UNSW Institute of Languages


Occupational English Test Preparation (OET) Part-time

Occupational English Test Preparation (OET)  Part-time is designed to help overseas-trained health professionals prepare for the Occupational English Test (OET) and progress towards gaining professional registration in Australia. This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, radiographers, optometrists and podiatrists.

You have the option of enrolling in 1, 2, 3 or 4 part time skills modules of listening, reading, writing and speaking.  All options  focus on developing your skills and preparing you for the four sub-tests within the OET.

The skills modules are also suitable for registered medical professionals from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to develop their language skills and communicate more effectively and confidently in English within a medical environment.

Type Duration Maximum Class Size Modules Fee
Part-time 5 weeks per module 18 students 4 AUD$330 (per module)
Short Course 1 week 18 students   AUD$440 (per course)

Key Benefits

  • Be well prepared to achieve a successful result in the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Gain valuable OET practice and develop specific strategies for each of the sub-tests
  • Improve your English communication skills within a professional medical context
  • Gain an understanding of the communication requirements of  the Australian health context
  • Have the opportunity to develop a professional student support network
  • Have the option of enrolling  in individual part-time skills modules in order to concentrate on your specific areas of need
  • Be taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers who understand the specific needs of OET candidates will provide you with specialist support and advice 
  • Enjoy advanced classroom technology and modern facilities give you the best possible learning environment
Tahmineh Hashemi

Tahmineh Hashemi
OET Preparation (Iran)

"It was a wonderful experience and because I passed the OET I was able to go on to sit for, and pass the Dental MCQ exam."

  • Overseas trained health professional
  • You should have an intermediate to advanced level of English
  • Recommended minimum entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Modules are  designed for students who are almost test ready and want to fine-tune their language and communication skills in order to pass the Occupational English Test (OET)

Luma Alawabdeh
OET Preparation (Jordan)

"The teachers were very friendly and approachable.  They were very dedicated and made the difficult task of passing the exam, not only achievable but also very enjoyable."

OET test practice is included in the part time skills modules.

Skills modules:

Writing for OET

  • Interpreting case histories
  • Writing referral letters
  • Grammar and vocabulary

Speaking and Pronunciation for OET

  • Health professional/client role plays
  • Functional language, such as language for taking histories, giving explanations, giving advice, giving reassurance and dealing with difficult patients
  • Non-technical or lay language needed for effective communication with patients/clients
  • Awareness of the use of colloquial and idiomatic English
  • Pronunciation awareness

Reading for OET

  • Reading skills for the OET
  • Approaches to the OET Reading test

Listening for OET

  • Listening skills for the OET
  • Approaches to the OET Listening test
  Part-time Evening Short Course
Fees AUD$330 (per module)* AUD$440

* Reading, writing, listening and speaking modules are available during each session.

2015 OET Preparation Part Time Evening

Start Dates Finish Dates
16 March 16 April
20 April 21 May
7 September 8 October
12 October 12 November
16 November 17 December

2015 OET Preparation Short Course

Start Dates Finish Dates
6 July 10 July

*Students must enrol in all modules for the one week short course

Part-time Evening Modules

3 hours per module for 5 weeks
6.00 – 9.00 pm

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Listening for OET Writing for OET Speaking and Pronunciation for OET Reading for OET

2015 OET Preparation Short Course

1 week, Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 1.30pm
includes Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking for OET and integrated skills


  • You will be provided with ongoing feedback about your progress from your course teacher.
  • Assessment tasks consist of OET test practice.
  • This course does not include registration for the OET.  The OET is administered by the OET Centre in Melbourne.
For more information about the OET, including dates, fees and registration information, contact the OET Centre, www.occupationalenglishtest.org