Our next Official Exam Date 25/05/17…

Our next official exam is Thursday 25th May, 2017 and our medics will be preparing and working hard over the next few weeks. For everyone taking exams from now until the big day, we’ll be providing you with mock exams and revision sessions until that week.

Keep an eye on the folders at the Medics’ Centre because we’ll be adding lots of exercises and practice materials to enable you to revise from the comfort of your home.

Plus, increased space and state-of-the-art facilities at the hospital where we’re taking the exam, means that we can have a maximum of 20 medics sitting the examination. As always, lunch will be served at our centre after the Listening, Reading and Writing papers. Speaking will then take place shortly afterwards.

All part of our commitment to giving you the best possible chance to obtain the 7.0 – 7.5. 

Did you know that from April 2017, you can also book external examinations for any London centre through IELTS Medical? You’ll receive confirmation from the exam centre directly and we’ll pass on our centre discount to you!

Get ready with us… Call 0203 637 6722.


Episode #3: Education vocabulary – How to Reach the 9.0…


This episode is the one when Ruta and Bennie went through IELTS Vocabulary to do with a popular IELTS topic: Education.

How to Reach the 9.0 in Academic IELTS exams Speaking and Academic IELTS Writing both emphasize the importance of using the right vocabulary. In our short podcasts, by experienced tutors and academics skilled in second language acquisition, we explore tips on how to reach high scores in each IELTS skill.


Episode #2: IELTS Academic Writing – How to Reach the 9.0…features Tutor Ralph

This episode is the one when Ruta and Tutor Ralph went through an IELTS Writing Q&A and how to each writing part.


How to Reach the 9.0 in Academic IELTS Writing exam both emphasize the importance of planning and overcoming writer’s block. In our short podcasts, by experienced tutors and academics skilled in second language acquisition, we explore tips on how to reach high scores in each IELTS skill.



  • By Ruta

A final reminder to book your place for this Sunday’s Reading Workshop with IELTS SIMON. The event will take place at our Highgate centre (17 Highgate High Street, LONDON, N6 5JT).

The Reading workshop will be held on Sunday, the 23rd of April and several ticket options are available:

IELTS Simon’s Reading Workshop

Are you feeling unsure about your chances of obtaining the required scores for the Reading task?

During the workshop IELTS Simon will be teaching the most effective reading techniques, giving you various tips and tricks to score the highest results, going through various reading task examples and answering your questions. Attending the workshop will increase your chances of obtaining the required scores for the Reading task as you will be provided with additional practice and resources.


IELTS SIMON needs no introduction. Students preparing for the IELTS exams know perfectly well who IELTS SIMON is and how useful his advice can be. For those of you who might have been living under a rock or are only beginning your journey towards the desired IELTS scores, here is some information about IELTS SIMON.

For over 11 years, IELTS Simon has been providing IELTS Academic delegates with insights that he gained whilst practicing as an IELTS Examiner for the British Council. He does not only produce daily content, upload YouTube videos write useful Facebook posts but has also written an e-book to help IELTS students prepare for their examinations. The number of people who want to learn from him speaks for itself – IELTS SIMON has more than 572,000 followers on Facebook and more than 50,000 subscribers on YouTube. Among Simon’s students you can also find IELTS teachers as he has delivered several teacher training courses and is currently working on an online version for his IELTS teacher training course. The students who were taught by Simon all agree that he is an exceptional tutor.

Do not miss your chance to learn from IELTS SIMON and book your place online or by calling 02036376722. Places are limited to 10 professionals taking the IELTS Academic exams!



IELTS Medical World Cup

  • By Ruta

Want to know which country is currently dominating our leader board? Keep on reading…

Our records show that at the top of the leader board is Pakistan! Our medics from 1) Pakistan have received the highest scores for their IELTS exams and we are very proud of them. The second place goes to 2) Bulgaria and in third we have 3) Turkey! However, the winning countries may soon be knocked off of the leader board! That’s right, we are currently waiting for the results from our medics representing: Afghanistan, France, Greece, Hungary,  India, Italy, Mauritius, Nigeria, Romania and Somalia.

We encourage all of our medics to do their best while preparing for IELTS and in this way help their countries dominate our leader board!

How can I help my country to get to the top of the leader board?

Well, there are a few things you can do… First, in order to prepare for the speaking part of the exam and increase your country’s chances of getting to the first place of the leader board, you are welcome to attend our free English conversation classes which are held daily from 13.00 to 13.45 at our Highgate centre. These classes provide our medics with a chance to practice their fluency… and most importantly, have fun. The classes feature some “top banter” and we will be introducing some board games soon!

You can also help your country by practicing the other three skills (Listening, Reading and Writing). If you are struggling with anything and would like some guidance or additional practice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0203 637 6722.

Good luck to all the competing countries!


Episode #1: IELTS Academic Reading (Y/N/NG) – How to Reach the 9.0…


Helium’s future up in the air

A) In recent years we have all been exposed to dire media reports concerning the impending demise of global coal and oil reserves, but the depletion of another key non-renewable resource continues without receiving much press at all. Helium – an inert, odourless, monatomic element known to lay people as the substance that makes balloons float and voices squeak when inhaled – could be gone from this planet within a generation.

B) Helium itself is not rare; there is actually a plentiful supply of it in the cosmos. In fact, 24 per cent of our galaxy’s elemental mass consists of helium, which makes it the second most abundant element in our universe. Because of its lightness, however, most helium vanished from our own planet many years ago. Consequently, only a miniscule proportion – 0.00052%, to be exact – remains in earth’s atmosphere. Helium is the by-product of millennia of radioactive decay from the elements thorium and uranium. The helium is mostly trapped in subterranean natural gas bunkers and commercially extracted through a method known as fractional distillation.

C) The loss of helium on Earth would affect society greatly. Defying the perception of it as a novelty substance for parties and gimmicks, the element actually has many vital applications in society. Probably the most well known commercial usage is in airships and blimps (non-flammable helium replaced hydrogen as the lifting gas du jour after the Hindenburg catastrophe in 1932, during which an airship burst into flames and crashed to the ground killing some passengers and crew). But helium is also instrumental in deep-sea diving, where it is blended with nitrogen to mitigate the dangers of inhaling ordinary air under high pressure; as a cleaning agent for rocket engines; and, in its most prevalent use, as a coolant for superconducting magnets in hospital MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners.

D) The possibility of losing helium forever poses the threat of a real crisis because its unique qualities are extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible to duplicate (certainly, no biosynthetic ersatz product is close to approaching the point of feasibility for helium, even as similar developments continue apace for oil and coal). Helium is even cheerfully derided as a “loner” element since it does not adhere to other molecules like its cousin, hydrogen. According to Dr. Lee Sobotka, helium is the “most noble of gases, meaning it’s very stable and non-reactive for the most part … it has a closed electronic configuration, a very tightly bound atom. It is this coveting of its own electrons that prevents combination with other elements’. Another important attribute is helium’s unique boiling point, which is lower than that for any other element. The worsening global shortage could render millions of dollars of high-value, life-saving equipment totally useless. The dwindling supplies have already resulted in the postponement of research and development projects in physics laboratories and manufacturing plants around the world. There is an enormous supply and demand imbalance partly brought about by the expansion of high-tech manufacturing in Asia.

E) The source of the problem is the Helium Privatisation Act (HPA), an American law passed in 1996 that requires the U.S. National Helium Reserve to liquidate its helium assets by 2015 regardless of the market price. Although intended to settle the original cost of the reserve by a U.S. Congress ignorant of its ramifications, the result of this fire sale is that global helium prices are so artificially deflated that few can be bothered recycling the substance or using it judiciously. Deflated values also mean that natural gas extractors see no reason to capture helium. Much is lost in the process of extraction. As Sobotka notes: “[t]he government had the good vision to store helium, and the question now is: Will the corporations have the vision to capture it when extracting natural gas, and consumers the wisdom to recycle? This takes long-term vision because present market forces are not sufficient to compel prudent practice”. For Nobel-prize laureate Robert Richardson, the U.S. government must be prevailed upon to repeal its privatisation policy as the country supplies over 80 per cent of global helium, mostly from the National Helium Reserve. For Richardson, a twenty- to fifty-fold increase in prices would provide incentives to recycle.

F) A number of steps need to be taken in order to avert a costly predicament in the coming decades. Firstly, all existing supplies of helium ought to be conserved and released only by permit, with medical uses receiving precedence over other commercial or recreational demands. Secondly, conservation should be obligatory and enforced by a regulatory agency. At the moment some users, such as hospitals, tend to recycle diligently while others, such as NASA, squander massive amounts of helium. Lastly, research into alternatives to helium must begin in earnest.

Questions 32–35

Do the following statements agree with the claims of the writer in Reading passage 3?

Answer Yes, No or Not given to questions 32-35.

Yes if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
No if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
Not given if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this

32) Helium chooses to be on its own.
33) Helium is a very cold substance.
34) High-tech industries in Asia use more helium than laboratories and manufacturers in other parts of the world.
35) The US Congress understood the possible consequences of the HPA.