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New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approves OET

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07.07.2014

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has listed the Occupational English Test (OET) on the NZQA website of providers with NZQA-approved English Proficiency Assessments.

NZQA’s role in the education sector is to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust, nationally and internationally, in order to help learners succeed in their chosen endeavours and to contribute to New Zealand society.

NZQA is responsible for:

  • managing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
  • administering the secondary school assessment system
  • independent quality assurance of non-university education providers
  • qualifications recognition and standard-setting for some specified unit standards.

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Podiatrists Board of New Zealand accepts OET

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20.5.2014

The Podiatrists Board of New Zealand has accepted the Occupational English Test (OET) as an approved English test for podiatrists applying for registration with the Board. The Board will accept ‘A’ or ‘B’ grades in each of OET’s four sub-tests – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – and will acknowledge the test having being taken within the two years prior to application.

The Board operates under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and is the regulatory body for the occupation of podiatry (and chiropody) in New Zealand. Its primary role is to protect the public interest by helping to ensure that podiatrists are safe and competent to practice. Anyone who wishes to practice in New Zealand as a podiatrist must be registered with the Board and hold a current Practising Certificate.

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Medical Council of New Zealand accepts OET

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25.02.2014

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) has announced its decision to accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as an approved English test. The Council carries responsibilities in the areas of standards, conduct and competence. All doctors wanting to practise medicine in New Zealand must first register with the MCNZ. The Council will accept an A or B in each of the four sub-tests – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Candidates who have achieved the required grade in OET in the last two years can apply to the MCNZ for registration.

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English test for medical professionals now more accessible

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05.08.2013

The Occupational English Test for healthcare professionals is now more accessible, with tests to be scheduled ten times a year in 2014 (up from seven in 2013), and a reduction in the cost of the test for many candidates. From October this year OET candidates will now pay the same AUD$580 test fee, regardless of the location in which they take the test. Candidates previously paid a higher fee if they were outside Australia. The changes to OET have been made as part of an enhanced focus on quality and accessibility by the newly formed Cambridge Box Hill Language Assessment, a venture between the University of Cambridge’s language assessment arm, Cambridge English, and Melbourne’s Box Hill Institute.

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Cambridge English Language Assessment purchases stake in OET

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15.3.2013

Australian test to go global following investment by Cambridge University

OET, the Australian-developed English language test for healthcare professionals will be delivered globally following an investment by Cambridge English Language Assessment, formerly Cambridge ESOL, a department of the world renowned University of Cambridge in the UK. Cambridge English Language Assessment has purchased a 70 per cent stake in the OET from Box Hill Institute in a strategic alliance aimed at increasing the availability of the test to candidates in the UK, Europe and North America.

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