OET is mainly suitable for aspirants who seek to register and practice in English Speaking surroundings. It is available for many professions like- “dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, veterinary science and many more”. The Occupational English Test is valid proof for many healthcare bodies and councils in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. It is also a recognized proof of effective communication and ability of candidates in the healthcare sector. Many organizations, hospitals, universities and colleges in different countries accept OET. Apart from this, the Australian department of Immigration and border protection are also encouraging candidates to opt for OET for work Visas and student visas.
OET is a valued International English language test for Medical Management. It was established in the late 1980s under contract to the Australian Federal Government. It is under continuous research and development. In March 2013, a joint venture was launched by between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute known as Cambridge Box hill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA) that owns and administers the test till today. LinguaSoft EduTech specializes in the preparation of OET (Nursing).
A Very high level of performance
B Very high level of performance
C Good level of performance
D Moderate level of performance
E Low level of performance
OET assesses 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:
Listening 2 tasks to be performed ( part A 20-25 min , part B 20-25 min )App. 50 minutes
Reading 2 tasks to be performed ( part A summary 15 min , part B MCQ 45 min)( 60 minutes)
Writing 5 min to read & 40 min to write (One Task)(45 minutes)
Speaking 2 tasks (approximately 20 minutes).
The listening test consists of two parts. In Part A, candidates are required to take notes under headings after listening to a simulated consultation (dialogue) between a professional and a patient. In Part B, candidates are required to complete a range of open-ended and fixed-choice questions after listening to a health professional giving a short talk on a health-related topic.
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 intended to test the reader’s capability to scan texts within a time limit, source information from multiple texts, and amalgamate 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 aptitude to read and understand 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, for example a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise a patient, carer or group. Candidates are supposed to use given case notes 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 are based on typical interactions between a health professional and a patient and last about five minutes. The candidate adopts their usual professional role (e.g. as a nurse) and the interviewer plays a patient or sometimes a relative or career.
Re-Evaluation of OET Scores
If you are not satisfied with your result, you can request for re-evaluation of your scores. Though OET assessors follow strict assessment guidelines to ensure the results produced are accurate and correct. If your grades do not change or remain same after re-marking, then it would mean that scoring has been checked and verified accurately and as such no changes have been made. You can appeal the results to be checked again if you believe that re-marking decision has not been done fairly or properly. The best way using which you can ensure your better communication skills is to prepare well for the examination.
Interpretation of OET Scores
The OET Scores are produced as a statement of results which show different grades from A to E. The interpretation of different grades is given as below-
• Grade A- Grade A denotes very high level of performance
• Grade B- Grade B signifies high level of performance
• Grade C- The Grade C denotes good level of performance
• Grade D- This grade signified that you have got moderate level of performance
• Grade E- Low level of performance
The assessment of the OET is aimed to measure the proficiency of the candidates in the English language. The OET scores will be a reflection of your proficiency and performance in specific tasks.
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