About OET


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OET has been in use since the 1980’s. It was originally contracted by the Australian government to assess the English of international staff in the medical and healthcare sector. It began as a collaboration by Cambridge English Language Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge) and the Boxhill Institute.

OET Progression

Today, OET is used the benchmark of professional medical English in 6 English speaking countries across the globe. It has test centres in over 40 countries in Europe, North America, South America, India, African and Asia.

The Test

OET consists of four parts; reading, writing, speaking and listening. The test has been revised by the Occupational English Test examining board, and the updated exam has been available from September 2018. All four skills are examined in depth, as you can see in our OET Guide. Here you can find out more about how the exam is graded and a breakdown of the test itself.

The Training

In-House Preparation for NHS Trusts and other stakeholders

Our in-house preparation course runs over approximately two and a half weeks consisting of:

    • 60 hours of face to face training.
    • Overview of the test, marking criteria and pass level.
    • Analysis of each of the four sub-tests.
    • Introduction to the different question types.
    • Exam techniques and strategies.
    • Practice materials.
    • Exam preparation pack.

Individual Preparation Packages

Our individually designed one to one programmes include:

    • Placement test to assess student level.
    • Introduction to the sub-tests and marking criteria.
    • Analysis of question types (as determined by the placement test).
    • Review of different question types and effective approach to answers.
    • Exam techniques and strategies to improve core skills.

Our qualified teachers provide direct and on-line support to students who have access to their own learning portal.

Resources and activities are regularly added to the student zone to prepare candidates for the exam. This allows them to revise efficiently for the OET.

Support Packages

Supporting sessions add extra value to the in-house course by monitoring progress and development. Additional masterclasses boost knowledge, confidence and develop exam skills.

Our bolt-on packages are:

    • Candidate placement test designed to assess student ability and language level.
    • Progress test highlights student progress and determines exam need.
    • Masterclasses aimed at covering the essential elements of each sub-test.

The OET test material is underpinned by findings and recommendations from ongoing key research.

Enquire about costs and packages.

Premium Preparation Providers

Premium Preparation Providers are accredited by OET as being highly skilled in delivering preparation at a level suitable for medical professionals. This enables them to work in the UK and other English speaking environments. They are listed on the OET website as official providers. You can find The English Teacher details on the OET Premium Preparation Providers page.

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