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What is OET ?

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.

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Which bodies recognize 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.

What all does OET Cover in Assessment ?

OET covers all four modules of the language all four skills as in any other language exam. These include Speaking , Writing , Listening and Reading with an emphasis on communication in the healthcare environment.

LISTENING : Approx. 45 mins

This is similar for all healthcare professionals. The listening section checks the candidates ability as to how well the test taker can follow and understand a range of health – related spoken discourse like patient consultation and lectures.

SPEAKING: Approx. 20 mins

Speaking is specific to the healthcare profession. There are two role plays. Once the candidate takes the professional role (as a healthcare professional) whereas interlocutor plays the role of a patient or the patient’s relative.

WRITING : 45 Mins approx.

The test taker gets a task which is specially related to the individual workplace profession depending whether a doctor, nurse etc. Letter writing task is given where usually referral Letters or letters of transfer or discharge or a letter of advice or information for patient is drafted by the candidate.

Writing is analytically scored which means there are parameters to to meet to get the desired scores which clearly means a lot of negative marking and a good knowledge of the expectations of the test makers should be known to students. Basically the dos and don’ts of writing.

READING: 1 hour

Reading section is similar for all professions in healthcare. Reading consists of different subtests Part A , B and C . It basically comprises of expeditious and detail reading tasks .

Part A – expeditious reading task (15 minutes)

Part A assesses your ability to locate specific information from four short texts in a quick and efficient manner. The four short texts relate to a single healthcare topic, and you must answer 20 questions in the allocated time period. The 20 questions consist of matching, sentence completion and short answer questions.

Part B and Part C – careful reading tasks (45 minutes)

Part B assesses your ability to identify the detail, gist or main point of six short texts sourced from the healthcare workplace (100-150 words each). The texts might consist of extracts from policy documents, hospital guidelines, manuals or internal communications, such as emails or memos. For each text, there is one three-option multiple-choice question.

Part C assesses your ability to identify detailed meaning and opinion in two texts on topics of interest to healthcare professionals (800 words each). For each text, you must answer eight four-option multiple choice question. There are total of 42 marks available in the reading sub-test Part A has a total of 42 marks , Part b has 6 marks and Part c has a total of 16 Marks .

The test taker has to write letter based on the case-notes and details of the patient. Sometimes letters are also written aiming to guide and advise the care taking staff about the patient.

OET is available in both pen and paper based and computer based test in some countries it is also available from home known as OET at home. (however, there are some specific requirements for system to take the exam at home.


  1. Dentistry
  2. Dietetics
  3. Medicine
  4. Nursing
  5. Occupational Therapy
  6. Optometry
  7. Pharmacy
  8. Physiotherapy
  9. Podiatry
  10. Radiography
  11. Speech pathology
  12. Veterinary science


Statement of Results which shows your score for each of the four sub-tests, on a scale from 0 to 500. Each of the four sub-tests is assessed in a specific way

Universities/Colleges and Medical boards accepting OET in Canada

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta – all test types
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia – all test types
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba – all test types
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador – OET on paper and OET on computer at test venues
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia – all test types
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan – OET on paper and OET on computer at test venues
  • Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)

Universities/Colleges and Medical boards accepting OET in UK

Doctors and nurses in the UK are not required to take a separate English language test when applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa if they have provided OET results as proof of English proficiency to their healthcare regulator. This includes the Health and Care Worker visa which sits within the Tier 2 (General).

  • Brunel University London – OET on Paper only
  • Imperial College London – OET on Paper only
  • King’s College London – OET on Paper only
  • Teesside University – OET on Paper only
  • UK Foundation Programme – all test types
  • Ulster University – all test types
  • University of Chester – OET on Paper only
  • University of Highlands and Islands – OET on Paper only
  • University of Leicester – OET on Paper only
  • University of the West of Sc

NHS Hospitals & Trusts

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – OET on Paper only
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – all test types
  • Health Education England – all test types
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – OET on Paper only
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – OET on Paper only

Healthcare boards and council in Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Ahpra (OET on paper only)National agency responsible for the registration and accreditation of 14 health professions in Australia. Visit for more information.

  • The following AHPRA Boards recognise OET:
  • Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Dental Board of Australia
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Optometry Board of Australia
  • Paramedicine Board of Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Podiatry Board of Australia

Other Boards and Councils

  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
  • Australian Pharmacy Council
  • Australian Physiotherapy Council
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Council of Australia – all test types
  • Sino-Australia Association of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine
  • South Australian Medical Education and Training
  • Speech Pathology Australia


  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • CQ University
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Adelaide
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of New England
  • University of Notre Dame Australia
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University
  • Western Sydney University

IRELAND OET is available only on the paper.

Healthcare Boards and councils

  • Medical Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Dental Council of Ireland
  • Institute of Technology Tralee
  • CORU: A multi-profession health regulator for dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers and radiation therapists, speech therapists and optometrists.
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Immigration New Zealand (OET on paper only)

Immigration New Zealand recognizes OET for most visa categories. Candidates can find more information by visiting

  • Healthcare Boards & Councils
  • Dental Council of New Zealand
  • Dietitians Board of New Zealand
  • Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Midwifery Council of New Zealand – all test types
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
  • Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand
  • Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
  • Podiatrists Board of New Zealand
  • Veterinary Council of New Zealand

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