OET stands for the Occupational English Test, which is an English language test especially designed for the healthcare people to determine how good is their English for the communication. This is necessary for these when they want to get registered and practice in an environment where English is the primary language. All kinds of health professionals which include dentists, dietitians, therapist, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapist and all kind of the other doctors are required to have this test.
The history of the OET:
This test was first developed by Tim McNamara in the year of 1980s. Over the time, many improvements were done in this test to keep the standards of assessments of the language up to date. This test is now currently owned and administrated by the CBLA.
In which countries this OET is recognised?
PTE books in Sydney was initially developed by Australia but now this test is valid for many other countries as well which includes, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland and even in Ukraine and Namibia. This means that when you have acquired this test once then it is valid if you go in these countries too. Not only this but this test could also be used in the visa applications for Australia and NZ where some kind of English test is required.
What is the assessment format of the OET?
There are four categories through which any language is assessed and it includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. This test includes all of these but the emphasis is on the medical environment setting. The test has subtests for these assessment each of which is of different duration. Furthermore, in these subtests, there are parts which focus on different things. The test result score determines that how fluent is that person is in English, the test score in the range of the 400 to 500 tells that the fluency level of the person is very good and he has major understanding of the language and could communicate very well in all four aspects. Similarly, the lowest score range is 0 to 90 which means that the person is only able to interact and communicate in specific topics of which he already has an understanding but he or she is not familiar with the use of the language.
When is this test conducted:
OET is the test which happens 14 times in the year and you do not have to be in Australia to give the test but you could be anywhere in the world at the time of the test and could give it online through their official website. The results of the test are compiled in 16 days and are published online from where the candidate could know their score.