The English Language Test for Healthcare Professionals

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, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

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Assessment Structure

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

About Listening


approx. 45 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


60 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

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

About 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


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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Preparing for your OET Test

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Test dates & locations

OET is available every month in over 40 countries.