OET: An outstanding choice for health professionals

This course prepares you for the Occupational English Test (OET). It follows the pattern of the OET and will help you to improve all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The courses are suitable for medical professionals from non-English speaking backgrounds seeking to prepare for the Occupational English test, leading to professional registration in Australia. They are also suitable for registered medical professionals from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to improve their language skills and communicate more effectively and confidently in English within a medical environment. . In addition, some professions (notably nursing) require recent graduates of non-English speaking background from Australian universities to pass the OET. OET is a profession-centered course, utilizing the language of specific health professions, and so may be a more natural test of English proficiency for overseas health professionals to use than IELTS.

Course Details

OET is available for the following 12 professions:

Dentistry Therapy Radiography
Dietetics Optometry Speech
Medicine Pharmacy Pathology
Nursing Physiotherapy Veterinary
Occupational Podiatry Science
Preparing for OET involves learning a wide range of healthcare-related and profession-specific language, so test takers are able to follow, engage with and participate in a variety of clinical scenarios, as well as understand medical texts and talks. They need to be able to write a healthcare-related letter, such as a referral letter, at an advanced level. They need to acquire a range of exam techniques so they can work quickly and effectively in the test.


We have divided our OET course material into 4 modules on the basis of actual format of OET test:

1. Listening: Part A is a recorded consultation between a medical practitioner and a patient (dialogue). Part B is a lecture on a health topic (monologue). Question types include note taking and sentence, short answer, MCQ, table completion, true and false questions and multiple choices. (The key skill tested here is note-taking and once you master that, OET is not as hard as it seems at first.)

Total Time: 50 minutes.

2. Reading:Part A: Summary reading task on a Health/medical related topic. Skimming 3-4 short texts with 25-35 missing words to complete (15 minutes ) but at least with OET, the topics will be health related so that is an advantage.
Part B- Read two passages on general medical topics with a total of 16-20 multiple choice questions (45 minutes)
Total Time: 60 minutes

3. Writing:It has one writing task and is profession specific. You take this part of the OET using materials specifically for your profession. Students are required to write a medical letter, you can use your medical knowledge in this section.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Total words in 40 minutes= 180-230

4. Speaking:14~18 minute profession specific interview where you must complete 2 Health Professional-Patient role-play tasks. In each interview, your identity and profession is checked by the interviewer and there is a short warm up conversation about your professional background. Then the role-plays are introduced, one by one, and you have 2 -3 minutes to prepare for each. The two role-plays take about 5 minutes each.

Total Time:
20 minutes


A test which assesses language skill in a health professional context.
OET is recognised and trusted by more than 30 regulatory healthcare bodies and councils in Australia, New Zealand 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. In addition, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.
  • You will get confidence and fluency in communication
  • You will have the ability to communicate quickly and accurately in a clinical context
  • You will have the ability to meet the language requirements for writing profession specific documents
  • Listening skills to cope with a range of situations within a health profession context
  • The skills needed to quickly read and comprehend complex articles

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