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English test for medical professionals now more accessible

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The highly regarded Occupational English Test (OET) for healthcare professionals is now more accessible, with tests to be scheduled ten times a year in 2014 (up from seven in 2013), and a reduction in the cost of the test for many candidates.

From October this year, OET candidates will now pay the same AU$580 test fee, regardless of the location in which they take the test. Candidates previously paid a higher fee if they were outside Australia.

The changes to OET have been made as part of an enhanced focus on quality and accessibility by the newly formed Cambridge Box Hill Language Assessment, a joint venture between the University of Cambridge’s language assessment arm, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and Melbourne’s Box Hill Institute.

Sujata Stead, CEO of Cambridge Box Hill Language Assessment, said improving accessibility of OET was an important element in the plan to build the language test’s international profile.

“This test is important because it focuses on the language needed by healthcare personnel, across a range of specialisms and contexts. Our goal is for OET to be the leading English-language qualification of choice for health and medical professionals around the world.”

OET is currently used by the state and national governing bodies of the following health and medical professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

Tests are currently available at centres in Australia and 20 other countries, and this list is expected to increase significantly over the coming months.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

September 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

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