OET has been serving the needs of the healthcare sector for 30 years

Continuous research ensures test content and structure reflects current healthcare workplace scenarios and the changing needs of the sector.

Meeting the needs of the healthcare sector

OET is a well-respected international English language test for the healthcare sector. Established in the late 1980s under contract to the Australian Federal Government, OET continues to remain relevant through continuous research and validation.

Majority owned by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Since 2013 OET has been owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute.

Cambridge English Language Assessment is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge with over 100 years of experience in assessing the English language.

Box Hill Institute is a leading Australian vocational and higher education provider, active both in Australia and overseas.

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Accurately reflects ability to
communicate in an English-speaking
healthcare workplace

“OET test takers are perceived as effective communicators able to communicate
on matters that are both technical and emotional.”
Vidakovic & Khalifa (2013)

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OET has been developed specifically
to reflect workplace tasks for
12 healthcare professions

Tasks simulating real workplace scenarios and
testing relevant language skills for healthcare.
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Test material underpinned
by ongoing research

Findings and recommendations from key research
studies have informed the development of OET test material and tasks, ensuring the test remains relevant.
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Who Recognises OET?

OET is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.