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 are applying for registration with a licence to practise through the sponsorship route, you must demonstrate your knowledge of English using either an acceptable OET or IELTS certificate. This does not apply if you are a national of a country where English is the first and native language and you were awarded your primary medical degree from a country where English is the first and native language. Please check our list of countries where English is the first and native country towards the end of this guidance.
If you wish to submit acceptable OET scores in order to book PLAB part 1, please login to your GMC online account and go to the My Tests section to enter them. Your scores will then be sent for verification, which could take up to two working days to complete.
If you have taken the OET test on or after 9 September 2018, please make sure you have selected the General Medical Council as your ‘recognising organisation’ in the my OET portal so we can verify your scores without delay.
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 oldIf 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 OET candidate number plus:
A which covers at least three months full time study completed in a country where English is the first and native language
A which covers at least three months full time employment undertaken in a country where English is the first and native language
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