OET vs IELTS: Which is better?


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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 17:36 IST

A lot of times candidates are often confused between the IELTS and the OET exam. Candidates are left wondering which English test is easier, IELTS or OET. Or the validity of the tests is measured. To put all woes to rest. We have brought to our readers a comparison study between OET and IELTS formats of the test for them to understand better the tests and their purpose. Before we delve into the comparison between IELTS and OET. Let us know a little about each exam.

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.

Know more about IELTS here:

IELTS Eligibility

IELTS Registration

IELTS Exam Pattern

IELTS Preparation Tips

IELTS Practice Test

IELTS Result

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.

Know more about OET here:

FAQs for OET

OET Exam Registration

OET Exam Pattern

OET Exam Preparation Tips

OET Sample Test

OET Results

OET vs IELTS: Which is Easier?

Confused between OET and IELTS exams? Here is a comparison study between IELTS vs OET:






International English Language Testing System

Occupational English Test

Conducted By

British Council and IDP Education Ltd

Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment Trust (CBLA)

Accepted BY

Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States of America

United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Dubai, Singapore, and Namibia

Most popular for

Candidates looking to study, work and migrate to English speaking countries

Healthcare professionals looking to work in the healthcare sector

Exam Pattern

The IELTS exam pattern comprises four sections, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The candidates are tested on these four parameters

The entire OET Exam is divided into four sections, the Listening Section, the Reading Section, the Writing Section, and the Speaking Section

Duration of the Exam

165 mins (2 hrs and 45 mins)

175 mins (2 hrs and 55 mins)

Exam Score Range

On a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest)

On a scale of A (Highest) to E (Lowest)

Exam Fees

Rs. 13,250

$587 AUD

Exam Validity

2 years

2 years

Exam Test Dates

Every week

Twice a month

Availability of results

Results are delivered within 2 weeks

 Results are delivered within 16 business days

While both the exams measure the English language abilities of the candidates. It is important to understand the admission requirement before applying for the test. A lot of times the university/institute could prefer a particular exam over another. This entirely is at the discretion of the university admission guidelines. Candidates should keep in mind that while the OET exam is limited to healthcare professionals, the IELTS exam covers a more generic base of students.


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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert

With over 8 years of experience in overseas education, Rahul Singha has been previously associated with prominent education houses. He is also responsible for keeping a sharp eye on education policies of major study... Read Full Bio


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