Employers

Can your employees communicate effectively and safely in an English-speaking healthcare workplace?

Patient safety and quality care are paramount in healthcare

Limited language proficiency is an obstacle to effective communication and quality of care.  OET is designed to replicate the critical tasks of workplace settings and measure candidates’ abilities across the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking (Elder et al, 2013).

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Employer perspective

“OET test takers are perceived as effective communicators able to communicate on matters that are both technical and emotional and who can use lay language so that patients can easily understand what they are saying.”

Vidakovic & Khalifa (2013), Stakeholder Perceptions Study >>

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International employee perspective

“Since English is my second language, OET prepared me for the real world. As a nurse, communication is very important. OET has given me the confidence to communicate with my patients and colleagues. It made me very proud of myself and raised my self esteem. Sharmaine Chrisha Garde – Nurse.

OET candidate feedback >>

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How can I use OET in my organisation?

  • Indicate a preference for OET in your organisation.  Prospective international employees will join your organisation with language skills relevant to the workplace.
  • Use OET’s structure and testing as a professional development tool for professional development.

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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 and who can use lay language so that patients can easily understand what they are saying.” Vidakovic & Khalifa (2013)

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Test material developed
by experts

Listening and reading materials developed by the Research and Validation team at Cambridge English Language Assessment.  Test materials are piloted and trial results subjected to statistical analysis to confirm validity and reliability.  Speaking and writing materials developed by experienced test writers in consultation with subject-matter experts. Results & Assessment >>

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How can I find out more?

More information about OET is available.

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Who Recognises OET?

OET is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand 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.