Things to know before taking OET Classes
The OET exam is an international English assessment test exam that caters to the medical industry. It uses real healthcare scenarios to gauge its taker’s proficiency level. OET results are accepted in the UK, Dubai, Namibia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and—as of January this year—Ireland.
Think OET holds the key to your dreams to practice nursing in Ireland? Make sure you know everything about it before you dive into your OET review! Here’s the lowdown on OET in Ireland.
- Ireland requires non-EU nurse and midwife applicants to submit proof that their English language competence meets the standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). The same protocol is applied in almost all other EU countries.
- For a long time, Ireland only considered applicants who reached their set score for the IELTS Academic Test and the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI.
- Then, in late December 2017, the NMBI declared that from January 2 onwards they’ll be accepting OET as an alternative to IELTS. Ireland is the second EU country to acknowledge OET results.
- Non-EU nursing applicants must secure the following grades to be considered by the NMBI:
- √ At least a Grade C+ in the Listening sub-test.
- √ At least a Grade C+ in the Reading sub-test.
- √ At least a Grade B in the Speaking sub-test.
√ At least a Grade B in the Writing sub-test.
- The NMBI verifies the OET results of applicants independently. They also only accept the results of a single test attempt. Combining the grades of two OET exam attempts is not allowed.
- The NMBI requires applicants to include their OET Candidate Number or Test Report Form (TRF) Number in their initial application.
- If you’ve taken the exam before, consider your test date. Despite Ireland’s recent acceptance of OET, the country only acknowledges OET results that are not more than two years old. If your OET results are out-of-date, you’ll have to retake the exam.
Aside from nurses and midwives, doctors can also take the OET exam to work in Ireland. The Medical Council (MC), which regulates healthcare professionals in Ireland, has declared its acceptance of OET as evidence of English competence for registration purposes.
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