OET (The Occupational English Test) is an English Proficiency Test specialising in particular professions including Nursing. In order to become a registered nurse in Australia, people are required to submit an IELTS score to show English Competency or an OET score.
Because not a lot of nurses know the fact that the OET score can be submitted instead of IELTS scores, we have seen many nurses struggling and giving up the chance to become a registered nurse in Australia and New Zealand. If you are facing the same situation, like being stuck on the same score and the same English level, why don’t you try to get a higher mark on the OET? The OET result is likely to be useful when you are applying for permanent residency as a proof of your English skill.
- FREE Seminar about the OET (Occupational English Test)
- The demand for the Occupational English Test has been dramatically increasing, but still a lot of people do not know much about it. We have heard from people who have taken the test that the OET is more achievable than the IELTS test, but still we hear a lot of questions like “What is the OET anyway?” and “What is the best way to study for the OET?” from people in medical professions.
For the answers to these questions and more, we are holding a seminar to introduce and explain the OET and how it can help people in medical professions to achieve their goal of working in Australia.
One of our staff who has passed the OET in a single sitting will be able to answer your questions and explain the best tactics to study for the test.
If you pass the test you can become registered to work in your profession in Australia.
The medical professions that the OET covers include: Dentist, Pharmacist, Dietician, Podiatrist, Medical Doctor, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Radiographer, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Optometrist, Veterinarian.
The OET course has been developed and taught by a lecturer in the nursing department of an Australian University. The purpose of this course is to help students prepare for the OET. This course is also suitable for students who would like to study nursing or medical English.
Like the IELTS test, the OET consists of 4 bands; Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening. However, unlike IELTS, all topics within the OET are about medical related issues; this is very different from IELTS.
An example of this can be easily shown in the speaking section. In the speaking section of the OET, students are usually asked to be a nurse in two role plays during the test. Just like the real test, students in the course do the role plays in the classroom to become accustomed to the real OET test situation. It is, of course, for the students’ benefit that the teacher usually teaches what one should say in each role play, so the course is very practical for medical professions.
Just like with the speaking component of the exam, the other three sections have each a different structure; in the reading section, students will have to study contemporary medical subjects, such as swine flu, stroke, and pneumonia. In the writing section, the student taking the exam is asked to write a referral letter as if they are a nurse transferring a patient from their own ward to another community hospital. As for the listening component of the exam, the student will hear a conversation between a doctor and a patient, and also listen to a lecture given by a medical professional. Our OET course is designed specifically for the OET, so you will be able to find out exactly how the exam is given and what it is like to take an OET exam.
A lot of nurses are aware that the state nursing boards have united together to become one national board. However this has not had a great deal of impact on the English requirement; oversea nurses wanting to become a registered nurse in Australia are required to have either IELTS “7.0” or OET “B” in all the categories in a single sitting; in fact, we have seen many nurses struggling with achieving the points due to having a weak section on the tests.
When planning to prove English proficiency, the OET has been chosen by many overseas nurses because the topics on the OET are always about medical related issues or situations, whereas the topics on the IELTS test are on various academic subjects, such as science, history, or statistics. Apparently, if you are from a medical background, it is easier for you to guess or infer the answers from your knowledge as well as the context, and thus, you will be more familiar with the subject matter and so be able to take it more comfortably than when you are dealing with non-professional subjects like in the IELTS test. Furthermore, since the test is related to medical industry matters, as you are studying you can learn practical English for useful purposes.
As well as the above, if you can prove your English competency with the OET you may have a chance to shortcut to become an Australian or a New Zealand Nurse without graduating from University in Australia.
I am so happy to have got a “B” for all the subjects in a single sitting!
- I am so happy to have got a “B” for all the subjects in a single sitting! I would not have made it before my graduation from Uni if I had not decided to take this course. Thank you very much, JET English College!!
He is currently a third year student majoring in nursing in Australia. He has seen many foreign nurses giving up their dreams of becoming a registered nurse in Australia due to their inability to reach the English standards, so he decided to take the OET course at JET English Course, even though he had about two years before he earned his degree. While taking the OET course, he received many tips and encouragement from the teachers and staff at JET English College, and he finally achieved “B” on all the subject areas in a single sitting. He just cannot wait until he graduates from the university to become a registered nurse. Congratulations!!!!
＜The story of the achievement of “B”s＞
Jack was a registered nurse in Hong Kong and he came from Hong Kong to Australia in order to become a registered nurse in Australia, he enrolled for the Bachelor of Nursing at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), one of the most famous universities for nursing in Australia.
Jack struggled with and suffered from learning Academic English. While he was facing with his struggles, he saw many other overseas nurses who wanted to become registered nurses and who had been agonizing about the ongoing changes in the regulations of the Nursing Board in Australia.
Jack realised that he would not make it if he did not study for it, so he decided to enroll in the OET course at JET English College (Jack was in the first semester of his second year at the Uni.)
Jack received many tips and learnt many techniques for the OET from this course, and the school staff always encouraged him in his studies.
During the course period, he took the OET test and received a “B” in 3 subjects in his first sitting of the test; this convinced him to have a lot of confidence in continuing with the OET. (Jack was in the second semester of his second year at Uni.)
After having finished the OET course, he took the OET test again, and YES! He did it all! He achieved “B” marks in all the skills in a single sitting! (Jack was in the first semester of his third year at Uni.)
He still has six months left until he receives his degree in nursing. Now that he has achieved the OET “B” marks, he can apply to become a registered nurse in Australia and can start looking for a registered nurse job! He has no doubt about getting a job in a medical institution because he already passed the OET test, way earlier than he had planned and long before his current visa expiration date. He is now so happy with his decision to have taken this course at this time.
This experience will support and motivate me to sturdy nursing further
- The reason why I started taking this course is that as I work for a medical facility, I thought I should have something to prove that I did something more and that is nursing in Australia. I always wanted to view my life in Australia objectively so that I could evaluate myself in Australia. Because I was working as an assistant nurse at medical facility in Australia, I felt I didn’t want to take IELTS or TOEIC, but the OET; this was enough reason for me to make the decision to take this course.By actually taking the course, I honestly would like to recommend this course to not only to those who want to become a registered nurse in Australia but also those who help patients in any ways. The reason for this is that I learned how to write the items and abbreviated forms used in a medical environment, and even some vocabulary you cannot find in the ordinary dictionary! It is very advantageous that I can ask questions to a professional nurse while I could not ask nurses at the place I work since those nurses are not teachers to teach English for an oversea nurse like me at work. More than that, it is very practical learning the English which is actually spoken in the hospital.
In addition to the above, more specifically speaking, the assignments I have from this class is not something that I have thought before in my studies, and I can gain new perspectives from them. For example, if I study medical English all by myself, I would not have read about the subject “death rate of neonates.” This has covered more than just studying the subject alone, and I believe this experience will support and motivate me to sturdy nursing further.
I am going to take the OET soon, and it is really helpful that all the teachers are trying to provide me all the tips for the OET. The teachers are so passionate, friendly and generous that I can maintain my motivation high enough to tackle the OET! I appreciate that!!
In conclusion, this course is strongly recommended for the nurses wanting to obtain a higher mark on the OET as well as the nurses who are interested in medical English.
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