The OET (Occupational English Test)

Live Language are pleased to announce that we are now a test venue for the OET (Occupational English Test), an English language test designed specifically for the healthcare sector.  OET is now accepted by the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK as an alternative to the IELTS.  OET differs from the IELTS because it uses real healthcare scenarios and assesses your ability to use English as a healthcare professional.

The test is accepted worldwide by a wide range of organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore.

Useful links:

Registering and preparing for the exam

You need to register for the test through the OET website.  To book your test at Live Language use the registration link below, and choose us from the UK section of the website.  You can also see the test dates available.

Live Language are planning to offer preparation courses in the future and information will be available as soon as we have confirmed the dates and times.   In the meantime, the following links provide registration and preparation advice.

OET Preparation courses

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an internationally recognised English language exam accepted by the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Medical Council (GMC) as proof of English level.   If you are a doctor or a nurse, you may need an English exam to be able to register with these councils.   The English language requirements of the NMC are available here and GMC are here.

You can take the OET test at Live Language but must register at the OET website https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/apply-oet/.

We also offer preparation courses for the exam. The course is 30 hours in total and is available in intensive or part-time options throughout the year.

During the course, you will learn about the different sub-tests (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) and practise techniques and strategies to improve your performance in each.  The course spends a significant amount of time on the writing section of the exam.  In our experience, this is the area that candidates need the most feedback and practise on.

Detailed course information is available here.

Course Information

CoursesIntensive course (1 week)Part-time option (6 weeks)
Dates18th – 22nd June
30th July – 3rd August
3rd – 7th September
1st – 5th October
29th October – 2nd November
10th – 14th December
29th May – 5th July (Tuesday / Thursday)
25th September – 1st November (Tuesday / Thursday)
5th November – 12th December (Monday / Wednesday)
Times9.00am – 12.15pm
+ 1.00pm – 4.15pm
2.45pm – 5.15pm
DaysMonday to Friday for one weekEither Monday and Wednesday OR
Tuesday and Thursday
Cost£300 plus £20 registration fee
(includes materials)
£300 plus £20 registration fee
(includes materials)
NumbersMinimum 5 students, maximum 14 studentsMinimum 5 students, maximum 14 students