Using OET

What are our criteria?

For us to accept your Occupational English Test (OET) scores you 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
  • you obtained the grades in your most recent sitting of the test.

Please do not send us your original OET certificate as we will not be able to return this to you.

If you wish to submit acceptable OET grades in order to book PLAB part 1, please login to your GMC online account and go to the My Tests section to enter them.

If you select to enter your OET results and have taken the OET test on or after 9th September 2018, please make sure you have selected the General Medical Council as your recognising organisation in the myOET portal so we can verify your scores.

How long is OET valid for?

OET grades 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, your grades must be valid when we approve your application.

Your OET grades are over two years old

If you achieved our minimum grades more than two years ago, and the certificate meets all of our other criteria, you can still demonstrate you have kept your English skills up to date. You can do this by giving us your OET candidate number 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.