OET to IELTS Score Conversion

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Feb 6, 2020 16:25 IST

Both OET and IELTS are exams that serve different purposes. Students are graded on different scales for both the exams. For the benefit of our students, we have brought together a rough representation of OET scores and their IELTS equivalent scores. This is for representation purposes for candidates to have a rough idea about how they would fare in the other exam.

While the Occupational English Test (OET) is an exclusive English language test has been designed for health care professionals, the International English Language Testing System or (IELTS) is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. 

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OET Score Conversion to IELTS Scores

The table below shows a rough representation of your OET score and their IELTS Band score equivalent. It is important for the candidate to understand that this exercise is for representation purposes only. The candidate has to individually appear for the exams for a valid score. This is solely done for the benefit of the candidate to know how he would fare in the other exam if the necessity every rose.

OET Score

OET Band Description

IELTS Band (Score) with Description

500

490

480

470

460

450

The aspirant is able to communicate fluently and effectively with patients and health professionals with a complete understanding of the English language.

Band 8.0-9.0

(Very Good User – Expert User)

440

430

420

410

400

390

380

370

360

350

The candidate is able to effectively communicate with patients and healthcare professionals with occasional inaccuracies and hesitancies.

Band 7.0-7.5

(Good User)

340

330

320

310

300

The aspirant is able to maintain interaction in a regular healthcare environment between patients and healthcare professionals. However, with the possibility of occasional errors and lapses.

Band 6.5

(Competent User)

290

280

270

260

250

240

230

220

210

200

Band 5.5-6.0

(Modest User – Competent User)

190

180

170

160

150

140

130

120

110

100

The candidate is able to understand factual information in a regular healthcare environment between patients and healthcare professionals. However, he may require clarity in conversation with the possibility of multiple errors and inaccuracies triggering strain in communication.

Band Less than 5.5

(Extremely limited – limited User)

90

80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

00

The candidate is able to comprehend single interactions in brief simple messages where clarification is provided. There is a possibility of a significant breakdown in communication due to the presence of high-density errors.

Less than 5.5

(Non-User – Intermittent User)

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What is OET?

OET or more commonly referred to as the Occupational English Test is an exclusive English language test that has been designed for health care professionals. Conducted by CBLA or Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, Healthcare professionals who are looking to work or study in the healthcare sector in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dubai, Singapore or Namibia are required to apply for the OET to be able to prove their level of English proficiency to be able to deliver superior healthcare.

OET exam has been specifically designed for 12 healthcare professions including Occupational Therapy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Optometry.

How is OET scored?

Answer booklets of Listening Part A and Reading Part A are assigned to OET Assessors at random for marking. Answer booklets of Listening and Reading Parts B and C are computer scanned and automatically scored. Audio files and scripts of Writing and Speaking sub-tests are assigned and rated by multiple-trained OET Assessors on random to avoid any conflict. Candidates can check the OET official website for the detailed score reporting procedure. Candidates who are unsatisfied with the outcome of their result can appeal for a reevaluation of the remarking of their answer sheets.

Know more about OET here:

OET Test Centres in India

OET Exam Dates

OET Exam Pattern

OET Exam Preparation Tips

What is IELTS?

International English Language Testing System or (IELTS) is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. Most popular countries where IELTS is accepted for university admissions are the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Canada.

The exam mainly measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic English language skills – listening, reading, speaking, and writing. IELTS exam is jointly owned and conducted by IDP Education Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

How is IELTS Scored?

After the completion of your IELTS exam, you will receive IELTS scores for each for the four sections on a band of 1 – 9. Along with that, you will also get an overall band score. See the scoring pattern below to understand how your IELTS score will be calculated.

Know more about IELTS here:

IELTS Exam Syllabus

IELTS Practice Test

IELTS Exam Pattern

IELTS Exam Dates

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