The OET (Occupational English Test) is an English language test designed specifically for healthcare professionals. The test is accepted as proof of English proficiency for visas, study, registration and employment in healthcare in a number of countries around the world. It is popular with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals because it uses real healthcare scenarios and assesses your ability to use English as a healthcare professional

CELT is proud to be one of only 30 providers in the world (as at 22 October 2019) to be recognised as a OET Premium Provider and to be the first and only Premium Provider in Wales.

In the UK, the OET is accepted by the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (GMC) as an alternative to IELTS.

CELT offers online only, classroom-based and blended (online plus classroom-based) OET courses, which are designed to:

  • Develop your test taking skills to help you maximise your test day score
  • Develop the language skills you need for success in the test and in your career
  • Develop your confidence in the test and in your job

Test Structure

  • Four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Each part of the test assesses your understanding of English in a workplace-related healthcare context
  • The writing and speaking sub-tests are specific to your profession

OET and IELTS

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

A medical English language test written specifically for healthcare professionals

Every part of the exam relates to real workplace scenarios; the speaking and writing sub-tests are profession specific

The writing test assesses your ability to communicate effectively when writing in a healthcare context (e.g. a letter of referral)

The 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)

IELTS

An academic English exam used to test language level and often used for entry to university

Topics are general and are therefore not specifically related to healthcare

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

The speaking test assesses your ability to communicate clearly on a range of more general topics which are not specifically related to healthcare

Booking the OET Test

You can take the OET test in over 40 countries, including in Cardiff, Wales. OET are responsible for registration, payment, and issuing of results. Any questions about the test should be sent to OET direct. You can register for the exam here. The cost for the test is 587 Australian dollars.

Reach OET B Nursing and Medicine

Online only

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OET Reach B gives you the language and test techniques you need to achieve a good score in each of the four parts of the Occupational English Test.

The course is dynamic and interactive, with multiple activities, video and audio inputs, tips and ideas from healthcare experts and lots of test practice. The course was written by Virginia Allum, an OET expert.

Course objectives

  • develop your language confidence and proficiency in healthcare workplace settings
  • increase understanding of the format of each of the four parts of the OET (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • provide help in using proven test techniques to maximise your score 

After taking this course, you will:

  • be more confident in your understanding of the four parts of the OET Nursing and Medical Paper
  • be more aware of the test strategies needed for test day success
  • have experience of taking practice tests which will benefit you on test day
  • Enrol at any time
  • Course access: 3 months
  • Recommended Minimum Level: B1+
  • Focus on the test strategies needed for OET listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • 50 hours of study including test practice
  • Minimum age: 18

Reach OET B Nursing and Medicine Premium

Blended online and classroom-based in Cardiff

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This combination course of online and classroom-based one-to-one tuition is designed to help you prepare to achieve a B grade (OET 350) in the Occupational English Test. It is ideal for anyone who wants to take the OET Nursing or Medical Paper and who wants to combine the convenience of online learning with focused, tailor-made one-to-one classroom lessons with an OET trainer at our school in Cardiff.

The online part of the course, Reach OET B, gives you the language and test techniques you need to achieve a good score in each of the four parts of the Occupational English Test.

The course is dynamic and interactive, with multiple activities, video and audio inputs, tips and ideas from healthcare experts and lots of test practice. The course was written by Virginia Allum, an OET expert.

The face-to-face part of the course takes place at our school in Cardiff and supplements the online part of the course. You choose, with your trainer’s help, the areas of the test that you need extra help with and develop strategies to improve these weaker areas. The minimum booking for the face-to-face phase is one hour, subject to availability. Please contact Neil Harris for more details.

Course objectives

  • develop your language confidence and proficiency in healthcare workplace settings
  • increase understanding of the format of each of the four parts of the OET (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • provide help in using proven test techniques to maximise your score
  • focus on specific areas of linguistic or test taking areas according to your needs in one-to-one classroom lessons

After taking this course, you will:

  • be more confident in your understanding of the four parts of the OET Nursing Paper
  • be more aware of the test strategies needed for test day success
  • have experience of taking practice tests which will benefit you on test day
  • have an awareness of your weaknesses in the test and how to overcome them
  • Enrol at any time
  • Course access: 3 months
  • Recommended Minimum Level: B1+
  • Focus on the test strategies needed for OET listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • 50 hours of study including test practice plus 1 hour or more of one-to-one lessons in Cardiff with an OET trainer
  • Minimum age: 18

OET One-to-One Course

Classroom-based in Cardiff

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This face-to-face OET classroom option is suitable for nurses and doctors who have specific, individual needs and weaknesses in one or more areas of the OET (listening, reading, writing and / or speaking) and who need help to increase their chances of test success.

This is a tailored classroom-based course of one or more hours of one-to-one tuition with an OET trainer which takes place at our school in Cardiff. You choose, with your trainer’s help, the areas of the test that you need extra help with and develop strategies to improve these weaker areas. The minimum booking for this course is one hour, subject to availability. Please contact Neil Harris for more details.

Course objectives

  • focus on specific areas of linguistic or test taking areas according to your needs
  • develop your confidence and proficiency in specific areas of OET
  • provide help in using proven test techniques to maximise your score

After taking this course, you will:

  • be more confident in your understanding of the four parts of the OET Nursing and Medical Paper
  • be more aware of the test strategies needed for test day success
  • have experience of taking practice tests which will benefit you on test day
  • have an awareness of your weaknesses in the test and how to overcome them
  • Enrol at any time
  • Study for as many hours as you want / need
  • Help with individual areas of weakness
  • Minimum Level: B1
  • Focus on linguistic and / or test taking strategies
  • CELT certificate showing attendance and level
  • Minimum age: 18

OET Group Courses

Classroom-based in Cardiff

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This face-to -face OET classroom option is suitable for nurses and doctors who would like an overview of the test strategies and techniques needed for success in all parts of the OET (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and who need help to increase their chances of test success.

This is an intensive, one-week, classroom-based group course of 23 hours led by one of our OET trained tutors, which takes place at our school in Cardiff. Designed for test ready candidates who already have the right language level to take OET* (B2), the course reviews the strategies required for success in all four OET sub-tests, listening, reading, writing and speaking. By working in small groups of healthcare professionals under the supervision of a trained OET specialist, you will quickly gain confidence and understanding of the test and the areas you need to develop for test success.

All study materials are included in the course fees.

Please note that the cost of the OET examination is not part of the course. The current cost of OET is 587 Australian dollars. For more information please see here. Please note that if you wish to take the test in Cardiff immediately after the end of this group course, you will need to book your test between one and three months before the test date.

Minimum numbers (5) apply to run a course.

Course objectives

  • develop your language confidence and proficiency for the OET exam
  • increase understanding of the format of each of the four parts of the OET (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • provide help in using proven test techniques to maximise your score

After taking this course, you will:

  • be more confident in your understanding of the four parts of the OET Nursing or Medical Paper
  • be more aware of the test strategies needed for test day success
  • have experience of taking practice tests which will benefit you on test day
  • Set course dates in 2019:
    Monday 02 December – Friday 06 December
  • Set course dates in 2020:
    Monday 03 February – Friday 7 February
    Monday 16 March – Friday 20 March
    Monday 27 April – Friday 01 May
    Monday 08 June – Friday 12 June
    Monday 21 September – Friday 25 September
    Monday 02 November – Friday 06 November
  • Minimum Level: B2
  • Develop your OET exam skills and techniques
  • 23 hours of tuition:
    Monday – Friday, 09:15-12.35
    Monday – Thursday 13.45 – 16.00
  • Focus on test taking and linguistic strategies
  • Practice exams and feedback
  • CELT certificate showing attendance and level
  • Maximum class size: 12
  • Minimum age: 18

OET Writing Correction Service

Online only

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CELT’s OET Writing Correction Service is suitable for nurses and doctors who have specific, individual needs and weaknesses in the OET writing sub-test and who need help to increase their chances of test success.

This is a tailored service which will provide you with feedback on an OET Writing task. We offer this service for nurses using OET Nursing writing tasks and doctors using OET Medicine writing tasks. This works as follows:

  • CELT sends you an OET writing task (case notes and task) which you complete and return to us for marking. We recommend that the test is done in timed conditions (45 mins) but you can also complete the task in your own time.
  • CELT then sends you detailed feedback from one of its OET trained writing tutors. You will receive feedback on all on aspects of your letter based on the criteria used by OET to make the real test. This will include study ideas to help you to improve your writing on exam day.

Course objectives

  • develop your confidence and proficiency in the OET writing sub-test (Nursing or Medicine)
  • understand your strengths and weaknesses measured against the OET writing test criteria
  • feedback on specific weakness in the OET writing sub-test

After taking this course, you will:

  • be more confident when taking the OET Nursing and Medical writing sub-test
  • be more aware of what is required to do well in the writing sub-test
  • have experience of taking one or more writing practice test which will benefit you on test day
  • have an awareness of your weaknesses in the writing sub-test and how to overcome them
  • Enrol at any time
  • Book as many times as you need (one OET letter per booking)
  • Help with individual areas of weakness in the OET Nursing or Medicine Writing sub-test
  • Minimum Level: B2
  • Focus on writing skills required for the OET writing sub-test
  • Minimum age: 18
  • (Minimum enrolment 1 letter)