Review what you have learnt
  • Rest and relax
  • Get course guide.


Wishing you all the best in your test.


You may also want to read about IELTS here

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