Occupational English Test
To help you prepare and select international healthcare professionals with excellent English language skills, You need a high-quality test that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the healthcare sector.
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 practise in an English-speaking environment.
It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication n healthcare professional settings.
OET tests health practitioners from the following 12 professions:
OET is owned by Cambridge Box Hill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA), a venture between Cambridge Assessment English and Box Hill Institute. Cambridge Assessment English, part of University of Cambridge, helps millions of people learn English and prove their skills to the world. Box Hill Institute is a leading Australian vocational and higher education provider.
A growing number of healthcare regulators, educators and government departments recognise OET as proof of English proficiency, ensuring healthcare professionals are registration and work-ready.
How is OET different to general and academic English tests?
OET tests real communication scenarios candidates will experience in the healthcare workplace, whereas other tests assess English language skills using everyday scenarios. The writing test for example is not to write a general essay but it is to write a healthcare letter, usually a referral letter based on case notes.
OET Test dates
OET offers 14 fixed test dates per year. Please note, although there are test dates every month, registration is only open for the next three test dates at a time. Ensure you choose the correct date and location when you apply.
- 21 March
- 4 April
- 19 April
- 16 May
- 13 June
- 27 June
- 11 July
Please note that registration closes 4-5 weeks prior the test dates. The registration and payment is made at the official OET website and not at the individual test centres. The price to sit OET is AUD 587. For more detailed information about test dates and registration process please visit: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/apply-oet/
OET Preparation courses
IH Cape Town now offers online OET preparation courses. The courses are always 2 weeks before the test date and registration closes the Friday before the course starts.
E.g. OET on 9 November: The preparation course will be from 28 October to 1 November, registration closes on 25 October.
#1 Academic Writing Course – 2-Hour Course
2 x 1 hour lessons via email – a total of 2 mock tests including feedback after each test which consists of the teacher marking and giving written feedback
#2 Online speaking program – 2-Hour Course
2 x 1 hours via Skype – a total of 2 mock speaking tests and 3 extra role plays with a general introduction and feedback
#3 Package Deal | Writing & Speaking – 4-Hour Course
– 2 x 1 hour lessons via email – a total of 2 mock tests including feedback after each test which consists of the teacher marking and
giving written feedback
– 2 x 1 hours via Skype – a total of 2 mock speaking tests and 3 extra role plays with a general introduction and feedback
Who recognises OET?
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) accepts OET for all visa categories where an English test may be required.
Visit immi.giv.au for more details
Immigration New Zealand accepts OET for all visa categories where an English test may be required.
Visit immigration.govt.nz for more details.
Healthcare Boards and Councils
OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for registration, accreditation and licensing purposes in:
OET is accepted for registration purposes by most professional Boards within the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and most healthcare profession Councils for accreditation purposes.
OET is accepted by most healthcare Boards and Councils in New Zealand.
Dubai Healthcare City Authority-Regulatory (DHCR):
OET is accepted for licencing of healthcare professionals who have not graduated from a program offered in English, nor worked or licenced in a native English speaking country.
OET is accepted by four major healthcare Councils in Singapore.
OET is accepted by the Health Profession Council in Namibia.
OET is accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council.
OET is accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the Irish Medical Council.
OET is accepted by the Ukraine Medical Council.
Universities, education providers & recruiters
OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for employment by healthcare employers, and a growing number of leading educators in:
OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for admission and graduation from healthcare courses at leading universities, TAFEs and colleges in Australia.
OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for admission and graduation from healthcare courses at leading universities and technical colleges.
OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for admission and graduation from healthcare courses at leading colleges in the UK.
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