Acceptance of Two sitting results in OET Exam for Doctors by GMC

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This petition is calling for reconsideration of English proficiency level by the General Medical Council, UK.

After many years experiencing difficulties to achieve score 7 in writing, IELTS exam, despite achieving above 7 in all other areas, finally GMC agreed to accept Occupational English Test,an alternative test, to evaluate the level of English knowledge in foreign doctors. 
GMC criteria to accept Occupational English Test (OET) certificate is:

-To take the medicine version of the test.

-To get at least a grade ‘B’ in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing)

-To get those grades in the same test 

We totally agree with the policy implemented by GMC as their main goal is the protection of the public and patients by ensuring that every doctor working in NHS is proficient in English language; however,

- We strongly require the recognition of OET certificate obtained in two sittings, the same as the original exam conducted in Australia for all health care professionals. We demand the GMC to accept clubbing in OET as it has been accepted for nurses.

-The knowledge of English of the doctors who achieved 4 Bs in two sittings OET is equal to the one who got 4Bs in one sitting, therefore they definitely have a decent level of English, without affecting the public and patients’ safety.

-Logically, the knowledge of a person who has passed an area in the test, will not decrease within the time, they would strive to pass the other parts. 


 -Considering that the majority of doctors who are taking OET exam, have already achieved 7.5 overall in IELTS exam for many times.

 -The costs for an OET examination is hard to be afforded by the majority of the foreign doctors willing to start working in the UK. 

 -The cost of each testing area requested separately; however, failing in each area would cost the doctors a full test price which is totally unfair.The concern is that the test is becoming a money making exercise, the same as IELTS exam for doctors.

Finally, we should be given the opportunity to use our knowledge, proficiency and dedication to work in NHS.