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OET opens new test venue in Durban, South Africa

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available at a new venue from April 2017. The new Durban, KeaZulu-Natal test venue will be managed by High Stakes Assessment South Africa (HISTASSA).

Rosy Davids, Test Venue Manager – HISTASSA, says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. By offering OET at High Stakes Assessment South Africa (HISTASSA), we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes”.

“OET, which is owned by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Box Hill Institute, has a unique and proven 30 year pedigree in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The decision to offer the test was an easy one to make,” she concludes.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said the new venue will make a huge contribution to the healthcare sector.

Read the media release“I’m sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with High Stakes Assessment South Africa. We commend them for their passion for meeting the needs of the community through empowering healthcare professionals to have the level of English communication skills required for safe and effective care,” she said.

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OET opens new test venue in Penang, Malaysia

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available for the first time in Malaysia at a new test venue from April. Managed by GPEX, the test will be available in Penang.

GPEX is an award-winning English Language educational service provider in Malaysia and Hong Kong. In Malaysia, GPEX has been working alongside Cambridge English Language Assessment since 2011.

Cheong Zien Wei says: “We are committed to providing an excellent service to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in Malaysia. By offering OET in addition to general Cambridge English tests, we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for registration and employment in an English speaking workplace”.

“OET,Read the media release which is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English and the Box Hill Institute, has an excellent reputation internationally. The decision to add OET to our suite of tests was an easy one to make,” he concluded.

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OET opens new test venue in Hamilton, New Zealand

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available at a new test venue in Hamilton, New Zealand from April 2017. The new test venue will be managed by Wintec.

Jo Thomas, Director of Wintec’s Centre for Language says: “The test offered by OET at Wintec is focussed on the language skills healthcare professionals need to be successful in their roles. It’s a highly developed test which is recognised by Boards and Councils for professional registration, and by Immigration New Zealand for all visa categories”.

“By offering this test at Wintec, we are enabling healthcare professionals locally and nationally, as well as our international students to demonstrate their proficiency in English and assist them in gaining employment,” she concludes.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said: “I am sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with Wintec in Hamilton on test day. We commend Wintec for their commitment to meeting the needs of the community by empowering healthcare professionals to have the level of Read the media releaseEnglish communication skills required for safe and effective care.”

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OET opens new test venue in Melbourne

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A new OET Test Venue has opened in Melbourne OET, to give a wider choice to candidates taking the English language test for healthcare professionals.

OET testing will commence at Greenwich English College, Melbourne in May 2017.

Redhill Education General Manager, Victoria, says: “Greenwich English College in Sydney has been an OET test venue since 2014 and we are excited to now extend our test venue experience to test candidates at our new campus in the Melbourne CBD from May 2017.”
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OET now available at first test venue in Thailand

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available in Thailand for the first time from March 2017.

The new OET Test Venue will be managed by the AUA Language Centre, Bangkok.

AUA Director of Courses, Michael Kelley said: “As a former U.S.-Thailand bi-national center, AUA Language Center remains steeped in a mission to improve the quality of life for all Thais through English language education, contributing to a higher quality healthcare sector by partnering with CBLA and promoting the OET standard will go a long way to that end”.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said AUA Language Center will make a huge contribution to the healthcare sector.

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“OET candidates will have an excellent experience with AUA, both in preparing for OET, and on test day. We commend AUA for their passion for meeting the needs of the community through empowering healthcare professionals to have the level of English communication skills required for safe and effective care”.

The first monthly OET test will be held at 21st Floor, Chamchuri Square Building, 319 Phayathai Rd.Bangkok 10330 Thailand on Saturday 11 March 2017. To register to take the test, go to: www.occupationalenglishtest.org

 

OET now available at first test venue in Bangladesh

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, will be available in Bangladesh for the first time from February 2017.

The new OET Test Venue will be managed by the FutureEd English Language Centre in Dhaka.

Managing Director of FutureEd, Mr. Ameer Yousuf Khan said: “We are privileged to become the first test venue for OET in Bangladesh. With extensive experience in international English tests, we are looking forward to assisting healthcare professionals by administering OET at FutureEd”.

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said FutureEd will make a huge contribution to the healthcare sector.

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“We commend the FutureEd English Language Centre for their commitment to meeting the needs of healthcare professionals, as this will ensure OET candidates in Bangladesh can take the test locally, rather than travelling overseas. With easier access to OET, more healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to attain the level of English communication skills required for safe and effective healthcare”.

The first monthly OET test will be held at Abedin Tower (5th Floor), 35 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Bannai, Dhaka 1213 on 12 February 2017. To register to take the test, go to: www.occupationalenglishtest.org
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OET opens new test venue in Kochi, India

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A new OET Test Venue in Kochi, in the Kerala region of India, will provide healthcare professionals with an easier and more convenient place to take OET.

OET testing will commence at Planet EDU, Kochi in January 2017. Healthcare professionals can be assured of a quality experience as the venue will be managed by Planet EDU, which also runs Authorised OET Test Venues in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

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Sujata Stead, OET CEO says: “Many healthcare professionals from Kerala have to travel to other states to take OET, which can be costly and time consuming. Being able to take the test closer to home will help to make candidates more confident and at ease when taking the test”.
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Lucas Kleijn – Doctor

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Dr Lucas Kleijn moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands in July to work for a year at the North Shore Hospital, Auckland. A consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 2005, he decided to take a sabbatical and apply for a fellowship in New Zealand, to dig a little deeper into a specific subspecialty.

However, there were several hurdles to overcome before taking up his post at North Shore.

As part of the registration process with the Medical Council of New Zealand and to get a contract to work at North Shore Hospital, Lucas needed to pass a test to prove his English language proficiency.

He says: “OET was ideal for me because the content is related to my occupation, and after passing the test, I was able to obtain medical registration, get a work contract, and then a working visa”.

Lucas and his wife also chose to spend a year in New Zealand for their three children.

“We thought it would be good for them to see more of the world and to learn English. New Zealand has a lot to offer: beautiful nature and lots of space. We all all like the outdoors very much,” he says.

“And, we’re really enjoying the experience,” he continues. “I’m learning a lot, my work atmosphere is really friendly and the standards are high. Spare time with the family is great too.”

From 11 October 2016, Immigration New Zealand will accept OET as proof of English proficiency for most visa categories. International healthcare professionals can now use OET results as proof of English proficiency for their visa application and healthcare registration in both New Zealand and Australia.

Immigration New Zealand accepts OET for visa purposes

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Immigration New Zealand announced on 11 October that it will accept OET as proof of English proficiency for all visa categories where an English language test result may be required.

OET is already accepted by all the major healthcare Boards and Councils in New Zealand, and with recognition from Immigration New Zealand, international healthcare professionals can now take OET for both their visa application, and healthcare registration.

To see which organisations recognise OET for proof of English proficiency, go to: www.occupationalenglishtest.org

Sujata Stead, OET CEO, says: “We applaud Immigration New Zealand for giving OET candidates the chance to use their test results for their visa application. We share the common vision of supporting healthcare professionals to successfully contribute within the New Zealand healthcare system”.

The New Zealand Immigration website states that hospitals and practices across New Zealand are looking for doctors, midwives, surgeons and 36 other healthcare occupations. It’s estimated that New Zealand will need 380 extra specialists every year to meet the OECD average by 2021, and up to 25,000 more nurses by 2030.

OET now has more than 70 test venues in 30 countries. With the recent addition of Massey University, there are now seven test venues in five cities in New Zealand:

Christchurch
Auckland
Wellington
Dunedin
Hamilton

Find out where and when OET is available through test dates and venues.

For more information about the requirements for Skilled Migrant Category visas, go the Immigration New Zealand media centre website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/new-zealand-residence-programme-changes/nzrp-smc

For information about migrating to New Zealand, go to: www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

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OET opens new test venue at Massey University, Auckland

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OET, the English language test for healthcare professionals, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Test Venue in Auckland, New Zealand at the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) at Massey University.

OET testing will commence at the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education in October 2016.

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Andrea Flavel, PaCE Director says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities on the North Shore and wider Auckland area. By offering OET at Massey University, we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes”.

“OET, which is owned by Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Boxhill Institute, has a unique and proven 30 year pedigree in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The decision to add the test to our suite was an easy one to make,” she concludes.  Read More