What is the Occupational English Test?

The Occupational English Test, also known as OET, is an international English language test developed specifically for healthcare professionals who wish to register and practise in an English-speaking environment, like Ireland.

Who recognises it, and where?

It is recognised by registration bodies in Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively in the healthcare workplace.

Which professions does it assess?

The OET assesses the language communication skills of 12 different healthcare professionals:

Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

What does the OET assess?

The exam is made up of 4 subtests as follows:

Listening (45 minutes) – common to all 12 healthcare professions

Reading (60 minutes) – common to all 12 healthcare professions

Writing (45 minutes) – specific to your profession

Speaking (20 minutes) – specific to your profession

When and where can I take the test?

It is available every month in 46 countries, including 4 test centres in Ireland.

Click here for 2022 OET test dates.

Can I take the test on line or at a test centre?

It is available in three different delivery modes:

  1. OET on paper at a test venue
  2. OET on computer at a test venue
  3. OET at home on your own computer

Whichever mode you choose, it is exactly the same test.