What is the Occupational English Test?

The Occupational English Test evaluates the English language competence of people who have trained as medical and health practitioners in one country and wish to gain provisional registration to practise their profession in an English-speaking context. In most cases, applicants are subsequently required by their professional board or council to sit a test of professional knowledge. The test is currently used by governing bodies of the professions at state and national level in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Each board or council determines the result required from candidates to meet the language competency standards required in order to function in their profession. 

Proof of your English language skills

Below is a list of organisations that recognise OET results as proof of English language proficiency. Please check with the organisation you are applying to regarding the OET grade(s) they will accept.



Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recognises OET for various visa categories including skilled migration and student visas. Candidates can find more information by visiting www.immi.gov.au

Healthcare Boards & Councils

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
National agency responsible for the registration and accreditation of 14 health professions in Australia. Visit www.ahpra.gov.au for more information.

The following AHPRA Boards recognise OET:

Other Boards and Councils

Universities, Education and Recruitment




  • Health Professions Council of Namibia

New Zealand


Immigration New Zealand
Immigration New Zealand recognises OET for most visa categories. Candidates can find more information by visiting www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Universities, Education and Recruitment

Healthcare Boards & Councils