OET to be recognised in the UK
The Occupational English Test (OET), an English language test for healthcare professionals, will be formally recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK from November, with International House London announced as an official test venue.

The Australian-developed English language test, owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English and Box Hill Institute, Australia, assesses all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - through material designed to reflect real healthcare scenarios.


In order to gain registration with the NMC, overseas-trained nurses and midwives will need a Grade B in all four of the sub-tests.


OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said, "What sets OET apart from other tests is that it is designed for healthcare. We use real communication scenarios, similar to the ones healthcare professionals encounter every day.


"Regulators and employers can feel confident that healthcare professionals who have achieved the required level in OET for their profession can communicate effectively in the healthcare workplace."


Meanwhile, International House (IH) London will be an official OET test venue from November this year, becoming the eighth test venue in the UK.


Eve Truszkowska, Head of Exams at IH London, commented, "We are committed to providing services and offerings that meet the needs of the communities in London.


"By offering OET at IH London, we are enabling health care professionals to demonstrate their English language proficiency for professional registration and employment purposes."


Sujata added, "I'm sure OET candidates will have an excellent experience with IH London. We commend them (IH London) 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."


The London Exam Centre (part of Wimbledon School of English), has been providing OET exams for healthcare professionals emigrating to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore since Oct 2013. Managing Director, Jane Dancaster, said that they were delighted by the news from the NMC that the OET is now accepted in the UK. 


"We consider the OET to be highly appropriate for nurses and midwives working in the UK as it is both an extremely good test of an individual's language proficiency, and uses real healthcare scenarios and other highly relevant material. We share in the excitement about the UK NMC news and will continue to run OET exam sessions in a professional environment with the highest standard of customer service."

OET is available in over 70 venues in 30 countries and results are accepted by most health regulatory boards and councils in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Dubai, as well as for immigration purposes in New Zealand and Australia where proof of English is required. 


By Jared Tinslay

Editorial Assistant