The OET Test

Unlike other general or academic English tests, our test has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions.

Who recognises the OET Test?

Regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore recognise and trust the OET Test 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


Complete 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 profession-specific role-play, with the interlocutor playing as your patient or carer.

What makes OET a global leader in English language assessment?

Our test 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)

Developed for 12 healthcare professions

We've designed our test to match the language healthcare professionals will use every day in healthcare settings, so they’ll be equipped to communicate easily and effectively with patients, colleagues and healthcare teams.

Backed by research, built from research

Our test is underpinned by ongoing research from leading academic institutions, including Cambridge Assessment English and the University of Melbourne.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. 

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OET - English language test for healthcare professionals