OET (Occupational English Test)

The full meaning of OET is Occupational English Test and, as the name suggests, it is a test that assesses a candidate’s English language proficiency based on their profession.

OET (Occupational English Test) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to practise in an English-speaking environment. All four language skills are assessed, with Writing and Speaking tests available in 12 different areas of healthcare. All candidates sit the same Reading and Listening tests.

OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.  

The test is accepted as proof of English proficiency in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore for registration in the 12 healthcare professions.

It is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA). It is a venture between Cambridge English and Box Hill Institute.

The main advantage of OET over the other English language tests is the familiar context it has for candidates. For example, a nurse taking OET is required to use the lexicon/vocabulary relevant to healthcare provision and particularly to nursing, and so it is for doctors and pharmacists.

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  1. Please where are you located in Accra? What is the duration for the course and what is the cost of tuition?

    1. Thank you for the message.

      Accra, Mak-Geors House, Achimota,
      Between New Overhead and Neoplan Station,
      Adjacent Kantanka Motors Showroom.

      The OET tuition fee is 800 cedis and it takes between one month and three months for candidates to be fully prepared.

      1. Please do you have accommodation for those who are not living in Accra?
        Or you do online tutorials?

    2. Please I’m a physician assistant, do I qualify to write the OET. If YES how’s the process and if NO why.
      Thank you.

      1. OET is an occupational English test and the article stated clearly the professions that take the test so kindly revisit the link.

    1. OET centre is not yet in Ghana. All the candidates we are training have to go to Nigeria to take the test. At the moment, we have created a petition to appeal to the test administrators to open a centre here in Ghana. You can sign it here ( http://chng.it/4rGjKYQYJs ) and encourage your friends to also sign. The more the signatories, the quicker the response we will get.

  2. Hello, do you have any arrangements in place to get candidates to Nigeria for the exams, or it’s done individually on their own?

  3. Please should one chose to write the OET, will there be the need to write CBT and IELTS test too?

  4. I went through the website and realized the courses for OET is for nurses and midwives. Where do I get the online course for doctors?

  5. Please I will lime to know the duration for the classes and the exams it self

  6. Please where you are located in tema?
    What about the test is paper based or computer based?

    1. Our training center in Accra is situated at Achimota.
      You have the option to take the paper-based or computer-based exams

  7. How much is cost for OET Tution and how does it take to be fully prepared
    And preparations how and where is the candidate going to take the test

    1. At the moment, it is only the computer-based OET center that is in operation in Ghana.
      The nearest paper-based center is in Nigeria.
      Kindly contact 0246000170 for details.

  8. Do midwife also take part in the OET exams and if they yes do u have online class for it?