OET is also known as Occupational English Test and it is an alternative to the popular IELTS examination. This examination was designed for professionals in the healthcare sector that seek work in other countries. So if you are in the medical sector and would like to work outside your country, you should continue reading.
How much does it cost to write the OET exams? Who conducts this examination? Where can I work after writing this examination? We will provide you with answers to these questions and many others in this post. Let’s get started.
OET Exam Fees in Nigeria
Let’s face it, registering for OET exams is quite costly. Currently, it costs about AUD587 (Australian Dollars) to write this examination in Nigeria. When you convert this to naira, it is about N150,000. This is pretty high when you compare the cost with the costs of other English Language examinations.
Which Professionals Can Write OET in Nigeria?
This English Language examination is designed for professionals in the medical sector. Currently, there are 12 professions that can write this examination. We have put together a list below showing the different professions:
- Veterinary science
- Speech pathology
- Occupational therapy
If you fall under any of these professions, then you can register for this examination in Nigeria.
Countries that accept OET for Immigration and Visa Purposes
Not every country accepts OET for immigration and visa purposes. For example, Canada and the United States don’t accept this examination for doctors and nurses that want to migrate. Below is a list of the countries that accept OET exams:
- The United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
If you want to travel to any of the countries listed above, then it is mandatory to write the OET exam. This exam proves that you have the ability to deliver high-quality healthcare to their citizens.
OET Registration and Exam Pattern
If you will like to write the OET Exam, then you need to register for it. The first step of registration is to visit the official OET exam registration website. You can only register online. After visiting this website, create an account to get your login details. Once you are done with this, you can continue with the registration process.
The examination covers the four English Language skills and it focuses on communication within the healthcare environment. Check below for the examination format:
- Listening: The duration for this skill is 45 minutes and it is divided into three parts to test listening abilities in different formats.
- Reading: This skill has a duration of 60 minutes and it is also divided into three parts to test reading abilities in different capacities.
- Writing: The duration for this skill is 45 minutes and it is profession-specific. Candidates are required to write a reference letter in this section.
- Speaking: This is the final language skill and it takes just 20 minutes. It is also profession-specific and requires role play from the candidate.
OET Grading and Accessing Results
After completing the test, you receive numerical scores for each of the language sections. The scores range from 0 to 500 and it has 10-point increments. All the scores are mapped into separate letter grades from A to E with A being the highest and E the lowest.
The results of the OET exam are releases approximately after two weeks of writing the exam. To access your results, you only need to log into your account on the OET website.
OET Exam Preparation and Exams Date in Nigeria
Preparing for the OET examination is quite easy. This is because OET has provided its candidates with a preparation portal. The portal provides access to several hours of free practice resources. Also, there are several social media groups especially on Whatsapp, Telegram, and Facebook that help with preparation.
The date of the next OET exam in Nigeria isn’t fixed yet. However, once you register for the exam, you should get a notification about the next examination date. There is only one OET examination center in Nigeria currently. It is located at Oxbridge Tutorial College, 49 Sobo Arobiodu Street, Ikeja GRA, Nigeria.