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Exam Dost OET Training Program is the Complete solution for healthcare professionals and is produced by Cambridge Box Hill Language Assessment, a training centre for medical professionals. Our writers and editors are NHS medical and healthcare professionals experienced in preparing overseas qualified healthcare professionals for the Occupational English Test (OET).  We have produced an up-to-date guide on OET (2.0) to assist Healthcare Professionals at the start of their OET preparation.

Promoting regular practice, our tutors break down each skill with an emphasis on achieving high scores. We also teach Medics to write regularly in English; to use a range of grammar and vocabulary accurately; to boost their lexical resources and to organise their ideas



Occupational English Test

OET is an English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English speaking environment. It provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare settings. 

OET tests candidates from the following 12 health professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

OET results are accepted as proof of English proficiency by healthcare boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Namibia and Dubai for registration; by leading healthcare employers and educators for admission and recruitment; and Australian and New Zealand immigration.


Benefits of OET

OET can help to ensure that the English language skills of healthcare professionals are at the right level to work in the healthcare sector.

  • Regulatory authorities, registration boards and councils can ensure that internationally trained healthcare professionals have appropriate standards of English, specific to the healthcare sector. This is key to guaranteeing patient safety and well-being.
  • Hospitals and other healthcare employers can ensure that their employees (doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals) have the necessary English language communication skills for delivering quality healthcare.
  • Education institutions can ensure that graduating students have employment-ready or registration-ready language skills by including OET preparation and testing in their courses
  • gives confidence in the language competence of practising healthcare professionals.
  • optimises communication with patients, carers and colleagues, in turn improving the quality of care.
  • establishes a fair way to select internationally trained health professionals.
  • attracts candidates committed to excellence and professionalism.




OET Exam Format

OET is an in-depth and thorough assessment of all areas of language ability – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.
The test consists of four sub-tests:
• Listening
• Reading
• Writing
• Speaking
The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to each profession, while the Listening and Reading sub-tests are common to all professions.


Sub-test (duration) Content Shows candidates can:

(60 minutes)

3 tasks

Common to all 12 professions

follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.

(60 minutes)

3 tasks

Common to all 12 professions

read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects.

(45 minutes)

1 task

Specific to each profession

write a letter in a clear and accurate way which is relevant for the reader.

(20 minutes)

2 tasks

Specific to each profession

effectively communicate in a real-life context through the use of role plays.


Description of OET

OET assesses listening, reading, writing and speaking. There is a separate sub-test for each skill area. The Listening and Reading sub-tests are designed to assess the ability to understand spoken and written English in contexts related to general health and medicine. The sub-tests for Listening and Reading are common to all professions. The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to each profession and are designed to assess the ability to use English appropriately in a relevant professional context.


(60 minutes)

The Listening sub-test consists of two parts. The topics are of generic medical interest, accessible to candidates across all professions.

Part A (approximately 20–25 minutes) assesses candidates’ ability to follow facts during a consultation between a health professional and a patient.

Candidates listen to a recorded health professional–patient consultation and complete a note-taking task, guided by relevant headings.

Part B (approximately 20–25 minutes) assesses candidates’ ability to understand a short talk on a health-related topic that might realistically occur in the workplace. Candidates listen to a recorded talk or lecture (monologue) by a health professional and complete a range of open-ended and fixed-choice tasks.

Tasks include:

• multiple-choice questions

• sentence completion

• short-answer questions

• summary completion

• lecture notes completion

• table/flow-chart/mind-map completion

• word replacement response

• matching responses



 (60 minutes)

The Reading sub-test consists of two parts:

Part A – summary task

Part B – multiple-choice questions.

The topics are of generic medical interest and are therefore accessible to candidates across all professions.

Part A (15 minutes) assesses candidates’ ability to source information from multiple texts, to synthesise information in a meaningful way and to ‘skim’ and ‘scan’ material to retrieve information quickly. Candidates are required to read 3-4 short texts (a total of approximately 650 words) related to a single topic, and complete a summary paragraph by filling in the missing words (25-35 gaps in total).

Part B (45 minutes) assesses candidates’ ability to read and understand comprehensive texts on health-related topics similar to those in academic or professional journals. Candidates are required to read two passages (600-800 words each) and answer a set of multiple-choice questions (16-20 in total)

Tasks include:

• multiple-choice questions

• sentence completion

• short-answer questions

• summary completion

• lecture notes completion

• table/flow-chart/mind-map completion

• word replacement response

• matching responses



(45 minutes)

The Writing sub-test usually consists of a scenario presented to the candidate, which requires the production of a letter of referral to another professional. The letter must record treatment offered to date and the issues to be addressed by the other professional. The letter must take account of the stimulus material presented.

The body of the letter must consist of approximately 180-200 words and be set out in an appropriate format. For certain professions, other professional writing tasks of equivalent difficulty may also be set, e.g., responding in writing to a complaint, or providing written information to a specified audience in the form of a letter

Candidates are assessed against the following criteria:


·         Overall task fulfilment

·         Appropriateness of language

·         Comprehension of stimulus

·         Linguistic features (grammar and cohesion)

·         Presentation features (spelling, punctuation and layout).


( 20 minutes)

The Speaking sub-test is specific to each profession, based on a typical workplace situation and the demands of the profession.

The test assesses candidates’ ability to communicate in English, in a simulated health-related consultation. It consists of two simulated consultations in the form of face-toface role-plays between a patient and a health practitioner. The candidate takes the role of the practitioner and the interviewer plays the patient or patient’s relative/carer (or for veterinary science, the animal’s owner/carer).

Candidates are assessed against the following criteria:


·         Overall communicative effectiveness

·         Intelligibility

·         Fluency

·         Appropriateness

·         Resources of grammar and expression.


OET – Assessment

Your performances on the Writing and Speaking sub-tests are each rated by at least two trained Assessors at the OET Centre. Audio files and scripts are assigned to Assessors at random to avoid any conflict of interest. Your test-day Interlocutor is not involved in the assessment process. Writing and Speaking Assessors are monitored for accuracy and consistency, and the scores they award are adjusted to take into account any leniency or severity.Your answer booklets for the Listening sub-test and for Reading Part A are marked by trained Assessors at the OET Centre. Answer booklets are assigned at random to avoid any conflict of interest. Your answer sheet for Reading Part B is computer scanned and automatically scored. Listening and Reading Assessors use a detailed marking guide which sets out which answers receive marks and how the marks are counted.

There are many aspects to being able to communicate in a language effectively. OET therefore has four sub-tests – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking – to acknowledge that these involve different sub-skills and strategies. Here are the descriptions for each grade that appear on the printed Statement of Results that candidates receive: Results are published on the website approximately 15 business days after the test. Candidates log in to a secure online profile to view them.

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
E Low level of performance: requires considerable improvement


  • OET Sessions are conducted by Subject Matter Experts from UK (SMEs) with 10+ years of industry experience, Certified & trained more than 8000+ Professionals to guide you through every step of your OET journey.
  • 120 Hours of Interactive sessions with Individual attention from trainers and unlimited Doubt Clearing Sessions.
  • Exclusive Test taking strategies and techniques focusing on weak areas
  • Flexible Timings with Weekend Weekday batches
  • Special Sessions on Writing & Speaking Assessment with detailed analysis
  • Comprehensive and Exhaustive study material with mock tests developed through 30+ years of research.
  • Special Grammar Sessions for Basic Students focusing on writing and Speaking
  • Special arrangements are made for test takers with special needs, ensuring that everyone has optimum conditions to take their exams
  • Lifetime course validity including the option of repeating classes till you pass the exam.


Beginners Intermediate Express Advanced
Course Duration 120 Hours 90Hours 60 Hours 30 Hours
Test Strategies For All Sections For All Sections For All Sections For All Sections
Live Sessions 60 – (2 hours each) 48 -(2 hours each) 35 – (2 hours each) 15 – (2 hours each)
Personal Sessions 60 Sessions 45 sessions 30 sessions 15 sessions
Grammar Sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 5 sessions 3 sessions
Writing Analysis 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Speaking Analysis 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Reading Session 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 3 sessions
Listening Session 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Writing Session 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Speaking Session 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Writing Corrections 15 sessions 10 sessions 7 sessions 4 sessions
Mock Test 8 Test 5 Test 3 Test 2 Test
Course Validity Lifetime 6 Months 3 Months 1 Month
Practice Books 18 Books 15 Books 12 Books 6 Books
Fees $ 199 $137 $121 $69

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Exam dost has been a guiding light in my preparation for oet exam for united kingdom. I am thankful to the teachers for their personalised support and initiatives to motivate and help me to pass the oet exam.

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I had joined exam dost for one month for my oet exam preparation, a bit rushed – to really take advantage of resource, I’d recommend at least 2 months), and saw a pretty decent improvement. I scored a C on my first attempt of OET test. Then I decided to join exam dost for improving my score in writing part, for a reasonable price exam dost offered lots of practice material. Through practice exercises and thorough explanations of all the parts of oet exam I regained my confidence. Training was highly structured and organised that really helped me to refine my writing skills and boost my score from C to B.

Archana Reddy Registered Nurse

Attending the OET classes at exam dost really helped me a lot in achieving this success. The one on one interaction with tutors helped me frame my answers better and brought a complete change in my attitude towards the writing and speaking section. The practice exercise and study material they provided made the entire preparation really easy. Thank you so much

Anudeep Dhasade Staff Nurse

I like to express my heartfelt gratitude to exam dost for providing the guidance and motivation which helped me crack the oet exam. My special thanks to Pawar sir for his mentor ship that immensely helped me at the writing section of oet exam.

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I have been associated with exam dost for the preparation of OET as well as IELTS. The institute has been instrumental in achieving my target. I express my gratitude to the entire management and staff of exam dost.

Ashish Kamble Medicine

The guidance provided by exam dost was extremely crucial during OET exam preparation. I am grateful to all the trainers for their support and encouragement.

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