The OET explained - registration- fee - exam dates - preparation -result 2022

 

The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language test designed to gauge the proficiency in English language in the four aspects reading, listening, writing and speaking. The oet is designed to cater to medical and allied fields only, the test uses medical information and scenarios to assess candidate's language.



English language competency is a requirement for International Medical graduates planning to work in most of the English-speaking countries, including Irish medical council, GMC UK and now for the USA too in the usmle pathway.

Earlier, available option for English language exam was the IELTS, the main difference between OET and ILETS lies in the format, the ILETS is designed to assess general english while the OET tests the English language skills required in medical workplace. Henceforth, most of the candidates find the oet format easier and familiar.

Score requirement:

Most of the regulators require B grade minimum in all components of the test, also all components must be from the same sitting. The validity of OET is 2 years.

Availability:

OET is available worldwide with the facility of exam from home too in some countries, in Pakistan there are centers in three cities Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.

Two options are available, OET on paper and OET on computer (depending upon the centers, oet from home is not available in Pakistan as of 12/21)

OET Exam dates in Pakistan:

The exam has to be booked earlier, you can see the available dates and slots after making an account on the OET website, so plan your preparation and exams/ licensing applications as per the timeline of oet slots and result declaration.

Fee:

The fee is to be paid in AUD $587 ~ PKR 74000 ( current exchange rate 127), the fee can be paid online via debit/credit card.

 

Result:

OET declares result in around 16 business days ~ almost 3 weeks. You will receive email about result declaration and can download the statement of result, including details of marks scored in each component. After the result declaration you also have to allow access on the oet portal, to relevant boards e.g. GMC Uk to access your result directly from OET.

 

How to apply for the oet exam:

Go to the official OET website  occupationalenglishtest.org, head over to book a test, on top right corner of the page, here you will be taken to oet account creation.

You will need a digital photo with white background.

Your National identity card / Passport

Credit/ debit card for fee payment.

 Create your account, taking care to write your exact name and I.D details.

Once your account is created, you can book your test, by selecting the centre and the desired day based on availability.

 

How to prepare for the exam:

As already mentioned the oet exam is based on the health care settings, so the exam will appear familiar to most health care professionals e.g. doctors, nurses and allied health staff as the exam is designed according to their work.

Another thing to clarify is the exam will test your language, not your medical knowledge.

All you need to do is practice, to be familiar with the exam which can be easily done along-with your job, though some people proceed to coaching centers, this depends on your personal approach.

 Listening :

The listening component will assess your skills not only the spoken words but also the gist or ideas being discussed in the conversation. The audio includes medical literature discussion, clinic encounters with patients, conversations between colleagues etc, and you will be required to listen as well as write down the responses to questions handed out to you in the 45-minute test.

Reading :

The reading test has 3 sections, the first one is the skimming or fast reading, assessing how quickly you can extract the required information. Second part may have hospital communication and medical information text manuals etc, this section requires you to read the provided text and answer the accompanying section. The third part contains 2 longer extracts e.g. research articles followed by questions assessing your ability to understand the text and the ideas or theme under discussion.

Writing:

The writing task consists of writing a letter based on the information provided e.g. writing a letter to a specialist to takeover care of your patient, you will be provided with the patient notes and details on who you are writing too. The letter should consist of around 200 words.

Speaking:

In this part you will have 2 patient related scenarios 5 minutes each, the interlocutor will take the role of a patient or attendant and you will take the role of a doctor, you both will be provided with cards  having details about the settings and the reason for consultation and the things which needs to addressed during the consultation (You don’t require any prior medical knowledge, the information is provided on the cards & the test only assesses your language skills). There is a 3-minute warm-up session which is not marked, followed by the 2 role plays. The audio of the encounters are recorded and marking is done based on the audio, the interlocutor is just there for role-play.

 

For preparation, the resources recommended are:

  • 1.       The official OET sample papers
  • 2.       Join the OET social media pages they regularly have preparation sessions led by oet instructors.
  • 3.       The oet official preparation books available online 
  • 4.       For writing, you can get your letters checked by online services e.g. benchmark etc which provide feedback and sections which need improvement
  • 5.       YouTube has tons of videos from orientation to oet to specifics e.g. writing etc which can be helpful if you have limited time.

6.       For speaking its best to first to practice role plays with your friends etc.

The important take home message is to be familiar with the format, criteria and theme of the exam, take help from the official resources e.g. the oet practice book (available for each component is a must) it contains sample tasks with explanation, what aspects are tested etc.

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