Occupational English Test

The Occupational English Test (also known as OET) is the English Language test for healthcare professionals. It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

OET is available for the following 12 professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, and veterinary science.

OET At Santa International Academy

To help OET aspirants, Santa International Academy, offers professional training to take up OET exam in India. Our OET preparation courses are offered full-time and part-time making it accessible for working nurses. Experienced trainers walk trainees through different sections of the exam to prepare them mentally. Time management skills, various answering styles to fit personal choices and mental preparation are skillfully instilled into each candidate preparing with Santa International Academy. With fixed number of students scheduled to each training batch, we strive to provide personal attention to each student, ensuring the desired results. Fun filled learning sessions are available online for students to maximize their knowledge and exposure.

About Exam

OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.

  • OET comprises four sub-tests:

    • Listening (approximately 45 minutes)
    • Reading (60 minutes)
    • Writing (45 minutes)
    • Speaking (approximately 20 minutes).


    Candidates are required to demonstrate that they can follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures.

    Part A – consultation extracts (about 5 minutes each)

    Part A assesses candidates’ ability to identify specific information during a consultation. They are required to listen to two recorded health professional-patient consultations and complete the health professional’s notes using the information they hear.

    Part B – short workplace extracts (about 1 minute each)

    Part B assesses candidates’ ability to identify the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace. They are required to listen to six recorded extracts (e.g. team briefings, handovers, or health professional-patient dialogues) and answer one multiple-choice question for each extract.

    Part C – presentation extracts (about 5 minutes each)

    Part C assesses candidates’ ability to follow a recorded presentation or interview on a range of accessible healthcare topics. They are required to listen to two different extracts and answer six multiple-choice questions for each extract.


    Candidates are required to demonstrate that they can read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects.

    Part A – expeditious reading task (15 minutes)

    Part A assesses candidates’ ability to locate specific information from four short texts in a quick and efficient manner. The four short texts relate to a single healthcare topic, and they must answer 20 questions in the allocated time period. The 20 questions consist of matching, sentence completion and short answer questions.

    Part B and Part C – careful reading tasks (45 minutes)

    Part B assesses candidates’ ability to identify the detail, gist or main point of six short texts sourced from the healthcare workplace (100-150 words each). The texts might consist of extracts from policy documents, hospital guidelines, manuals or internal communications, such as emails or memos. For each text, there is one three-option multiple-choice question.

    Part C assesses candidates’ ability to identify detailed meaning and opinion in two texts on topics of interest to healthcare professionals (800 words each). For each text, candidates must answer eight four-option multiple choice questions.


    The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.


    The Speaking sub-test is delivered individually and the candidate takes part in two role-plays. In each role-play, the candidate takes his or her professional role (for example, as a nurse or as a pharmacist) while the interlocutor plays a patient, a client, or a patient’s relative or carer. For veterinary science, the interlocutor is the owner or carer of the animal.


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