2018 September – OET test updates

With constantly changing healthcare across the world, the OET is evolving to ensure the test remains very relevant to healthcare professionals and healthcare employers. An updated test will be introduced in September 2018, to keep up with this evolution.

What’s changing?

While the test will be essentially the same, there are some changes to each subtest in order to ensure their continued relevance to the situations healthcare professionals will meet in today’s workplace. The ways that OET results are reported will also change at the same time.

Timeline for changes

To make sure everyone is fully informed at the same time, we will be providing comprehensive information about the changes on this timeline:

For Candidates:

  • Late January 2018
  • Candidate information available on OET website to explain test updates.

  • March 2018
  • Samples of the updated test questions available for candidates.

  • From April 2018
  • Candidate information roadshows (live and online)

  • June 2018
  • Full sample tests available on OET website

  • July 2018
  • New OET practice books available for purchase.

  • September 2018
  • Updated format of OET launched
    Updated results reporting launched

For Preparation Centres:

  • Late January 2018
  • Teacher information webinar to explain test updates (live and on demand)

  • From Late January – March 2018
  • Teachers provided with materials conversion guides to enable production of updated preparation materials.

  • March 2018
  • Samples of the updated test available.

  • From April 2018
  • Teacher information roadshows (live and on demand)

  • May 2018
  • New OET practice books available for purchase by teachers.

  • June 2018
  • Full sample tests available on OET website

  • July 2018
  • New OET practice books available for purchase by candidates.

For recognising organisations:

  • January 2018
  • Notification of upcoming changes to OET

  • June 2018
  • Verification portal updated

  • September 2018
  • Updated results reporting launched