The Occupational English Test – OET – is the world’s only International English test specifically for healthcare professionals, enabling you to use your qualifications and work experience across borders. The test provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare professional settings.
Test materials are developed in consultation with subject matter experts and replicate the English language skills required in healthcare settings to deliver high-quality care and patient safety. OET covers practitioners of 12 popular healthcare professions, including nursing, dentistry, dietetics, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology and veterinary science.
OET is a thorough, paper-based test of all areas of language ability. It consists of four sections:
Results are published online 16 days after the test. You can access your results online, via a secure portal, and they will also be posted to you.
OET provides a wide range of preparation materials to help you study for the test, including many hours’ worth of free practice resources, available here.
OET is used as proof of English proficiency by:
In the UK, doctors, nurses and dentists who have sat OET to meet the English language requirement of their healthcare regulator do not need to take any other English test when applying for Tier 2 (General) visas. For an up-to-date list of organisations that accept OET, please visit the OET website.
The OET Test takes place at Hammersmith & Fulham College. The exam fee for 2022 is 587.00 AUD (Australian Dollars). You can check today’s conversion rate here.
Please read about the OET Rules and Regulations in your confirmation email and in the Notice to Candidates.
We expect you to arrive at our Hammersmith & Fulham College reception between 8am and 8:30am. If you arrive after 8:30am, regardless of the reason, you will unfortunately not be permitted to take the OET. Before the start of the OET Listening test, all candidates must go through the OET candidate journey which includes cloakroom, ID and security checks and registration, finger scans, digital photos, pre-test instructions and paperwork. For information about OET rules and regulations, including the withdrawal and deferral policy, please visit the OET website.
The nearest underground tube station to Hammersmith & Fulham College is Baron’s Court. If you are driving, please use ‘West London College, Gliddon Road‘ on Google and Apple Maps. If you have to drive, please search for the nearest available car park on the NCP website. The pedestrian entrance to the college is by the large stairwell on the corner of Gliddon Road and Talgarth Road.
There are cafes and food shops conveniently located near Baron’s Court station. Vending machines and water fountains are also available.
Candidates are expected to behave in an acceptable, respectful manner. Our Test Centre follows the guidelines concerning Zero Tolerance. Any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work is unacceptable and not tolerated. Candidates who use abusive language or demonstrate threatening behaviour will be immediately asked to leave the premises and may be reported to the OET Head Office.