Centre of English Studies in Leeds, UK, a new test venue for the OET exam
CES to offer OET test in Leeds and Dublin

Centre of English Studies (CES) will manage test venues in Leeds (UK) and Dublin (Ireland) for the Occupational English Test (OET), a specialist English language exam for healthcare professionals.

The move follows the recent announcement that the OET is now accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK as evidence of the English proficiency of overseas nurses, while the Dublin centre is the first OET test venue in Ireland.


The OET provides an assessment of English language skills using real healthcare scenarios in four sub-tests: speaking, listening, reading and writing.


CES Examinations Manager, Paul Corbett, said, "We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in Dublin. By offering OET at CES, we are enabling healthcare professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes."


He added, "OET, which is owned by Cambridge Assessment English and the Box Hill Institute, has a unique and proven pedigree in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The decision to offer the test was an easy one to make."


OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said the new venue would make a huge contribution to the healthcare sector. "I'm sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with CES. We commend them for their passion for meeting the needs of the community through empowering healthcare professionals to have the level of English communication skills required for safe and effective care."


With the addition of CES, there are now eight OET test venues in the UK, including the London Exam Centre, part of Wimbledon School of English, and International House London.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor