What is the Occupational English Test?
The Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language test designed specifically for the healthcare sector. The test is accepted worldwide by a wide range of healthcare organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore. Recently, it was announced that you can also use the OET as evidence of English for Tier 2 visas. This means you can use one exam for registration and visa purposes.
Can I take the test at Live Language?
Yes you can, but you need to book your test through the OET page. OET deals with all registration, payment, and results enquiries. When you have registered for the test with OET, you will receive a email from us with information about your test day and your schedule. This is usually sent about 5 days before your exam.
Please note, our centre does not have headsets for the listening section, but our rooms are small and we have excellent audio equipment. We only offer the paper-based test at the current time. To book a test, click on the button below. Only the test dates that are available will be shown. If a test date does not appear, then the exam is fully booked. We recommend that you book well in advance of your chosen test date to make sure you get a space.
Frequently Asked Questions
The OET is accepted by the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK as an alternative to the IELTS exam. The English language requirements of the NMC are available here and GMC are here.
OET differs from the IELTS because it uses real healthcare scenarios and assesses your ability to use English as a healthcare professional i.e. it is a test of your occupational English. The IELTS exam focuses on testing the level of your Academic English.
You can take the test at Live Language, but all pre-test day and post-test day procedures are dealt with by OET. You should contact them directly if you have any questions about registering for the test, login issues or your results etc. Tests dates are available usually twice a month throughout the year and you can find them here. You can register for the exam here.