LSI Portsmouth’s OET Nursing Preparation Course

Do you need to achieve a Grade B in the OET Nursing exam as quickly as possible? If so, LSI Portsmouth’s OET Nursing course is for you.

LSI Portsmouth offers full-time and part-time OET courses for Nursing. These courses include face-to-face tuition with experienced and highly-qualified teachers, as well as access to self-study facilities, and daily homework.

The OET Exam consists of four sub-tests: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Our courses focus on the skills required for each part of the exam. You will have specialised input in each area of the exam, along with feedback on your progress from your teachers, a range of practice activities, and access to self-study material.

Choose the OET exam preperation course that suits you

Are you looking for a part-time course to fit with your work or family commitments? Or do you want to be exam ready in a short space of time? At LSI Portsmouth, we offer a choice of a full-time 1 week intensive course, or a part-time 4 week course.

Full-time OET course Part-time OET course
When are the classes? Monday to Friday, from 09.15 – 16:00 Friday afternoons, between 13.15 and 16:00
How long does the course take? 1 week 4 weeks minimum
How many hours of class time do I get? In total, 25 hours (25 x 60 minutes) In total, 12 hours (12 x 60 minutes)
What level do I need? minimum B2/IELTS 6.0 overall/OET Grade C minimum B2/IELTS 6.0 overall/OET Grade C
How much does it cost? £350* £180 + £45 for any additional classes after the 4 weeks*
When can I start? Each full-time course takes place in the week before an OET exam at LSI Portsmouth, so that you can study from Monday to Friday, and then take your OET exam at our OET test centre on the Saturday or Sunday directly after the course. You can join the part-time course on any Friday, and you need to book a minimum of 4 Fridays, so 12 hours in total, but you can book as many weeks as you like.

*Registration fee may apply, contact [email protected] for more information.

Sample timetable:

Full-time course: Part-time course:
08.30 – 09.15: Optional Self-Access
09.15 – 10.30: OET Reading Skills & Reading Test Practice
10.30 – 10.45: Morning Coffee Break
10.45 – 12.00: Grammar & Vocabulary for OET Speaking & Speaking Test Practice
12.00 – 13.15: Lunch
13.15 – 14.30: OET Writing skills & preparation for writing homework
14.30 – 14.45: Afternoon coffee break
14.45 – 16.00: OET Listening Skills & Listening Test Practice
16.00 – 17.30: Optional supervised self-access
13.15-14.30: OET Reading skills & strategies/OET Listening skills & strategies
14.30-14.45: Coffee break
14.45-16.00: OET Speaking skills & strategies/OET Writing skills & strategies

What you will get on the OET Nursing Preparation Courses:

During both the full-time ann the part-time course you will:

  • Focus on the skills required for the OET exam, as well as grammar and vocabulary for the test
  • Learn a range of exam techniques for each part of the exam
  • Be given individual feedback on your areas of strength and areas to develop
  • Be given all the materials that you need on the course (these are included in the course fees)
  • Do a mock speaking test in exam conditions and receive tips and advice about how to improve your performance in the speaking test
  • Receive detailed feedback and correction on your written work
  • Have daily homework to help you get the most from the course
  • Have access to supplementary materials in our Study Centre to help you progress quickly
  • Question asking

    What is the Occupational English Test?

    The OET (Occupational English Test) is an English language test for healthcare professionals.

    OET assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who would like to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.   The OET exam assesses all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment.

    OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals and universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore and many other countries.  OET has been developed specifically for 12 healthcare professions.

    The four language skills

    OET Reading

    The Reading sub-test for OET consists of three parts.  There are 42 questions, and you have 60 minutes to complete all three parts.  Part A consists of four short texts on a single healthcare topic, and you have to locate specific information in the texts as quickly as possible.  In Part B of the OET reading sub-test you have to identify the detail, gist and purpose of six short texts that you might find in a healthcare workplace.  In Part C you have to answer questions about two longer texts on a topic of interest to healthcare workers (for example, an article about medical research).

    OET Writing

    The OET writing sub-test consists of one writing task.  You have to write a letter in a workplace context (for example, a referral letter to a care home), based on case notes.  The OET writing lasts for 45 minutes in total.  You have 5 minutes to read the case notes, and then 40 minutes to write your letter.

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    OET Listening

    Like the reading, the OET listening sub-test has 3 parts, and a total of 42 questions.  You will hear each recording once.  The test takes 45 minutes in total.  In part A of OET listening, you have to listen to two patient-healthcare professional consultations, and complete notes about the conversations.  In part B, you listen to six one-minute extracts from healthcare workplace situations, and answer multiple-choice questions.  In part C of OET listening, you listen to extracts from two presentations or interviews on a range of healthcare topics, and then answer six multiple-choice questions for each extract.

    OET Speaking

    In the OET speaking sub-test, the candidate takes part in two five-minute role plays.  The role plays are profession-specific, so if you are taking the OET nursing exam, for example, each role play will be between a nurse and a patient, client or carer.  You have 3 minutes to prepare each role play from a role card, and then the role play lasts for five minutes.  You will undertake the role play with a trained interlocutor, who will play the other role.  In the OET speaking sub-test you are assessed on both your linguistic ability (such as your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation), and your communicative ability (such as your ability to listen, empathise with the patient, and so on).

    Why take our OET preparation course in the UK at LSI Portsmouth?

    1) LSI Portsmouth is an official OET test centre.  This means that LSI Portsmouth has been approved by OET as an exam centre, and you can take your OET exam with us at the end of your course.  All our OET courses are directly followed by an OET exam date on the Saturday or Sunday at the end of the course, so you can do your course and exam in one week.

    2) LSI Portsmouth is the joint number one ranked school in the UK for teaching, according to the British Council inspection reports, as published in the EL Gazette in 2018.

    3) All OET teachers at LSI Portsmouth are fully-trained and highly-experienced.

    4) LSI Portsmouth has an excellent track record of success in preparing students for examinations. We have been an IELTS test centre since 2003 and have successfully prepared students for a range of exams, including IELTS, Cambridge, BEC and BULATS over the last 25 years.

    To find out more about the test day at LSI Portsmouth, please Click here.

    If you have any questions or want to know any more about our OET courses, please e-mail us: [email protected]

    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.

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      Minimum age 18
      Maximum class size: 14
      Teaching Hours: 25 hours (25 x 60 minutes), of lessons, plus 5-10 hours of optional self-access study.
      Full-time start dates (all Mondays): 1st April, 13th May, 10th June, 1st July, 29th July, 26th August, 16th Sept, 7th Oct, 4th Nov, 2nd Dec.
      Part-time start dates: Any Friday.
      Minimum level: B2/IELTS 6.0 overall/OET Grade C