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Occupational English Test (OET)

OET 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.

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

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.

Test Date Number of Professions Professions Available for this Date
Saturday, 8 January 2022 6 Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Radiography, Physiotherapy
Saturday, 22 January 2022 2 Nursing, Medicine
Saturday, 5 February 2022 12 Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Vet Science,
Occupational, Therapy Optometry, Speech Pathology
Saturday, 19 February 2022 2 Nursing, Medicine