We will be making several slight changes to three of subtests (Listening, Reading and Speaking), as well as introducing a new numerical scoring scale.
Below is a rundown of the updates to each subtest:
The Listening subtest will:
- Be shorter
- Feature more accents
- Focus more on professional-to-professional interaction.
Just like the old test, you will still be tested on your ability to follow facts during a consultation and understand a short conversation.
The new Listening subtest will take about 45 minutes and include three brief sections:
|Part A||15 minutes||Two separate consultations between a healthcare professional and a patient|
|Part B||10 minutes||Six short dialogues or monologues in workplace settings|
|Part C||15 minutes||Two long presentations or interviews with health professionals|
The Reading subtest will feature:
- New tasks, like matching and short-answer questions
A broader range of documents, such as policy or procedure documents.
It will still be relevant for all professions and test your ability to understand and source information from multiple texts (‘skim and scan’).
The updated Reading subtest will take 60 minutes and include three parts:
|Part A||15 minutes||Expeditious (fast) reading task|
|Part B||45 minutes||Six short workplace extracts|
|Part C||Two long presentation passages|
There will be no major changes to the speaking subtest
However, the test will now assess clinical communication skills as these are essential to your success in the healthcare industry. These skills include:
- Building relationships
- Understanding the patient’s perspective
- Providing structure to the conversation
- Gathering information from the patient
- Establishing what the patient already knows.
If you would like to know more about OET 2.0, make sure you visit the update page on our website.
Note: Many OET tasks, the format of the test and the focus in each subtest will remain the same. The OET will be neither more difficult nor easier than it currently is.