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What is the OET EXAM?

The Occupational English Test evaluates the English language competence of people who have trained as medical and health practitioners in one country and wish to gain provisional registration to practise their profession in an English-speaking context. Applicants are subsequently required by their professional board or council to sit a test of professional knowledge.

The OET test is currently used by governing bodies of the professions at state and national level in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Each board or council determines the result required from candidates to meet the language competency standards required in order to function in their profession.

Why the OET Exam?

The OET exam is a profession based English proficiency exam allowing trained medical professionals to prepare for an exam that is related to their profession. All of the health related topics in the OET exam are familiar to any trained health professional regardless of the country that you originate from.


Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection

OET is accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for various visa categories including skilled migration and student visas. Candidates can find more information by visiting

Boards and Councils

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

National agency responsible for the registration and accreditation of 14 health professions in Australia. The following AHPRA Boards accept OET:

 Universities, Education and Recruitment

Financial Assistance

The Assessment subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals Program (ASDOT) is an Australian Government initiative applicable to 11 of the 12 OET professions. Eligible candidates may apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of taking OET. Further information is available at

New Zealand


This requires:

  • a minimum score of A or B grade in OET
  • OET test results to be obtained within two years prior to registration application.

Exemptions for OET:

National Boards (with the exception of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) may grant an exemption from the requirements where the applicant provides evidence that they:

  • completed secondary education that was taught and assessed in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America and
  • hold tertiary qualifications in the relevant professional discipline that was taught and assessed in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.

Why choose the OET Preparation course at MCIOA?

  • We offer a comprehensive program covering all components of the OET exam
  • The first listed international provider of an OET Preparation course as listed by the OET Centre in Melbourne, Australia
  • We are Australian educators teaching you an Australian English proficiency exam for all health professionals
  • The educators have years of experience in teaching OET Preparation Courses around the world
  • We will save you time ,money and hassle
  • We have OET course packages to meet everyone’s needs regardless of where you are in the world
  • MCIOA is passionate about education and will give you an educational experience and have you fully prepared for the Australian Health Care Sector
  • We offer anything from online OET Preparation Courses to week day classes, evening classes and weekend classes

Components of this fact sheet were sourced from the following: