The English language test that reflects real workplace scenarios

“OET is a practical test with content that reflects real-life tasks.” Jiarong Yu, Nurse

Assessment Structure

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

About Listening


approx. 50 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

Part A: recorded, simulated professional/patient consultation with note-taking questions.

Part B: recorded talk or lecture on health-related topic, with range of short and multiple choice answers.

About Reading


60 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

Part A: skim and scan short health-related texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in missing words.

Part B: read longer health-related texts and answer multiple-choice questions.

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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*The sample material is from past OET tests, therefore, some references or procedures may be out of date.

Reading Sample
Test 1

Reading Sample
Test 2

Listening Sample
Test 1

Listening Sample
Test 2

Writing Sample
Test 1

Writing Sample
Test 2

Writing Answer Booklet

Speaking Sample 1

Speaking Sample 2

Speaking Sample
Pre-test Introduction

Speaking Sample
Warm Up and Role
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