Occupational English Test (OET)

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Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language proficiency test for trained health professionals from overseas who want to work or study in Australia or New Zealand.

The OET is recognized by the regulatory authorities of most major health professions across Australia and New Zealand. It currently tests the following professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, veterinary science. It consists of four sub-tests: Listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Currently, one should obtain at least B for all four sub-tests to be eligible to work as a doctor in Australia.

The test is administered up to 10 times a year across over 40 venues, mostly in Oceania and Asia. Not all venues operate on every test date.

The test is administered by the OET Centre and supported by the University of Melbourne, whose Language Testing Research Centre developed the original test under contract to the Australian Federal Government.

You must score at least 60 points (the pass mark) to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migration visa in Australia (subclasses 189, 190 and 489).

Factor Description Points
English language ability at time of invitation Competent English—IELTS 6 / OET B 0
Proficient English—IELTS 7 / OET B 10
Superior English—IELTS 8 / OET A 20
 

Sample Test Materials Download here:

Listening

Title Description
Listening sub-test – test information General description of the Listening sub-test
Practice test – audio file (Part A) Recording (.mp3) used in the practice test – Part A (Lewis & sore back)
Practice test – audio file (Part B) Recording (.mp3) used in the practice test – Part B (Cardiac investigations)
Practice test – transcript Full transcript of Part A audio (Lewis & sore back)
Practice test – transcript Full transcript of Part B audio (Cardiac investigations)
Practice test Sample test paper (similar to the booklet in which responses are written on test day)
Practice test – marking guide Detailed marking guide containing a list of acceptable responses for the practice test

Speaking

Title Description
Role Play with a Doctor.mp3 Recording of 'live' role-play
Role Play with a Doctor.wma Recording of 'live' role-play
Role Play with a Nurse.mp3 Recording of 'live' role-play
Role Play with a Nurse.wma Recording of 'live' role-play
Speaking sub-test – test information General description of the Speaking sub-test
Pharmacy Sample role-play – includes candidate’s card (as health practitioner) and role-player’s card (as patient)
Nursing Sample role-play – includes candidate’s card (as health practitioner) and role-player’s card (as patient)

Reading

Title Description
Part A – text booklet Sample test – contains texts used for Part A – Summary task
Part A – answer booklet Sample test – contains the summary paragraph in which responses for Part A are written
Part B – text booklet Sample test – contains the texts and questions used for Part B (multiple choice)
Reading sub-test – test information General description of the Reading sub-test
Part A – key Detailed key containing a list of acceptable responses for the Part A – summary task
Part B – key Key containing a list of correct responses for Part B (multiple choice questions)
Part B – answer sheet Sample of the Answer sheet where responses for Part B questions are entered

Writing

Title Description
Writing sub-test – test information General description of the Writing sub-test and sample of the booklet in which responses are written on test-day
Occupational Therapy Sample test – contains case notes, task and a sample response for the writing sample test
Pharmacy Sample test – contains case notes, task and a sample response for the writing sample test
Nursing Sample test – contains case notes, task and a sample response for the writing sample test

46 Comments Occupational English Test (OET)

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  36. Mark

    hi Jeffrey, just want to know which area in OET “nurse” commonly nurses failed in there exam? thanks

    Reply
    1. Jeffrey

      From my experience, Listening section is always the weakest part for the majority of the candidates.

      Reply
  37. Dr.Adnan Malik

    Dear Sir

    kindly guide me for some reading strategies to improve my reading part b portion of oet especially paraphrasing and matching questions

    really appreciate your precise and prompt response

    Reply
  38. judy

    Sir,l’m very happy to find this website,and thank you for your sharing.
    How difference is IELTS and OETS?

    Reply
  39. manmeetm

    sir ,i want know if the study material is same for all health professional in oet or different for nurses plz tell me where to get free material for nurses of all modules

    Reply
    1. Jeffrey

      OET uses different materials for different professions. For instance, the one for Nursing is different with the one for Radiography. The only official free materials are all listed above. I think you have to pay for other materials.

      Reply

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