OET (Occupational English Test) is an international English language test specifically designed for healthcare professionals. It evaluates the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to practice overseas.
It is the leading English language test for healthcare professionals, which helps to prove the right level of English to study and work abroad in the healthcare sector. The OET score is accepted by various universities in top leading nations. A good OET score can greatly improve your chances of success to settle overseas as a healthcare professional.
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Which countries recognises OET?
OET is recognized by regulatory healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, UAE, Ireland, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine. The below table gives you information about the countries, boards and universities accepting the OET scores:
|Country||Healthcare Boards & Councils||Universities|
|Australia||Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
Dental Board of Australia
Medical Board of Australia
Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
Optometry Board of Australia
Paramedicine Board of Australia
Pharmacy Board of Australia
Physiotherapy Board of Australia
Podiatry Board of Australia
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
Australian Dental Council
Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
Australian Pharmacy Council
Australian Physiotherapy Council
Dietitians Association of Australia
Occupational Therapy Council of Australia – all test types
Sino-Australia Association of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine
South Australian Medical Education and Training
Speech Pathology Australia
|Australian Catholic University
Charles Darwin University
Charles Sturt University
Edith Cowan University
James Cook University
Queensland University of Technology
Southern Cross University
Swinburne University of Technology
The University of Adelaide
University of Canberra
University of Newcastle
University of New England
University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Queensland
University of South Australia
University of Southern Queensland
University of Technology Sydney
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Wollongong
Western Sydney University
|Canada||The Alberta International Medical Graduate Program – all test types
Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia – all test types
Alberta Health Services – OET on Paper and OET on Computer at test venues
|College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta – all test types
College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia – all test types
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba – all test types
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador – OET on paper and OET on computer at test venues
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia – all test types
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan – OET on paper and OET on computer at test venues
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University
|Ireland||Medical Council – OET on computer at test venue
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
Dental Council of Ireland
Institute of Technology Tralee
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
|Maldives||Maldives Medical and Dental Council
Maldives Nursing and Midwifery Council
|Malta||The Council of Nurses and Midwives
Malta Medical Council
|Namibia||Health Professions Councils of Namibia||
|New Zealand||Dental Council of New Zealand
Dietitians Board of New Zealand
Medical Council of New Zealand
Midwifery Council of New Zealand – all test types
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
Nursing Council of New Zealand
Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand
Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
Podiatrists Board of New Zealand
Veterinary Council of New Zealand
|AGI Education Ltd
Ara Institute of Canterbury
ATMC New Zealand
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
New Zealand Tertiary College
Southern Institute of Technology
Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology
Unitec Institute of Technology
Universal College of Learning
University of Auckland
University of Otago Language Centre
Whitireia New Zealand
|Ateneo de Davao University
Jose Rizal Memorial State University
Lyceum of the Philippines University – Laguna
ATS Learning Center
|Qatar||Hamad Medical Corporation||NA|
|Singapore||Singapore Dental Council
Singapore Medical Council
Singapore Pharmacy Council
Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC)
AHPC – Occupational Therapy
AHPC – Physiotherapy
AHPC – Speech-language Therapy
AHPC – Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy
Universidad de La Rioja
|Ukraine||Ukrainian Council of Nursing and Midwifery
Ukrainian Medical Council
Ukrainian Professional Council of Public Health Services
|United Kingdom||Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
General Medical Council
General Pharmaceutical Council
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Physicians of London
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
The Royal College of Opthalmologists
The Royal College of Pathologists
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
|Brunel University London
Canterbury Christ Church University
Imperial College London
King’s College London
UK Foundation Programme
University of Chester
University of Highlands and Islands
University of Leicester
University of the West of Scotland
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA)
Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
|United States of America||CGFNS International Inc.
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates| Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (ECFMG®|FAIMER®)
Florida Board of Nursing
Oregon State Board of Nursing
Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – Health professions
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
Massachusetts Board of Registration In Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Why to choose OET?
Occupational English Test is an online exam choose by many of the healthcare professionals across the world. It helps to improve the English language and clinical communication skills to provide high quality and safe patient care, there by gives better healthcare for all.
OET Exam Fees
For OET registration, candidates would be required to pay an OET Exam fee of $375 as part of the registration process.
What is OET Exam pattern?
OET assess all the four modules mentioned below, with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.
What are the OET Exam modes?
There are three different types of OET Exam modes:
- OET on Paper at a Test Venue
- OET on Computer at a Test Venue
- OET at Home
How are OET exam results reported?
|Grade||OET score from September 2018||OET band descriptors|
|Can communicate very fluently and effectively with patients and health professionals using appropriate register, tone and lexis. Shows complete understanding of any kind of written or spoken language.|
|Can communicate effectively with patients and health professionals using appropriate register, tone and lexis, with only occasional inaccuracies and hesitations. Shows good understanding in a range of clinical contexts.|
|Can maintain the interaction in a relevant healthcare environment despite occasional errors and lapses, and follow standard spoken language normally encountered in his/her field of specialisation.|
|Can maintain some interaction and understand straightforward factual information in his/her field of specialisation, but may ask for clarification. Frequent errors, inaccuracies and mis-or overuse of technical language can cause strain in communication.|
|Can manage simple interaction on familiar topics and understand the main point in short, simple messages, provided he/she can ask for clarification. High density of errors and mis- or overuse of technical language can cause significant strain and breakdowns in communication.|
OET Centres, Timing, Validity and Results:
OET Score is valid for 2 years.
OET is available 14 times per year and can be taken at test venues around the world.
Results are published online approximately 16 business days after the test.
The OET exam is held multiple times every year across 120 locations in 40 countries.
In India, the OET test is held across major cities such as:
- New Delhi
How do they issue OET results?
You can see a summary of your most recent test scores through your online profile on the website of OET, about 16 working days after the day of each test. Official copies of Statements of Results can be downloaded from your online profile. You can choose which test administration you wish to download a Statement of Results for and this will list the scores you obtained in that particular test administration.
The four sub-tests that comprise the OET are informed on a scale of 0 to 500 in ten-point increases. The score will be denoted on a separate letter ranking for each sub-test stretching from A (highest) to E (lowest). Occupational English Test does not have a general grade.
The OET website makes the results of OET accessible to boards and councils. It is suggested that registration authorities enroll to safely access the site to go through individual results by accessing the online verification system that the CBLA controls. Access is given only to managers working for the health profession Evaluating/Registration Authorities request for individual staff members to access securely.
Why did I get dissimilar scores for OET sub-tests?
There are many aspects to being able to use a language effectively, and it is not unusual for candidates to have profiles that are uneven across the different component skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Within every single skill, a candidate may slightly have an edge in some areas and be weaker in others.
Why did I get different scores on different test dates?
The Occupational English Test assessment process has been devised to provide a precise reflection of your language skills as demonstrated by your performance on the specific tasks. There are many different aspects to language ability, and it is not unusual for candidates to perform differently on other days, particularly if their score bands vary.
We know it can be irritating to get diverse scores. Even though we can’t give individual feedback to candidates on their test day papers, patterns in performance can be easily identified. Get personalized feedback on your general writing abilities by paying and getting a feedback voucher.
Can I check the remarks on my test?
Yes, you can apply to have one or more sub-tests remarked. But you must do so within 72 hours of the results being published. Please see our remarking policy.
Why does my score not change after re-marking?
OET Assessors and CBLA staff follow strict evaluation guidelines to ensure that results are accurate, by checking clerical errors, training and monitoring assessors, and statistical analysis. If your score remains the same after re-marking, this is because the scoring data has been checked and verified accurately, and the evaluation standards have been used properly. You can appeal for the re-marking result if you feel it was not done fairly and accurately.
The best way to perform well on OET is to ensure that your communication skills in the English language are reasonable. If you want to enhance your test’s performance, please check the Preparation Portal.
Why is there a change in my score after re-marking?
One of the specialties of human judges grading OET candidate papers is that they can judge the nuances of communication that candidates use and not assess by looking at standard responses. However, the judgment of human assessors will most likely vary sometimes; affecting borderline scores of candidates and thus affecting scores after a re-marking exercise.
What is the minimum score to pass OET?
Most standard boards and councils expect candidates to score a minimum of 350 in each of the four sub-tests. To ensure that you are abreast of the requirements, verify always with the relevant boards and councils that have a say in your profession.
What is the validity of the OET results?
The duration the results are valid is determined by the authorities that recognize OET (such as government departments and boards and councils,). Confirm with your authority’s website for details to ensure that you know their requirements. These requirements are also announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on their website.
Can we combine scores from different sittings?
Your regulatory authority determines the English Language Proficiency Requirements. It does not fall under the domain of OET.
How does OET handle cheating?
OET takes serious responsibility for candidates and recognized authorities to identify, examine, and take action on instances of suspected misconduct. Despite reported suspected test day cheating, all OET test responses are usually analyzed statistically and qualitatively to detect strange response examples and lopsided score summaries. Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, CBLA, the owner of OET, has the right to suppress results while investigating malpractices. CBLA may disclose the details of any inquiry, including the candidate’s personal information, with appropriate monitoring authorities and law enforcement authorities. You can look up our policy on misconduct in the OET Test Regulations and Notice to candidates.
I'm not a health professional, can I take OET?
If you are not a health professional trying to register in an English-speaking milieu, OET is not at all a suitable English language test for you.
OET is an English language exam to assess the language speaking and communication skills of healthcare professionals wanting to fit into an English-speaking background. It aims to concentrate on the health professionals’ communication requirements in workplaces and to offer a valid and trustworthy assessment of English language skills in that environment. Supervisory authorities who acknowledge OET as proof of proficiency in the English language do so to meet those requirements.
It is better if you consult the related governing authorities before you decide to register for this test. Identify who recognizes OET.
Is there a universal test for health professions that do not feature in OET?
No, OET does not provide a universal test. OET assignments are specific to certain work-related environments, as they target only the following 12 professions: Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, Veterinary Science, and Radiography.
If you do not work in one of the 12 listed professions mentioned above, you may take the OET test for a profession that is similar to yours. For example, we know that sonography registrants took the OET Radiography test and orthotics registrants the OET Physiotherapy test. You need to go through the available sample tests to get a clue about each profession’s test subject matter. Choose your profession to view sample tests.
Before registering for OET, we do suggest you consult the suitable supervisory authorities to verify if these authorities will admit your OET results as evidence of your English language capability and also find out which profession-specific test of OET would be ideal for you.
Why are certain OET tests specific to professions?
The OET is an exam of English language proficiency, not of medical insights, and developers of tests ensure to reduce areas where candidates could use familiarity instead of language expertise to answer. The sub-tests of OET Listening and Reading are therefore not specific to any profession. They, therefore, are generic for all candidates and concentrate on various general medical and health-related issues.
At times, certain subjects may contain subject matter that is customary for one specific health expert’s area of proficiency, the language assignments and matters related to the contents are intended to test language proficiency rather than the applicant’s knowledge of that subject.
The sub-tests of Occupational English Test Writing and Speaking are specific to a profession in a way that an applicant’s profession finalizes which test materials they should get. The intention here is that the skills of writing and speaking offer opportunities to candidates as per their professional duties to establish their levels of communication abilities in familiar workplace conditions.
Although all health professionals consult with patients/clients, they most often engage with those patients/clients about dissimilar issues in different situations. Research by Vidakovic & Khalifa in 2013 points out that getting ready for OET helps in getting candidates ready for the workplace and enhances their confidence in interacting with patients and peers.
How suitable is OET for health specialists who wish to work in healthcare environments where they speak English?
Research shows that this test is correct in text and effort for the medical workplace. A 2013 study that was conducted by Cambridge English Language Assessment discovered that excellence in OET is a proper sign of assessing workplace skills when it comes to language expertise. About 93% of healthcare specialists agreed or strongly agreed that their workers and peers who had taken OET use the English language efficiently in their workplaces. Test takers of OET found that its significance to their professional backgrounds of test subjects improved their ability to better engage, making them assured about their capability to converse effectually with patients, caretakers, and peers.
In a 2013 study at the University of Melbourne by the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC) (Macqueen, Pill, Elder, Knoch, 2013), test takers of OET accepted that the test assignments were very related to workplace interactions, and therefore sitting for Occupational English Test benefited them by way of integrating and also improving their language aptitude. The Australian research perceived that getting ready for the test helped them to be more aware of their professional life and the work in the context of that country, and features of test matter and assignments aided them in participating more seamlessly when working in Australia.
CBLA, in collaboration with the LTRC and Cambridge Assessment English, is involved in a continuing course of research and justification to guarantee that OET continues to indicate the requirements of communication in a workplace and that the test experience remains to positively affect candidates and other stakeholders.
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