Doctors OET Is Now Accepted By the GMC

By BenLast week, the GMC announced that it will now also accept the OET (Occupational English Test) as an option to satisfy its English language requirements.  OET, like the IELTS, is a set of exams that test four communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The OET, howeve,r can be differentiated from the IELTS exams in a number of ways. Firstly the OET exam uses the English language relevant to the occupation of our healthcare professionals. The aim of the OET [...]

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IELTS Listening practice

By DerekIn each of our weekly newsletters, we ensure to include a nod to the vast majority of listening materials that will be helpful for the IELTS exam. We recommend podcasts and programs where you can listen to English conversations that are similar to the ones you’ll hear during the test. As you’re aware during section 1, you listen to a basic conversation between two people that takes place in an regular social situation eg. between a salesperson and a [...]

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How effective is online IELTS training?

By DerekA lot of overseas medics reach out to us for training from their home country. Through our work with IELTS and English language experts, we aim to deliver the best training to meet our medics’ goals. We’re based in London and have see many medics through the the IELTS and OET exam in person at our centres, closer to their homes when we’re on location (eg. September in Slough) and online. Pre-recorded Online Courses We believe that when medics wonder about the [...]

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100% CBT (NMC) pass rate

By DerekThe journey to NMC registration for overseas qualified nurses can be rather lengthy. If you are an EU nurse, your journey to registration consists of proof of English language proficiency. For overseas nurses, it is a longer process with a additional requirement in the form of the CBT and the OSCE. Since the English language requirement change in November 2017, however, the IELTS/OET exam is no longer a pre-requisite to registering for the CBT. The CBT stands for Computer Based Test. [...]

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Is the Home Office blocking international doctors?

By Derek with credit to inewsRecent limits imposed by the Home Office on the number of overseas medics have sparked outrage among foreign doctors. Reports from companies, such as BDI Resourcing, has raised concerns over 54 doctors who have recently accepted jobs in UK hospitals, only to arrive in the UK to be told that their certificate of sponsorship (CoS), a document necessary to work as a doctor, are “unavailable”. Junior doctors working in areas such as elderly care [...]

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Meet the Examiner Webinar

The most frequently feedback we hear from IELTS test takers is that after the exam, all they receive is a sheet of paper with a score on it and no further information about why they have been assessed at the score they have been. We feel your pain and have our own theories as to why the British Council takes this approach. Here at IELTS Medical we have IELTS Speaking and Writing examiners on the team, who are able [...]

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The Best Time For OSCE Review

By AnnaAny exam or test is usually a very stressful event. I, for example, remember my driving exam as the most stressful day in my entire life, even the exams that I had when I studied at the university were nowhere near as stressful as that driving exam was. It got to the point where I didn’t know how to control the stress level and eventually failed the test. It was only when I learned how to prepare mentally [...]

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How To Fulfil Your New Year’s Resolutions?

By AnnaI have some tips for you as for how to make sure you actually stick to the plan. Well, first of all – make a plan. If your resolution is studies-focused, especially when it comes to IELTS, it can’t just be ‘This year I will get 7.5 on my exam’. That’s too general and too much wishful thinking. If you want to succeed, you need to commit. If your starting point is 6.0 in Writing and you need [...]

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Learn English through film: a guide

By AnnaWhat is the most fun way of learning a language? Watching films and TV series! (For some it could also be playing video games, but we’re not going to focus on that now… 🙂 Learning a foreign language is already hard if you think about the grammar and pronunciation, especially if it vastly differs from your native language. Let alone the cultural differences – some concepts may not even exist in your mother tongue, so sometimes it can be [...]

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How to improve your reading skills

By AnnaEven if you read 7 books a week, it does not matter, unless you understand fully what you have read. Understanding what is written is called reading comprehension and it is one of the four skills you will come across doing your IELTS or OET exam. To lift your spirit a little bit, I can say that very often even native speakers struggle with reading comprehension. It could be that your vocabulary requires work, it could be that the [...]

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Language tech – the best apps for learning a language

By AnnaWhen you are learning a foreign language, especially as a busy professional, it can become quite tricky to organise some free time for yourself to sit down with your textbook and study. And when you in fact sit down with your textbook and study, you may find yourself yawning and wishing you were on a sunny island, drinking delicious cocktails. It is therefore important to make studying fun, engaging and accessible wherever you are. What is the thing that [...]

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New for 2018 ielts 4 x 4

By AnnaNew Year usually means new beginnings.  As the old year comes to an end, it is worth thinking about New Year’s resolutions. It is a perfect time to start off fresh, no matter if in your personal or professional life. What better way to step into 2018 than to promise yourself you’ll finally get that 7.0 or 7.5 score on the IELTS exam? If you have been struggling to get the right score, the beginning of new year is [...]

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Christmas lottery and Winter Party – this Sunday

By AnnaThis time of the year makes people all excited for many different reasons. Some love the Christmas atmosphere in the air, some just prefer when it is winter-ish outside, so they can cosy up in front of a fireplace, and some look forward to Christmas because of… THE PRESENTS. If you are one of those people who enjoy this time of year because of the great opportunity it makes to give (and receive) gifts, then we have some amazing [...]

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Winter opening times

By AnnaEven though we are an English learning school, we do not necessarily function like a typical school; not in terms of the holidays at least. That means that upcoming Christmas time does not mean no more classes until the New Year. Although we are in fact closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, we are open on other days. Remember that learning a language is a process and you have to be systematic and thorough in order to [...]

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The benefits of being bilingual

By AnnaSpeaking two languages instead of just one has obvious benefits in rapidly changing, multicultural, globalised world. It is clear that being bilingual opens a lot of different doors, not only in terms of your professional career, but also in terms of your personal development. It turns out that bilingualism can have much more perks that you would think at first. The most obvious benefits would be being able to talk to a wider range of people, easier travelling or [...]

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What to do when you’re stuck

 By AnnaYou have taken the IELTS exam multiple times already and you still cannot get the scores you need. Perhaps you were studying by yourself; perhaps you were attending classes at some English school. It could be that you are getting the score you need from three skills, while in one you still get that disappointing 6.5. Sound familiar?  There are actually a few ways to deal with that. We very often come across medics who, for some reason, have issues [...]

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His first English textbook

By AnnaWe all know that Christmas time is exciting; not only because of the cheerful atmosphere, music and festive lights all over, but also because of the time you get to spend together with your family. For expats, this time of year could be especially challenging as most of them are away from their families who usually live overseas. Nowadays, multicultural families are quite common, therefore the possibility that not everyone will speak the same language at the Christmas [...]

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Doctors’ path to working in the UK

By AnnaWhile overseas qualified doctors have to pass the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.5, the English proficiency test is not the only stop on their path to working as a practicing doctor in the United Kingdom. After they have passed the IELTS with a sufficient score, they have to go through the PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board). The PLAB exam consists of two parts. The first part is made of 200 single best answer questions (SBAs). [...]

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NMC OSCE Course – Getting ready for Helen and Mel from MyNursesLife

By AnnaThe final stage of registration for overseas qualified nurses is the OSCE. The role of this test is to measure the candidates against the current UK pre-registration standards. Nursing in the UK is made up of separate fields of practice, each requiring three years of pre-registration undergraduate education. The OSCE will test our nurses on their communication and clinical skills, as well as decision making and handling difficult situations. It is made up of six stations, each lasting 15 [...]

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