About OET

What is OET and what does OET assess?

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practice in an English-speaking environment.

OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare professional settings. For more information, go to:


Who is OET for?

OET tests health practitioners from the following 12 professions:

Dentistry Occupational Therapy Podiatry

Dietetics Optometry Radiography

Medicine Pharmacy Speech Pathology

Nursing Physiotherapy Veterinary Science

What’s in the test?

The test is divided into four sub-tests:

• Listening

• Reading

• Writing

• Speaking.

For detailed information about the test, go to:


Who uses OET as proof of English proficiency?

OET is used as proof of English proficiency by:

• Health regulators in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, Dubai, and Singapore accept OET for registration in 12 healthcare professions.

• Australian Department of Immigration and Immigration New Zealand accept OET for all visa categories, which may

require an English test, including Skilled Migrant Category.

• Leading health educators in Australia and New Zealand accept OET for admission to healthcare courses.

For an up to date list of organizations, go to:


How to prepare for OET

What preparation support does OET provide to candidates?

OET’s Preparation Portal contains a range of preparation materials, many of which are free of charge. To see the OET

Preparation Portal, go to https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/preparation-portal/

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Test dates and how to register for OET

When is OET available?

OET is available monthly. For up to date details on test dates, go to  https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/testinformation/test-dates-locations/

How to apply for OET

You can apply and pay for the test online three or more weeks before your selected test date at


How are results received?

Results are published online 16 days after the test and candidates are provided with login details to access a secure system to view their results, which are also sent by post.

Test day information

Where is the test venue?

OET is held at: DynaSpeak, Level 10, 238 Queen Street, Auckland 1010