Occupational English Test (OET) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
These English language tests are accepted by both Irish Medical Council (IMC) and General Medical Council (GMC). Although many students are confused regarding which exam to choose, it depends on many factors. I will discuss similarities and differences in both exams, and after reading this, you will be able to choose which test suits you.
- Both tests have the following four parts:
- Both tests have almost the same grading criteria.
- Each test takes a similar time to prepare.
So, the question is, where is the difference? The following differences will decide which test you want to take.
- The first difference is that OET is a bit costly exam as compared to IELTS.
- OET specifically tests your Medical English, whereas IELTS judges your English in general.
- OET grades from A to E while IELTS grades from 1 to 9.
So why nowadays healthcare professionals are taking OET instead of IELTS? The answer is that instead of assessing your English in general, OET tests Medical English.
Healthcare professionals feel comfortable when Medical English is tested, so maximum doctors choose OET now as they use this English in their day-to-day tasks also. That is the only reason why the pass ratio of OET is high and has become a famous exam among doctors for few years.
From the above discussion, we concluded that both exams have their advantages and disadvantages. So, it depends on your dedication and capabilities that which exam fits you best.
Many health professionals now prefer and recommend OET, so I would also recommend you take OET. Although it is a costly exam once you get through it, the money you spent will never matter.
I will be discussing the preparation of OET in detail here:
OET (Occupational English Test)
How to prepare?
Visit the official website of OET and go through the website in detail. You will get free study material and useful masterclass videos, and paid courses from where you can prepare for your test. Secondly, join the official Facebook page of OET, where they conduct live sessions for preparation.
Official OET website
Official OET Facebook page
Official OET YouTube channel
Official Twitter Page
Two more resources to prepare for OET are.
These are the best resources from where you can prepare for OET. Join their social media, particularly the YouTube channel and Facebook pages of Swoosh and Jay, and go through the videos in detail. You don’t have to buy any course from them. Just watch videos and practice. If you are still unsure regarding your preparation, you must join their classes or buy material for practice. You can also find free study material. Just google it or join What’s App and Facebook groups of OET
How to book your OET
- Visit the Official website of OET given above.
- Go to “BOOK” on the right upper corner.
- Click Book “OET on paper”.
- It will direct you to register online and make an account.
- Make your account by giving proper details and follow those steps to book your test. If you have any queries, click “HELP” on the bottom left corner of the website or contact them on Facebook. They are accommodating.
- You can also check test venues and test dates. Just visit this link.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
It is the world's biggest English language test, with test centers in most countries. I will not dig deep into IELTS as everyone is aware of IELTS, and there are multiple resources for IELTS preparation. Some of the best resources I will recommend if you are preparing for IELTS.
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