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OET overview and format

There is a separate sub-test for each skill area assessed by the OET: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Listening sub-test in brief

The listening sub-test consists of two parts:

Part A: consists of an audio-recorded, simulated professional-patient consultation with note-taking questions.

Part B: consists of a recorded talk or lecture on a health-related topic with short-answer/note-taking questions. Each section consists of about 15 minutes of recorded speech. A set of questions is attached to each section and candidates write their answers while listening. The original recording is edited with pauses to allow candidates time to write their answers.

The format for Part A (the consultation) requires candidates to produce case notes under relevant headings and to write as much relevant information as possible. Most questions in Part B (the lecture) include indications on the number of points a candidate is expected to include.

Reading sub-test in brief

The reading sub-test consists of two parts:

Part A is a summary reading task. This requires candidates to skim and scan 3-4 short texts (a total of about 650 words) related to a single health-related topic and to complete a summary paragraph by filling in the missing words. Candidates are required to write responses for 25-35 gaps in total, within a (strictly monitored) time limit of 15 minutes.

Part A is designed to test the candidate's ability to source information from multiple texts, to synthesize information in a meaningful way and to assess skimming and scanning ability under a time limit.

Part B candidates are required to read two passages (600-800 words each) on general health topics and answer 8-10 multiple choice questions for each text (a total of 16-20 questions) within a time limit of 45 minutes. Part B is designed to assess candidate's ability to read, in greater detail, general and specific information for comprehension.

Writing sub-test in brief

The writing sub-test involves a task in which candidates, via interaction with a set of clinical case notes, produce a letter (usually of referral) to another professional.The letter must record treatment offered to date and the issues to be addressed by the other professional following instructions given within the test. The letter must take account of the stimulus material presented in the case notes.The body of the letter must consist of approximately 180-200 words and be set out in an appropriate format (duration - 45 minutes). For certain professions, other professional writing tasks of equivalent difficulty may also be set (e.g., responding in writing to a complaint, or providing written information to a specified audience in the form of a letter).

The OET speaking sub-test is a test of the candidate's oral use of English language to communicate in a simulated health-related consultation.

The consultation is between a patient and a health practitioner, with the candidate taking the role of the practitioner and the interviewer taking the role of patient or patient's relative or career (for veterinary science the interviewer is the owner or carer of the animal). The candidate and the interviewer interact face-to-face. It consists of two simulated consultations in the form of two role-plays (duration - 20 minutes).

Speaking sub-test in brief

The OET speaking sub-test is a test of the candidate's oral use of english language to communicate in a simulated health-related consultation.

The consultation is between a patient and a health practitioner, with the candidate taking the role of the practitioner and the interviewer taking the role of patient or patient's relative or carer (for veterinary science the interviewer is the owner or carer of the animal). The candidate and the interviewer interact face-to-face. It consists of two simulated consultations in the form of two role-plays (duration - 20 minutes).

 

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