Occupational English Test (OET)

The Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language test designed specifically for the healthcare sector and you can take the test 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. 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 prepare for the exam with Live Language?

Yes, you can!  We are happy to offer online preparation courses for the OET.   We have been accredited by OET as a Premium Course Provider – we are one of only 32 accredited providers worldwide (as at February 2020).   We have combined our expertise and the skills learnt throughout the Premium Provider Course to develop online courses to help you reach your goals.   Work through the courses at your own pace at times which suit you. Don’t waste money on resits. Make sure you’re ready to take the exam and succeed first time.  We can’t wait to help you get the result you need. Sign up for email updates and free taster courses.

Frequently asked questions

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.