OET - English Test

OET English certification applies to the main-stream health professions, including doctors, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and others.

The test grades your proficiency in English.  It is recognised by professional organisations and educational institutions worldwide and is the current pathway for entry to tertiary institutions and permanent residency applications in Australia.

The applicant has to score a minimum of grade-B in each skill to satisfy the board.  To immigrate and work in Australia it is necessary for Doctors and health practitioners to gain certification.

The maximum time limit for the test is 3 hours and the test is conducted 6 times in 40 locations all around the world per year. The OET test is valid for 2 years from the date the test is taken.

If you fall under any of the following professions, you qualify to take the test:

  • Medical Practitioners (GPs and Specialists)
  • Dentists
  • Vets
  • Nurses
  • Radiographers
  • Dieticians
  • Speech pathologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Related medical professions
  • The following options may assist you in preparing for either courses

Training Course available

There are OET training courses designed specifically for overseas qualified health practitioners including trained doctors, nurses, dentists and physiotherapists.  If you are planning to work in Australia as a health professional, and not living in a Commenwealth country then you may be required to take pre-entry language proficiency test.

The English training course is designed, based on the health professional English language requirements to work in the profession and will prepare you for the examination.

This course is a nationally recognised English and a vocational program providing all applicants required language skills for specific vocational jobs and will prepare you for the Examination.

You get access to question papers and dummy tests to evaluate your English, as a registered user you are allowed to take as many tests as you wish with the sole aim of achieving certification allowing you to pass with flying colours. 

Cost of the Practice Materials consisting of CD and DVD's is AUD$54.00 (including Post). Register at the foot of the page for full details.


The cost may differ depending on what country you sit the test.   The prices below are in Australian dollars.    All prices in Australia include 10%  GST.  

New candidates must sit all 4 sub-tests.  Effective 01 June 2010, a booking fee of $7.00 will be applied to the total of all applications.


 OVERSEAS                                AUSTRALIA*

            Full sit (4 sub-tests)  $ 775            Full sit (4 sub-tests)   $ 580.80  

            3 sub-tests               $ 600            3 sub-tests                $ 470.80  

            2 sub-tests               $ 425            2 sub-tests                $ 332.20

            1 sub-test                 $ 225            1 sub-test                 $ 193.60

If you are interested in taking one of the above courses please complete the registration form and we will send you all the information to completing the test papers.

Occupational English Test certification will enable overseas Qualified Professionals to carry out their practice here in Australia.

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