OET  (Occupational English Test)

OET is an International English Language Test for the Healthcare Sector.It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who wish to register in an English Speaking Environment.OET is available for the following 12 professions:

Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology & Veterinary Science.

Since March 2013 the test has been owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA) a venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment & Boxhill Institute.OET is recognized by regulatory Healthcare Bodies & Councils in the Commonwealth Countries such Australia, New Zealand & Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines, U.K & Ireland.

Many organizations including hospitals, universities & colleges are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition OET is recognized by the Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection of a number of visa categories including work & student visas.OET provides a valid & reliable assessment of all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking with an emphasis on communication in medical & health professional settings.

OET consist of 4 sub-tests: Listening: ap. 50’, Reading : 60’, Writing : 45’ & Speaking : ap. 20’

Scoring: OET grade Description of Ability


Very high level of performance


High level of performance (adequate to professional needs)


Good level of performance (however not acceptable to a range of health & medical councils)


Moderate level of performance (requires improvement)


Low level of performance (requires considerable improvement)