When will the new OET2 come into effect?

When will the new OET2 come into effect?


Look for the 2.0 label when searching for updated test information and preparation materials.

OET was designed in the late 1980s and has been used in Australia for many years. In addition to Australia and the UK, OET is recognized by healthcare boards and councils in Ireland, New Zealand, Dubai and Singapore. The test can be taken every month in more than 40 countries.

OET was recognized in November 2017 as an official assessment of whether an international nurse had the appropriate English language skills to practice safely and effectively in the UK. Since it is specifically designed for healthcare professionals and uses real-world healthcare scenarios to ensure candidates have the required English skills to deliver safe and effective patient care, candidates as well as employers reiterate time and again that OET is a valid proof of English proficiency and that OET alumni enter the workplace with increased confidence and a set of communication skills which are  required to ensure patient safety and quality care.

All the students preparing for OET or banking on it for being eligible to practice healthcare abroad, must be aware that OET is being updated. This updated Occupational English Test will take effect on 9 September 2018.

If you are searching for information on the format of the UPDATED OET test, it would be a good idea to look for the 2.0 label after OET. Better still, our trainer, Mrs. Priya Shah, an expert in OET has trained extensively with the paper setters in OET. She is conversant not only with the old pattern but equally adept at coaching students as per the new pattern. So, follow this site/ blog for all the information you need.

Why is OET being updated?

Because healthcare is changing!

Worldwide, healthcare is changing in every respect from diagnosis, treatment planning to actual prescriptions and the treatment meted out to patients as well as the predicted prognosis and morbidity as well as mortality. These changes are no longer gradual and like the current trends in technological advancements, health care too is making progress every hour in leaps and bounds, making it absolutely essential to make concurrent changes in the testing systems associated with healthcare too.

At OET we take great pride in being responsive to the healthcare sector and this means keeping up with the changes and ensuring the test remains relevant.

The Occupational English Test (OET) is being updated to ensure it keeps pace with the developing advances in technology and thus remaining relevant to the field of health care all over the world  by reflecting the types of real communication scenarios, a health care worker would most likely face at work.

The updated OET will come into effect from the September 2018 test (registrations open on 21 June).

Many of the OET test tasks, the format of the test and the focus in each sub-test (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) will remain the same. 

So if you’ve already started studying, don’t worry – the you have done is still relevant and will stand you in good stead!


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