IETLS vs OET Comparison

If you’re looking at taking nurse jobs in the UK,Australia, Ireland, New zealand. you may already know that you first need to prove your ability with the English language. The Occupational English Test (OET) is now accepted by the Nursing councils when applying for registration, but is the OET really better than IELTS? Let’s look at both IETLS vs OET tests…

IELTS

SPEAKING

In the speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real life situation as a test can get. The test is 11-14 minutes in length with 3 parts.
Part 1 you answer questions about yourself and your family.
Part 2 you speak about any topic.
Part 3 you have a longer discussion on the topic.
Total Time:14 minutes

OET

SPEAKING

The speaking is an individual interview that takes around 20 minutes. It is professional specific for your profession. In each interview, your identity and profession is checked by the interviewer and there is a short warm up conversation about your professional background. Then the role-plays are introduced , one by one,and you have 2 -3 minutes to prepare for each. The two role-plays take about 5 minutes each.
Total Time:20 minutes

IELTS

READING

Texts are taken from books,journals,magazines and newspapers . A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings,matching features ,matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow chart completion,diagram label completion, short answer questions.
Total Time:60 minutes

OET

READING

Part A- Summary reading task on a Health/medical related topic. Skimming 3-4 short texts with 25-35 missing words to complete (15 minutes)
Part B- Read two passages on general medical topics with a total of 16-20 multiple choice questions (45 minutes)
Total Time:60 minutes

IELTS

WRITING

It has two writing tasks of 150 and 250 words. In task 1 candidates are asked to describe some visual information (graph, table, chart or diagram),and to present a description in their own words. They need to write 150 words in 20 minutes.
In task 2 candidates are presented a point of view
or argument or problem. They need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.
Total Time:60 minutes Total words
in 1 hour = 400

OET

WRITING

It has one writing task and is profession specific.
You take this part of the OET using materials specifically for your profession. Students are required to write a medical letter.
Total Time:45 minutes Total words in 40 mins= 180-230

IELTS

LISTENING

The listening test is 30 minutes and is 4 recorded monologues and conversations .
Questions include:Multiple choice,short answer, sentence completion, form/ note/summary/flow chart/ table completion, labeling a diagram/ plan/ map and matching.
Total Time:30 minutes

OET

LISTENING

Part A is a recorded consultation between a medical practitioner and a patient (dialogue). You are required to listen to the recording in sections and take notes under the heading given to you. Part B is a talk or lecture on a medical field or issue (monologue). There is a variety of
questions types,e.g. note taking and sentence , table completion, true and false questions and multiple choice questions.
Total Time:50 minutes