All about OET

Occupational English Test is an English Language test for healthcare professionals and tests you in four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Angels School of Knowledge provides specialised training and extensive practise materials for this test.

OET is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust. The test is comprised of simulated situations a professional might come across in a Healthcare and Medical profession.


General info on PTE test

40 countries

Available in 40 countries. OET is recognised by healthcare bodies in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, UK and Ireland.

14 test dates

There are 14 dates in a year for taking the test making it both highly available and highly flexible.

A-E grade scoring

OET is graded from A to E. Grade A means a better user of English. Grade E means a poor user of English.

4 sections

There are four sections to the OET test. Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. Each section is graded individually.

Occupational English Test

This test is mostly for healthcare professionals, applying for work in some specific countries only including UK & Ireland, Australia & NZ, Dubai & Singapore.

Occupational English Test – The Test is approximately 3 hours long with 4 sections

Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.


60 minutes

  • The section of the test is divided into two parts, part A and part B.
  • Part A is 15 minutes long and you are supposed to read 3-4 short paragraphs and complete a summary paragraph.
  • Part B is 45 minutes and you are supposed to read 2 passages and answer 8-10 multiple choice questions for each passage.


Approximately 50 Minutes

Two parts, Part A and Part B.

  • In Part A, you hear a simulated conversation between a medical professional and a patient. You are supposed to make notes under the headings provided in the test.
  • In Part B, you hear a talk on healthcare and answer some open-ended and fixed choice questions.


45 minutes

  • The writing paper asks candidates to write a letter, usually a letter of referral.
  • For some professionals, the letter might differ, it may be a letter of transfer or discharge or a letter to advise a patient, carer or group.
  • Notes are provided which are related to the question, you must be writing according to the case provided.


Approximately 20 minutes

  • You need to attend a one on one interview with the examiner. It starts with a small introduction and followed by two role plays.
  • Role plays are usually 5 minutes and related to healthcare situations. Here you take the role of a healthcare professional and the examiner plays the patients role.
  • You get two to three minutes between each role play.

By now, you know what the test is all about!

Read the next article on Roadmap to OET, which answers the next set of questions: What is the score that I need? What is my present level of English?

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