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The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test for health practitioners who have qualified to practice in one country and wish to gain provisional registration to practice their profession in another which has an English-speaking context.Applicants are subsequently required by their professional board or council to sit a test of professional knowledge. The Test measures the language competency of health practitioners who are seeking registration and the ability to practice in an English speaking context. It is designed to ensure that language competency is assessed in a relevant professional context.All four language skills are assessed, with Writing and Speaking tests available in 12 different areas of healthcare. All candidates sit the same Reading and Listening tests.OET test result are given in grade system, the highest grade is A, next is B and it goes down C, D, E respectively. Most of the health professionals need A or B or C grade to process applications for study or work or migrate purpose.

The OET is designed to test language skills needed for effective communication with patients, their families and colleagues within the medical profession, and the preparation course reflects this, through additional crucial cultural communication. There is a ‘cultural customs’ element of the course in addition to the exam preparation, in order to make learners aware of the need to use appropriate intonation, body language and gestures.

It shows employers that you have the English language skills needed to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients and their families, to deliver quality healthcare. It is accepted by various healthcare regulators and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore as a proof of employee language competence.OET is recognized and trusted by over 20 healthcare regulators, boards, councils and government departments in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

The OET is administered by the OET Centre up to ten times a year in over 40 locations around the world.OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions. Tests simulate real workplace tasks and test relevant language skills for each profession.

OET is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a joint venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute

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