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OET(Occupational English Test)

OET stands for occupational English test and is a test of English proficiency specializing in medical professions including nursing. In order to become a registered nurse in Australia or in the UK and people who are required to submit their ielts score to show English Competency or an OET Score.

It is considered valid for healthcare professionals. It assesses the language communication skills of health care sector. It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practice in English –speaking environment.

OET is available for the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science. You can also find OET Coaching in Delhi and prepare yourself for an exam.

OET is recognized by regulatory healthcare bodies and council in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organizations, including hospitals, universities and colleges are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. OET is recognized by the Australian department of immigration and now by UK also including work visa and student visa.

Each recognizing organization determines which results mean that candidates meet the language competency standards to function in their profession. A full list of regulatory organizations which accept OET can be seen on the website.

Format

OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills

    Listening - 50 minutes

    Speaking - 20 minutes

    Reading - 50 minutes

    Writing - 45 minutes

With an emphasis on communication skills in medical and health professional settings. OET consists of four sub tests.

Listening

This test consists of two parts. In part A, candidates listen to an audio usually dialogues between the patient and the and are required to take the headings. In part B, candidates listen to a health professional giving a short talk on a health related topic and are required to complete a range of open ended and fixed choice questions.

Reading

This reading test consists of two parts .In part A, lasting 15 minutes, candidates are asked to skim read 3or 4 short texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in the missing words..It is designed to test the reader’s ability to scan texts within a time limit, source information from multiple texts, and use that information .In part B, lasting 45 minutes, candidates are asked to read two passages on general healthcare topic and answer 8-10 multiple choice questions for each texts.

Writing

The writing paper asks candidates to write a letter, usually a letter of referral. For some professions a different type of letter is required, e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise a patient, career or group. Candidates are given case notes which must be included in their letter.

Speaking

The speaking test is in the form of one-to-one conversations with an interlocutor. It starts with a short warm-up interview about the candidate’s professional background. This is followed by two role plays. Candidates have 2–3 minutes to prepare for each role play. Role plays last about five minutes and are based on typical interactions between a health professional and a patient. The candidate adopts their usual professional role (e.g. as a nurse) and the interviewer plays a patient or sometimes a relative or career. For veterinary science the interviewer is the owner or career of the animal.

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