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I’ve been asked a number of times by doctors that are planning to work in the UK, what is IELTS? Why do I need to prove my English language? Where can I register and take my IELTS test? And also how can I prepare for this test?
I’ve decided to write a post to assist and to raise awareness to those doctors that are planning to work in the UK, and provide you with the answers to the above questions, and also offer my support getting you through this process.
Why do I need to prove my English proficiency?
When you apply for registration with the GMC for a licence to practise, the GMC needs to know you have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively so you don’t put the safety of your patients at risk. Communicating includes speaking, reading, writing and listening.
What do I need to achieve to meet the requirements set by the GMC?
You need to take an IELTS test. For the GMC to accept your IELTS certificate, it must show:
How do I register?
Here are seven simple steps on how to register with IELTS
How do I prepare for my IELTS test?
There’s a range of materials to help you prepare. First, download the free Information for candidates booklet, which provides an explanation of the test.
Sample questions online
Try some free sample questions online.
These sample questions will give you an idea of what to expect in the reading, writing and speaking modules.
Are there any IELTS preparation courses available?
Yes, some IELTS centres have workshops to help you prepare for your test. Talk to your local IELTS test centre for details. Preparation courses may also be offered by language schools in your country.
For frequently asked questions about IELTs, please visit http://www.ielts.org/