Wisconsin University launches first ever paper-based test centre in Accra

Bright Nana Amfoh, Accra – The Wisconsin University in Ghana has launched the Occupational English Language, OET in Accra. The opening of the centre will enable healthcare professionals to be tested on their command of the English language and clinical communications skills to provide quality health care for patients.

The Occupational English Test is an international test that assesses the English language and clinical communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and work in English-speaking countries.

Wisconsin University is the first tertiary institution in Ghana to have launched the first-ever independent paper-based OET Centre in Ghana and perhaps the whole of West Africa.

According to the Director of the Centre for Professional Studies, Dr Charles Yao Acheampong, the centre is equipped with all the required facilities for OET standards.

‘The unique thing about the centre is that unlike computer-based tests done in the other states in West Africa, the tests here will be paper-based giving full control in the hands of candidates, the challenges that candidates experience with computer-based assessment are therefore eliminated “Dr Acheampong stressed.

The Occupational English Test Centre will enable the University to offer services to many sectors of Ghana’s economy notably the health sector.

Dr Charles Yao Acheampong also noted the University’s readiness to contribute to Ghana’s development.

The President Of Wisconsin University College in his speech said in 2020, the University through its Professional Studies Centre began the application process with Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA), the lawful owner of the Occupational English Test worldwide.

Professor Obeng Mireku was emphatic, there are enormous benefits from the Occupational English Test.

“We are indeed excited to witness another milestone in the achievements of the Wisconsin University College. an official agreement was signed by the Wisconsin University College, Ghana and Cambridge Boxhill University making Wisconsin an appropriate hosting facility for the OET in Ghana.” Professor Obeng Mireku said.

He also emphasized that ‘’the agreement between the two Universities makes the Wisconsin University College in Ghana the first and only venue to be licensed to host the first and only paper-based OET in Ghana.

The OET is designed for healthcare professionals and will provide clinical communication skills to provide world class and quality healthcare for patients.

The candidates will be assessed on reading, writing listening, and speaking.

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