The test

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, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment Structure

OET - English language test for healthcare professionals


Participate in a range of listening assessments based on patient consultations and lectures.
OET - English language test for healthcare professionals


Read and understand different types of texts based on a variety of healthcare professions and subjects.
OET - English language test for healthcare professionals


Take part in a writing task specific to your profession such as a document of referral, advice or a letter of transfer or discharge.
OET - English language test for healthcare professionals


Engage in a role-play based speaking assessment specific to your profession with the interlocutor playing as your patient or carer.

What makes OET a global leader in English language assessment?

OET accurately reflects a candidate's ability to communicate in an English-speaking healthcare workplace

OET reports a scaled score (from 0 to 500) and a letter grade (from E to A) for each individual sub-test. OET does not report overall scores or grades.

Vidakovic & Khalifa (2013)

OET has been developed specifically to reflect workplace tasks for 12 healthcare professions

Tasks simulating real workplace scenarios and testing relevant language skills for healthcare.

Our test material is underpinned by ongoing research

The reliability of the Listening and Reading sub-tests is reported using Cronbach Alpha, and the reliability of the Writing and Speaking sub-tests is reported using Spearman Reliability. The figures below show the average reliability values for the combined administrations of the OET test per sub-test in 2021. Also provided are conditional reliability figures at C+ and B, which are the score points at which decisions are typically made.

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OET - English language test for healthcare professionals