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Although both OET and IELTS are accepted by the NMC and GMC, more and more healthcare professional are choosing OET. These are the main differences between the tests:

OET

IELTS

Who is it for?A medical English language test written specifically for healthcare professionalsAn academic English exam used to test language level and often used for entry to university
TopicsEvery part of the exam relates to real workplace scenarios; the speaking and writing sub-tests are profession specificTopics are general and are therefore not specifically related to healthcare
WritingThe writing test assesses your ability to communicate effectively when writing in a healthcare context (e.g. a letter of referral)The writing test assesses your ability to produce the type of text most likely to be produced for a university course (e.g. a report and an essay) rather than a healthcare related text
SpeakingThe speaking test assesses your ability to communicate effectively in the workplace and assesses the clinical communication skills needed at work (e.g. building relationships with patients and their carers)The speaking test assesses your ability to communicate clearly on a range of more general topics which are not specifically related to healthcare