What is IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Testing System. It is the world’s most popular English language test.

Why do I need IELTS?

The IELTS is required for many reasons, however it importantly ensures that medical professionals working in the UK are competent when speaking and understanding the English language. Not only is this important for patients, it is also important for the medical professional themselves so they are able to understand and feel comfortable within their working environment.

IELTS for Doctors requiring GMC registration:

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  • European Doctors:

    Doctors who hold EU rights must sit the Academic version of IELTS and pass with overall score of 7.5 and at least 7.0 in each testing area: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    The IELTS certificate must be no older than 2 years and valid on the date of your ID check, it must be submitted no later than 10 working days before your ID check also. If you fail to submit a valid IELTS certificate you will be granted registration without a license. You will not be able to practice Medicine in the UK without a licence. You can make a separate application for a licence to practice after your registration is granted at the day of your ID check. You will still need to provide evidence of your knowledge of English.

    For more information and other ways of demonstrating your knowledge of English, please read: www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/24985.asp/

  • PLAB candidates and doctors from outside the EU: Ask
  • The Academic version of IELTS for UKVI* is required with overall score of 7.5 and at least 7.0 in each testing area: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    The IELTS certificate must be no older than 2 years and valid on the date you sit PLAB part 1. It must be submitted no later than 10 working days before your ID check. If you fail to submit a valid IELTS certificate you will be granted registration without a licence. You will not be able to practice Medicine in the UK without a licence.

    You can make a separate application for a licence to practice after your registration is granted at the day of your ID check. You will still need to provide evidence of your knowledge of English.

    For more information and other ways of demonstrating your knowledge of English, please read: www.Gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_application/24986.asp/

IELTS for Nurses requiring NMC registration:

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  • If you make your applications for registration with the NMC before 19th January 2016 you will not be required to present an evidence of necessary knowledge of English.

    However from 19th January 2016 a new process will be in place for recognition of qualification and registration for nurses and midwifes trained in the EU and EEA.

    A recent overall score of 7.0 in the academic version of the IELTS test, with a score of at least 7.0 in each of the modules: reading, writing, listening, speaking.

    There are also other ways which you can prove your English skills, please read: www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/trained-in-the-eu-oreea/english-language-requirements---eea/

  • Trained outside the EU (Non-EU): Ask
  • You will be required to obtain the Academic version of IELTS for UKVI* with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 7 in each testing area: reading, writing, listening, speaking.

    For more information please read: www.nmc.org.uk/registration/jpining-the/register/trained-outside-the-eueea/

    *Anyone taking an IELTS test on or after 6th April 2015 and intend to use in a UK Immigration application must sit IELTS for UKVI purposes at an approved test center. A list of tests and test centers approved by the UK Visas and Immigration to show that applicants have the required level of English for their visa can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests/

    The minimum score required to be granted Tier 2 (General) visa is CEFR B1 or the IELTS equivalent of 4.0 in all testing areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking and overall of 4.0.

    For more information about the UK visa language requirement please read: www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/knoledge-of-english/

    For more information about the IELTS tests itself, where you can book and take the IELTS, please read: www.ielts.org.test_taker_information.aspx

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