Preparation for Native
English-Speaking
Physicians

OET Medicine is the world’s only international English language test designed specifically for physicians. The test includes four sub-tests, all with a healthcare theme, in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

As a native English-speaking physician, you will therefore find many of the topics and language familiar and relevant to your preparation for your healthcare career in the United States.  Just like any highstakes exam, it’s important that you take some time to familiarize yourself with the test and its requirements. 

We know that physicians don’t have a lot of time to spare so preparing efficiently is important. The first thing you will need to do is familiarize yourself with the test format. 

OET Masterclasses

Our four Masterclasses provide a good overview of each part of the test and the types of questions you will answer in under 20 minutes each. The videos are available on demand and can be watched as many times as you like.

Sample tests

We have several sample tests available to you for preparation. Before trying one for the first time, this article will help you get the most out of the experience, then download each part of the test using the links below. After completing the test, check out these tips for using your answers to improve for next time. 

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If you will be taking OET on computer, either at a venue or at home, then we recommend that you try our OET on computer sample test. 

Speaking Sample

The OET Speaking test is unique among other English language tests. During the test, you will complete two role-plays taking your professional role as a doctor. An interlocutor will take the role of your patient or a patient’s carer to complete the tasks. To see what a role-play for the task you just completed looks like, watch this sample recording from the @Official OET YouTube page. 

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the test formatengaging in some further study will maximize your chances for success.  As a nativeEnglish speaker with several other competing obligations you may feel the content below is not a high priority for you.  However, particularly if it’s of vital importance that you pass on the first attempt or you haven’t allowed sufficient time for an unsuccessful attempt,  engaging with some of the content below will increase your confidence that you are OET ready. 

Study for Success

Once you feel comfortable with the test format, it’s time to start building a study schedule and making sure you are as fully prepared as possible prior to your test.

Remember, because OET is healthcare specific, any time you invest into your preparation now will benefit you when you enter your healthcare workplace and start communicating with patients and colleagues. 

Get tips on building a study schedule

Webinar: Writing preparation for native English-speaking physicians 

By the end of this session you should:

  • have a clear understanding of how to approach the OET Medicine Writing sub-test
  • know what the assessors are looking for and how to demonstrate it
  • know how to analyse your current writing to identify any improvements you need to make.

Webinar: Reading preparation for native English-speaking physicians 

By the end of this session you should:

  • have a clear understanding of how to approach the OET Medicine Reading sub-test
  • know what the assessors are looking for and how to demonstrate it
  • gain an overview of Reading Parts A and B with some examples.

Live Q & A

OET Expert, Rebecca Bush, holds fortnightly Q+A Live sessions on the @OfficialOET Facebook page providing candidates the opportunity to ask their preparation questions and concerns and to receive an answer plus advice live. Rebecca was an OET teacher for several years before starting work with the company four years ago. This gives her a good understanding of the challenges of preparing for a test and an ability to provide clear and reassuring answers.

Additional Preparation Materials

The OET blog is an excellent source for articles and tips to support your preparation. The top 20 preparation resources from 2020 is a good place to start. 

And if you’d still like more preparation, we have self-study online courses, practice books for medicine and more in the OET shop.