Overview of OET – Occupational English Test

  • February 13, 2018
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The English language test for Healthcare professionals


OET is a well-respected English language test for the healthcare sector, established in the late 1980s. It was developed under contract to the Australian Federal Government. The test was designed by Professor Tim McNamara at the University of Melbourne – one of the original developers of IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Backed by over 30 years of research by the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC) at the University of Melbourne, OET has gone through a continuous cycle of research, validation and evaluation to ensure it is fit for purpose and relevant today. The test is now owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English and Box Hill Institute.

OET for nursing


Understanding the Grading System


OET Grade

Description of Ability

A. Very high level of performance
B. High level of performance, i.e. able to use English with fluency and accuracy adequate for professional needs
C. Good level of performance; however, not acceptable to a range of health and medical councils
D. Moderate level of performance: requires improvement
D. Low level of performance: requires considerable improvement


OET assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing. There is a separate sub- test for each skill area. It is a paper- based examination where grades begin from A to E and the score validity is limited to 2 years.

Why do you need OET test?


By taking OET two things are clear for sure; firstly, you have the right understanding of English and secondly, you have learnt a language which you will be needing every day at work.

Besides this, there are more important factors of why healthcare professionals choose OET over any other examination:

  • OET uses real healthcare scenarios so you’ll feel more confident on the day of the test.
  • OET is widely recognized as proof of English proficiency for registration, study and work in the healthcare sector, as well as for visa in some countries.
  • OET helps you develop language skills for success in your career.
  • It opens an international gateway and tremendous opportunities at the professional front.
  • In other words, it helps you outshine among competition.

BAFEL is a deep seated organization that can significantly help you in preparation for this international examination. Experienced and certified trainers here are inclined towards coaching you in the best fashion that ensures success against all odds. So, if you are an OET aspirant looking for the best groundwork on this test, BAFEL- British Academy For English Language is your one-stop shop, that can prepare you, coach you and mentor you to clear OET with flying colors.

Come, visit at any of our nearest centres across Delhi NCR to enroll today!

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