How often is the OET exam held?

Once you have decided to take the OET as a healthcare professional to fulfil your dreams for migrating abroad, the next stage is to put in all your efforts and prepare for the examination. Once it is done, the next step is to take a date for appearing for the examination.

The OET examination is held twice every month for the whole year, that is, 24 exam sittings per year. A candidate can take the examination from any of the authorised 120 test centres located through 40 nations worldwide. 

How Often is OET Exams Held

However, the dates could differ based on the availability of test centres in the country that you wish to appear for the exam. 

To know more details about exam date and centre, check the blog OET Exam Dates 2023 and Exam Centres in India

How prior should I book for the OET exam?

It is important to book for the test at least three weeks before the test date. Each test centre for OET will consist of only a limited number of seats for the examination and it is provided to candidates on a first come first serve basis. Thus for getting an exam slot, it is critical to plan at least one month back on when you could be ready to appear for the examination. 

Suppose you are planning to appear for the examination in countries like Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. In that case, you should book for the exam at least 2 months in advance to get a slot as the number of test centres are very limited and a huge number of healthcare professionals try to attend the OET in these countries. 

Can I take the OET at home?

You can take OET at home if you belong to the medical or nursing profession as currently the Home mode of OET is acceptable only for these two fields. The OET@Home is a computed based test that will allow you to take the examination at the comfort of your homes as they enable remote proctoring where you will be monitored by an authorised proctor ( invigilator ) throughout the examination. 

The proctor will ensure that you follow a set of mandatory rules while attending the examination using your own system and maintain a high level of security during the exam to ensure that you do not involve in any malpractice. The OET@Home is sanctioned for countries where there is no current test venue for computer- or paper-based OET exam and the test costs are the same as for OET on paper. 

Which organisations accept results from OET@Home?

OET@Home results are currently accepted by some regulators, educational institutions and other organisations. It is best to check in prior to booking your test whether the organisation you are submitting your results to accepts OET@Home. 

The following organisations accept OET@Home results:

Healthcare Regulators

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Dietitians Board of New Zealand
  • General Medical Council (UK)
  • Maldives Medical and Dental Council
  • Maldives Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK)
  • Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Education Institutions

  • Brunel University London (UK)
  • Hamad Medical Corporation (Qatar)
  • Jose Rizal Memorial State University (Philippines)
  • Sydney Shoulder Research Institute (Australia)
  • Ulster University (UK)

Other Organisations

  • Health Education England (UK)
  • IPA Recruitment Solutions (Australia)
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

When should I book for the OET computer based test?

The computer-based OET, like the paper-based OET, should be scheduled well in advance because each test centre will only have a limited number of slots. You must appear at a test centre to take the computer based OET, however instead of paper, you will perform your listening, reading, and writing tests on a computer. Nevertheless, like the paper-based OET test, the speaking session will be one-on-one with an interlocutor for the computer-based test too.

Only nurses and doctors can currently take the computer-based OET test, which is available at 270 locations across 48 countries. Major registration agencies in nations such as the United Kingdom and Australia accept OET’s computer-based testing at sites. The computer-based OET test begins with a detailed table outlining the test’s structure, timing and guidance regarding navigation. After finishing Reading Part A on the computer-based test, there will be a scheduled break of up to 10 minutes. However, if this break is utilised by the candidate to visit the restroom, they will have to undergo the security check in process again. 

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How long will it take to get my OET result ?

For the paper, computer and home-based OET test , you can expect your results in 14 to 16 business days after you take your test. You will be able to view your scores for each of the four subtests on a scale ranging from 0 to 500. You can access your results through the MyOETprofile which can be downloaded and printed for your use. 

Keep in mind that your OET results may be delayed, and you may not receive a response even after 16 working days. The most likely explanation is usually seasonal holidays that fall within the 14-16 day result window. The high number of test takers could potentially be a factor in the results relay. Errors discovered on or after the test day may result in a delayed result; in this instance, contact the relevant test center for more information.

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