Combining OET test results
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Are you…?

Are you an OET candidate who has taken the OET test with the intention of applying for registration in a professional medical board overseas? Then you are not alone. Many OET candidates use their OET certificate to prove their English language proficiency level for registration purposes.

Did you know?

Did you know that different medical registration boards have slightly different requirements for OET results? Did you also know that some registration boards allow you to combine your OET test results from 2 different sittings? That’s right! That means that if you got the score you require in only 3 out of the 4 sub-tests (listening, reading, speaking and writing), and are just short in one sub-test, you can take the OET test again and if you pass that sub-test the second time, you can COMBINE the TWO OET test results and apply for registration.

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Here is a summary for you

This table summarises the requirements of the most popular medical registration boards that accept OET test results and the requirements for registration. Take a look at which registration boards allow you to combine your test results and the conditions they impose.

Doctor Nurse
Listening B B
Reading B B
Writing B C+
Speaking B B
Can Combine? No Yes
Validity 2 Years 2 Years
Conditions NA Max 2 sittings in 6 months with no less than score below C+
Registration Board General Medical Council, UK Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK


Doctor Nurse
Listening B C+
Reading B C+
Writing B B
Speaking B B
Can Combine? No No
Validity 2 Years 2 Years
Conditions NA Max 2 sittings in 6 months with no less than score below C+
Registration Board Irish Medical Council, Ireland Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Doctor Nurse
Listening B B
Reading B B
Writing B B
Speaking B B
Can Combine? Yes Yes
Validity 2 Years 2 Years
Conditions Max 2 sittings in 6 months with no less than score below C Max 2 sittings in 6 months with no less than score below C
Registration Board Medical Board of Australia Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia


Doctor Nurse
Listening B B
Reading B B
Writing B B
Speaking B B
Can Combine? No Yes
Validity 2 Years 2 Years
Conditions NA Upto 4 sittings in 12 months
Registration Board Medical Council of New Zealand Nursing Council of New Zealand

Not sure if you can combine your results?

If you are not sure if you can combine your results, use our calculator to here to find out!

Disclaimer Take note that this is a general guide and you still need to check your eligibility with the respective registration bodies.

One last word

Please do cross check your results with the latest updates from the registration boards as there are changes from time to time.

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