OET carries four different modules basis on the communication of health care environment.
- Listening (50 minutes approx.): content in listening module is same for all heath care professionals.
Listening contains two sections:
Section A: recorded, simulated professional/patient consultation with note-taking questions.
Section B: recorded talk or lecture on health-related topic, with range of short and multiple choice answers.
- Reading (1 hour): content in listening module is same for all heath care professionals.
Section A: skim and scan short health-related texts and complete a summary paragraph by filling in missing words.
Section B: read longer health-related texts and answer multiple-choice questions.
- Writing (45 minutes): content is related to profession, it carries workplace situations.
This section is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient or group.
- Speaking (20 minutes): content is related to profession, it carries workplace situations.
In a private room, you will take part in two role-plays. You take your professional role (as a healthcare professional) while the interlocutor plays a patient or client, or sometimes a relative.