A test that you can take safely
We understand that many candidates are interested in booking [email protected] due to the pandemic causing disruptions to testing at venues. We are currently continuing our work to get [email protected] ready for a full market launch later this year, and will provide you with an update by the end of May as to when bookings will open.
[email protected] is an OET test that you take on computer in your own home or other chosen location, via remote proctoring.
Please note that OET requires a higher screen resolution than that mentioned in the ProProctor™ User Guide. You can find further information below.
Check 1: How to set your screen resolution
Your screen resolution must be set to a minimum of 1920 x 1080 for you to be able to see the texts properly in the Reading and Writing sub-tests. Please note that the ProProctor system check does not check for the particular screen resolution required for OET. You must check for and set this yourself.
Mac OS Mojave or higher
To test that your screen resolution has been set correctly, we recommend that you try a free OET on computer sample test. Your screen should split so that you can view the text in the same window and at the same time as answering the question/s.
Check 2: How to download and install ProProctor
You will use the ProProctor application for Listening, Reading and Writing.
Check 3: How to download and install Zoom
You will use Zoom for the Speaking sub-test.
- Click on zoom.us/download
- Click on the .exe file to begin the installation process
- Open the Zoom Cloud Meetings app and click Sign Up Free to sign in with your email address. You must use the same email address that you used to book OET.
[email protected] is a computer-based version of OET that candidates can take at home via remote proctoring.
Remote proctoring allows you to sit OET conveniently and safely at home, using your own computer, under test conditions that are managed remotely by proctors who understand the security requirements of OET.
It involves human proctors (also known as invigilators) checking you are who you say you are before monitoring your behaviour during the test to ensure you do not breach any OET rules and regulations.
Remote proctoring systems have security features such as limiting the functionality of a candidate’s computer (e.g. so you can’t access the internet or take screen shots). Live human proctors do an ID check, and candidate and room searches prior to the start of the test.
Yes, you can still take OET on paper if there is a venue offering paper-based testing near you. OET is now offered in three different delivery modes:
- OET on paper – the test of choice for healthcare professionals for the past 30 years
- OET on computer at test venues – the same test you know and love but on computer
- [email protected] – the same test you know and love but on computer in your own home.
They are the same test, with the same test tasks, format and timings. The only difference is where you will sit the test; with [email protected] you will take the test on computer at home or any other location you choose.
Yes, provided you are able to meet the necessary system requirements and pass the system checks in the videos above.
Yes, you may change your booking from one delivery mode to another. However, please note that you will need to pay a deferral/ rescheduling fee.
To reschedule from OET on paper to [email protected]
- Withdraw your booking in myOET. How to withdraw your booking.
- Make a new OET on computer booking.
To reschedule from [email protected] to OET on paper
Please contact our Support team for assistance.
The test costs the same as OET on paper.
No, the test tasks, format and timings are the same as with OET on paper. It is the same test so the level of English assessed will also remain the same.
It is the same test, so it is no harder or easier. The test will be marked according to the same assessment criteria.
No, you must take all four sub-tests.
Please check this with the organisation to which you are applying.
Please book your test via the OET website.
[email protected] is currently accepted by ECFMG for doctors going to the USA and by the UK’s General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We are working closely with other healthcare regulators to get them to accept results from [email protected] and will let you know as soon as we have firm answers from them.
Yes, except for in Iran, where due to IT restrictions, we are not able to administer the Speaking test via Zoom.
Yes, you can find a Nursing sample test on computer here.
We are working to make a Medicine sample test available as soon as possible but in the meantime, please do try the Nursing – the Listening and Reading sub-tests are the same across all professions. The aim of this sample test is to familiarise yourself with how OET works on computer. For additional test tasks, please see our free sample tests.
No, the test involves the same test tasks, format, timings and level of English assessed. Therefore, your preparation for the test does not need to change according to whether you are taking OET on paper or [email protected]
We do, however, recommend that you try an OET on computer/ [email protected] sample test to familiarise yourself with how the test works.
Yes, we can. We make every effort to provide reasonable testing accommodations to give each OET candidate an equal and fair chance to succeed. Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis before a decision is made, and you will need to provide supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate.
To arrange a testing accommodation, tick ‘yes’ during the booking process where you asked if you need any testing accommodations.
We strongly suggest that you book early to enable us to make testing accommodations for you.
The Prometric System that runs OET on computer has a wide range of accessibility features. Please note, however, that not all accommodations can be provided in all countries; accommodations vary by location.
If you require any testing accommodations, you will need to arrange these with OET and provide supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate. When booking your test, you will be asked if you require any testing accommodations. Tick yes and we will be in touch with you about your request.
We strongly suggest that you book early to enable us to make testing accommodations for you.
Prometric comply with a wide range of security certifications and have been conducting secure high-stakes assessments for similar clients to OET for several decades.
The Speaking sub-test will involve an interlocutor conducting the role plays as they do with the current OET. The only difference will be that the interaction is done via Zoom, similar to the way many medical consultations have moved online in response to the coronavirus.
For full details, please see the OET Speaking Test Online User Guide.
I need to show the healthcare regulator results from one test sitting but I can't find a Speaking test on the same day as my Listening, Reading and Writing test...
That’s not a problem. All of the Speaking Test slots that you are shown when you make your booking are treated by regulators as part of the same test administration, even if they are a day or so before or after your Listening, Reading or Writing test.
You will need a laptop or desktop (i.e. no mobile devices) that meets the system requirements contained in the ProProctor User Guide. OET, however, requires a higher screen resolution (1920 x 1080) than that referred to in the guide.
You will also need to do the following:
- Download and install Pro-Proctor, and run the system check (for the Listening, Reading and Writing sub-tests). Please note, however, that the ProProctor system check does not check for the particular screen resolution required for OET. You must check for and set this yourself.
- Set your screen resolution to 1920 x 1080 (see instructional videos further up this page)
- Download and install Zoom (for the Speaking sub-test)
If you do not have your screen resolution set correctly, you will not be able to see the Reading or Writing test papers properly.
Do NOT take [email protected] if you cannot meet the full technical requirements and system checks contained above.
OET test papers are set out in a particular way that is different to other tests that Prometric runs. You must follow OET’s system requirements to be able to view the test papers properly.
You may use a wired (i.e. plug-in) headset/ earphones for Listening, Reading and Writing. No bluetooth.
Headsets of any type are not allowed for the Speaking sub-test.
Our focus is on testing your English language skills, not your computer skills. However, if you are not familiar with using a computer or type very slowly, it may affect your performance and results. We suggest that you try a sample test in both paper and computer formats to see which one works best for you. You can then decide whether to book OET on paper or OET on computer.
The test will be marked by the very same highly trained assessors who mark the paper-based OET.
Bookings close seven (7) days before the test administration date e.g. if your preferred test date is 8 November, bookings will close on 1 November.