What is OET ? OET Format & OET Accepted Countries 2020

OET Accepted Countries

OET-(Occupational English Test)

Not everyone are same neither their talents and capabilities. Especially when it comes to competitions, it is difficult to score to core when you are not known to the subjects. When developing your knowledge in that particular areas seems as a long term goal, here comes help on your way.

We all know health is something which we should really bothered about and health workers often are exhausted from their work with no limits to serving people. Most of their dreams, such as good wages and better life settlement are often passed into dusted corners. When in developing countries are not capable to bud their dreams in a way it should, European countries always welcome skilled one with open hands. OET or occupational entrance test is a platform for the health practitioners to help them succeed in English language test with their professional knowledge.

What Is OET ?

It is a English language test where the healthcare providers is assessed for their skills and proficiency and communication skills in language to migrate for working purposes in an English speaking environment. The test has been owned by Cambridge boxhill language assessment trust (CBLA) which is a venture between Cambridge assessment english and box hill institute since 2013.

OET  is available for the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science.

OET  Format & OET Accepted Countries

OET assess the four skills in the language for validation and liability – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It will be emphasized on communication in medical and health Professional settings.

Listening Sub Test

This sub test consists of three sections with 42 questions. The topics are particularly health generic interest .
It including 3 sessions and is allotted 40 minutes of time in total. The conversation will be played only once.

Part A – OET

Part A is about a consultation extract which has 12 questions in each extract making 24 questions in total for part A.
Conversation between a patient and health Professional will be played as the candidate is expected to answer while hearing.

Part B – OET

This session includes 6 recordings which can be team briefing patient dialogues, hand overs, opinion. The test taker has to listen and answer the multiple choice questions accordingly. Here, the candidate’s ability to identify the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace is assessed.

Part C – OET

Consists of 2 extracts with 6 multiple choice questions each to be answered as the test taker listens to monologue or discussion sessions. Part C assesses the ability to follow a recorded presentation or interview on a range of accessible healthcare topics.

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Reading Sub Test.

Alike the listening module, reading sub rest also consists of 3 parts naming it as A, B and C. Part A is assessing the candidate’s efficiency in locating certain information in the passage in a quick manner. This session includes 20 questions of short answers, match the passage with the given information and fill in the blanks to be completed in the given 15 minutes of time. Part B and C includes multiple choice questions with allotted 45 minutes to complete.


The task is to write a letter, usually referral. At times, for professions, a different type of letter is needed such as advise letter or information letter.


Speaking is conducted as a role play in a health profession settings which may include clinics, hospital ward, home visit. The candidate will be performing the professional role where as the interlocutor plays the patient. The session have 3 minutes preparation time and 5 minutes to do the role play session.


Letter grade Numeric score Description of ability
A – 450-500
Can communicate very fluently and effectively with patients and health professionals, using appropriate register, tone and lexis. Shows complete understanding of any kind of written or spoken language.
B – 350-440
Can communicate effectively with patients and health professionals, using appropriate register, tone and lexis, with only occasional inaccuracies and hesitations. Shows good understanding in a range of clinical contexts.
C+ – 300-340
C – 200-290
Can maintain the interaction in a relevant healthcare environment despite occasional errors and lapses and follow standard spoken language normally encountered in his/her field of specialization.
D – 100-190
Can maintain some interaction and understand straightforward factual information in his/her field of specialization, but may ask for clarification. Frequent errors, inaccuracies and mis- or overuse of technical language can cause strain in communication.
E – 0-90
Can manage simple interaction on familiar topics and understand the main point in short, simple messages, provided he/she can ask for clarification. High-density of errors and mis- or overuse of technical language can cause significant strain and breakdowns in communication.

OET Accepted Countries

The regulatory healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Ireland, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine.


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