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OET

Occupational English Test

Introduction

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.

Eligibility

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.

Career

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.

Format

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.

Test Preparation

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.

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