How to Achieve High Scores in IELTS/OET Nursing Exam

How to Achieve High Scores in IELTS/OET Nursing Exam

Overseas healthcare professionals will need to take the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET) to work for the NHS in the UK.

IELTS is a more academic and generalised English language exam, whereas OET is profession based.

If you decide to take the IELTS/OET route, you can take the IELTS Academic module, which tests the language skills of non-native English Language speakers. Or, you can take the Occupational English Test (OET). Both exams consist of four parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking.  

IELTS grade range (UK nursing registration)

By sitting the IELTS exam, you’ll receive an academic examination certificate that confirms you’ve achieved:

  • an overall score of at least 7.
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

OET grade range (UK nursing registration)

By sitting the OET exam, you’ll receive an OET examination certificate that confirms you’ve achieved:

  •  at least a grade C+ in the writing section.
  •  at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

IELTS/OET score (listening)

During the listening exam, listen carefully to the audio instructions before each section. Read the instructions at least twice in the test booklet. Avoid writing more words than required as you’ll lose marks. Underline the key words in the question and listen to the synonyms and paraphrases too.  

IELTS/OET score (reading)

During the reading test, underline or highlight unusual words. Read the questions carefully during the test as they may slightly differ from the ones you were familiar with while practicing the test.

Underline key information and make notes in the reading passages in the test booklet. Ensure you transfer all answers onto the answer sheet.

IELTS/OET score (writing)

Analyse each task with prudence and highlight keywords. Write your own words and sentence structures.


Practice speaking as much as possible. Speak in English with other students before entering the exam room. Don’t focus too much on grammar or vocabulary. Concentrate on answering the questions to the best of your ability.  

How to book the IELTS/OET test online?

It’s easy to book your IELTS/OET exam by registering your information on these websites. You’ll be able to find your nearest test location, and the centres will send you a confirmation email of the date and time of your exam.

How much does the IELTS/OET exams cost?

It’ll cost you £160 to take the IELTS exam and £320 to sit the OET exam.

Here is the link to help you prepare for your mock IELTS/OET.

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