Reading Part A

Part A –  Fast reading, skim and scan(15 minutes)

In Part A, there will be four workplace related texts (on related topics). But, here, there will be no summary to work on (for questions). You will have new task. There will be matching and short-answer questions. This is for expeditious reading (a technical term which defines quick reading to get to the clear understanding of the matter given). You will have 15 minutes to complete the test.

Reading Part B

Part B – MCQ's 

For Part B, there will be 6 different, short texts and they will have total word-count around 100-150 words. They will be related to workplace. There can be broad range of texts, include but not just limited to policies, documents, emails, cases, etc. You will have to pick the right choice from given answers.

Reading Part C

Part C - MCQ's

In Part C, there will be two longer passages. The total word-count will be around 700-800 words. There will be multiple choice questions for you to attempt. This will last for 45 minutes.

Listening Part A

Part A – consultation extracts (about 5 minutes each)

Part A assesses your ability to identify specific information during a consultation. You will listen to two recorded health professional-patient consultations and you will complete the health professional’s notes using the information you hear. Note: the health professionals may be any one of the 12 professions who can take OET.

Listening Part B

Part B – short workplace extracts (about 1 minute each)

Part B assesses your ability to identify the detail, gist, opinion or purpose of short extracts from the healthcare workplace. You will listen to six recorded extracts (e.g. team briefings, handovers, or health professional-patient dialogues) and you will answer one multiple-choice question for each extract.

Listening Part C

Part C – presentation extracts (about 5 minutes each)

Part C assesses your ability to follow a recorded presentation or interview on a range of accessible healthcare topics. You will listen to two different extracts and you will answer six multiple-choice questions for each extract.


The Speaking sub-test structure

In each Speaking test, your identity and profession are checked by the interlocutor and there is a short warm-up conversation about your professional background. Then the role-plays are introduced, one by one, and you have 2-3 minutes to prepare for each. The two role-plays take about five minutes each.


You receive information for each role-play on a card, which you keep while you do the role-play. You may write notes on the card if you want. The card explains the situation and what you are required to do. If you have any questions about the content of the role-play or how a role-play works, you can ask them during the preparation time.

The role-plays are based on typical workplace situations and reflect the demands made on the professional in those situations. Different role-plays are used for different candidates at the same test administration. The interlocutor follows a script so that the Speaking test structure is similar for each candidate. The interlocutor also has detailed information to use in each role-play.


The Writing sub-test structure

The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.
Along with the task instructions, you will receive stimulus material (case notes and/or other related documentation) which includes information to use in your response.
  One of the main tasks is to decide which information is relevant and which should be disregarded. There are some 'red-herrings' thrown in to trick you. Use your medical skills to decide which details should appear and the order of importance. You will also need to use your grammar skills to use the appropriate expressions, tenses, punctuation, etc...,