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In September 2018, an updated OET (Occupational English Test) will come into effect. The revised test will reflect the changing practices in language assessment and healthcare communication.
OET’s delivery and administration platform is also being updated to make OET journey easier, simpler, and more secure for users, including: candidates, recognising organisations, test venues, and assessors.
From 9 September 2018 OET, the following changes will come into effect:
Test tasks Some test tasks will change to reflect current research findings as well as feedback from candidates and subject matter experts.
Format The ‘look and feel’ of the test paper will change to accommodate computer-based testing in the future.
Results reporting TA new OET results scale providing more granular details will be introduced.
Assessment criteria Some minor inclusions to the assessment criteria i.e. the assessment of clinical communication skills in the Speaking sub-test.
OET 2.0 LISTENING:
The listening test is being updated to reflect the changing healthcare industry:
- Part A will continue to focus on consultation conversations but with changes to format
- Introduction of a new Part B will include 6 short dialogues or monologues set in workplace contexts
- Part C will include two longer presentation or interview audio texts with a series of multiple-choice questions to answer.
- A wide range of international accents will also be introduced to this test.
OET 2.0 READING :
The reading test is being updated to reflect the changing healthcare industry:
- Part A will continue to involve scanning 4 short texts but will include some changes to the format.
- A new Part B will now include six short texts set in workplace contexts.
- Part C will mirror the current Part B’s format but the 45 minutes test time will now include both Parts B and C.
OET 2.0 WRITING :
There will be no updates to the Writing sub-test.
OET 2.0 SPEAKING :
The format of the speaking test will remain the same. However, the OET will now assess clinical communication skills, including:
- Building relationships
- Understanding the patient’s perspective
- Providing structure to the conversation
- Gathering information from the patient
- Establishing what the patient already knows.