OET’s CEO, Sujata Stead presented an OET Nursing Times Q&A session in the UK in November, hosted by The Nursing Times in association with Kaplan International. Attended by NHS Hospital Trusts, private healthcare providers and nursing recruitment agencies, the event was designed to answer questions about OET, which is new to the UK.
Since the Nursing and Midwifery Council formally accepted OET as proof of English proficiency on 1 November 2017, there has been increased interest in OET from stakeholders in the UK.
During the session, Ms Stead answered one of the most asked questions: is OET easier than IELTS?
The answer is no. OET is benchmarked to IELTS and a B in OET = 7.0 in IELTS. However, OET is more relevant to healthcare professionals because it uses real healthcare scenarios making them more confident on test day. It also has the additional benefit of providing an insight into the language and communication skills healthcare professionals will need in their new workplace, thereby equipping candidates with the language skills for success at work.
The event was a great success and Ms Stead will be visiting the UK again in January to meet interested organisations. If you are a healthcare regulator, educator or employer and would like to arrange a meeting or conversation with Sujata Stead, please email: [email protected]