We have some big news to announce. The General Medical Council here in the UK has announced it will begin to accept the OET (Occupational English Test) as an alternative exam to the IELTS for overseas doctors who want to work in the UK.

This is huge and welcome news for many doctors! Swoosh have been helping nurses to prepare for this exam and will now be helping doctors too. As you know, Swoosh specialise in helping doctor and nurses to achieve their dreams and ambitions of working in UK hospitals.

OET is designed for doctors and nurses and other healthcare professionals and it includes real situations similar to those you would likely face in a UK hospital.

The Occupational English Test (OET) assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a healthcare context. Doctors need to achieve grade B in each of the four skill areas to satisfy the GMC’s requirements.

The GMC are accepting this exam from NOW!


We have had so many emails and enquiries since this was announced yesterday and Swoosh want to be there to support doctors every step of the way to make the right decision.

We will be providing some information sessions for doctors to learn more about this examination and it will focus on the main question we are getting asked repeatedly: ‘Is OET easier to pass than IELTS for doctors like me?

We will be hosting an OET information session on Friday at 4pm UK time to allow you to make the CORRECT DECISION about which exam you should choose.

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