Occupational English Test (OET) is a language assessment test for medical professionals who would like to practice in an English Speaking environment. OET is recognised and trusted by healthcare boards and councils in the UK, Australia, NZ, Ireland and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.

It consists of 4 modules as Listening, speaking, reading and writing. Most of all, each module require an individual A or B grade. It shows the competency for working in a highly skilled and sophisticated atmosphere.

Proper guidance, exam – oriented assessment strategies individual attention and weekly MOCK exams are the specialties of ELSAC. As a result, the students face the test with full confidence. Also, skilled trainers and an enthusiastic management definitely enhance the success and standard of this course. Further, we provide well equipped listening lab and updated materials for classroom practice and evaluating students continuously.

Test Information

The Test is divided into 4 sub-tests: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking.
The Listening and Reading sub-tests are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to understand spoken and written English, based on health-related topics and tasks common to all professions. The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to the 12 individual healthcare professions – designed to reflect common tasks performed in the workplace

The Listening Sub Test

The Listening sub-test consists of three parts, and a total of 42 question items. The topics are of generic healthcare interest and accessible to candidates across all professions. The total length of the Listening audio is about 40 minutes, including recorded speech and pauses to allow you time to write your answers. You will hear each recording once and are expected to write your answers while listening.

Listening Sub-Test Structure

Part A – Consultation Extracts

(about 5 minutes each)

Part A assesses your ability to identify specific information during a consultation. You will listen to two recorded health professional-patient consultations and you will complete the health professional’s notes using the information you hear. Note: the health professionals may be any one of the 12 professions who can take OET.

Part B – Short Workplace Extracts 

(about 1 minute each)

Part B assesses your ability to identify the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace. You will listen to six recorded extracts (e.g. team briefings, handovers, or health professional-patient dialogues) and you will answer one multiple-choice question for each extract.

Part C – Presentation Extracts 

(about 5 minutes each)

Part C assesses your ability to follow a recorded presentation or interview on a range of accessible healthcare topics. You will listen to two different extracts and you will answer six multiple-choice questions for each extract.

The Reading Sub Test

The Reading sub-test consists of three parts and a total of 42 question items. All three parts take a total of 60 minutes to complete. The topics are of generic healthcare interest and are therefore accessible to candidates across all professions.

Reading Sub-Test Structure

Part A

Part A assesses your ability to locate specific information from multiple texts in a quick and efficient manner. The short texts relate to a single healthcare topic, and you must answer 20 questions in the allocated time period. The 20 questions consist of matching, sentence completion and short answer questions.

Part B – Careful Reading Tasks

(about 45 minutes)

Part B assesses your ability to identify the detail, gist or main point of six short texts sourced from the healthcare workplace (100-150 words each).. For each text, there is one three-option multiple-choice question.

Part C – Careful Reading Tasks 

(about 45 minutes)

Part C assesses your ability to identify detailed meaning and opinion in two texts on topics of interest to healthcare professionals (800 words each). For each text, you must answer eight four-option multiple choice questions

The Writing Sub Test

The Writing sub-test takes 45 minutes and is profession-specific. There is one task set for each profession based on a typical workplace situation and the demands of the profession – a nurse does the task for nursing, a dentist does the task for dentistry, and so on.

Writing Sub-Test Structure

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, carrer, 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.