About the Training
Occupational English Test, more popularly known as OET, is an English Language Test designed solely for healthcare professionals and workers. This test is organised by BLA, i.e, Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment. This is an association between Cambridge English and Boxhill Institute.
OET is accepted by healthcare sectors in the following countries:- UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dubai, Singapore or Namibia.
It is primarily applicable for admission in 12 healthcare professions which are- Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Optometry
It is conducted in order to select the right level of English proficiency which helps the healthcare professionals to provide safe and high-quality care.
OET (Occupational English Test) is an English language proficiency test that is specifically designed for healthcare professionals who want to work in English-speaking countries. The eligibility criteria for taking the OET exam may vary depending on the country and institution you are applying to, but in general, the following eligibility criteria apply:
Qualification: You must have completed your healthcare qualification in the past two years or be currently enrolled in a healthcare program.
Language proficiency: You must have a reasonable level of proficiency in English, which is equivalent to level B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Age: There is no minimum or maximum age requirement to take the OET exam.
ID requirements: You must provide valid identification documents, such as a passport or national ID card, to prove your identity when you register for the exam.
It is important to note that different healthcare regulatory bodies, institutions, or employers may have their own specific eligibility criteria for the OET exam. Therefore, it is recommended to check with the specific institution or organization you are applying to determine their specific OET eligibility requirements.
OET’s are by standard accepted by the healthcare board and councils mentioned above. Each recognising organisation selects those candidates who meet the language competency standards to function in their profession.
Note- Training for OET through iKounselor includes several effective strategies to achieve perfect scores, like Mock Tests, Efficient Time Management, Personalized Sessions, Problem Solving and Strategy Sessions.
Listening: This is a 3 part test which is made up of 42 questions. The test is of generic healthcare interest which is common to candidates across professions. The test has 40 minutes of audio. Time is provided for the candidates to write the answers.
The listening sub-test structure consists of:-
Part A – consultation extracts- this is done to check the aptitude of the examinee to identify specific information during a consultation.
Part B – short workplace extracts- these are conducted to test the examinee's aptitude for identifying the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace.
Part C – presentation extracts- This is conducted in a manner which follows a pre-recorded presentation and interview on a diversified range of accessible healthcare topics.
The Reading sub-test is conducted in three parts which have a total of 42 question items. The topic here is general healthcare. This section takes 60 minutes to complete.
The Reading sub-test structure consists of-
Part A – expeditious reading task- four short texts are provided and the target is to locate specific information in the given texts. The ability to achieve that fast and efficiently is the primary reason for testing. Matching, sentence completion and short answer questions are what the 20 questions consist of.
Part B – careful reading tasks- these subsections deal with six short texts from extracts of various healthcare professionals. The extracts can be anything from memos to emails to manuals. The questions here are multiple-choice questions.
Part C- careful reading task- two 800 words texts are given. The examinee has to identify detailed meaning and then give their opinions on it. The test is in 8 multiple-choice questions.
This section is 45 minutes and is specific to the profession for which the exam is being attempted.
Writing sub-test structure consists of-
Part-A: Letter writing. The topic could range from referral letters to letters of advice.
Part-B: Information from the stimulus material to be added to the letter.
The performance is measured on parameters like-content, clarity and conciseness, language, the layout of the letter, purpose and genre and style of writing the same.
This is a one on one test which is for around 20 minutes. This is performed in a role-play format, where you play the healthcare professional and the interlocutor plays the patient or family of the patient.
Speaking cub-test structure goes as follows-
Part-A: The examinee is given 3 minutes of time to prepare for a role-play of 5 minutes. The informational details about the role-play are conveyed via a card that sheds light on the situation and the need.
Part-B: The audio is recorded and is assessed by two trained OET assessors, the assessors are completely independent of each other. The interlocutor has no role in the marking.
The bases for measurement are:- fluency, correct use of grammar and expression, appropriateness of the language, intelligibility.
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