How is OET Different to General and Academic English Tests?


OET tests real communication scenarios candidates will meet in the healthcare workplace, whereas general or academic tests assess English language skills using everyday or academic scenarios. For example:

  • For writing, most healthcare professionals are required to prepare referral letters based on case notes as part of their regular practice, so this is one task that is tested in OET.
  • For speaking, OET uses role-plays which test the healthcare professional’s ability to proficiently conduct a healthcare consultation with a patient or carer.


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