Occupational English Test (OET)

The English Language Test Designed for the Healthcare Sector

Rosemounts now offers exam training for OET, the Occupational English Test designed for healthcare professionals wishing to work or study in healthcare in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai or Singapore.

By taking OET not only do you demonstrate that you have the right level of English needed to practice healthcare abroad but importantly the test is designed around real healthcare scenarios, so you learn the kind of language that you will need every day at work.

OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for visas, registration, and courses and is easy to sit with test venues throughout India including, New Delhi and Chandigarh with monthly test dates.

It has been developed specially for 12 healthcare professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

Consisting of four sub-tests, OET tests the skills you need to succeed in your career; listening, reading, writing and speaking and is based on typical workplace scenarios.

At the end of the test, you receive a statement of results which shows your grade for each of the sub-tests, marked A (highest) to E (lowest). Potential employers or universities are looking for high grades across all the skills so it’s vital that you know what to expect and prepare thoroughly beforehand.

Test overview

Listening
50 minutes, two parts, 20-28 multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

The topics are of generic healthcare interest, accessible to candidates across all professions. Each part consists of recorded speech, containing pauses to allow you time to write your answers. You will hear each recording once and are expected to write your answers while listening.

Part A: Consultant (20 – 25 minutes)
Assesses your ability to follow facts during a consultation.
Part B: Presentation (20-25 minutes)
Assesses your ability to understand a short talk on a health-related topic that might occur in the workplace.

Reading
60 minutes, two parts.

The topics are of generic healthcare interest and are therefore accessible to candidates across all professions.

Part A: Summary task (15 minutes)
Assesses your ability to source information from multiple texts, to synthesise information in a meaningful way and to ‘skim’ and ‘scan’ material to retrieve information quickly.

Part B: Multiple-choice questions (45 minutes) Assess your ability to read and understand comprehensive text on health-related topics similar to those in academic or professional journals.

Writing
45 minutes, one task

There is one task set for each profession based on a typical workplace situation – so that a nurse does the task for nursing, a dentist does the task for dentistry and so on.

Candidates must write a letter, usually a referral letter or sometimes a different type of letter: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter of advice to a patient, carer or group. Along with the task instructions, you will receive stimulus material (e.g. case notes) which includes information to use in your response.

Speaking
20 minutes, two role-plays

In each role-play, you take your professional role (e.g. nurse) while the interlocutor plays a patient/client/carer role. For veterinary science, the interlocutor is the animal’s owner.

In each speaking test, your identity and profession are checked by the interlocutor and there is a short warm-up conversation about your professional background. Then the role plays are introduced, one by one, and you have 2-3 minutes to prepare for each.

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