Using your OET certificate

What are our criteria?

For us to accept your Occupational English Test (OET) certificate it must show: 

  • you took the medicine version of the test
  • you got at least a grade ‘B’ in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
  • you got those grades in the same test
  • your candidate number
  • you obtained the grades in your most recent sitting of the test.

If you wish to submit acceptable OET scores in order to book PLAB part 1, please email a copy of your OET certificate to

How long is your certificate valid for?

OET certificates are valid for two years. If you are taking the PLAB test, your certificate must be valid on the day you sit PLAB part 1. If you are applying for registration with a licence to practise, it must be valid when we approve your application.

Your OET certificate is more than two years old

If you achieved our minimum scores more than two years ago, and the certificate meets all of our other criteria, you can prove you have kept your English skills up to date. You can do this by submitting your original OET certificate and a reference from a tutor or lecturer of a postgraduate course or from an employer who is based in a country where English is the first and native language. The reference must cover at least three months full-time study or employment within the last two years.

Please note the OET may not be acceptable evidence of your English language skills for the purposes of obtaining a UK visa. You will need to check with UK Visa and Immigration for their requirements.