OET Exam Eligibility 2024: Check Age Limit, Qualification, Countries Requirements

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Rahul Singha

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Updated on Jan 13, 2024 00:30 IST

OET Eligibility: Conducted by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA) Occupational English Test or more commonly referred to as OET is an exclusive English language test that has been designed for health care professionals. The OET exam has been specifically designed for 12 healthcare professions including Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Optometry. In this article, we are going to learn about OET Eligibility, OET eligible countries and whether there is an age limit for the OET exam. 

OET Eligibility Criteria

OET Exam 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates looking to appear for the OET exam are required to closely follow the OET eligibility guidelines to be able to register for the OET test. 

OET Eligibility: Age Requirements

CBLA, the conducting body of the OET exam has not mentioned any age limit for the OET exam. There are no age criteria for candidates wanting to appear for the OET exam. Hence, candidates wanting to go abroad to countries that accept OET are required to register for the OET exam on the official website, here: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/book-oet/

OET Eligibility: Education Qualification

Again, CBLA has not laid down any specific educational qualifications required by the candidate to appear for the OET Exam. Hence, as long as the student is looking to work in the health care sector he fits the OET eligibility. Candidates should just note that the OET exam is accepted by healthcare professionals who are looking to work or study in the healthcare sector in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Maldives, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

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Countries Accepting OET Scores

Healthcare professionals who are looking to work or study in the healthcare sector in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Maldives, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America are required to register for the OET to be able to prove their level of English proficiency to be able to deliver superior healthcare. A lot of times, while registering for the OET Exam candidates are often confused about OET exam eligibility. Read on to know about the OET test eligibility guidelines.

OET 2024 Eligibility for Nurses

OET exam eligibility for nurses: As informed earlier OET scores are recognised by countries for nurses looking to enter the healthcare sector. There is a certain ambiguity revolving around OET eligibility for nurses. Well, nursing is very much part of the OET exams that have been developed specifically for healthcare professionals. Nurses who are looking to enter the healthcare sector are required to score a B in the OET Listening, Reading and Speaking sub-tests and a C+ in Writing. The nurses are required to obtain a minimum score of 350 out of 500 to become accredited nurses in a foreign country. However, nurses looking for exact OET score requirements are required to check the qualification criteria on the official website and then obtain the score in the OET exam. 

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OET 2024 Exam Dates

Candidates looking to register for the OET exam can check out the current OET exam dates on our website, OET Exam Dates 2024

OET Exam 2024 Pattern

The OET exam pattern is divided into four sections, the Listening Section, which is for 50 minutes in duration and is made up of 3 parts; the Reading Section, which is for 60 minutes and divided into 3 parts; the Writing Section, which is profession-specific and requires candidates to write a letter of recommendation and is for 45 minutes and finally the last section; the Speaking Section that requires the candidate to enact a setting from the healthcare environment in 20 minutes.

OET Paper Pattern 2024

Below is the OET exam pattern in detail. 

OET Exam Pattern/ Sections

Test Duration

OET Test Description

Listening

50 minutes

The Listening subsection is divided into 3 parts that test the candidates listening capabilities in various formats.

Reading

60 minutes

The Reading subsection is divided into 3 parts that test the candidates reading capabilities in various formats.

Writing

45 minutes

The Writing subsection is profession-specific and requires candidates to write a letter of reference.

Speaking

20 minutes

The Writing subsection is profession-specific and requires candidates to enact a roleplay from the healthcare environment.

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OET Exam 2024 Preparation Tips

Similar to other exam prep, students can choose to study on their own or join a coaching centre to prepare for the OET exam. It is important for candidates The decision lies entirely up to the candidate, as you need to see whether you have enough time and resources for both. Newer methods of studying are gaining popularity, like online OET prep classes. It includes both self-studying and coaching class methods. You join a virtual classroom and you learn in the comfort of your home. To choose the best method to prepare for OET you first need to look at your criteria and decide accordingly. Check out our OET preparation plan for beginners on our website. 

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OET Exam 2024 Results

OET Scores: Candidates who have successfully appeared for their Occupational English Test (OET) can view their OET test scores after 16 business days from each test date. Candidates are required to enter their OET Login credentials to get access to their online profiles where their OET scores would be published. Furthermore, candidates can also download the hard copy of their OET statement of results from their online profile.

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Candidates looking to understand more about OET exam eligibility can check out our frequently asked questions revolving around OET eligibility, below. 

OET Exam Eligibility 2024 FAQs

Who is eligible for taking the OET exam?

The OET exam has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.  

What is the OET Fee in India?

Candidates looking to register for the OET exam would be required to pay an OET exam fee of AUD $587 or Rs 32,159.34 ( AUD $1 = 54.79) as part of the registration process. 

What are the OET eligible countries?

OET is recognized in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, Maldives, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Is the OET fee refundable?

Candidates looking to cancel their OET exam can get a refund on their OET exam fee if they withdraw or cancel their OET exam two days before the start of their first test. If the candidate withdraws or cancels less than two days before the OET test start time they will be entitled to no refund.

How long is the OET valid for?

The OET validity is not determined by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA) - the conducting body of the OET test but by the regulatory authorities that are going to require your OET scores would determine OET validity.

Is the OET test valid in Canada?

As per the official OET website, Specialist English language test OET is being accepted in Canada.

Are OET scores recognized in the USA?

OET results are accepted by healthcare regulators in the USA.

Which is better IELTS or OET?

While both the exams measure the English language abilities of the candidates. It is important to understand the admission requirement before applying for the test. Candidates should keep in mind that while the OET exam is limited to healthcare professionals, the IELTS exam covers a more generic base of students.

What is the age limit for the OET exam?

CBLA the conducting body of the OET exam has not mentioned any age limit to be eligible for the OET exam.

Is OET harder than the IELTS exam?

This is entirely at the discretion of the student. Both exams have been created to test the English language skills of the candidate. 

What score do I need to pass OET?

While there is no set passing score for the OET exam. However, most recognising boards and councils require candidates to score at least 350 and above in each of the four sub-tests. 
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Navneet

a month ago

I had given exam on 27 jan 2024 and result was out on 13 feb 2024, but some students including me we received a mail pf final quality assurance but still our result is not out we chat with expert on help desk of oet, they sent same msg and ask for wait for further update even 13 jan student result a

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Pamireddy Sandhya

10 months ago

When is oet result for may 27 th exam

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Anumika Bahukhandi

10 months ago

Hello Pamireddy. The OET results will be available on their OET account after 16 business days from each test date. You will receive a statement of your result which shows your scores for each of the four sub-tests, on a scale from 0 to 500 and a letter grade (from E to A). You can log in to your 'm

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Grace

11 months ago

Hello Please can I book the exams ahead of the date let's say September, and how much is it in Ghana, paper base. Thank you.

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Hello Grace! Yes, you can book for the exam prior to the given dates. Please keep looking out for the dates as and when they are released and also for the last registration deadlines.

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Yasmin

11 months ago

Hi. Is there any different question paper between nursing and doctor?

Reply to Yasmin

Hello Yasmin! The reading and listening sections on the OET are common for all applicants, however, sections pertaining to writing and speaking are different for applicants who are appearing for the exam as either a prospective nurse or as a doctor.

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JOHN PADRI

7 months ago

I think yes both exam for nurse and doctor

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Suby S

11 months ago

When we I'll get the remaining april 15th oet results

Reply to Suby S

Hello! Please watch this space for OET results and updates.

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