GMC to accept new language competency test

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The General Medical Council (GMC) will now routinely accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as proof of English language skills for overseas doctors who apply to work in the UK.

The change, implemented on the 6 February, follows the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) decision to accept the test from November 2017 onwards.

Candidates will need to achieve a Level B in each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to meet the GMC’s requirements. The test is designed for healthcare professionals with an emphasis on real situations medical staff might encounter.

The OET provides an alternative to the existing International Language Test System (IELTS), where prospective registrants for the GMC’s register must score 7.5 or more overall.

Further detail about the change is available on the GMC website. Our language competency guidance will be updated in due course.

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