The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recognised around the world as a measure of proficiency in English for people who want to work or study in an English speaking country. In the UK it is accepted by the following healthcare regulatory bodies:
General Medical Council (GMC - doctors)
Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC - nurses and midwives)
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC - allied health professionals
The IELTS test is available in Academic and General format. For UK health professionals you will need to sit the Academic test, which has a higher level of reading and writing. You can read more about the format of the test here.
IELTS tests four communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. To succeed you will need to:
become familiar with the format of the test and practice all four skills regularly
have or acquire English language skills equivalent to CEFR Level C1 (Advanced)
An experienced teacher or facilitator who understands the test requirements will help you to get the most out of your preparation.
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