OET – Occupational English Test

What is the Occupational English Test?

Test Overview

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.

Who Recognises OET?

OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment Structure

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

Choose:

-Reach OET B for Nurses
-Reach OET B for Doctors

What level of English do I need to start the OET course?

You will need to be at CEFR B2 or C1 (IELTS 6) to take this course.

IH Manchester can help you to OET success!

OET 1:1 lessons with IH Manchester are designed to give you the language and test skills needed to pass and move on to the next stage of your medical career in The UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

Why study OET with IH Manchester?

  • Study with full trained and qualified OET experts
  • Access to our online study platform with content written by leading OET professionals and which includes 35 videos, 45 audio tracks and 100s of different tasks and activities including test practice.
  • IH Manchester’s flipped learning approach means you learn efficiently. Students can complete activities on our platform before class so more class time is spent practising, consolidating understanding and receiving feedback.
  • Learn the language skills required for exam success including integrated grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work as well as exam focused writing, reading, speaking and listening practice.
  • Learn how to succeed with focused exam criteria explanations integrated throughout the student’s programme. Understand each section of each part of the test and how to succeed.
  • Exam practice including speaking test roles plays and written test script correction throughout the programme as required.

Course Content

Reach OET B for Doctors

An introduction to the OET
•About the test
•A personal experience of taking the OET
•Booking the test
•Medical and academic English
•What level do you need?

The Listening paper
•An overview
•Section A listening to consultations
•Section B listening to workplace conversations•Section C listening to talks
•Analysing language and structure
•Comparing medical and everyday language
•Understanding numbers and statistics
•Understanding abbreviations and acronyms
•Practising different activity types
•Test practice

The Writing paper
•An overview
•Planning letters
•Analysing case notes
•Writing referral letters
•Using the correct format and structure
•Using appropriate language
•Describing complaints and symptoms
•Describing about past medical history
•Describing diseases and conditions
•Describing tests, treatments, medicationsand surgery•Making requests
•Saying what different healthcare professionals do
•Test practice

The reading paper
•An overview
•Section A rapid text analysis
•Section B understanding workplace texts
•Section C understanding longer articles
•Working with academic medical texts
•Analysing different types of text
•Understanding graphs and tables
•Completing a summary
•Answering multiple choice questions
•Test practice

The speaking paper
•An overview
•Analysing different role plays
•The structure and format of the test
•Managing the warm-up conversation
•Starting the role play
•Using appropriate questions
•Describing symptoms and pain
•Describing tests, treatment, medications andside-effects
•Explaining wound care and dressings•Giving advice and explanations
•Communicating empathetically and effectively
•Using everyday language•Test practice

Reach OET B Nurses

An introduction to the OET
•About the test
•A personal experience of taking the OET
•Booking the test
•Medical and academic English
•What level do you need?

The Listening paper
•An overview•
Section A listening to consultations
•Section B listening to workplace conversations•Section C listening to talks
•Analysing language and structure
•Comparing medical and everyday language
•Understanding numbers and statistics
•Understanding abbreviations and acronyms
•Practising different activity types
•Test practice

The Writing paper
•An overview
•Planning letters
•Analysing case notes
•Writing referral letters
•Using the correct format and structure
•Using appropriate language
•Describing complaints and symptoms
•Describing about past medical history
•Describing diseases and conditions
•Describing tests, treatments, medicationsand surgery
•Making requests
•Saying what different healthcare professionals do
•Test practice

The reading paper
•An overview
•Section A rapid text analysis
•Section B understanding workplace texts
•Section C understanding longer articles
•Working with academic medical texts
•Analysing different types of text
•Understanding graphs and tables
•Completing a summary
•Answering multiple choice questions
•Test practice

The speaking paper
•An overview
•Analysing different role plays
•The structure and format of the test
•Managing the warm-up conversation
•Starting the role play
•Using appropriate questions
•Describing symptoms and pain
•Describing tests, treatment, medications andside-effects
•Explaining wound care and dressings
•Giving advice and explanations
•Communicating empathetically and effectively
•Using everyday language
•Test practice

How It Works

Step 1- Assessment

At IH Manchester the first step is our OET placement test. We’ll test all four skills, so that the student’s programme can be planned effectively. The test takes place on our online platform for listening, reading and writing and through Zoom for speaking. It takes 2hrs 20 mins in total: Listening 20 mins, Reading 60 mins, Writing 40 mins, Speaking 20 mins. Results are then checked and review by one of our OET professionals.

NB for students who have already taken an OET exam or an IELTS exam, previous test results may be sufficient but students might be asked to complete testing for an individual section e.g. writing.

Step 2- Agree programme of study and exam date (SLC and maybe Net language)

Following review of the placement test, a member of the academic team will meet with the student and agree on a personalised study plan (PSP) that sets out the language and test skills the student will need to pass the OET and the timescale needed. We’ll also advise on a suitable test date.

OET Course Options

Do you need to improve your medical English?

IH Manchester can help you!

Study Online: With your own personal tutor. Follow a structured, 50 hour online course and book live online individual lessons with your own IH Manchester tutor.

Completely flexible. Study when and where you want. Progress at your own pace.

Choose from:

  • English for Doctors
  • English for Nurses
  • English for Care
  • English for Medical Academic Purposes
  • English for Pharmacy
  • Medical Terminology
    • Contact us for more details about improving your medical English: