OET Examination Preparation Course

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You should join our OET preparation course if you want to work as a registered nurse and midwife or a doctorin the UK. The same is true if you seek registration as a health professional in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Ukraine and Namibia.

The UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as the General Medical Council now formally recognise OET (Grade B across all four subtests) for registration. As a result, nurses, midwives and doctors who want to work in the UK are now able to take OET to prove their English language proficiency.

If you need to take an English test to work or study in healthcare in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Ukraine or Namibia, you should not attempt the OET test without any formal preparation even if you are a native English speaker. If you are unprepared, you might easily score lower grades than those non-native speakers who have enrolled on an exam preparation course before taking the test.

The OET tests are profession-centred examinations, utilising the language of specific health professions. We prepare our students for the OET for Nursing (nurses and midwives) and Medicine (doctors) both assessing the candidates’ English language knowledge in a healthcare context. Our courses are specifically designed to help students pass the OET, and aim to provide comprehensive and practical experience in each of the four skills necessary to successfully complete the test.

As two parts of the test are the same for everyone, our Monday lesson is a joint one for nurses and doctors as it focuses on Reading and Listening. The second day of the course is joined when the numbers are below 10 and separate if there are more than 10 students in class. If the classes are joined, the second day of the course (focusing on Speaking and Writing) is Wednesday for everybody (both nurses and doctors) but if it is separate (in the case of more than 10 people), Wednesday is for nurses and Thursday is for doctors.

The test consists of four sections and is run 12 times a year in 2018 and 14 times a year in 2019. It is graded from A (highest) to E (lowest) for each section – there is no overall grade. In order to register with the NMC or the GMC, you need to score at least 350 points (previousy grade B) in each of the four sections.

  • Listening (approx. 50 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Writing (45 minutes)
  • Speaking (approx. 20 minutes)

If you would like to find out more about the exact requirements for each skill, please see OET for Nursing if you are a nurse or a midwife and OET for Medicine if you are a doctor.

Our OET course runs throughout the year. It offers the flexibility of studying for shorter periods, and students can therefore commence any time.


  • Flexible start and end dates with a minimum enrolment of 4 weeks
  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Help with and advice on study skills and time-management
  • Homework and supplementary materials
  • Help with booking the exam
  • Small class sizes with a maximum class size of 15 students

Enrolment Information

Minimum entry level for this course: B1+ (Intermediate).

Everyone who would like to join the OET course is required to do a placement test. The online placement test includes Use of English and it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Our pen-and-paper test includes Listening and Use of English and takes 1 hour to complete. Both tests are combined with a speaking assessment. You do not need to prepare for the test since its aim is to paint a clear and realistic picture of your strengths and weaknesses.


We offer 10% discount for the booking and full payment of 10 weeks or more. For the booking and payment of 20 weeks or more, we offer 15% (does not apply to One-to-One tuition or bookings made via agents).

OET Exams

Nottingham Language Academy is an accredited OET examination centre so you can take the exam at our school. You need to apply for the test (register and pay) on the OET website and choose Nottingham Language Academy as your test venue.

Please note that exam fees range between £350 and £370.

Mock Exams

If you would like to see whether you are ready for the exam or would like to have a practice test in real exam conditions (with approved invigilators and interlocutors) before the actual test, then come along to our weekend OET Mock Exam and Crash Course.

2018 Test Dates Registration Closing Date Expected Results Release Date
Saturday, 13 January 6 December 2017 6 February 2018
Sunday, 11 February 17 January 2018 5 March 2018
Saturday, 10 March 14 February 2018 6 April 2018
Saturday, 14 April 21 March 2018 9 May 2018
Saturday, 19 May 25 April 2018 12 June 2018
Saturday, 16 June 23 May 2018 9 July 2018
Saturday, 14 July 20 June 2018 6 August 2018
Saturday, 11 August 18 July 2018 3 September 2018
Sunday, 9 September 15 August 2018 2 October 2018
Saturday, 6 October 12 September 2018 29 October 2018
Saturday, 3 November 10 October 2018 27 November 2018
Sunday, 2 December 7 November 2018 24 December 2018
2019 Test Dates Registration Closing Date Expected Results Release Date
Saturday, 12 January TBC TBC
Saturday, 2 February TBC TBC
Saturday, 23 February TBC TBC
Saturday, 16 March TBC TBC
Saturday, 6 April TBC TBC
Saturday, 18 May TBC TBC
Saturday, 15 June TBC TBC
Sunday, 7 July TBC TBC
Saturday, 3 August TBC TBC
Saturday, 31 August TBC TBC
Saturday, 21 September TBC TBC
Sunday, 13 October TBC TBC
Saturday, 9 November TBC TBC
Saturday, 30 November TBC TBC