Why choose OET?

Do you need to take an English test to work or study in healthcare in the UK, the US,  Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dubai, Singapore or Namibia?

Then OET is the test for you!

By taking OET you will prove you have the right level of English plus you’ll be learning the kind of language you will need every day at work.

And, that’s not all – healthcare professionals choose OET because:

  • OET uses real healthcare scenarios so you’ll feel more confident on test day.
  • OET is widely recognised as proof of English proficiency for registration, study and work in the healthcare sector, as well as for visas in some countries.
  • OET helps you develop language skills for success in your career – see stories about people like you.
  • It’s easy to prepare for the test using the OET Preparation Portal – check it out now!

What’s in the test?

The test is divided into four subtests: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The Listening and Reading subtests are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to understand spoken and written English, based on health-related topics and tasks common to all professions.

The Writing and Speaking subtests are specific to the 12 individual healthcare professions and designed to reflect common tasks performed in the workplace.

Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Approx 40 minutes  60 minutes 40 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time Approx 20 minutes
Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures Read and understand different types of text on a health-related subject. Write a letter, usually a referral letter, but could be a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group. You will take part in two role-plays. You take your healthcare professional while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative or carer.

Assessment Structure

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

Listening Reading
Writing Speaking

Any questions? Feel free to contact us!

Test dates * Application closing date: Results published:
Friday, 14 Apr 2023 20 Mar 2023 5 May 2023
Friday, 28 Apr 2023 3 Apr 2023 19 May 2023
Friday, 12 Mai 2023 17 Apr 2023 2 Jun 2023
Friday, 26 Mai 2023 1 May 2023 16 Jun 2023
Friday, 23 Jun 2023 29 May 2023 14 Jul 2023
Friday, 7 Jul 2023 12 Jun 2023 28 Jul 2023
Friday, 21 Jul 2023 26 Jun 2023 11 Aug 2023
Friday, 18 Aug 2023 24 Jul 2023 8 Set 2023
Friday, 1 Sep 2023 7 Aug 2023 22 Sep 2023
Friday, 29 Sep 2023 4 Sep 2023 20 Oct 2023
Friday, 27 Oct 2023 2 Oct 2023 17 Nov 2023
Friday, 10 Nov 2023 16 Oct 2023 1 Dec 2023
Friday, 15 Dec 2023 20 Nov 2023 5 Jan 2024

*Closing dates: registrations close three weeks before the test date.

When you arrive, you will need to:

  • Show the valid ID document* you used when you applied for OET.
  • Get your digital photograph taken

* You must provide your valid ID (RG. Driver’s licence will not be acceptable) or passport as proof of identity.

Bring with you the same document used for registration.

Test day registration time

Open: Please attend at least an hour before your first scheduled sub-test begins per your timetable, sent ten days before your test.

Close: Registration closes half an hour before the start of your first Written sub-test.

For test rules and regulations, including information about what you need to bring with you, what you can, and cannot, bring into the test room, download OET Test Regulations, including the withdrawal and deferral policy at: https://oet.com/test-regulations

Test day format

The three written tests will take approximately 3 hours. In addition, a 20 minute speaking test is also scheduled on the same day. For more detail on the test day format, go to: https://oet.com/test/test-overview

You can receive a Statement of Results which shows your score for each of the four sub-tests, on a scale from 0 to 500. Each of the four sub-tests is assessed in a specific way.

You can see an overview of your latest test scores via your online profile on the OET website, approximately 16 business days after each test day. Official copies of Statements of Results can be downloaded from your online profile. You can choose which test administration you wish to download a Statement of Results for and this will list the scores you obtained in that particular test administration.

The four sub-tests that make up the OET are reported on a scale from 0 to 500 in ten-point increments (e.g. 350, 360, 370 etc). The numerical score will be mapped to a separate letter grade for each sub-test ranging from A (highest) to E (lowest). There is no overall grade for OET.

For further information visit oet.com/test/after-the-test/results/

Book your test at our venue in São Paulo, Brazil.

São Paulo Open Centre is the first approved OET Test Venue in Brazil! Venue: 0001


The test is run at our centre at Avenida Adolfo Pinheiro, 1000. Cjs 111-113 – five-minute walk from the subway station Alto da Boa Vista.

The test centre is accessed between Adolfo Pinheiro and Rua Nove de Julho (corner of Rua Nove de Julho). Entrance to the building is beside the cafeteria called Café do Ponto.

OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency for visas, study, registration and employment in healthcare.


Why choose OET?

OET is recommended by healthcare professionals. Gain confidence, new skills and career benefits.

Reasons to choose OET


Preparing for your OET Test

Our preparation portal contains
everything you need.

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Test dates

OET is available every month in over
40 countries.

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