Which is easier for healthcare professionals – IELTS or OET?

When it comes to both the IELTS and the OET, the question we are asked most often is, “Which is easier IELTS or OET?” and our response is usually, “It depends.” You see there are advantages and disadvantages to either English test depending on your situation. Which one is better?  That question is like comparing a Ferrari to a Lamborghini – either will get you to where you need to go, it just depends on which you prefer. Both the IELTS and [...]


OET 2.0 Listening Practice – Diabulimia by Dr. Annalise Keating

  Transcript Hello my name is Annalise Keating and I’m a gastroenterologist working with a multinational team to raise awareness of a relatively obscure condition called Diabulimia. The name is derived from a mixture of diabetes and bulimia, as it describes the situation where type one diabetics develop the behavioural characteristics that are common to the aforementioned eating disorder. As insulin restriction is a significantly more dangerous act than calorie purging, the sooner something can be done about the countless lives being [...]


LIVE OET Speaking Practice

With the Speaking subtest of the Occupational English Test (OET), preparation is key. The Speaking subtest is arguably the most unpredictable of the four OET tests, because successful completion depends on working with your interlocutor to showcase your communication skills. In this part of the exam, you will have a roleplay card with up to five tasks. This means that you will be taking your professional role against an interlocutor that is playing a patient or patient’s carer or [...]

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OET NEWS Gwen’s Gift for April OET Courses

Gwen Gift Throughout the month of March, our OET tutor Gwen has been refreshing her teaching skills and she’s due to return, all bright eyed and bushy tailed. To celebrate, we’d like to give you Gwen’s Gift which is 29% off our signature IN PERSON 3-week Central London OET (Medicine) 25 hours a week course. This applies for either: Friday – Monday course 5th – 22nd April, 2019 Monday – Thursday course 8th – 25th April, 2019 Is £494 Call us today on 02036376722 [...]


Intensive OET Preparation Course

Effective OET Preparation Course – Intensive Course The Occupational English Test (OET) is an English test for healthcare professionals that can be used as an alternative to IELTS to satisfy the English language requirements of the GMC or NMC for doctors and nurses & midwives respectively. Doctors and nurses require a grade B (equivalent to IELTS 7.0 – 7.5 or CEFR C1) in order to register. Our Intensive Course Our most intensive course includes all four skills – OET Listening; OET Reading; OET [...]


BREAKING NEWS: Green Light For Lowered IELTS Writing Score

Following our update via Facebook last week, we’re delighted to update that the NMC have followed through on stakeholder recommendations to accept a 6.5 score for IELTS Writing as part of their English language requirements. From 5th December 2018, nurses with a score of 6.5 in IELTS writing, but an overall score of 7.0 and above, will be permitted to proceed past the English language stage of NMC registration. EU and Overseas qualified nurses will still need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in the [...]


OET The Complete Guide – Refresh 2.0 for Nursing and Medicine

By Peter The OET Complete Guide – Refresh 2.0 is a set of textbooks aimed at overseas qualified international nurses and medics who need to pass the Occupational English Test (OET) in order to practice their profession in the UK. The two main books, OET (Nursing) Complete Guide and OET (Medicine) for Doctors, are up-to-date versions created to allow readers to pass the OET exam version 2.0. Each book contains segments on the four key OET stages; reading, writing, listening and [...]

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May #OETresults are coming next Tuesday

By Elisa The May #OETresults are coming next Tuesday! Did that give you a shiver? Are you suddenly nervous, panicking and stressed out? Let me guess… you are probably one of the healthcare professionals who did last month’s OET exam, right? The cure for OET exam result stress is: us of course! Just kidding…or maybe not… Look, I know that waiting for the exam results is as stressful as doing an exam itself. So I will give you couple of tips to get a rid [...]

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OET Nursing The #Complete Guide

By Elisa As you already know we produced a complete medicine guide two months ago and a writing medicine guide just one month ago, because we love to help our medics to achieve their goals, and OET is one of the most popular language assessments so far. Recently, a high percentage of nurses and midwives have been enquiring for our intensive 4×4 OET course, considering that it is a great option if someone is fed up with the IELTS exam and wants [...]

Monday to Thursday OET course

Monday to Thursday for OET City Courses

By Gurjit We’ve started OET courses from Monday to Thursday at our Brand New Marylebone Centre in Central London! You will all be glad to hear that you can now book yourself onto an Occupational English Test from Monday to Thursday’s due to the great demand. So whether you are not available due to any work commitments or due to family arrangement or whatever it may be… not to fear and no excuses. OET courses will be running from Monday to Thursday and [...]

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Get (OET) Writing

Inspired by one of our doctors and created specifically for the OET, comes our OET writing service. For medics taking the leap from IELTS and into OET, we’ve streamlined writing practice to enable you to practice responding to OET case notes. For the past three weeks, we’ve been accumulating case notes and model answers that give you a taste of what to expect in the exam. What’s more, when you choose one of the OET packages below, we’ll give [...]

OET changes in September

OET changes in September — can you take your shot now?

By Elisa Have you heard the latest OET news? Well, the OET exam is going to be updated in September 2018. The Occupational English Test is being updated in Autumn to ensure that it remains relevant by reflecting the types of real communication scenarios the healthcare professional will most likely face at work. The OET wants to meet the new expectations the healthcare’s world is demanding today. Indeed, nowadays healthcare professionals and patients are travelling throughout the world to provide or receive care, which [...]


OET Live Mock Exam

By Elisa Everyone knows that the more times you practice, the better you’ll be. Our healthcare professionals have shown that the Occupational English Test is an exam that with the right amount of attention and practice, can open professional doors that were previously closed. The OET is a test that our medics should be able to pass on the first attempt. This is the reason that in addition to our the in-person OET (Nursing) and OET (Medicine) courses that we have in [...]

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How to pass the OET

By Anna Is OET a difficult test? How does it compare to the IELTS? Is it an easier option for the nurses? Are there any tips as to how to pass it first time round? These are the questions that you often ask about the Occupational English Test, OET for short. In this article I will tell you a little bit more about the exam itself and give you some tips to pass it quicker. The Occupational English Test was first [...]


OET v IELTS for Nurses

Since the announcement last week, we’ve been speaking to our nurses to find out their thoughts about the OET vs IELTS. The main thoughts are: The OET is specific to healthcare and the scenarios are familiar, the IELTS exam can be considered random requiring knowledge of a broad range of topic.   IELTS is a global exam, available all over the world, but the OET is only available in select locations (including London).   The cost of the IELTS exam is currently £160, but [...]

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