About OET

OET or Occupational English Test is for professionals in the healthcare field who want to register and practice in English-speaking countries. It assesses their ability to communicate using the English language. The 12 professions for which OET is available are dentistry, dietetics, nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, radiography, physiotherapy, veterinary science, and speech pathology.

The test was designed by Professor Tim McNamara during the late 1980s. The test is researched and developed on a continuous basis by Cambridge Assessment English and the Language Testing Research Centre of the University of Melbourne to ensure that it remains up to date with respect to theory and practice of English language assessment. The ownership of the test lies with the Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust since March 2013.

Regulatory healthcare councils and boards in Australia, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Ukraine, and Namibia have recognized the OET. Organizations such as universities and colleges and hospitals use the test as proof of the ability of a candidate to effectively communicate in a healthcare environment. OET is also recognized by the Home Affairs Department in Australia and the Immigration Department in New Zealand for all categories of visa applications.

Abe Services in Kerala is a recognized OET Coaching Centre. We offer training to candidates who make use of our services to register and practice healthcare profession in English-speaking countries.

Different Types Of OET Tests

The OET tests for each of the 12 different professions are different but the format followed is the same.

Listening Test

This test is to assess the candidates’ ability to understand and follow health-related audio recordings such as lectures and patient consultations. There are three parts to the Listening sub-test. In total, 42 questions have to be answered.

  • Part A

    Consultation extracts
    Approx. 5 minutes each

    This section assesses the ability of candidates in identifying specific information during consultations. Candidates listen to two audio recordings of health professional-patient consultations and then complete the notes of the health professional using the information.

  • Part B

    Short workplace extracts
    Approx. 1 minutes each

    In this section, the ability of the candidates to identify details, gist, opinion, and purpose of the short workplace audio extracts. Candidates have to listen to six extracts – team briefings, health professional-patient dialogues, or handovers). They have to then answer one multiple-choice question based on each extract.

  • Part C

    Presentation extracts
    Approx. 5 minutes each

    Part C assesses the ability of the candidates to follow a recording of a presentation or an interview on healthcare topics. Candidates are expected to listen to a couple of different extracts and then provide answers to six multiple-choice questions for each of the extracts.

Reading Test

In the Reading test, candidates have to read and comprehend various texts related to health topics. There will be three parts and 42 questions in total.

Part A
Expeditious reading task

15 Minutes

Candidates have to find out specific information contained in four short texts quickly and efficiently. The texts will be related to one healthcare topic. In the time period allotted for this section, they have to answer 20 questions. The types of questions include matching, completion of sentences, and short answers.

Part B & C
Careful reading tasks

45 Minutes

Part B focuses on assessing the candidates' ability to identify details, gist, and main points from six short texts of 100 to 150 words taken from healthcare workplaces. One three-option MCQ will have to be answered for each text.
In Part C, candidates have to understand the meaning and opinion contained in two 800 words long texts on healthcare-related topics. For each text, candidates have to provide answers for eight four-option MCQs.


In the Writing test, candidates have to write a letter, typically a referral letter. For each healthcare profession, it will be related to the demands of the specific workplace.


The Speaking test is administered individually. It involves two role-plays. The candidates assume their respective professional role in each role-play. The panelist plays the role of a patient, client, or relative of a patient.

Exam Format

OET assesses the capability of candidates in four language skills. They are Listening (approximately 45 minutes), Writing (45 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), and Speaking (approximately 20 minutes). However, the emphasis is on communication in healthcare and medical settings.
  • How to Apply/Register for OET

    The first step of the registration process is the creation of a myOET profile. It is easy and simple:

    Go to myOET home page. Click on Register button.
    Provide all details
    Choose a username and password
    Choose a security question and provide an answer.

  • To apply for the OET

    Log into the myOET account
    From the dashboard, click on ‘Apply for the Test’ button
    Fill out all information
    Review location, times, and profession
    Proceed to checkout and provide credit card details (This should be done within 15 minutes)

    myOET makes it easy to apply for OET. Paper-based forms and walk-in services are not there at all. Candidates can manage the entire application process on their computer.

    The ID document provided by the candidate at the time of applying for the test will have to be presented at the test venue for identification purposes. Candidates will also need to have a digital photo that matches the guidelines provided.

    In India, OET is offered at 14 locations. Test dates are available every month, but registration will be open only for the subsequent three test dates. The correct date has to be chosen at the time of applying for the test. Applications are closed at 12 pm (midday) on the closing date.

OET Evaluation

For each communication skill, candidates are given a score of 0 to 500 in increments of 10 points. The numeric score is then to a letter grade, with A being the highest and E the lowest. OET doesn’t have an overall grade.
A - 450 to 500
B - 350 to 440
C+ - 300 to 340
C - 200 to 290
D - 100 to 190
E - 0 to 90
  • Australia

    For registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency(AHPRA), candidates should have secured minimum B grade or a score of 350.

  • New Zealand

    To work in New Zealand, the OET scores required are as follows:
    Healthcare Professionals–Grade B or higher in all 4 skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. You need this score in all 4 skills because there is no overall grade for this test.

  • Ireland

    For healthcare professionals planning to move to Ireland, a minimum OET grade of C+ in Listening and Reading and a Grade B in Writing & Speaking is required.

  • United States Of America

    The USA has not recognized OET.

  • United Kingdom

    For the United Kingdom, prospects will have to achieve at least Grade B in all the four tests - Speaking, Listening, Writing and Reading.

  • Canada

    Canada has not recognised OET.

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