Occupational English Tests (OET)

The English language test for
healthcare professionals

OET is a healthcare-specific English language test. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals looking to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

This high-quality test has been designed by world-leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by over 30 years of test development, research and validation.

OET tests international health practitioners from the following 12 professions:

  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiograghy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science

If you have chosen one of the professions OET is the ideal test for you. It is a significant milestone towords your international career development.

What’s in the test?

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare
environment. It consists of four sub-tests:

Listening

Writing

Reading

Speaking

How is OET scored?

You will receive a separate grade for each sub-test ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest). There is no overall grade.

Here are the description for each grade that appear on the printed Statement of Results:

Very high level of performance


High level of performance i.e. able to use English with fluency
and accuracy adequate for professional needs


Good level of performance; however not acceptable to a
range of health and medical councils.


Moderate level of performance: requires improvement


Low level of performance: requires considerable
improvement

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