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The demand for the Occupational English Test – OET has been dramatically increasing, however, a lot of people do not know much about it. We have percieved from people who have taken the test that the OET is more achievable than the IELTS test, nonetheless, we hear a lot of questions like “What is the OET exam anyway?” and “What is the best way to study for the OET exam?” from people in medical professions.  OET (The Occupational English Test) is an English Proficiency Test which concentrates across 12 healthcare professions including Nursing.  In order to become a registered nurse in English speaking countries, people are required to submit an IELTS score or an OET score to show English Competency. Preparation for the OET is really important as not only are you revising your English skills in the four main areas as you would do for any English proficiency test, you need to find resources specific to the OET as the test is all based in a medical context.

How to be prepared for OET?

You need to give yourself time to prepare for the different parts of the test. Even though you will find the context of the test familiar, you shouldn’t assume you can apply for the test and ace it the first time around if you haven’t taken the time to prepare. Of course, it depends on your current level of English but even candidates whose language level is test ready still need to take time to prepare properly. After all, successful candidates will be responsible for the health and safety of patients. At CR Consultancy Services, we know OET is life-altering to many people. We will support and guide you to achieve this. 

You can check your current base of OET skills through our OET capability checkerThis will tell you how to begin and where to focus your efforts to complete this high stake English test, As it’s good to know your strengths but it’s much more important to know your weaknesses.

Assessment criteria

The OET assesses the four main language skills shown below:

Skill Area: Content: Demonstrates their ability to:
Listening Common to all professions Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures
Reading Common to all professions Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects
Writing Profession Specific Write a letter in a clear and accurate way which is relevant for the reader
Speaking Profession Specific Effectively communicate in a real-life context through the use of role-plays

Each sub-test is scored independently. You will receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or E on each sub-test. ”A” is the highest score; ”E” is the lowest. Most employers expect a score of at least a ”B” band. You will be able to view your results online approximately within 16 business days; you’ll receive a hard copy of your scores in the mail about one month after the test.

Strengthen your skills

Once you get a  clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, spend time working to improve them. Preparing for the OET allows nurses to practice highly valuable professional skills that may look slightly different in a Western context, like bedside manner expectations and appropriate follow-up questioning procedure.

At CR Consultancy services, we will share knowledge of what you need to improve, which will enable a clearer understanding of how to apply eminent strategies they include. You can avail our OET course where each student gets a personalized study plan with individual attention from the tutor. Once you begin the course, you can monitor your progress from day 1 through your profile. All sessions will be handled by the tutors in real-time across convenient video conferencing platforms. They will evaluate your daily performance and update your profile.