Occupational English Test (OET) – What nurses needs to know?

OET - What Nurses needs to knowOccupational English Test (OET) has been recognised as one of the english language requirement other than IELTS Academic by United Kingdom as well as Australia. It will be good for nurses to have an awareness about OET and its requirements. This article gives information about that.




Occupational English Test (OET) for Nurses

Just like IELTS Academic, OET also consists of four parts ie Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. But it has a major difference. OET have all the content related to your profession – Nursing whereas IELTS can have any topic under the sun. If you are a nurse, it will be more easy to relate with the conversation that you are listening, essay you are reading, writing and even in speaking.

OET Listening

Time period – 50 minutes

Contains Part A and Part B

Part A consist of a recorded, simiulated professional/patient consultation with note taking questions

Part B consist of recorded talk or lecture on health realted topic, with wide range of short and multiple choice answer

This part A and part B is same in IELTS Academic too, only difference is it will not be related to nursing.

OET Reading

Time Limit – one hour

Consist of Part A and B

Part A includes skim and scan short health related texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in missing words.

Part B consists of longer health related texts for reading and you will need to answer multiple choice questions

Since you are a nurse, it will be easier for you to pick that tricky words related to your field and fill/answer all those questions



OET Writing

This task makes the whole difference from IELTS academic.

You will be most probably asked to write a letter (referral letter) eg. Letter for transfer/discharge, letter to advise or inform a patient, carer or group.

OET writing is very easy for nurses to answer when compared to IELTS Academic. Its because, in IELTS Academic you need to answer two tasks, First one may be a graph, flow chart, bar diagram, pie diagram etc (YOu need to depict the findings). Second task will be a general essay. In IELTS Academic if you need a 7 band in writing, you definitely need to answer both tasks in writing very precisely.

There are many people who are attempting IELTS Academic again and again to simply improve the score in writing. So, in this regard OET is far better as you don’t need to ignite your imagination.

OET Speaking

Time Duration – 45 minutes

In OET speaking, you will be given a workplace situation. You will take part in role plays, wher your interlocutor plays a patient or client and you plays the nurse.

In IELTS Academic there will be thorough examination of your speaking from simple to complex questions by the examiner. You will be given a topic to speak about flowlessly for a period of two minutes too. That topic may be new or entirely different from your life experience. So, luck plays an important role in IELTS speaking. OET is better in this regard.

Fees for attempting OET

Time duration – 20 minutes (same as IELTS)

Fees as per OET website is 587 Austrailian Dollars ie around 30000 INR.

This OET application fees is very high when compared to IELTS Academic fee of Rs. 12800/-




OET Requirements for Nurses to register in UK/Australia

Now, we will see about OET requirements for registering as a nurse in Australia/UK

In Australia, nurses require OET B (In all four modules) for starting their adaptation programme.

To register in UK (Nurses and Midwifery Council – NMC), you require the same ie OET ‘B’ in all four modules.They will accept all OET results from February 2016.

Hopes, this article clarifies all your doubts regarding OET and its advantage over IELTS Academic.

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