Is OET easier than IELTS?
- January 15, 2018
- Posted by: Jordan Whotton
- Category: OET
It is one of the most frequently asked questions among nursing candidates: “Is OET easier than the IELTS exam?” We hear this question from our students all the time. Most of us have attempted the IELTS exam (or at least considered what it involves) and one thing is clear… IELTS is difficult.
OET is similar to IELTS in that you are tested on your reading, writing, listening and speaking however there are some major differences. The most obvious change are the differences between the four testing areas.
IELTS VS OET
IELTS contains three sections which use a number of different question types including multiple choice questions, fill in the missing words, short sentences and true/false/not given.
OET is similar but simpler. It has two sections only; the first is a fill in the missing words passage and the second are multiple choice questions.
The difficulty of the two exams is similar but the benefit of knowing you’ll face the same types of question every time in OET makes it an easier option.
IELTS listening involves three or four short recordings on different topics – each recording uses increasingly complex language.
OET listening is split into two parts. Part A involves note taking on a conversation between a patient and a healthcare professional. Part B involves a university lecture or professional speaker.
The important skill to learn here is note taking as the OET recording is often faster than the IELTS recording however with less complex language.
IELTS involves a 15 minute speaking interview on a number of topics. OET involves a 15 minute role play exercise between a patient and a healthcare professional (you!).
OET speaking is the clear winner here as not only is the OET exam more predictable in the type of question you are asked, it also is very similar to a real-life healthcare situation. If you have already worked in the industry before this means you will likely have already had very similar conversations with patients.
IELTS writing involved two tasks; one in which you are required to describe a graph or table and the other is a general essay on a number of topics. As you may already know it is often difficult and not much fun to prepare for.
OET contains one (much easier!) task: writing a referral letter for a patient based on their medical notes and history.
This is a great opportunity to show your medical knowledge and experience and is great training and preparation for real patients.
Before revealing our opinion there is one important thing to note: if you fail a single section of the OET exam you can resit just that section again for a discounted price. This is not possible in the IELTS exam.
It is clear to see that OET is an easier option in almost all areas of the exam. Many students and international nurses have been put off by the difficulty of the IELTS exam however the changes announced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council mean that 2018 is a fantastic time to pass the OET exam and achieve your goals.
Would you like to pass your OET exam quickly with expert tutoring and online lessons? Arrange a free consultation with our OET teachers today and pass with confidence.