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OET-Occupational English Test

What is OET?

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an internationally recognized English language test specifically designed for healthcare professionals. It assesses your ability to communicate effectively in English within a healthcare setting.

Why OET?

  • Widely accepted: Recognized by healthcare regulators in the UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai, and more.
  • Career boost: Opens doors to practice your profession in English-speaking countries.
  • Healthcare focus: Tailored to skills you use daily, like communication with patients and colleagues.
  • Role-play simulation: Tests your ability to handle real-life healthcare scenarios in English.
  • No minimum or maximum age: Anyone eligible to practice healthcare can take the OET.

OET Test Format:

  • Four sub-tests: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking
  • Simulated healthcare scenarios: Role-play tasks like consultations, referrals, and discussions.
  • Computer-based: Offered multiple times per year at test centers worldwide.
  • Scaled scoring: Each sub-test scored from Band A (lowest) to Band E (highest), with an overall Band score.

Who is Eligible to Take OET?

  • Qualified healthcare professionals: Doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, etc.
  • Meeting registration requirements: Varies by profession and country. Check the OET website for specific details.

OET Eligibility Criteria:

  • Valid government-issued photo ID: Passport, driver’s license, etc.
  • Stable internet connection (for online registration).
  • Quiet, well-lit room (if taking at home).
  • Proof of professional qualifications (may vary by country).

Most Frequently Asked Questions

A comprehensive list is available on the OET website: https://oet.com/ Look for the “Where is OET accepted?” section under “Learn.”


The fee varies based on location, typically ranging from US$425 to US$485. Check the OET website for specific prices.

You can expect to receive your results within 5-7 business days after taking the test.

Yes, you can retake the OET as many times as you need with no restrictions.

A “good” score depends on your target profession and country requirements. Generally, Band C or higher is considered acceptable for most healthcare professions.


The OET website offers various resources, including practice materials, sample tests, study guides, and online courses. Many third-party resources and tutors are also available to help you prepare.


The difficulty of the OET depends on your current English language proficiency and familiarity with healthcare vocabulary and scenarios. Consistent preparation and practice are key to success.


Currently, the OET is offered on a computer-based format.


Eligibility varies by profession and country. You can find detailed information on the OET website under “Register” and “Who can take the OET.”


OET focuses specifically on healthcare communication scenarios, potentially making it more relevant for your career. However, the best choice depends on your individual needs and target countries’ requirements.

Important Resources:


  • OET is designed for healthcare professionals specifically.
  • It assesses your language skills within a healthcare context.
  • Choosing the right test depends on your career goals and target countries.

Bonus Tip:

Don’t hesitate to contact the OET directly for any specific questions or clarifications. Their website and support team can provide valuable guidance throughout your preparation and test journey.

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