Occupational English Test-OET

ULCI offers Occupational English Test (also known as OET) classes for doctors and nurses. Classes are scheduled in morning, afternoon and evening sessions to accommodate the schedules of busy health care professionals.

OET courses at ULCI run for 4 weeks with 2 hours of classes every day from Monday – Friday. Included in the course are course materials mock exams, unlimited access to practice lab and library and regular performance feedback. Our OET classes are taken by highly experienced instructors and our teaching materials are sourced from the best resources available. At ULCI, we have been able to maintain a successful track record of enabling our students to secure high grades in the exam. Majority of our students have been able to secure Grade B or better in each of the subsections of the exam. The cost of the course is 35,000/-. 

ULCI is also the authorized test venue for OET in Nepal.

Introduction to OET

OET is the English language test for healthcare professionals. It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

Qualifying Professions

OET is available for the following 12 professions:

  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science

Recognition

OET is recognized by regulatory healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine. Many organizations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition, OET is recognized by the Australian Department of Home Affairs and Immigration New Zealand for all visa categories where an English test may be required.

Each recognizingorganization determines which grade results mean that candidates meet the language competency standards to function in their profession.

Test Format:

OET provides 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. The format for each of the section of tests are as follows:

Section

Duration

Subsections

Listening

 

Approximately 45 minutes

 

 

Reading

 

60 minutes

Writing

45 minutes

The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, 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.

 

Speaking

Approximately 20 minutes

The Speaking sub-test is delivered individually and the candidate takes part in two role-plays. In each role-play, the candidate takes his or her professional role (for example, as a nurse or as a pharmacist) while the interlocutor plays a patient, a client, or a patient’s relative or carer. For veterinary science, the interlocutor is the owner or carer of the animal.

Scoring

For each of the four sub-tests that make up OET, candidates receive a numerical score from 0-500 in 10-point increments e.g. 350,360, 370. The numeric score is mapped to a separatae letter grade, ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest). There is no overall grade for OET.

Letter grade

Numeric score

Description of ability

A

450-500

Can communicate very fluently and effectively with patients and health professionals, using appropriate register, tone and lexis. Shows complete understanding of any kind of written or spoken language.

B

350-440

Can communicate effectively with patients and health professionals, using appropriate register, tone and lexis, with only occasional inaccuracies and hesitations. Shows good understanding in a range of clinical contexts.

C+

C

300-340

200-290

Can maintain the interaction in a relevant healthcare environment despite occasional errors and lapses and follow standard spoken language normally encountered in his/her field of specialization.

D

100-190

Can maintain some interaction and understand straightforward factual information in his/her field of specialization, but may ask for clarification. Frequent errors, inaccuracies and mis- or overuse of technical language can cause strain in communication.

E

0-90

Can manage simple interaction on familiar topics and understand the main point in short, simple messages, provided he/she can ask for clarification. High-density of errors and mis- or overuse of technical language can cause significant strain and breakdowns in communication.

Frequency of the Exam:

OET exams occur 14 times in a year with at least one test date every month. ULCI is the test venue for OET exams in Nepal.

Results:

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 recognizingorganizations require candidates to have at least a B grade in each of the four sub-tests and recognize results as valid for up to two years. Most recognizingorganizations also require that candidates achieve the requisite grades for each sub-test in one sitting. However, the result requirements must be confirmed from the concerned body in which the candidate is trying to apply.

*Information regarding the Test have been derived from the Occupation English Test website

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