OET Introduction

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What is the Occupational English Test (OET)

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practice in any of the following countries:

  • Ireland*
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The United Kingdom*
  • Singapore
  • Dubai
  • Namibia

* Currently, it's accepted only for Nurses

To view the list of organizations which accept OET, please refer to the following link:

It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with a focus on communication in the healthcare environment.

OET tests health professionals from the following 12 professions:

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

Benefits of OET

For test-takers: OET can help to ensure that your communicative skills are at the work-ready standard.

Passing the OET:

  • Gives you confidence in the language competence of practicing healthcare professionals.
  • Optimises your communication with patien ts, carers, and colleagues, in turn improving the quality of care.

Test Scores:

Results are published on the website approximately 16 business days after the test. Candidates log in to a secure online profile to view them. Official Statements of Results are posted to the candidate's nominated address following the publication of results online.