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Pass Your English is proud to be one of the first ten companies in the world to be accredited as a Premium Preparation Provider by the Occupational English Test (OET).  Approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Medical Council (GMC), it assesses language proficiency in a medical professional setting and students learn the type of language they need in the workplace every day, resulting in a more confident and competent workforce.

The OET consists of 4 equally weighted sub-tests in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Doctors wishing to work in the UK are required to score at least a grade B in each skill in one sitting, whereas nurses require 3 Bs and a C+ in writing in two sittings within six months, but no grade may be lower than a C+.

The test is underpinned by Cambridge English and the University of Melbourne. It is also reliable and secure, with robust identity and malpractice checks, centrally assessed material and a secure results verification service for recognising institutions.  OET is delivered in 40 countries through secure facilities and highly-trained staff.

Recognising organisations

OET is recognised by an increasing number of regulatory healthcare boards and councils around the world. Click here for a complete list.

Test venues and dates

The Occupational English Test is currently available every month in more than 100 locations in 40 countries. For more information go to:

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Speaking Sub-test

The speaking test consists of a warm-up, 3 minutes preparation time and 2 x 5 minute role-plays. The candidate plays the role of the health care professional and are assessed according to the following criteria:

Linguistic criteria
(6 marks each, total 24 marks)

Appropriateness of Language
Resources of Grammar & Expression

Communication criteria
(3 marks each, total 15 marks)

Relationship building
Understanding & incorporating the patient’s
Providing structure

Listenting Sub-test

The listening test includes a wide range of different voices, accents and healthcare contexts and is representative of the type of listening required in the workplace.

Part A – 2 x patient-led dialogues, each lasting between 4.5 to 5 minutes. The topic and content are accessible to all healthcare professionals and candidates answer 12 questions for each dialogue. Questions take the form of structured note-completion.

Part B – lasts approximately ten minutes and consists of 6 x 40 – 60 second recordings and a 3-option multiple choice question for each one. They represent everyday communication in a healthcare setting and are either a monologue or dialogue between the healthcare professional and a patient, colleague, carer or other stakeholder.

Part C – 2 presentations or interviews of between 4.5 and 5 minutes. Each text has 6 x 3-option multiple choice questions and tests for gist, opinion and attitude

Reading sub-test

The reading test is 60 minutes, is in 3 parts and contains 42 questions. Part A is 15 minutes and parts B and C are 45 minutes.

Part A requires candidates to read x 4 texts (including one numerical text. ie. a graph, table or similar) of the type typically found in the workplace. The first set of 7 questions tests the ability to skim and scan for information and the following sets of questions (short answer and gap fill) require more careful reading and the ability to identify specific information.

Part B – This section comprises 6 x short texts, each with a 3-option multiple choice question. The texts are extracts from procedural and policy documents and test candidates & understanding of the overall purpose and message.

Part C – Candidates read two longer texts, each containing 8 x 4-option multiple choice questions. The texts are similar to those likely to be found in journals or on websites aimed at medical professionals. There are sixteen questions in total, eight for each text. This section requires a deeper understanding of the meaning of larger sections of the texts, as well as an understanding of opinions, rather than facts.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Writing skills are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Purpose
  • Content
  • Conciseness & Clarity
  • Genre & Style
  • Organisation & Layout
  • Language

The Writing sub-test takes 45 minutes and is profession-specific. The task is to write a letter, usually a referral, discharge or transfer letter, based on a typical workplace situation and the demands of the profession.You will receive instructions and stimulus material (case notes) which include information to use in your response.

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