Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language test used to assess the language skills of healthcare professionals. This test is compulsory for medical professionals who wish to work in English speaking countries of the world. OET is the choice of healthcare professionals because it helps them move forward in their career by proving that they have the right language skills for work and study. This helps them learn the kind of language they need to use in their daily professional life. OET score is a visa requirement in some countries. OET measures abilities across the skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking with an emphasis on communication skills in the healthcare environment.
OET helps healthcare professionals to break through the obstacles of communication proficiency and enable them to work with more confidence and ease. Governments, healthcare boards and councils, educators, employers, visa service agents, and teachers recommend OET exams due to multiple reasons. Twelve categories of healthcare professions come under the scope of OET, which include Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology, and Veterinary Science. Kerala being the land of healthcare professionals, especially nurses come forward to get certified with OET. The listening and reading module of the OET has the same content for all healthcare professionals. Writing and speaking modules are specific to the profession and it is based on typical workplace situations.