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What is OET

OET is a specific English language test for healthcare professionals who will register or practice in English spoken countries.

OET is conducting by CBLA (Cambridge Box-Hill Language Assessment Trust) which is the collaboration between Box Hill Institute and Cambridge English.

Countries –

Mmany English spoken countries like USA, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Namibia, Singapore and Dubai (UAE) are accepting OET exam.

You can sit for this exam in 44 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.

About OET

The test is evaluating 4 English language skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The Reading and Listening sections of this exam are same for everyone where Speaking and Writing sections can be chosen by the candidates and are available in 12 areas of healthcare professions of: dietetics, dentistry, nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, optometry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, podiatry, speech pathology, radiography and veterinary science


In Listening, the candidates need to understand and follow different type of recordings in health-related topics like medical lectures and consultations.

There will be total 42 questions in this section with around 45 minutes time.

Part A: consultation extracts – two tasks (about 5 minutes each)

In this section the candidates will be identifying specific information. They require to complete the health professional’s notes by listening to two recorded health professional-patient consultations and extract the information they hear.

Part B: short workplace extracts- six tasks (about 1 minute each)

In this section candidates will listen to six recorded extracts and answer one multiple choice question for each extract.

They need to show their skills in identifying the information in the healthcare workplace with the healthcare topics like health professional and patient dialogues, handovers, briefings.

Part C: presentation extracts- two tasks (about 5 minutes each)

In this section, the candidates will listen and follow two different extracts about an interview or presentation on healthcare’s topics.

There will be six multiple choice questions for each extract.


In Reading, the candidates need to show the ability of reading and understanding variety of texts on health related subjects.

Section A: expeditious reading task- four texts (15 minutes)

In this section, the candidates are going to answer 20 questions within 15 minutes. They need to identify specific information and locating them in four different short texts. The question types used for this part are: sentence completion, short answer questions and matching the answers. In this part candidates need to have the ability of reading in speed and using skimming and scanning techniques.

Part B and Part C: careful reading tasks- six texts (45 minutes)

In Part B, the candidates will need to recognize and locate the information, main point or gist of six given short texts counting between 100 to 150 words each text.

There will be three option-multiple choice questions for each texts.

Part C is containing two semi academic texts about medical topics between 700 to 800 words per each text. Here Candidates will need to recognize the detailed meaning of the subject given. There will be 12 multiple choice questions in total (6 questions per each text).


In this task the candidate will be asked to write a letter, which normally is a reference or recommendation letter or some alternative types, letter of discharge or advise in the specific healthcare field that candidate has chosen beforehand.


The test will start with a warm up conversation between candidate and interlocutor.

Next, the candidates and panelist will perform a scenario which in that the candidate will carry her/ his own role in a professional healthcare environment and interlocutor will be the patient and vice versa. In these tasks the candidate will need to role-play her/ his profession in real life and resolve the medical based issues of the patient on work place imitated situations.

Candidates will have 3 minutes to prepare for each scenario. The candidates will get enough information and data to prepare their act.

Marks calculation –

Marks calculation of the OET is easy. Here it is a chart comparing OET marks with IELTS bands given below.

8 – 9A450-500
7 – 7.5B350-440
6 – 7C+300-340
5.5 – 6C200-240
4  –  5D100-190
4E    0-90

How many days result are valid?

OET marks is valid up to 2 years.

Mode of exam –

The OET exam is available in paper-based and computer-based modes all around the world.

The candidates can take the test at home by recent introduced venture of OET@Home.

How to book OET exam?

You can book OET exam online. To book you seat for this test you can visit and register yourself for the dates available in your country.

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