OET stands for Occupational English Test. OET is an international language examination that aims to gauge a healthcare professional’s English communication competence.
Nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals can take the OET exam to gain proof of their English proficiency. It is specially designed for healthcare practitioners who want to work in the UK and other English-speaking countries.
Unlike in other international language tests like the IELTS and TOEFL, OET tests an individual’s linguistic competence in the medical context. It caters to the healthcare industry specifically. The exam requires test takers to complete tasks that reflect real healthcare scenarios in their field such as writing prescriptions and providing a verbal diagnosis.
Exam takers can get an OET grade of A to E, with A being the highest and E the lowest. Each section (i.e., Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) is assessed based on a specific criterion. Results are released 19 to 23 days after the test date.
UK is not the first country to acknowledge OE as a competent language assessment exam. It is also recognized in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia, and Singapore.
Since healthcare industries set their own grade qualification, there is no established passing score in OET. However, most industries and councils—like the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK—require medical professionals to have a B band in all the test sections.
OET scores are valid for up to two years.
The OET exam can be taken once every month with testing sites in Baguio, Cebu, Makati, Iloilo, Mandaue, Manila, Quezon City, and San Juan.
A high OET grade shows that you have sufficient linguistic competence to practice your profession abroad. It also enhances your medical credentials and opens better opportunities overseas. You can get a job in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and more.
JRooz OET Review Centers aim to help Filipino nurses and other healthcare professionals reach their full linguistic potential and obtain their industry’s score requirement. To guarantee the quality of their training programs, the review centers:
- use selected teaching materials and up-to-date mock tests;
- have their OET instructors undergo intensive training about the exam;
- facilitate lectures in study-conducive and well-equipped classrooms; and
- conduct one-on-one coaching session to help students overcome their linguistic lapses.
There are JRooz OET Review Centers all over the Philippines. All branches uphold the same commitment to providing quality training and review to Filipino OET exam takers.