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Dubai first to accept OET in the UAE

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In February, the Occupational English Test (OET) signed an agreement with the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to improve their career prospects in the UAE.

KHDA supports schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.

Healthcare professionals who pass the healthcare-specific OET test to prove English proficiency will also be able to receive a statement of recognition showing compatibility with the UAE National Qualifications Framework (QFEmirates).

OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said: “We commend KHDA for their commitment to the healthcare sector in Dubai where an increasing number of medical tourists, and therefore healthcare professionals, communicate in English”.

“Unlike other English tests, OET test materials are based on real healthcare scenarios so employers can be confident that successful candidates have the level of English communication skills required for safe and high quality patient care.”

“We are delighted to strengthen the bonds between OET and the UAE and contribute to the high standards of healthcare in the region,” she concludes.

Pictured: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr Almahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA.

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OET opens new test venue in Wollongong

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

OET testing will commence at UOW College, University of Wollongong in April 2017.

Acting General Manager Heather Thomas says: “We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Wollongong. By offering OET at UOW College, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes. We’re also excited to be developing an OET preparation course, so our students will get the most out of their test”.

“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 significant contribution to the healthcare sector.

“I’m sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with UOW College. 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”.
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OET India and Sri Lanka Roadshow

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David Wiltshire and Afsaneh Rashidi from OET visited India and Sri Lanka in January on the first OET Roadshow in the region.

Representatives from organisations including language schools, healthcare educators and the major health regulators were invited to the launch of two new Test Venues in Kochi, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka. The new Test Venues will provide easier access to OET testing for local healthcare professionals.

A total of 100 teachers attended information sessions in Kochi, New Delhi and Colombo on how to prepare candidates for OET, presented by David Wiltshire. He also presented an OET preparation masterclass to a total of 200 potential candidates in each city.

Afsaneh Rashidi said: “It was wonderful to launch two new Test Venues in Kochi and Colombo, and build relationships with a large number of healthcare organisations who share OET’s aim of ensuring patient safety and quality of care, while also improving career prospects for healthcare professionals in the region”.

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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, 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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