Language proficiency plays a crucial role in effective communication and quality care
Governments, healthcare boards and councils have a crucial role to play in safe-guarding public safety. When you need to select healthcare professionals for English-speaking environments, OET gives confidence for safe and effective practice.
Patient safety and
Limited language proficiency is an obstacle to effective communication affecting 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).
Ability to communicate in an English-speaking
“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)
Test material developed
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.
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Majority owned by Cambridge English, and partnering with the Australian Research Council and University of Melbourne, OET has featured prominently in research literature relating to language testing in specific-purpose contexts. OET Research >>
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