OET 2.0 @ Kiddingtown

OET - Occupational English Test
Speaking Sub-Test
  • relationship building
  • understanding the patient’s perspective
  • providing structure to the conversation
  • gathering information from the patient
  • establishing what the patient already knows.
Listening Sub-Test
Part A15 minutesTwo separate consultations between a healthcare professional and a patient
Part B10 minutesSix short dialogues or monologues in workplace settings
Part C15 minutesTwo long presentations or interviews with health professionals
TOTAL40-45 minutes
Reading Sub-Test
Part A15 minutesExpeditious (fast) reading task
Part B45 minutesSix short workplace extracts
Part CTwo long presentation passages
TOTAL60 minutes
Writing Task – Sample Question 1
  • Number of Tasks – 1
  • Time – 5 + 40 Minutes
  • Tasks
    • Write a letter, usually a referral letter.
    • Sometimes a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group.
  • Input
    • Task instructions
    • Stimulus material (case notes and/or other related documentation) which includes information to use in your response.
Task for Practice


  • Patient : Nimmy Isaac
  • 72 year old – Married woman
  • Date of Birth : 1938
  • Open heart surgery patient / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – and Anxiety

Read the case notes below and complete the writing task which follows.

Social History
  • Lives at home with husband, Isaac.
  • The couple have been married 50 years;
  • Isaac is a decorated soldier who fought in World War II.
  • Isaac attends RSL (Returned Soldiers’ League) meetings and enjoys the camaraderie.
Medical History
  • Has suffered COAD for past 10 years.
  • Heavy smoker (1 packet a day) – trying to quit.
  • Angina for 3 years.
  • Angiogram revealed need for heart bypass.
Family history
  • Isaac also smoked for 40 years but gave it away in 2004.
  • Nimmy’s mother was overweight with high BP.
  • Mother died of Myocardial infarction at age 75 (20 years ago).
  • Admitted: 10 days ago for a double by pass.
  • All went well. Has been recuperating.
  • Two heart valves bypassed. Operation successful.
  • Has been using an oxygen concentrator;
  • To be issued with a rented portable oxygen concentrator on discharge;
  • Prescribed Lipotor Oral, using Ventolin when required;
  • Taught postural drainage position and pursed lip breathing technique.
  • Advised to quit smoking – prescribed Nicobate patches.
  • To be discharged tomorrow.
Current problem
  • Anxiety – not sure how she is going to cope once discharged from Hospital.
  • Worried she will die like her mother. Visibly distressed.
  • Has outbursts of crying.
Discharge Plan
  • Refer to Community Nurse for monitoring
Writing Task

Write a letter to the Community Nurse, Greenlea Council, Ferntree Gully 3175. Outline the treatment this patient has had to date. Request that the Community Nurse:

  • Nimmy Isaac regarding cessation of smoking / using Nicobate
  • Community Nurse to make sure Nimmy is using her portable oxygen machine correctly
  • Community Nurse to make an appointment with Council social worker to visit Nimmy and counsel her regarding any worries she may have about managing things in the home.
  • Nimmy may need some Council home help for housekeeping and other day to day living activities.
  • Your letter should be 200 to 220 words long (no more than 25 lines).
  • Do not use note form but write in full sentences using relevant information.

OET Support – Vocabulary & Grammar

Popular Medical Terms
  1. Pulmonary – Relating to lungs
  2. Renal – Relating to Kidneys
  3. Thorax – The part of the body of a mammal between the neck and the abdomen, including the cavity enclosed by the ribs, breastbone, and dorsal vertebrae, and containing the chief organs of circulation and respiration; the chest.
  4. Angiogram
  5. Myocardial infarction – A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s coronary arteries is blocked suddenly or has extremely slow blood flow. A heart attack also is called a myocardial infarction. The usual cause of sudden blockage in a coronary artery is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus).
  6. Thrombus – Blood clot
  7. Infarction – Obstruction of the blood supply to an organ or region of tissue, typically by a thrombus or embolus, causing local death of the tissue.
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  2. NYD Not Yet Diagnosed

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