The Occupational English Test is an English language proficiency test for healthcare professionals.
About the OET
The test pattern differs for each profession and are as follows.
Listening: (about 45 Minutes) This is same content for all healthcare professions.
Task: Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.
Reading: (60 Minutes) This is same content for all healthcare professions.
Task: Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects
Writing: (45 Minutes) Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
Task: To write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required. For instance, a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.
Speaking: (20 Minutes) Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
Task: 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.
Registering for the test
Test Dates: Test is conducted every Month (once or twice)
Test Fee: (587 AUD) : Approx. 30,000 Rupees
Help me ace the OET
Each of the four sub-tests that make up OET are graded A to E; A is the highest grade and E is the lowest. There is no overall grade. Scores are released in 16 days
|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|
Score Validity: 2 Years
OET Training Program
|60 hours of training|
|Access to necessary extra material|
|Unlimited doubt clarification sessions|
|1 year course validity|
|Help with test registration|
|Extra help sessions as required|