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Introduction to OET

OET is the abbreviation for Occupational English Test. It is an English proficiency test that is undertaken by healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc to migrate to certain foreign countries and practice. 

Knowing English at a certain level with the widely used healthcare terminology is important to understand the vital information, a slight miscommunication in which can be very critical.

Hence, Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA) introduced this test which is a joint venture between Cambridge English and Boxhill Institute.

The exam is available across 12 professions:

  1. Medicine: Includes the doctors involved in the treatment and prevention of diseases. 
  2. Dentistry: The branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. 
  3. Nursing: Involves the practice of providing care to the sick.
  4. Dietetics: The branch of healthcare concerned with diet and nutrition and its effect on human health.
  5. Optometry: Includes the professionals and doctors involved in the treatment and correction of eye defects. 
  6. Occupational therapy: It involves putting to use certain activities that can affect brain and body function and help it to recover. 
  7. Podiatry: The professionals involves in the treatment of defects and ailments of the feet. 
  8. Radiography: The science of using radiographs in the detection of health ailments. 
  9. Pharmacy: The science or practice of preparing and dispensing drugs for medicinal use.
  10. SpeechPathology: The training to help people with speaking defects, speak more clearly and properly. 
  11. Veterinary Science: The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and any kind of ailments in animals. 
  12. Physiotherapy: It involves the treatment of diseases by exercise, massage, heat treatment, etc rather than by drugs or surgery. 

Healthcare professionals from all of these segments are required to clear OET if they wish to practice in an English-speaking country. OET score is accepted in UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia, and Singapore. 

OET score is graded at 6 levels viz. A, B, C+, C, D, E. To be accepted internationally for practice, you need to score a minimum of level B. 

OET assesses four language skills with Writing and Speaking tests different for 12 different areas of healthcare while the other two i.e. Reading and Listening tests are the same across all areas. 

You need to have extensive preparation for any test and OET is no different. You definitely need to have a proper study plan and understand the test structure completely as per your domain.   

The OET preparation course at SPeakENg India is designed specifically keeping in mind the requirements of health professionals. Our student-centered approach makes sure you optimize your available hours post-working to prepare well and score high in OET. Join Speakeng to clear OET with ease. 

– Vaishali Pandey

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