OET - TEST FORMAT
- Reading : 60 minutes
- Writing : 45 minutes
- Speaking : around 20 minutes
- Listening : around 20 minutes
OET COURSE PREPARATION
- Expect letter writing questions related to patient referral letters, hospital admissions letters, reminder letter to patients, patient discharge letters, various formal and informal letters etc.
- Dealing with different age groups – children, teenagers, adults.
- Accuracy in pronunciation, appropriate language use when dealing with people in all contexts e.g. hospital settings and private clinics.
- Reading for specific purposes, understanding the language and being able to answer specific questions related to the text.
- Taking patient histories, giving explanations and advice, aggression conversation and giving re-assurances.
- Speaking with the right tone, fluency, diction and accuracy.
- Specific attention to grammar in writing and speaking sections.
OET : SCORING & GRADES
Each of the four sub-modules of OET are graded from A to E, A being the highest grade and E being the lowest.
OET EXAM FEES
OET EXAM REGISTRATION
- Register for OET exam: click here
- Application fees for OET and booking fee are paid directly to CBLA.
- Verification and confirmation of the accuracy of the information that you submit is your responsibility.
- Your passport or National Identity Document (outside Australia) are the only forms of identification accepted for OET.
- Your ID must be valid at the time of application and for the test date.
- If you do not have a valid passport or National Identity Document, you will need to request an Authorization Letter when you apply for OET. Requests for Authorization Letters must be received no later than the application closing date for the test administration. You will need to supply certified colour copies of three ID documents that can be used to verify your identity.
- If there is a mismatch between the name in your ID and the name you used for registration, you will not be admitted.
- Application confirmation is sent via email (please check your spam or junk mail folders as well). Please confirm the accuracy of the details that you submitted.
- Immediately after successful registration, you will receive an invoice and a timetable by email. This includes the test venue details.
- If you do not appear for the test at the specified time, you will not be allowed to attend the test.
OET: Acceptable ID Proofs
Part A – summary task (15 minutes)
Part A 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. You are required to read 3-4 short texts (a total of approximately 650 words) related to a single topic, and complete a summary paragraph by filling in the missing words (25-35 gaps in total).
Part B – multiple-choice questions (45 minutes)
Part B assesses your ability to read and understand comprehensive texts on health-related topics similar to those in academic or professional journals. You are required to read two passages (600-800 words each) and answer a set of multiple-choice questions (16-20 in total).
- The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.
- Along with the task instructions, you will receive stimulus material (case notes and/or other related documentation) which includes information to use in your response.
approx. 20 minutes
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. The two role-plays take about five minutes each.
approx. 50 minutes
Part A – consultation (20-25 minutes)
Part A assesses your ability to follow facts during a consultation. You will listen to a recorded health professional-patient consultation and complete a note taking task, guided by relevant headings.
Part B – presentation (20-25 minutes)
Part B assesses your ability to understand a short talk on a health-related topic that might realistically occur in the workplace. You’ll listen to a recorded talk or lecture (monologue) by a healthcare professional and complete a range of open-ended and fixed choice tasks.
TIMING & RESULTS
OET is available 14 times per year and can be taken at test venues around the world. A full list is available on the official website.
Results are published online approximately 16 business days after the test. Official statements of results are sent out in the post following the release of online results. There is no overall grade – candidates receive separate grades for each sub-test.
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.