UNSW Institute of Languages


OET Test


The Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.

OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions:

  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Science

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment. It consists of four sub tests:

Test Format Time
Listening approximately 50 minutes
Reading approximately 60 minutes
Writing 60 minutes
Speaking approximately 45 minutes

The Listening and Reading sub-tests are designed to assess your ability to understand the spoken and written English, based on health-related topics and tasks common to all professions.

The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to the 12 individual healthcare professions - designed to reflect common tasks performed in the workplace.

A detailed breakdown of all four sub-tests is available on the OET website www.occupationalenglishtest.org

2017 OET Tests Dates

2017 Test Dates Application Closing Date
(12:00am Midnight AEST)
Saturday, 14 January 2017 Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Sunday, 12 February 2017 Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Saturday, 11 March 2017 Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Saturday, 8 April 2017 Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Saturday, 13 May 2017 Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Saturday, 10 June 2017 Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Sunday, 9 July 2017 Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Saturday, 5 August 2017 Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Saturday, 2 September 2017 Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Saturday, 7 October 2017 Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Saturday, 4 November 2017 Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Sunday, 3 December 2017 Wednesday, 8 November 2017

* Closing Dates: Applications close approximately three weeks before the test date. It is important that you complete your application as soon as possible as spaces are limited at venues.

Test Location

Test Venue Location

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Kensington Campus
223 Anzac Parade
NSW 2033

Free Parking at Kensington Campus on Saturday and Sunday tests.

Apply for OET:

You can apply for OET at UNSW Institute of Languages using the application form via the OET website application page.

Please note: UNSW Institute of Languages does not accept test applications directly.

More Information:

You will find all the information on how to apply for OET, including guidelines for uploading photos, test costs and how to pay on the OET website.