Overseas applicants for health-profession jobs must pass the four subtests in the Occupational English Test (OET) before they can gain registration in Australia to work in their chosen field. The test simply assesses whether the applicant has the required level of English to work in a medical / nursing / dental / pharmaceutical or other health-related environment. It is aimed at health professionals such as doctors, nurses, veterinarians,  dentists, pharmacists and the like.

There are four areas that are tested in the OET examination and all four must be passed. These four areas are:

The OET Test is used at a State and National level in Australia and Singapore. The New Zealand Medical Board and Dental Board seem to have a preference for IELTS however they do accept OET. Each country has a governing Board or Council for their health professionals.  

The OET Test will be held every month during 2013. Take a look at the OET Test dates. You can register via the OET website.


The OET has a high standard of  exam pass rates because the Australian Government wants overseas trained health professionals to speak, write, read and understand English as clearly as an English born speaker. The OET test's pass mark is 65%.  

Having such a high level of English enables overseas health professionals to fully participate in the Australian way of life which can be difficult if you don't feel 100% comfortable and at ease with the English language, the primary language for Australia.

Australian residents want to feel confident that their doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, radiographer, veterinarian - whatever the health professional - understands them, empathises with their situation and can confidently deal with the problem. To do that, the health professional needs to be totally comfortable in English, and be "patient centered". Passing the OET test allows this to happen. 

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