Occupational English Test (OET) is designed for healthcare professionals. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, radiologists and other healthcare professionals take it. A good score in this test will maximize chances of getting more lucrative career opportunities for these professionals in countries like Australia, New Zealand etc.
Why OET is important?
The test is designed primarily for the healthcare professionals. It is an ideal test because it assesses the skills of the candidates in a right way. The test takers find it more relevant as it tests the language and the skills which are usually employed in day-to-day dealings in a peculiar healthcare environment.
What are the sub-tests in OET?
All four essentials skills are tested. There will be four different sub-tests. Each will cover one particular language skill. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are assessed.
When was the test updated last time?
The recent update took place in the month of September in 2018 (OET 2.0). The complete structure of the test has got changed. Major changes were made to listening and reading. Writing and speaking modules were kept more or less just the same but assessment criteria got changed.
What is the total test time?
Candidates will have approximately 40 minutes for Listening, 60 minutes for the reading, 40-45 minutes for writing and approximately 20 minutes for the speaking.
What it costs?
It costs somewhere around AUD 587. The charges may vary from country to country.
How can one get prepared for it?
There are various resources which can be used in order to get prepared for it. The official website provides a lot of information about it. There are some free tests which can be downloaded by the candidates. Premium material is also offered. There are various other websites which can let one prepare for it online. Taking online training for it is the best option as it can be more convenient for the learners.
Will medical knowledge be also judged?
It is a false notion. The examiners focus only on the language. If you are fluent in English, then you are the winner. You will get through it more easily. But, if you are not good at it then it can be very difficult for you to pass it. No matter how capable you are, if you are not able to convey your expertise in written or spoken form then there is certainly no chance to get through it.
How many countries accept it?
It is accepted by a large number of organizations in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, UAE etc.
Is it accepted by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) or Irish Visa and Immigration (INIS)?
No, it is not accepted by the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) or the Irish Visa and Immigration (INIS).
How are the results released?
The test takers will get an overview of the test score after some 14 days. The score can be accessed using online profile on official OET site. There will also be an option to download the score card.
What shall candidates get in order to get through this test?
In order to get through it, a minimum of 350 in each sub-test is important. This is the standard score which is accepted a large number of councils, organization or bodies in Australia and other countries
Can I take it even if I am not a health professional?
Well, you do not have to. You can go for other tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE etc.
In listening section, is it necessary that the candidate shall write exactly what he or she hears?
It is important that the same notes shall be provided. Notes can’t be changed. Not even paraphrased.
Can abbreviations be used to answer the questions?
Generally, in medical language, some abbreviations are commonly used. So, those which are common can be used but those which are not so common shall not be used. It is recommended that only standard abbreviations shall be used.
Will marks be reduced for spelling errors or typos?
Yes, of course, marks will be reduced for spelling mistakes. So, be very careful when you write the answers. Double-check as needed before submitting the answer sheet.
What if I do not finish the role-play during the speaking sub-test?
This will lead to a low score. It is important to complete the role-play. If you falter or fall short of words, then it will be counted as negative impression.
What I do not speak correct or go medically wrong in presenting the information during the speaking sub-test?
Generally, the examiner focuses more on the language fluency. The medical knowledge of the candidate is not judged. However, it is important that the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals shall try to deliver the right information, shall present right course of actions for particular healthcare issues or issues pertaining to their profession.