The Occupational English Test (OET) is the world’s only international English language test specifically for healthcare professionals.

Liverpool School of English is an approved OET preparation course provider and an authorised OET test venue:

OET is designed for healthcare professionals who want to register and work in an English-speaking country and are required to provide evidence of their language skills. The test provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in healthcare professional settings. The test is proof of your English Language competence and is a skills test not a knowledge test. The test is divided into four sub-tests:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

For detailed information about the test, go to:

We offer an extended course giving healthcare professionals time to fully prepare for the English-speaking workplace and to focus on developing their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar and vocabulary for medical English. We will also help you to prepare for the OET test and give you practice in the exam strategies you will need to be successful in the test. During the course you will complete past test papers and receive individual spoken and written feedback on your progress.

In the UK, doctors, nurses and dentists who have sat OET to meet the English language requirement of their healthcare regulator do not need to take any other English test when applying for Tier 2 (General) visas. OET is used as proof of English proficiency by:

  • Healthcare regulators in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, Dubai, Malta, Singapore and Ukraine
  • The Australian Department of Home Affairs and Immigration New Zealand
  • Leading health educators
  • Royal colleges in the UK

For an up to date list of organisations that accept OET, go to:

Watch some OET Success Stories here:

Lessons are 60 minutes long on our OET courses.

Included in your fees:

  • Learning materials.
  • Regular OET exam practice homework tasks including on OET 10 a full mock OET practice test and feedback on all papers.
  • Monthly progress tests and progress report.
  • 1:1 tutorials with regular feedback on your progress.
  • Optional Exit Test – compare your placement test results with your exit test results to see how much you have improved.
  • Outside the classroom you can use our online learning platform for extra practice.
  • You can attend our free support classes for extra practice.


OET 10
13:00-14:30Speaking sub-test practice/ focus on dealing with sensitive issuesReading sub-test practice part B: identifying the main purpose in short workplace textsWriting sub-test practice: referral letters. Grammar focus: linking expressionsReading sub-test practice part C: understanding reference words in longer texts
14.45-15.45 Reading sub-test practice part A: recognising paraphrase and synonymsListening sub-test practice part A: focus on the use of multi-word verbs in patient languageListening sub-test practice part B: recognising distractors in multiple-choice questionsVocabulary focus: medical terminology and non-medical equivalents
OET Exam Ready
9:30-12:15 Introduction to reading sub-test & reading practice part A: recognising paraphrase and synonyms. Reading sub-test practice part B: identifying the main purpose in short workplace textsIntroduction to writing sub-test: meeting OET writing criteria & composing a group letterIntroduction to listening sub-test & listening practice part A: focusing on patient language. Listening sub-test practice part B: recognising distractors in multiple-choice questionsIntroduction to speaking: meeting OET speaking criteria, critiquing a video example and completing role-play practice
13:00-14:30Reading sub-test practice part C: understanding reference words in longer textsElective writing workshop Signposting language/ Using narrative tensesListening sub-test practice part C: listening for attitudes and opinions in longer textsElective speaking workshop Understanding & using patient language/ Talking to young & elderly patients
14:45-15:45Exam practice: reading sub-test & individual feedbackExam practice: writing sub-test & individual feedbackExam practice: listening sub-test & individual feedbackPractice speaking sub-test & individual feedback


Occupational English Test (OET) 2021
Price per Week
OET 10£140
OET Exam Ready£280 (1 week course)


There will be no lessons on the following UK public holidays and there is no discount in fees.

  • 2nd April 2021
  • 5th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 31st May 2021
  • 30th August 2021
  • Christmas Holidays:
    • Close on 18th December 2020 and re-open on 4th January 2021
    • Close on 17th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022

Extra Fees:

  • Registration Fee £60
  • Materials Fee 1 – 12 weeks £30 | 13 – 23 weeks £60 | 24 weeks + £90 (Ebooks will be provided)
  • CAS Fee £21 (For non-EU students applying for a Student Visa) (subject to change)*
  • Courier Fee £75 (For students who require a hard copy of their visa letter for their visa application)*

*these fees are dependent on the type of Visa the student has


Who recognises the OET qualification?

Many healthcare bodies and councils across the world recognise OET. In the UK these include The General Medical Council and The Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Both IELTS and OET are accepted as a valid qualification.  Which test should I take?

The Academic IELTS test is designed to test your academic English. It tests your ability to understand reading and listening texts on academic subjects and to speak about a range of different issues. The OET test focuses on practical/vocational English in a healthcare setting so many candidates consider the OET test to be more achievable because the language studied is usually familiar and highly relevant to their own workplace.

Which healthcare professionals can take the OET?

The OET covers 12 healthcare professions: dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology and veterinary science.  The Liverpool School of English offers classes for medicine and nursing.  Please contact us if you work in one of the other professions listed and we can discuss your exam needs.

Will I be taught in the same class as healthcare workers from different professions?

The OET reading and listening sub-tests tests are not subject specific and so all healthcare professions are taught together for these classes. The writing and speaking sub-tests are subject specific so you will have writing and speaking lessons in separate classes related to your profession.

How long will I need to prepare for the test?

The duration of our part-time OET 10 courses is 120 hours over 12 weeks. During this time, you will focus on improving your medical English across the four skill areas with particular focus on communicating effectively in typical workplace scenarios. You will also complete two full practice tests as well as past exam tasks and will learn strategies to help you improve your performance in all the sub-tests. Your tutor will give you individual spoken and written feedback on your progress.

Our OET Exam Ready course is for students who have reached the required language and skills level to enter the test but feel that they need to learn more about the exam format and practise key techniques and strategies first. The course is divided into four workshops covering a different skill each day. You can select individual workshops or book all four.

Where and when can I take the test?

Liverpool School of English is an authorised OET test venue and you can find available test dates on our venue page:

When will I get the result of my OET test?

The results are published 16 business days after the test date.

What do I need to pass?

Each sub-test is graded from 0-500.  To get a grade B you will need to score between 350-440 in each paper.

How long is my OET result valid?

This will depend on the particular recognising body for your profession.