You Can Meet the GMC’s Requirement With OET Medicine Instead of IELTS

OET for doctors

You Can Meet the GMC’s Requirement With OET Medicine Instead of IELTS

  • By Elisa

For the GMC (General Medical Council) all doctors who practice medicine in the UK must have the necessary knowledge of English. The most important reason for this is to ensure that doctors communicate effectively, so they do not put the safety of their patients at risk. Communicating includes speaking, reading, writing and listening.

In order to satisfy the GMC’s English language requirements, you can provide two different sorts of certifications: IELTS and OET (Medicine). In my opinion, the test is much less random than the IELTS and many of our medics have reported feeling more confident during the examination, since the exam is focussed entirely on health care topics.

Yes but…what are the criteria?

For the GMC to accept your OET certificate, it must show:

  • That you took the medicine version of the test
  • That you achieved a grade of at least ‘B’ in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
  • That you achieved those grades in the same test
  • Your candidate number
  • That you obtained the grades in your most recent sitting of the test

After your language certificate, you will need to wait for the GMC response. With a positive response, if you are an EU doctor, you can proceed to registration. Outside of the EU, you will be ready to study for the PLAB exams and eventually proceed with the registration to the GMC and finally realise your dream.

The good news is that IELTS Medical provides OET courses for doctors at both of our centres (North and Central London). We enjoy giving advice on this exam and if you would like further information about the OET or how to achieve your goal and proceed with your registration to the GMC give us a call.

Achieve a grade B or above with us… Call 02036376722!

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