The Occupational English Test (also known as OET) is an international English language test for the healthcare sector that assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. Medcity International Academy offers the best coaching classes for OET and OET 2.0 in Kottayam, Kannur and Mangalore. Get trained from experienced and certified professionals. Medcity provides coaching in OET Listening, OET Reading, OET Writing and OET Speaking and is recognised as the best OET training centre in Kottayam, Kannur and Mangalore. It gives a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare professional settings.
OET is available for the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, under the direction of the Australian National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), which managed the test at that time. The test has been researched and developed continuously since then to guarantee that it has kept up with current theory and practice in language assessment. This work has been done primarily by the University of Melbourne’s Language Testing Research Centre and, more recently, also by Cambridge English Language Assessment , speech pathology, and veterinary science. Choose the best OET training Institute to pass the exam with great score. Medcity International Academy is the best OET training institute in Kottayam, Kannur and Mangalore.
OET was designed in the late 1980s by Professor Tim McNamara
Since March 2013 the test has been claimed by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA), a venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute.
OET is recognised by regulatory healthcare bodies and councils in Canada, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Singapore, recently in UK and Ireland. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as evidence of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. Moreover, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.
Each recognising association determines which grade results mean that candidates meet the language competency standards to function in their profession. A full list of regulatory associations which accept OET can be seen on the official website.
OET gives a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings. OET consists of four sub-tests:
The listening test consists of two parts. In Part A, candidates listen to a simulated consultation (dialogue) between a professional and a patient and are required to take notes under 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.
The reading test consists of two parts. In Part A, lasting 15 minutes, candidates are asked to skim read 3 or 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 synthesise information. In Part B, lasting 45 minutes, candidates are asked to read two passages on a general healthcare topic and answer 8–10 multiple choice questions for each text. It is designed to test the reader’s ability to read and comprehend longer texts.
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, carer or group. Candidates are given case notes which must be included in their letter.
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 carer. For veterinary science the interviewer is the owner or carer of the animal.
OET is accessible up to 12 times a year and can be taken at test venues around the world. A full list is available on the official website.
Results are distributed online around 16 business days after the test. The official statements of results are sent out in the post following the release of online results. There is no overall grade – OET results and assessment candidates receive separate grades for each sub-test.
You will receive a Statement of Results which shows your grade for each of the four sub-tests, from A (highest) to E (lowest). Each of the four sub-tests is assessed in a specific way.
|OET GRADE||DESCRIPTION OF ABILITY||IELTS EQUIVALENCE|
|A||Very high level of performance||8.0-9.0|
|B||High level of performance; ie able to use English with fluency and accuracy adequate for healthcare registration, appropriate visa categories, healthcare courses and workplaces.||7.0-7.5|
|C+||Very good level of performance; adquate for appropriate visa categories, healthcare courses and workplaces.||6.5|
|C||Good level of performance;adequate for appropriate visa categories, healthcare courses and workplaces.||5.5-6.5|
|D||Moderate level of performance, requires improvement.||4.0-5.0|
|E||Low level of performance; requires considerable improvement.|
Your answer booklets for the Listening sub-test and for Reading Part A are marked by trained Assessors at the OET Centre. Answer booklets are assigned at random to avoid any conflict of interest. Your answer sheet for Reading Part B is computer scanned and automatically scored.
Listening and Reading Assessors use a detailed marking guide which sets out which answers receive marks and how the marks are counted. Assessors use this guide to decide for each question whether you have provided enough correct information to be given the mark or marks available. Assessors are monitored for accuracy and consistency, and the data entry of scores is also double-checked for accuracy.
Your performances on the Writing and Speaking sub-tests are each rated by at least two trained Assessors at the OET Centre. Audio files and scripts are assigned to Assessors at random to avoid any conflict of interest. Your test-day Interlocutor is not involved in the assessment process.
Writing and Speaking Assessors are monitored for accuracy and consistency, and the scores they award are adjusted to take into account any leniency or severity. If two Assessors award different scores to your performance, your script and/or audio file will be referred to at least one other senior Assessor not previously involved in your assessment.
For the Writing sub-test, each Assessor scores your performance according to five criteria: Overall Task Fulfilment, Appropriateness of Language, Comprehension of Stimulus, Linguistic Features (Grammar and Cohesion), and Presentation Features (Spelling, Punctuation, and Layout). The five criteria are equally weighted. Grade B for Writing requires a high level of performance on all five criteria.
For the Speaking sub-test, each Assessor scores your performance according to five criteria: Overall Communicative Effectiveness, Intelligibility, Fluency, Appropriateness, and Resources of Grammar and Expression. The five criteria are equally weighted. Grade B for Speaking requires a high level of performance on all five criteria.
Most recognising organisations require candidates to have at least a B grade in each of the four sub-tests and recognise results as valid for up to two years. Most recognising organisations also require that candidates achieve the requisite grades for each sub-test in one sitting. However, candidates should check with the organisation that regulates their profession to confirm current requirements
At Medcity International Academy we have the best talent of successful and experienced trained faculty to facilitate excellent and result oriented training in OET.
Medcity International Academy offers a 100% success rate in the OET Examination. We have a numerous supply of materials for all the four modules and our classes are well equipped with facilities that allow students to utilize them. Our facility makes sure that each student gets individual attention. Weak students will be given further attention and their training can be extended.
We mainly provide regular, crash and online courses. It comprises basic class, intermediate class, advanced batch and Exam batch .The students get introduced with all the four modules in the basic batch. The intermediate batch students are taught about the various modules in detail and they are familiarized with the advanced and updated teaching materials.In advance batch, the students are given detail practice sessions with necessary individual attention. In exam batch, the students are exposed to a real examination setting,where they are given mock examinations.It is also a place where the students are given fine corrections.