Occupational English Test (OET)

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language test designed specifically for the healthcare sector and you can sit it at Live Language. The test is accepted worldwide by a wide range of healthcare organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore.

Who accepts the OET in the UK?

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.

How is it different to the IELTS exam?

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.

When can I take the test and how do I register?

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 at least once a month throughout the year and you can find them here.. You can register for the exam here..

How can I prepare for the exam?

Live Language will soon be offering online preparation courses so keep checking this page. You can also find additional preparation materials on the OET site here.