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OET Overview

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

So, what is the OET exactly? Want to know more? Read our little presentation and find out about our OET online modular courses.

What is the OET?

  • The Occupational English Test (OET) is an international language test designed specifically for those in the health care profession.

  • It covers all four skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) and explores communication typical of work place scenarios.

  • The listening and reading tests are the same for all test-takers, but the writing and speaking are profession-specific.

  • The OET qualification is recognised by boards and councils across the world, including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, and Singapore.

  • There are 107 test venues in 40 different countries.

How is the test scored?

  • The test is scored from 0-500 in 10 point increments.

  • For most test-takers, a score of at least 350 is needed. This translates to a Grade B.

  • However, be careful, to get a score of 350 / 500 it doesn’t mean that you have to get 75% of your answers right! There’s a complicated algorithm used to grade test-takers’ work.

  • Why is it divided into 10 point increments? To help test-takers identify where they are on the scale (and how far away or close they are from achieving their goal).

How long do I need to study?

  • Well, that all depends on your level of English. It is after all, an English language test, so you will need to have a good foundation in grammar and an extensive vocabulary.

  • For someone who is achieving around 300-340, OET recommends around 40-150 hours of guided study.

  • You will also have to develop your test-taking techniques, such as skimming and scanning.

  • We recommend that you start preparing for the test when you have achieved a high B2 / C1 level of English.

What courses can you study with Bose Learning?

  • Our group online courses are modular, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to take, or buy the whole package.

  • They will run every month and the course is repeated on a monthly cycle.

  • Click here for further details. about our OET online modular courses.

  • Good luck with your studies!

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