Take the OET exam at LSI Portsmouth

What is the Occupational English Test?

OET (Occupational English Test) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to practise in an English-speaking environment.

OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions: Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech Pathology and Veterinary Science.

All four language skills are assessed, with Writing and Speaking tests available in 12 different areas of healthcare. All candidates sit the same Reading and Listening tests.

OET is accepted as proof of English proficiency in the UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Namibia and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment.

OET Useful links:

  • If you are interested in taking the OET test at LSI Portsmouth, book now
  • If you are interested in LSI Portsmouth’s OET for Nurses and Doctors Full-Time Intensive course, click here
  • The official OET website
  • Test Information
  • OET Helpdesk with Frequently Asked Questions
  • The OET exam at LSI Portsmouth


    LSI Portsmouth has been an official OET test centre since 2019. However, it has been an IELTS test centre for over 17 years. Since opening the OET Test Centre, we have had hundreds of OET candidates through our doors. Our test centre is fully-equipped and presents a comfortable, professional environment.

    Also in 2019, we earned the status of OET Premium Preparation Provider. By becoming a PPP centre, we were endorsed and acknowledged by the OET group for our high quality and delivery of courses, quality which extends to our test centre.

    OET Test Dates UK for 2021:

    Following Government advice we have decided to suspend all testing until the end of the March and will reopen for testing from April onwards. This was a very difficult decision for us, however the health and well-being of our candidates and test day staff is our top priority. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to update our website as the situation changes so please keep checking here, or you can email us at oet@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

    Date of Test Registration Window
    10th April 13th November 2020 – 15th March 2021
    24th April 13th November 2020 – 29th March 2021
    9th May (Sunday) 13th November 2020 – 13th April 2021
    29th May 13th November 2020 – 3rd May 2021
    12th June 13th November 2020 – 17th May 2021
    26th June 13th November 2020 – 31st May 2021
    10th July 13th November 2020 – 14th June 2021
    24th July 13th November 2020 – 28th June 2021
    7th August 13th November 2020 – 12th July 2021
    28th August 13th November 2020 – 2nd August 2021
    11th September 13th November 2020 – 16th August 2021
    25th September 13th November 2020 – 30th August 2021
    9th October 13th November 2020 – 13th September 2021
    23rd October 13th November 2020 – 27th September 2021
    6th November 13th November 2020 – 11th October 2021
    20th November 13th November 2020 – 25th October 2021
    4th December 13th November 2020 – 8th November 2021

    Next step

    Want to book your OET test at LSI Portsmouth?

    Click here to book your test!

    Want to find out about our OET preparation course?

    Click here to out more!

    OET FAQs

    How will taking the OET test help my career?

    OET is widely recognised as proof of English proficiency for registration, study and work in the healthcare sector, as well as for visas in some countries.

    OET helps you develop language skills for success in your career – see stories about people like you.

    How can I apply for an OET exam?

    To register for the OET exam at LSI Portsmouth, please click here.

    How much are the OET exam fees?

    The test fee in 2021 is $587AUD.

    Have a look here to check the live exchange rate.

    How can I pay for the OET exam?

    Through your myOET profile profile, you’ll be able to book and pay for OET in a single process:
    • Click Apply for the Test
    • Follow each of the four steps
    • Review your test dates to make sure they’re correct
    • Click Proceed to Checkout
    • Enter your credit card details and click PAY NOW.

    What is the deadline to apply for the test?

    A list of OET Test Dates and Application deadlines is available here.

    What are the opening times of the OET Test Centre at LSI Portsmouth?

    You can come to the centre between 9.00am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays.

    What are the contact details of the OET LSI Portsmouth Test Centre?

    Email: OET@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

    Phone number: (+44) 2392 291811 (between 9:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday except bank holidays).

    I would like to do OET preparation at LSI Portsmouth. What are my options?

    LSI Portsmouth runs OET for Nurses and Doctors Intensive Preparation Courses. For more information click here.

    Are there any OET preparation materials?

    OET Preparation Portal offers a large number of OET preparation material to help you study for the test, including many hours’ worth of free practice materials.

    What time do I need to arrive at LSI Portsmouth on the test day?

    You need to arrive at LSI Portsmouth between 8:00 and 8:30 (click here for a map)

    What do I have to bring on the test day?

    You will be asked to leave your bags, coats, watches etc. in a separate room. Please make sure you leave your mobile phones there as well – and make sure that they are switched off.

    You may only bring into the test room:
    • Non-mechanical pens or pencils
    • Erasers
    • A pencil sharpener
    • A small bottle of water in a clear plastic bottle
    • Your ID document

    When you register for the test, you must provide your valid passport or UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) as proof of identity.

    If you do not have a valid passport or BRP please complete this form when you register to take the test.

    Valuables: It is strongly recommended that you do not bring valuables with you on the test day. LSI Portsmouth cannot take responsibility for the loss or damage of your personal belongings.

    How long does the OET exam take?

    The three modules in the morning take about two hours and 30 minutes: Listening (approximately 45 minutes), Reading (60 minutes) and Writing (45 minutes). The Speaking module in the afternoon takes around 20 minutes.
    For more information about the test, click here.

    When do I get my OET results?

    • Your results will be published online 17 days after your test date
    • Log in to your myOET profile profile to see your results on your dashboard
    • You can view, download and print your electronic Statement of Results.

    Who do I need to contact if I have any further questions?

    If you have any questions or want to know any more about the test day please e-mail us: OET@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

    If you have any questions or want to know any more about our OET courses please e-mail us: admissions@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

    Or call 02392291811 between 9:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

    We will get back to you as soon as possible.

    You can also visit OET Helpdesk website.