How is the OET Assessed

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The OET’s written sections are all marked by the same group of trained OET assessors. The multiple choice sections will be marked by a computer, as this is more efficient and provides the assessors more time to focus on written parts.

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For the Listening Section, your answers for Part A are marked by an OET assessor, and the booklets are distributed randomly. For Parts B and C, your answers are scanned by computer and scored automatically.

For the Reading Section, your answers for Part A are also marked by an assessor, and parts B and C automatically marked by a computer.

The mark schemes used are detailed and provide assessors with exact information on what type of answer should receive marks, and which should not. Additionally, your answers will be marked by at least two different assessors to ensure reliable results.

Your Writing and Speaking subtests are marked in their entirety by at least two assessors. Again, the assessors will be provided with content to mark at random to avoid bias. For the Speaking section, the interlocutor whom you spoke to in your test will not be involved in any way in the assessment process. If you receive different scores from the two assessors, then your case will be sent on to a senior Assessor, who will determine the correct score. For the Writing section, you will be marked according to six criteria: Purpose, Content, Conciseness & Clarity, Genre & Style, Organisation & Layout, and Language. Each criterion is marked from 0 to 7, bar Purpose, which is marked from 0 to 3. For Speaking, you are marked according to Intelligibility, Fluency, Appropriateness of Language, and Resources of Grammar and Expression – all marked from 0 to 6, and Indicators of Relationship Building, Indicators of Understanding & Incorporating the Patient’s Perspective, Indicators of Providing Structure, Indicators for Information Gathering and Indicators for Information Giving – all marked from 0 to 3.

Score Equivalency

A score of A is equivalent to an IELTS of 8.0 – 9.0 and shows clear and fluent communication with complete understanding of language, both written and spoken.

A score of B is equivalent to an IELTS of 7.0 or 7.5 and shows effective communication with appropriate tone and lexis, with only occasional hesitancies. A good understanding of language across a range of clinical contexts.

A score of C or C+ is equivalent to 5.5, 6.0 or 6.5 if C+. This shows that you can maintain an interaction despite some errors or lapses, and that you are able to follow standard language spoken in your field.

D is equivalent to a score below 5.5 and shows that you are capable only of some interaction, and able to understand only straightforward and factual information. You would make frequent errors, and either misuse or overuse technical language rather than speaking more naturally.

E, clearly, is also equivalent to a score below 5.5. It is indicative of being able to manage only very simple interactions on familiar topic areas, and a limited understanding that rarely goes beyond the main point being made. Many errors are made leading to frequent breakdowns of communication.

Looking at CEFR bands, C2 is equivalent to an OET score of A (complete understanding and fluency). C1 is equivalent to B (effective communication with only occasional hesitancies or inaccuracies). B2 is equivalent to C+ or C (able to maintain the interaction despite occasional errors and lapses).

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When are Scores Received, How Are They Formatted?

You will get your scores approximately 16 days after you sit the test. You can download an official copy of your results from your online profile. You can also choose the test administration for which you wish to download the results, allowing you to list the scores you achieved in that test administration. Each sub-test is scored from 0 to 500, with this score mapped to a grade from A to E, with E being the lowest. Numerical scores are in increments of 10. You are not provided with an overall grade for the test – instead, each section will be presented individually. You will find that different boards and councils will have different requirements for individual sections, and some will require the same grade across each.

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