Monthly Archives - June 2017

Lucky Pen

The story of the lucky pen

By LidiaPharmacist Z, a French native, decided to come to IELTS Medical to further develop her English skills in order to get the 7.0 scores required for GPhC registration. Having previously taken the IELTS exam once, she opted for 5 weeks tailored training in speaking and writing. Shortly afterwards Dr B, an anesthetist, came to IELTS Medical with the goal of reaching an overall score of 7.5 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking to ultimately register with GMC. With her first [...]

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How to increase your reading speed

By LidiaA significant number of our medics come to us for help in tackling the IELTS Reading exam. The IELTS Reading Exam consists of three questions to be answered in one hour. It compromises 3 reading passages which medics are expected to read in no more than 20 minutes each. Subsequently, to ensure adequate understanding, learners are required to answer a variety of questions (True/ False / Not Given; Multiple Choice; Statement Completion, etc) based on text(s). It is [...]

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one book a week is like learning to walk

How I read one book a week to learn English

By LidiaHow reading one book a week helped me learn English Having acquired English as a second language myself, I would like to share one habit that significantly improved my English learning experience: reading one new book a week. I started with relatively easy reads and then progressed to more complex books. I believe that learning a language is like learning to walk: you start from the ground, take a few falls, get up and carry on until you walk with [...]

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UK sees a significant decline in EU nurses post Brexit

By LidiaRecent figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) indicate a 96% drop in nurses from European Union registering to practice in UK. This follows the EU referendum in June last year. The Guardian reports that last July 1,304 EU nurses came to work in the UK and this fell to just 46 last April. Such a decrease could be attributed to the uncertainty about EU nurses’ eligibility to remain in the UK. The NMC’s English language controls [...]

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Model essay: To what extent…

From SimonIn the past, shopping was a routine domestic task.  Many people nowadays regard it as a hobby. To what extent do you think this is a positive trend? More and more, people consider shopping to be a leisure pursuit, rather than a necessary, functional activity, similar to housework.  The idea of visiting a town centre or shopping centre was considered unusual in the past.  Today, these visits would be seen as quite normal.  Here, I will discuss this idea and [...]

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ielts score for GMC

Arabic-speaking doctor refused to give up on IELTS for GMC Registration

Background  In order for the GMC to accept an IELTS Academic test certificate it must show a score of at least 7.0 in each IELTS testing area (Listening; Reading; Speaking and Writing) and an overall score of 7.5. This must be done within the same test. Dr. M Dr. M came to IELTS Medical after his fifth attempt at the IELTS exam. Despite demonstrating a strong grasp of the English language, repeatedly scoring a 6.5 in his IELTS Writing was keeping him from [...]

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