Online Application of OET

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The OET (Occupational English Test) was designed for healthcare professionals who intend to have an international career. OET was developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

Recent articles about the Coronavirus pandemic evidence the highly contagious nature and rapid spread of the virus globally. If health professionals have to travel internationally to take the test they may have asymptomatic status and be primary carriers of the virus putting others unnecessarily at risk of infection.

The total bans or quarantine for foreign citizens imposed by some countries, closure of hotels and other accommodations and the restrictions on local travel can make travelling internationally to take the test very difficult and impractical.

In addition, the worsening financial situation for many professionals due to the accompanying economic crisis is adversely affecting their hability to travel.

This petition kindly request that, due to the unique circumstances, the test be temporarily made available online. This has already happened with regards to both IELTS and TOEFL english tests. We believe that if an online test delivery is successful you might wish to consider this route for test delivery to become a standard for professionals who don’t have access to a local OET centre. This is because the cost of travelling can be prohibitively expensive and there are limitations to you opening new centres in additional countries.

In our opinion an online testing route would result in an increased number of applicants together with reduced costs for both you and the candidates as well as a simplification of the overall process.