Occupational English Test

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language test designed specifically for healthcare professionals. It assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. OET is trausted by regulators, hospitals and universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore as proof of ability to communicate effectively.

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

  • Listening (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (45 minutes)
  • Speaking (approximately 20 minutes)

Test Location

The test is run at our Sydney Olympic Park Campus at 8 Australia Evenue, Sydney Olympic Park. The test centre is accessed from Murray Rose Avenue (corner of Australia Avenue). Entrance to the foyer is between the Japanese restaurant called Flying Sushi and the cafe called The Coffee Club.

2019 Test Dates

Test DateApplications OpenResults Published
Saturday, 6 April8 January - 11 March3 May
Saturday, 18 May29 January - 22 April6 June
Saturday, 15 June19 February - 20 May4 July
Sunday 7 July12 March - 11 June25 July
Saturday, 3 August23 April - 8 July22 August
Saturday, 31 August21 May - 5 August19 September
Saturday, 21 September12 June - 26 August11 October
Sunday, 13 October9 July - 17 September31 October
Saturday, 9 November6 August - 14 October28 November
Saturday, 7 December27 August - 4 November2 January 2020


You will 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.


The cost of the OET is $587, which covers the following:

  • $7 booking fee
  • Australian Goods and Services Tax
  • Six weeks' access to the Start for Success preparation package, plus additional sample practice tests, daily language tips and masterclasses


You can apply for the test by visiting the My OET registration page.


If you require more information regarding this test, including test bookings, results, and test preparation, please visit the OET website.

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