OET Exam: Everything You Need to Know

Are you an undergraduate who has completed their studies and is waiting for an opportunity to fly overseas for further studies or embarking on a rewarding healthcare career? If so, you need to take the OET (Occupational English Test). This test is specially designed to assess your language skills for almost 12 healthcare professionals. This blog will guide you on how to master your OET exams and help you achieve your dreams.


Who is OET for?

Same as the IELTS exam, the OET exam is assessed by the Cambridge Language Assessment. But what makes OET prominent is that it’s specified to doctors, nurses, paramedical professionals, and students. The fields to which OET applies are as follows:

  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science


Which countries require OET?

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Maldives
  • Malta 
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates 
  • United States of America 


What is the OET test format?

It covers all four main language skills, Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening with special attention to communication in the healthcare sector. 

Test Selection Time Test the candidate’s ability to
Listening 40 minutes Listen and understand a range of recordings on healthcare topics 
Reading 60 minutes Read and understand various texts on healthcare topics
Writing 45 minutes Write a letter using the information provided in the patient’s case notes
Speaking 20 minutes Communicate with a patient in a real-life context through the use of roleplay



What is the minimum score you need to take in order to pass the OET exam?

Each section is graded on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being the highest. The total OET score is the average of the four component scores. To pass the OET, you must obtain at least a 3.5 overall score.


What is the OET Exam registration fee?

To complete the registration process, candidates who wish to take the OET exam must pay an OET Exam fee of AUD $587 or USD 455.


When is the OET exam held?

The Occupational English Test is conducted 14 times every year. Anyone who wants to take this test can register for 3 dates at a time. This helps you to choose your flexible dates and gives you plenty of time to prepare ahead of the exam date.


How can you prepare to pass the OET exam?

  1. Study the structure of the OET exam beforehand- It is vital that you comprehend the entire test structure and analyze each section carefully to determine how skills are being tested. By doing this, you will be able to focus on improving your skills in the required areas once you know what to expect on the test. 
  2. Make an organized study plan– Create a detailed plan that highlights your method before you begin studying for the various sections of the OET. Calculate how many days you have until the test and plan in advance. Remember to set aside time for learning new strategies and reviewing skills you have already mastered. Also, you need to make sure you stick to the timetable allocating time for study.
  3. Say no to procrastination-  You might be occupied with some work and you would be sitting for the exam concurrently. At this time, you have to be smart and spend your time wisely. Since the OET is a challenging exam, it is critical to begin studying early. Allow enough time to learn the material and start practicing your skills.
  4. Utilize the free resources- Practice all the available resources on the official OET website to become familiar with the syllabus. The free resources include:

✔ Videos 
✔ Downloadable 
✔ Activities 
✔ Guided Practice 
✔ Expert advice 
✔ Links to extra preparation resources


  1. Subscribe to OET YouTube Channel- The official OET YouTube Channel provides you with tips and tricks on how you can get a good score on your exams. Also, you can receive updates on the exams while frequently watching their videos.
  2. Take an OET course – Studying alone requires a lot of self-discipline and is not for everyone. Motivation can fade even before you realize a few months have passed. The best OET preparation course includes mock tests as well as an assessment and feedback from expert teachers on your skills and performance. 



You can have access to important study resources but would still require a qualified tutor to polish up your weak areas. We at Amrak, understand the tutoring support nurses and healthcare professionals require to pass the OET exam and that’s exactly why we introduced a fast-track OET preparation course to the list of our courses. The syllabus is taught by one of our well-trained Cambridge-qualified examiners to provide our students with exceptional training to help them pass in their first sitting. We guarantee that enrolling in our OET preparation course will save you money and time. 

What is the OET Class Fee at Amrak?
Advance – 60,000LKR (48hrs)
Intermediate – 85,000LKR (75hrs)
Beginner – 100,000LKR (150hrs)
If you want to study and understand more about our OET preparation course, please contact us on 0777 974 479 today or visit the Amrak Website for more information.