Stucture of OET test day

The OET exam takes place at our Queens Avenue building in Clifton, Bristol - see location & how to find us here

  • Registration starts at 8:00am and closes at 8:45am

  • The exam starts at 9:00am

 

Listening sub-test - Approximately 45 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

  • Part A: Two separate consultations between healthcare professional and a patient
  • Part B: Six short dialogues or monologues in workplace settings
  • Part C: Two long presentations or interviews with health professionals

N.B. We do not have headphones for this part of the exam; the listening test is heard through a good quality sound system, and before the exam begins the volume is tested with candidates in the room to give them the chance to request it to be adjusted. 

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Reading sub-test  - 60 minutes

Same content for all healthcare professions.

  • Pat A: A fast reading task
  • Part B: Six short workplace extracts
  • Part C: Two long presentation passages

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Writing sub-test - 45 minutes

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.

The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter of between 180 - 200 words. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group

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Speaking sub-test - Approximately 20 minutes (Everyone will be given an allocated time)

 

Specific to profession, based on typical workplace situations.

In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your professional role (as a healthcare professional) while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative or carer.

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As the exam has quite specific formats for each paper, we do recommend taking our one-week intensive preparation course to put you in the best possible position for success the first time around. Find out more here or contact us directly to discuss your requirements. 

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