Should I sit the OET?

OET Test Preparation Specialists

The OET (Occupational English Test) is the most widely recognised English language test specifically for healthcare professionals. If you are considering sitting it, you might want to consider the following:

Firstly, the vocabulary used in the OET is more likely to be known to you than the vocabulary that you will find in other English language tests – meaning you can focus more time and energy on the way that you use the vocabulary you already have.

Secondly, the format of the test is likely to be familiar to you as you will be used to patient notes, patient consultations, and healthcare information. That means it will be far easier for you to get the gist of a passage than it could otherwise be.

Thirdly, having the opportunity to practice and prepare for an exam focused on healthcare will ensure that you are confident speaking English in your professional life when you make the move to the UK, America or elsewhere – removing one of the greatest stresses associated with such a move.

For a more in-depth look at whether to sit the OET when comparing it to IELTS, see BlackStone Tutors’ dedicated article on that topic.

OET Medicine Online Course & Question Bank

Our OET Medicine Question bank features questions from UK doctors, as well as tutorials and techniques.

OET Nursing Online Course & Question Bank

Our OET Nursing Question bank features questions from doctors and admissions specialists, with a range of tutorials.

OET Pharmacy Online Course & Question Bank

Our OET Pharmacy Question bank features questions from UK doctors and pharmacists, with tutorials and tips.

Where is it recognised?

In general, the most important consideration when looking at which test to sit is whether that test is recognised, or recommended, in the country that you are interested in moving to. OET is recognised across the world, and for a full guide you should see our article, ‘Where is the OET recognised.’ As an overview, you will find that the OET is considered in:

Australia – the test is recognised by the department of home affairs, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and the Australasian Vet, Dental, Nursing & Midwifery, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, OT, and Dietitian Councils amongst others. It is also widely accepted by Australian universities.

Canada – the test is recognised by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan.

OET Test Resources & Tutoring

Find our 1-1 tutoring for OET Medicine and Nursing here. We also offer 1-1 tutoring for Pharmacy.

New Zealand – the test is recognised by the Dental, Dietitian, Medical, Midwifery, Nursing, OT, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Vet Councils of New Zealand, amongst others. Various universities will accept the OET including the University of Auckland.

Singapore – Dental, Medical and Pharmacy Councils will accept the OET amongst others.

UK – the GMC accepts the OET, as well as various Royal Colleges (e.g. of Physicians, of Surgeons and of Psychiatrists). The Nursing & midwifery Council and Pharmaceutical Council both also accept OET. Various universities and some NHS Trusts accept the OET.

US – the OET is accepted by the Educational Commission for Forign Medical Graduates, Florida Board of Nursing, Oregon State Board of Nursing, and Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

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