The Occupational English Test (OET) is plagued by myths and misconceptions—even more so compared with other language exams. There are two main reasons behind this.
The first is that it’s not as popular as the IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE tests. You’ll seldom hear government agencies requiring migrants to secure a specific OET grade. The same goes for overseas employers and educational institutions. They’re more likely to ask for a high IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE score.
The second reason, which also explains the previous point, is that OET is specifically developed for the healthcare industry. Only medical professionals can take the exam.
As an OET taker, it’s imperative that you get all your facts straight before you take the test. Here are some of the most widely believed myths and misconceptions about the exam.
Myth #1: You need to know your field inside out to pass
Truth: You don’t need to know your field inside out to pass
Let’s say you’re a fresh graduate. You know that, despite rendering a couple of hundred hours to your practice as part of your college requirement, you still don’t know everything about being a nurse. Will this keep you from getting your OET grade goal?
Not necessarily. While the OET exam is tailored to its taker’s medical expertise, having practical inexperience won’t automatically kill your chances of OET success. You can still get a high grade in the exam provided that you were able to demonstrate mastery of the English language.
Myth #2: It’s easier than the IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE
Truth: It’s just as competitive as other English proficiency exams
If you want to take the OET because you heard that it’s easier than the other international language tests, then you need to rethink your expectations. OET is just as—if not more—difficult than IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE. It’ll test your listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills (like its more popular counterparts) in a way that underlines your medical profession (unlike its more popular counterparts). So, don’t underestimate the exam. Enroll in an OET preparation course to maximize your review period.
Myth #3: OET test dates are few and far in-between
Truth: There are OET test dates every month
If difficulty in exam booking is what’s holding you back from taking the exam, then we have good news for you. There are OET test dates every month in strategic locations across the Philippines. Applications are always open for two test dates at a time. Their availability closes three weeks before their scheduled exam date.
Myth #4: OET results are valid for a shorter period compared to other exams
Truth: OET results are generally valid for two years
Confused by the “generally?” Here’s why the validity period of results may vary. The length of time that OET grades are valid depends on the organization (e.g., government agency, regulatory authority, educational institution, etc.) that acknowledged. Two years is the most common validity period in most countries.
Myth #5: You need to develop an accent to pass the exam
Truth: You don’t need to develop an accent to pass the exam
You don’t need to have a British or American accent to get a high score in the OET exam. You just have to communicate well. A lot of exam takers don’t know this and end up wasting time on developing an accent. Don’t be one of them.
The best way to ensure that your review goes well and free of any grade-reducing misconception is to enroll in an OET preparation course. So, consider enrolling in one of our programs! Click here to learn more about our training packages.