OET

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.

It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.

OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions:

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

OET is recognised and trusted by more than 20 regulatory healthcare bodies and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.

Format

It is a thorough paper-based test of all areas of language ability. It consists of four sections:

– Listening (approx. 50 minutes)
– Reading (60 minutes)
– Writing (45 minutes)
– Speaking (approx. 20 minutes)

The test is run up to 10 times a year.

Results

Results are published online approximately 15 business days after the test. The Official Statements of Results are posted to candidates following the publication of results online.

The test is graded from A (highest) to E (lowest) for each section – there is no overall grade.

Registration

To register for the OET exam, please visit the OET website. To choose The London Exam Centre, select “Apply for the Test” and, at the end of the information page,  click on “Apply for the Test” or “Apply to Resit the Test”; select “Europe,”  then “UK, London, The London Exam Centre”.

The OET Candidates’ Instructions PDF gives details about the London Exam Centre and how to get there.

All bookings and communication regarding the OET exam must be done through the OET website. You must visit the exam centre to sit the OET exam under strict exam conditions. For general enquiries, please contact the OET helpdesk.