The OET is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA), and is meant for people who work in the medical field. This test is used to assess the English language skills of healthcare professionals who specifically fall under 12 healthcare categories. We at Medcity, focus mainly on training the nurses and doctors. Indian nurses are always happy to move abroad and work in English speaking countries. This is mainly because of the high package and better standard of living which they get abroad.
Indian nurses are of high demand now, especially because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The recent vaccination drive and the prior preparation for future outbreak, if any, has resulted in an alarming demand for nurses. Hence at Medcity, we thrive towards fulfilling your desire of living your dream life abroad.
The people who belong to the medical profession mostly prefer OET over IELTS. This is mainly because the topics, situations and role plays used in an OET test would be healthcare related. This provides an upper end to the students, as they can make use of their healthcare knowledge and vocabulary. Unlike IELTS, the Occupational English Test is scored in grades (A-E). To be eligible for job application abroad, a nurse or a doctor requires a full A grade or a B grade.
This test is the same for all health care professionals. The module has three parts with a total of 42 questions. The candidates would hear extracts related to general healthcare topics. These recorded extracts pauses in between allowing you to write the answers while listening.
The reading session also comprises three parts with 42 questions. The topic is also of generic healthcare interest and is hence accessible to all the candidates.
This section is profession specific and would ask the candidate to write a letter which can be a discharge letter, a referral letter or an advice letter.
In the speaking session the candidate is required to enact a role play, where the interlocutor would play the role of the patient and the candidate would be the healthcare professional.
All medical professionals who wish to work in Dubai need to appear for a Licensing exam called the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Exam which is conducted by the Health Authority of Dubai. In order to obtain a license and to work in Dubai it is mandatory to clear this examination. When applying for these exams in the Middle East, you will have to go through a Dataflow Verification. Verifying documents and background checks of the candidate is done as DataFlow, which is a Dubai-based firm meant for the same.
While in other emirates the candidate is permitted to register for the test only after his/her candidature is approved by the Dataflow, in the case of DHA, it is not mandatory. One can apply for the test and for Dataflow verification at the same time. However the candidate should take the test within three months of the completion of the verification.
UAE has separate licensing examinations each for its healthcare professionals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. So in order to be eligible to work in the remaining five Emirates (Sharjah, Ras-Al Khaimah, Ajman Fujairah and Umm-Al-Quwain), one should pass the licensing exam which is conducted by the Ministry of Health of UAE. Dataflow is required first, after which the exam is scheduled. Separate MOH exams are held for professions like, Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses and midwives, Medical lab technicians.
In order to work as a licensed healthcare professional in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, one is expected to undertake the licensing test conducted by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD). There are different exams based on the fields they belong to. For nurses there are two major categories: Registered and Practical Nurse. While a registered Nurse requires a four year bachelor degree and a minimum of 2 years work experience, A practical Nurse requires completing a general nursing course along with a minimum 2 years of experience. On approval from the Dataflow, a candidate is permitted to register for the test.
For healthcare professionals trying to work in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar taking up the Prometric Test is an essential prerequisite. The eligibility exam, HAAD, is conducted by the US-based testing agency called PROMETRIC. This test is mainly for Doctors, Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Medical Lab Technicians, Radiographers, etc. Those who wish to work in Saudi Arabia should clear the Saudi Prometric Exam, conducted by The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS), Saudi Arabia. In order to work in Qatar and Oman, one should pass the Qatar Prometric and Oman Prometric respectively.
For the nurses to work in the UK they should be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). The first part of the Test of Competence is a Computer Based Test (CBT). It consists of 120 Multiple Choice Questions which has to be completed within 4 hours. The CBT test provider is Pearson VUE. They have test centres in most countries around the world.
The second part of the test is Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).This exam needs to be cleared from the UK. You will have two paid attempts to appear for the test. But the third test should be at your own expense. But if you still fail to clear the exam the third time, you will have to return to your home country.