OET (Occupational English Test)

The Occupational English Test has been exclusively designed for 12 healthcare professions including Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Optometry, in order to reflect real workplace tasks and relevant language skills.

Healthcare professionals who are looking to work in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dubai, Singapore or Namibia are required to take the OET and prove their English language proficiency.

OET is conducted by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment which is a venture between Cambridge English and the Boxhill Institute.

Eligibility

The basic eligibility criteria for OET is relevant certification in the fields like Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Pharmacy or Optometry.

Exam Pattern

OET covers all four language skills with special attention to communication in the healthcare environment. The sections are divided in the following way:

Listening

The Listening subsection is divided into 3 parts that test the candidates listening capabilities in various formats.

Time: 45 minutes

Reading

The Reading subsection is divided into 3 parts that test the candidates reading capabilities in various formats.

Time: 60 minutes

Writing

The Writing subsection is profession-specific and requires candidates to write a letter of reference.

Time: 45 minutes

Speaking

The Writing subsection is profession-specific and requires candidates to enact a roleplay from the healthcare environment.

Time: 20 minutes

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