oet score calculator guide

The Occupational English Test (better known as OET), is a testing system designed to measure the English language competency of healthcare professionals who intend to move to and register in English-speaking countries.

The test looks at the abilities of candidates in four areas – speaking, writing, reading, and listening – to assess their overall English ability, although it is of course tailored for candidates who work in the various fields of healthcare.

Until August, 2018, OET candidates were assigned grades ranging from E-A; however, a new scoring system has been implemented that assigns candidates a numerical grade, ranging from 0-500.

OET Grading

Since September, 2018, the OET has been graded on a scale of 0-500 for each of the four sections, which are known as “subtests”. The highest possible score is 500, and the lowest is 0, as can be seen from the following table:

450-500A9High level of proficiency in the language. Able to communicate fluently and accurately. Can understand written or verbal discourse with ease.
350-440B7.5Able to communicate effectively although some inaccuracies or hesitations may occur which do not impede communication.
300-340C+6.5Able to communicate adequately despite occasional errors.
200-290C6Able to understand standard input but may require clarification on higher level language.
100-190D5Able to interact and understand simple and routine tasks but may require clarification. Errors frequently occur, causing strain in communication.
0-90E0-4Able to understand familiar and basic phrases. Can interact only if the other person is prepared to clarify information.

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This grading system allows for healthcare programs around the world to ensure the English levels of prospective employees. As can be seen from this table, a score of 350 or higher indicates the sort of ability that would be desired by most healthcare systems.

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Use the calculator to find out how many correct answers you would need to get a B grade in reading and listening modules. As per the OET website (here and here), one typically needs 30 marks from 42 questions to get a B grade.

Use the calculator to find out how many correct answers you would need to get a B grade in listening and speaking modules. As per the OET website (here and here), one typically needs 30 marks from 42 questions to get a B grade.


Use the calculator to find out how many correct answers you might have got for the scores (out of 500) in the real exam. As per the OET website (here and here), one typically needs 30 marks from 42 questions to get a B grade.

All you need to do is type in a number out of 500 to calculate the correct number of answers in OET reading and listening modules.

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Use the calculator to find out how many correct answers you might have got for the scores (out of 500) in the real exam. As per the OET website (here and here), one typically needs 30 marks from 42 questions to get a B grade.

All you need to do is type in a number out of 500 to calculate the correct number of answers in OET reading and listening modules.

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OET Sub-Tests
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Reading *
Speaking *

Writing *

Disclaimer : Take note that this is a general guide and you still need to check your eligibility with the respective registration bodies.

Test Format and Marking

OET is 3 hours long approximately. The structure of the test looks like this:

Listening40 minutes2 partsCandidates must understand a range of spoken materials, including patient consultations and lectures.
Reading60 minutes2 partsCandidates must read and understand different types of written healthcare-related materials.
Writing45 minutes1 partCandidates must write a letter clearly and accurately for a reader. *This is specific to the candidate’s field of occupation.
Speaking20 minutes2 partsCandidates must communicate effectively in a role-play situation. *This is specific to the candidate’s field of occupation.

OET examines candidates’ abilities in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. As such, there are four separate subtests, one for each of these areas. The two receptive skills – reading and listening – are intended to determine how well a candidate can understand written and spoken English in a medical capacity. These two tests are the same regardless of a candidate’s occupation. This is different for the writing and speaking tests, which are specific to each of the occupations covered by the OET.

OET Test Types

OET now comes with two different formats

  1. Paper Based
  2. Computer-based
    • 2.1 OET at home
    • 2.2 OET on Computer @ test venue

Look at the illustration below to understand each of the above. For more information, please visit these links. Link 1 Link 2

OET Flowchart

Reading and Listening

The listening and reading subtests are marked by OET examiners at the testing center. They will be randomly and anonymously assigned in order to prevent any sort of cheating. The examiners are required to strictly follow a guide that tells them how to mark your answers and calculate your score.

Part B and C of the reading test are handled differently: It is marked by a machine, which reads data from the paper after it is scanned. The whole system is closely monitored to ensure fairness and accuracy.

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Speaking and Writing

The audio files from the speaking test and the written papers from the writing test will be collected and randomly assigned to examiners for grading. These will be re-checked in order to ensure that a fair grade has been assigned. A particularly strict examiner may have their grading system altered to bring it more in line with OET standards. A consensus is required from the two (or more) examiners who look at a speaking or writing test in order for the grade to be accepted and published by the OET center.

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You may well ask how the speaking and writing tests are assessed. In other words, what are the examiners looking to hear or read from the candidates? The criteria are somewhat similar, with a few differences. They are listed in this table:

S. NoWritingSpeaking
1.Task has been completed. Communication was effective.
2.Appropriate language used.Speech was intelligible.
3.Understood the material.Spoke fluently.
4.Grammatically accurate.Appropriateness.
5.Spelling, punctuation, etc.Grammar and other resources used well.

There is no passing or failing grade for OET, but most boards and councils require a score of at least 350 in order to consider a candidate for employment. To achieve this, candidates would need to perform well in all five of the criteria for each subtest. The standards are very high, but adequate preparation can allow students a good chance of scoring highly in these parts of the exam.

119 thoughts on “OET Score Calculator Guide – Check Your Grade”

  1. In OET reading how much questions need to correct for minimum C+
    In listening how much qusestions need to correct for minimum B grade

  2. And how many questions are needed to be right to get the minimun B grade for the reading part of the test? Thank you!! 🙂

  3. I have scored only 260 for oet writing,however,im very clear that it was error free letter and only added relevent informations.I wonder how i scored very less mark

      1. in my first sitting i got L-380 R-370 W-300 S-330
        on my 2nd i got L-370 R-310 W-350 S-320

        would i still make it to Uk if i combine this scores? thanks for the answer

  4. if i had a score pf 32 out of 42 question in reading would that give me a B, that’s 350 and above

  5. What is the equivalent total score of 65% for reading and listening? Or how many correct answers should I achieved in order to pass the reading& listening part? Thanks

  6. Hi .what will be eligibility score for nurses in oet test, And also i would like to know how they are calculating the score.

  7. I think I included all the tasks however I had an error understanding the date the patient has to be discharged, how is that usually graded? is that already just a C? Thanks

      1. Thanks for replying. The query was about the recent oet exam. i just wanted to know how high is the possibility that I am getting a C instead of a B, because of the date error I made.

  8. If I got one subset C+ and the rest are all B, do I need to retake only that C+ or retake all ?
    Is to get at least B in all subset in one setting?

  9. Could you please provide the ratio of grade / score and how many correct answers should take for each modules..

  10. hey i need a minimum of 350 in all my modules. how many wrong answers can I have and still achieve that score in reading and listening ?

  11. If the case is not urgent case, and I able to emphasize that in the introduction but mistakenly on the conclusion I requested the specialist urgent assessment, definitive diagnosis and emergency management. Do I will lose marks for it?
    I was about to correct it but the time couldn’t allow me to do so. How I will be graded for it

      1. the confusing point was the medical presentation considered as emergency, and one of the diseases needs an emergency intervention like fever or convulsions and so on but after I wrote the hall letter I found that they mentioned in the case notes the case is not urgent, so I able to update the introduction accordingly but when I came to the conclusion the time was up

  12. hi, i want to ask if how much is my over all score in my oet if i had 300 in my writing, 420 in my listening, 350 reading and 390 speaking?

  13. Hi! How many correct items do I need to have for me to get a B grade in reading? Is it 28 or 30? I’m quite confused with the previous comments. Thank you in advance.

  14. Hai.. while attempting 2nd time, whether we have to attend all modules or attend the module which is having low score

  15. I got 360 in listening ,370 in reading and speaking. 260 in writing .can I go for remarking?is there any chance to get 300 after remarking?

  16. Hello! Do you lose marks for not being able to complete the task in writing? I missed to include a brief history but was able to finish the letter.

  17. I’ve got results today. I got 350 and above in 3 skills except listening in which the score is 340. As I’m a doctor I need 350 in each right? Is there any possibility to contact GMC and request regarding my score

  18. I have scored 400 in listening ,370 in reading and writing but 340 in speaking. What should I do now?? Do I have to take entire test again??

  19. Can anyone answer these two questions?
    I had 320 in my writing subtest on 7/3/2020, is there any success story of getting 350 after re-marking?
    And the 1 million question, how the OET change the mark to scale, I mean what is the mark that I should have to get 350 on the scale????

  20. In order to get 400 in writing, how much out of 38 should I score? I mean in each of the new writing criteria!

  21. Is it really difficult to get 400 in each section in a single sitting ? 3 months of preparation is enough for that ?

  22. hai, i got A for speaking and listening , B for reading ,but 300- C+ for writing. Will I get a B grade if I go for revaluation ?

  23. Hi! I could not finish the oet writing task, I just ran out of time. I could not conclude my letter. Does this mean it’s straight c? Is there any chance of getting b?

  24. Please let me know I can works as Registered Nurse for UK my OET Result Speaking B, Listening C+, Reading C+ & Writing C

  25. My result today with listening 330, reading 320, writing 360 and listening 350. How many questions are wrong in listening and reading according to given score?please guide.

  26. Are they going to consider mispelled answers? What if it should be plural like sores but i answered sore,will they consider?

  27. I took my oet in Nov 21 and the results came out Dec 10 and these are my scores: L-380, S-360, R-370 and W-290. But I requested for remarking in writing because I was sure of what I wrote. Fortunately by God’s grace the remarking result came out 24 Dec and the grade changed from 290 to 350.
    So I am encouraging anyone to go for remarking especially for writing if you are sure of what you wrote in the exam.
    Wishing people yet to take the exam success in all sections.

  28. I have done my previous exam on 12/12/2020 and result published on 20/1/2021 .next exam date on 12/6/2021 whether I can do clubbing on thz duration???

  29. i got my results today. i scored 390 in listening, 360 in speaking, 370 in writing and 340 in reading. will a remarking help?

  30. Hi I got my results today and I got Reading 380, listening 370, writing 360 and speaking 340. I also applied for a remark for speaking today 13 may 2021. Please when will my final remark results come out ?

  31. In my 1st attempt i got Reading 350, listening 360, writing 350 and speaking 290., On my 2nd attempt i got Reading 330, listening 350, writing 300 and speaking 350, Can i club this result for New Zealand

  32. Hi,
    I have c+ in all modules exM dated 06February 2021
    And B score except reading modlue in 26th may exam.
    Can you pls advice the clubbing options are possible for any countries like UK OR IRELAND

  33. Hi. I would like to ask.
    I got 1st test: L-C+, R-C+, W-B, S-B and 2nd test: L-B, R-B, W-C+,S-C+. Can i do clubbing for this two results?
    Hoping for you response. Thank you

  34. Please, can I combine the following results?
    Listening-330 (С+)


  35. OET computer based at venue meaning writing, listening and reading at venue? How about Speaking? Venue or home? thanks

  36. What is the possibility of getting 300 score in my writing if I ask for remarking for my writing scored 290? I want to take a chance to get a C+, to add in my score “B” for the rest of the subtest.. thank you in advance for a reply

  37. i had in novemebr my first time OET exam,which i got 390 speaking, 350 writing, reading 210 and listening 250 . i booked for decemebt 18th . In addition i am a doctor and live in Australia. which score do i need to get in this time to pass my exam

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