What is OET?
OET stands for the Occupational English Test. It is an International English test that determines the communication abilities of healthcare professionals who want to register or practice in an English speaking environment. In other words, this test is used in different health care organizations to select professionals who are quite capable to deliver the best services to their patients or others.
When OET Started?
In the late 1980s, The OET was first designed By Professor Tim McNamara, under the supervision of the Australian (NOOSR ) National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition, that conducted the test at that period. Subsequently, this test has been consistently reviewed and developed to assure that it has aligned with existing theory and practice in language evaluation.
Since March 2013, this test is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA) a joint venture between (a not for profit department of the University of Cambridge) Cambridge Assessment English and (A leading Australian vocational and higher education provider) Box hill Institute.
Who Recognize OET?
OET is recognized by regulatory Health Care Boards and Councils in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, Dubai, Ukraine, Namibia, and Singapore.Each recognized organization decides which grade results mean the candidate meets the level of language competency to work in the profession.
Moreover, OET is recognized by the Australian Department of Home Affairs and Immigration New Zealand for all Visas Categories where an English test may be required.
Formats and Timings
OET is generally comprised of four sub tests:-
The test takes approximately 45 minutes. This test demonstrates whether the candidate can follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as Patient Consultation and Lectures.
There are three parts in listening:-
- I – Two times Consultation extract about five minutes each.
- II- Six Times Start Workplace extract about one minute each.
- III-Two times presentation extracts about five minutes each.
This test takes approximately 60 mins to complete. The topics in reading are Generic Health Care interest and are therefore accessible to candidates across all professions
A candidate is required to demonstrate that they can read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects.
The reading test comprises of 3 parts (A, B, C) and has 42 question items.
Reading Part (A) is an expeditious reading task. It takes 15 minutes.
Reading Part (B) and (C) are careful reading tasks that take about 45 minutes.
The Writing Self-Test takes 45 mins and is profession-specific.
In this part, one task set is assigned according to the profession based on a typical workplace situation.
For instance – A nurse does a task of nursing like a referral letter. Dentist as the task for dentistry and so on.
The speaking test is delivered independently. This phase takes around 20 minutes. Moreover, This part of OET uses materials designed especially for a profession.In each role plays you take your professional role, For instance, as a nurse or as a pharmacist while the interlocutor plays a patient, a client or a career. In the same way, for veterinary science, the interlocutor is the owner or caretaker of an animal.
Why Choose OET?
OET test is quite important and focused on medical care professionals. This test has a strong positive effect on medical professionals.
Boost confidence –
Confidence is important as it builds rapport with your patients. It not only boosts you internally but also increases the gratification you get from doing your work. So, yes, it’s quite stressful to register in any foreign country’s healthcare board. Therefore, OET provides a big platform for medical professionals to deliver the best services in foreign countries.
Enhance Communication skills –
OET makes a candidate to learn how to interact with patients in a safe and healthy environment. Moreover, the candidate who appears in the test communicates effectively in essential circumstances both with the patients as well as medical professionals. This test makes them get familiar with more medical terminology and scenarios which will be helpful for them in the future.
Availability to work or study internationally –
This test helps the candidate to study different types of programs to do further practice in the medical field. Moreover, the candidate is more capable to deliver services with accuracy and confidently .at different international medical conferences.