What is OET?

What is OET?

OET stands for the Occupational English Test and is an internationally recognised English language test. The OET has been designed specifically for healthcare professionals who require a recognised English test to be able to work in the UK (and elsewhere).

OET is suitable for 12 healthcare professions:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  •  Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science

Why choose OET?

Who recognises OET?

OET is internationally recognised by healthcare regulators around the world. 

It can be used to register with health organisations in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and several other countries.

In the UK, nurses can use OET Grade B to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Doctors can use OET to register with the General Medical Council (GMC).  

OET Test Format

The OET exam assesses four main skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

The OET Reading and Listening papers are suitable for all 12 professions, whereas the Writing and Speaking are profession specific.


In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. 20 minutes


The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. 45 minutes


Follow a range of spoken materials i.e patient consultations and lectures. Approx. 45 minutes


Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects. 60 minutes

How to prepare for OET?

The best way to prepare for OET is to take a period of study with an official OET course provider, such as Foyle International. 

We offer OET courses for all healthcare professions, including nurses and doctors. 

You can check out our courses here or email info@foyle.eu for more information. 

OET exam centre in UK

Upcoming OET exams

Foyle International host OET exams at least once a month. For more information on upcoming OET exams at Foyle please refer to the OET website.

indian doctor passed OET and is working in the UK

OET success stories

OET has helped thousands of healthcare professionals acheive their dream of working in the UK. See what some of our past students have to say about taking OET Preparation courses at Foyle International: 

"I am happy to say that I passed my exam with tremendous grades and got registered with the Nursing Board (NMC) and can now pursue my dreams of working as an Adult Nurse anywhere in Northern Ireland. Thank you Foyle International for your dedication and tremendous support."
foyle student from kenya passes OET
Nurse, Kenya - OET Preparation Course at Foyle International
I am happy I had a chance to join this course despite having busy family life. I would recommend this course for doctors and nurses who are struggling to achieve the score they need and for those who are seeking guidance regarding OET exam. Thank you so much for providing this excellent course!"
doctor from azerbaijan succeeded in OET
Charos Allaberganova
Doctor, Azerbaijan - OET Preparation Course at Foyle International

For more information about OET Tests and OET Preparation courses at Foyle, please get in touch at info@foyle.eu