The English Test for the Healthcare Sector

OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions. Tests reflect real workplace tasks and relevant language skills.

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Test Overview

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.

Who Recognises OET

OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment Structure

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

About Listening

Listening

approx. 40 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.

About Reading

Reading

60 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

Read and understand different types of text on health-related subject

About Writing

Writing

45 minutes

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.

The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.

About Speaking

Speaking

approx. 20 minutes

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.

In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your professional role (as a healthcare professional) while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative or carer.

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Why choose
OET?

OET is recommended by healthcare professionals.  Gain confidence, new skills and
career benefits.

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Test dates
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OET is available every month
in over 40 countries.