OET (Occupationa English Test)


Test Overview

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.



Who Recognises OET

OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment Structure

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

Listening approx. 45 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.
Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.


Reading 60 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.
Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects


Writing 45 minutes

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.

Speaking approx. 20 minutes

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.
In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your professional role (as a healthcare professional) while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative or carer.


Why choose OET?

OET is recommended by healthcare professionals. Gain confidence, new skills and career benefits.


Preparing for your OET Test

Our preparation portal contains everything you need.


Test dates & locations

OET is available every month in over 40 countries.