If You Are Working as A Professional Nurse | IELTS or OET?

If You Are Working as A Professional Nurse | IELTS or OET?

Ninan Lawrence Published:
November 25, 2023

To enrol in a nursing program overseas, you must take an English language test to assert your ability to communicate effectively with your staff and patients as regards medical treatment, associated procedures, etc., especially if you are studying in an English-speaking country like Canada. You can select from a variety of tests, such as the Occupational English Test (OET), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), etc., to get enrolled in organizations in Canada. It is recommended to carefully review the content of each test as well as some of the distinctions between the two [OET & IELTS], before deciding on which one to take.


An overview of the IELTS test

Established in 1989, the IELTS has evolved into the benchmark for English proficiency assessments, worldwide. Its purpose is to assess the fluency or proficiency [in English language] of individuals who intend to pursue higher education overseas.

Furthermore, the four modules of the IELTS testspeakingwritinglistening, and reading—are available in both paper and computer types, and the test is approved by more than 11,000 universities in more than 140 countries.


An overview of the OET test

The OET (Occupational English Test) is an English language assessment tool used to evaluate healthcare workers' language communication proficiency. It is intended for professionals who work in twelve healthcare-related professions, including physiotherapists, dentists, optometrists, and nurses. OET test results were accepted in New Zealand and Australia only, but in November 2017, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK began considering them when assessing potential applicants.

Four things to consider before choosing your desired test

IELTS is more popular globally than the OET : the IELTS has over 1,100 test sites spread across more than 140 countries, including New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the USA, and the UK, making it more globally accepted and approved than the OET. With over 115 test centres spread over 40 nations, the OET is only recognized by healthcare regulatory organizations and higher education healthcare instructors, including those in the UK, Dubai, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.

There are twelve OET variants compared to 2 IELTS versions : organizations utilize the Academic and General Training  IELTS test types, to assess a candidate's language proficiency for purposes related to education, employment, or immigration to Canada. While the Speaking and Listening modules are same for both academic and general training IELTS, the Reading and Writing sections of the academic IELTS test is more tailored for higher education than they are for General Training.

However, the OET provides 12 separate test versions for the various healthcare specialties. The Reading and Listening modules of these tests are identical. The Speaking and Writing modules, on the other hand, are designed to prepare candidates for certain situations when they will need to communicate in English.

IELTS prices are lower, and there are more test dates and centres: there are more IELTS test centres in every state, thus there are more test dates available for students to choose from. As a result, scheduling a test date at your convenience is simpler. Aside from that, the IELTS is easier for you to pay because it is significantly less expensive than the OET.

An abundance of preparatory material: being proficient in medical English is beneficial, but only for those who intend to pursue a medical degree. Studying abroad requires a greater grasp of the English language, which is something the IELTS can help with because it is not subject or field specific.

A wider range of subjects and material is covered in the IELTS, including general knowledge, education, the environment, social trends, and cultural values. It facilitates greater interaction between foreign experts and students by allowing them to speak and exchange expertise. OET is chosen by certain medical professionals because it incorporates topics unique to their field, including as how to comprehend a patient during a consultation and compose a letter of discharge or referral.


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