Accepted English language tests

We currently accept two language tests as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English: the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).

The IELTS and the OET are used across the world. They are often chosen to test the language competency of healthcare professionals in the UK.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)

If you have completed an IELTS Academic examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and
  • at least 7.0 overall.

Occupational English Test (OET)

If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

  • at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
  • at least a B grade in writing and speaking.

We will only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards.

Combining tests

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • you sit the tests within six months of each other, and
  • you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and
  • if you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together, or
  • if you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

Test scores are valid for two years.

Example scenarios

Example 1

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 7 7.5 6.5 7
Test 2 6.5 7 7.5 8

This application would be accepted. The applicant has scored 7 in all categories, and no score is lower than 6.5.

Example 2

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 6 7.5 6.5 7
Test 2 6.5 7 7.5 7.5

This application would not be accepted. The applicant has a score lower than 6.5.

Example 1

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 B B C+ B
Test 2 B C+ B B

This application would be accepted. The applicant has scored B in all categories, and no score is lower than C+.

Example 2

 ListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
Test 1 B B C+ B
Test 2 C C+ B B

This application would not be accepted. The applicant has scored lower than C+.