OET (Occupational English Test) exams

Occupational English Test

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.

OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare professional settings.

For detailed information about the test, go to: 

Contact us: oet@ihlondon.com

Who is OET for?

OET tests health practitioners from the following 12 professions:

Dentistry Occupational Therapy Podiatry
Dietetics Optometry Radiography
Medicine Pharmacy Speech Pathology
Nursing Physiotherapy Veterinary Science

OET Preparation Courses

International House London offers a range of courses to help you prepare for the OET test. 



How to book your OET exam

You can apply and pay for the test online three or more weeks before your selected test date at www.occupationalenglishtest.org/apply-oet/

OET is available monthly, up to 12 times per year. For up to date details on test dates, go to: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/test-information/test-dates-locations/

How much does it cost?

In 2018 the test fees are AUD $587 (approx. £333 as of May 2018, check today’s exchange rates here: www.xe.com). 

You make your payment via the OET website when you apply.

You will receive a confirmation email from International House London approximately 10 days prior to the test and a reminder 4 days before the test.

OET exam dates and deadlines

12 January 2019  18/12/2018  21/02/2019
2 February 2019  09/01/2019  21/02/2019
23 February 2019 28/01/2019   15/03/2019
16 March 2019   18/02/2019   04/04/2019
6 April 2019   11/03/2019   03/05/2019
18 May 2019   22/04/2019   06/06/2019
15 June 2019   20/05/2019   04/07/2019
7 July 2019   11/06/2019   25/07/2019
3 August 2019   08/07/2019   22/08/2019
31 August 2019  05/08/2019   19/09/2019
21 September 2019  26/08/2019  11/10/2019
13 October 2019   17/09/2019   31/10/2019
9 November 2019  14/10/2019   28/11/2019
7 December 2019  04/11/2019   26/12/2019

OET test venues




Preparing for your OET exam

International House London offers a range of courses to help you prepare for the OET test. You can find all the OET preparation courses here. 

OET exam day

Test day format

The three written tests will take approximately 3 hours. In addition, a 20 minute speaking test is also scheduled on the same day. For more detail on the test day format, go to: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/test-information/

Arrival time

You need to arrive at 8am and the first test starts at 9am

Your OET results

Results are published online 16 days after the test and candidates are provided with login details to access a secure system to view their results, which are also sent by post.

How do I defer?

This information is from the OET website, please check here to make sure you have full up to date information: https://support.occupationalenglishtest.org/hc/en-gb/articles/360000305916-Deferral-Policy

  • Check OET Test Regulations 3.4 for a complete guide 
  • You can defer at any time up until test day
  • Administration cost before application closing date is $120
  • Administration cost after applications closing date passes is $200.

If you are registered for OET but are not able to attend the test on the date selected for any reason, you can defer to another available test date, subject to the conditions and fees listed below:

  • You may defer at any time up to and including the day of the test providing you have NOT gone through the test day registration process at the test venue (subject to the payment of any applicable administration fees – see below)
  • You must defer to a future open test administration date.
  • No refunds are provided for deferrals.
  • You must defer your whole application.
  • A deferral cannot be reversed.

Deferral administration fees 

Up to the application closing date for the test administration.

AUD $120

Login to your myOET candidate profile, locate your booking and select ‘Defer’.

The administration fee and the non-refundable booking fee will be deducted from your refund.

After the application closing date for the test administration and up to the day before the test

AUD $200

Either log in to your myOET candidate profile, locate your booking and select ‘Defer’ or contact OET Support via the OET website or by phone.

The administration fee will be charged. Your application will be deferred to the future test date you have selected.

On the day of the test providing you have NOT gone through the test day registration process at the test venue.

AUD $200

Complete the online Test Day Deferral form which must be submitted on Test Day.

CBLA will process your request. The administration fee will be charged. Your application will be deferred to the next available test date.