Category Archives: IELTS Medical

Introducing IELTS Nurses

  • By Lidia

Leaving your homeland to settle in a new country is a challenging yet exciting process. Recent employment data released by the NHS indicates that nurse job vacancies have risen to unprecedented levels due to severe nursing shortages and high demands of an aging population.

For our nurses, we’ve created IELTS Nurses to help overseas qualified healthcare professionals to register with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) and thus enable them to advance their career in UK. More information on the NMC registration process can be found here.

For our nurses, the first step of the journey is achieving an overall 7.0 in the Academic IELTS exam across all four skills, namely Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Information on our intensive, i10 IELTS courses can be found here.

Following the IELTS, our specialist nurses work closely with students and train them to achieve high scores in the competence based CBT (Computer Based Test) and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) required for NMC registration. It is said that the OSCE test is difficult, as only 50% of candidates pass on their first attempt. To ensure your success, you will be invited to sit a mock examination at the end of the course that will be assessed by a clinician.  This is due to the practical training and guidance from registered nurses our students benefit from.

Once your NMC registration is complete, we shall assist you gain employment within UK hospitals. Our recruitment team is dedicated to finding you jobs for NHS and private healthcare providers.

Our goal is to empower you to start in your nursing career in UK. From our IELTS tutors and examiners to our experienced nurses, our thorough preparation and coaching will help you to complete the NMC registration process.

Become a UK nurse with us… Call 02036376722.


The next IELTS Exam – what you need to know

  • By Lidia

The 26th of August marks the date of the next Academic IELTS exam. We encourage our well-prepared, confident medical professionals to book a spot to what may represent the beginning of an exciting career journey.

In the article below we provide you information on the most common questions we encounter from our medics’.

What does the Academic IELTS examination involves?

The Academic IELTS examination involves testing around four language skills, namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. For more information on the band criteria you will be tested, check out the British Council website.

You shall be provided with the results within 13 days upon examination.

Tell me about the exam day…

Registration for the exam starts at 8.00 am. The first three papers in Listening, Reading and Writing will take place in the modern lecture theatre, with sound audio equipment facilities. Upon completion, we shall subsequently relocate for our centre and for lunch (provided) and the Speaking Examination.

What do I need to bring in with me?

It is important that you bring with you a pen. (Check out the story of the lucky pen.)

Where is the exam taking place?

You shall be joining a maximum of 20 other medics taking the exam at our based in Archway, North London. The location is easily accessible and close to major train / tube stations.

How can I book in a spot?

To accommodate and confirm your booking request, we encourage you to give us a call as soon as possible. Feel free to ask our friendly team for more information about the exam, our locations and future exam dates.

At IELTS Medical, we aim to provide our medics’ a seamless experience so they can relax and perform at their best.

Pass your IELTS with us… Call 02036376722.





Coffee chat with medical Doctor T

  • By Lidia

Tell me a bit about your background

I am an overseas medical doctor originally from Sudan. I have been living in the UK for the last two years. It was a keen desire to help people by easing their pain that inspired and motivated me to pursue a medical career.

What did you enjoy most about being a medical student?

There are a few things I enjoyed about medical school, ranging from studies to extracurricular activities. Highlights include surgery and volunteering. I volunteered for the Medical Student Association, where I was responsible for delivering classes to students as a way to educate them about health, tropical diseases and the environment. Looking back, I can say university was a very exciting stage of my life.

What made you come to IELTS Medical?

I was looking for an intensive Academic English course to help me prepare for the IELTS exam. IELTS Medical seemed to be the right fit.

What classes did you take?

I opted for the i10 Complete, a course which includes Advanced Academic Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking classes.

What did you find most challenging?

To implement new techniques when tackling the IELTS question. For instance, previously I used to answer the multiple answer questions by translating the words from English to Arabic. Now, I am learning to think in English rather than translate. It is a time-consuming process that requires a lot of practice.

What was the highlight of the course?

I very much enjoyed being thought by Simon. His on-going feedback helped me significantly improve my skills. I am proud my progress, especially with reading and listening.

Where do you see your career moving forward?

My goal is to specialise in nephrology and conduct research about the causes of kidney diseases in Sudan.

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Why awareness matters

  • By Lidia

Self-awareness can be defined as one individuals’ ability for introspection as a way to acknowledge and recognise the way it perceives its feelings, strengths, weaknesses and motivations. World renowned psychologist, Daniel Goleman, identified self-awareness as one of the realms of emotional intelligence and a critical skill for top performance and leadership.

This article aims to provide our medics’ three ways in which they can use self-awareness whilst preparing for the IELTS exam:

Firstly, awareness of one’s learning style is essential for effective language study. Broadly speaking, there are three main ways through which one retains information, namely visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. We advise our medics’ to use comprehensive learning strategies, with an emphasis on their preferred style.

Secondly, the recognition of one medic’s strengths and weaknesses in English language aptitudes provides information that be used to develop a personalized learning plan. For example, one medic may have very good English speaking skills but wishes to improve their writing skills. (Are you struggling with writing? Check our top four tips to improve your writing here). Subsequently, one may enhance learning by keeping track of its progress through regular tests and feedback.

Finally, one should be aware how his/her feelings affect its reasoning and thinking. For instance, awareness on anxiety related to the IELTS exam helps one predict and assess the way it would affect its exam performance and thereby craft coping mechanisms to address it. Put simply, self-awareness leads to better self-management.

At IELTS Medical, we have designed our courses to provide medical professionals tuition tailored around their strengths and weaknesses. Our dedicated tutors are here to provide you with on-going support and feedback to reach the 9.0.

Do you need to become more self aware fast, because you’re taking the IELTS anytime soon? Test your English level by joining our next Mock Exam on Saturday, 12th of August.

Increase your awareness with us… Call 02036376722.


How to Improve Your Speaking

  • By Lidia

The vast majority of our medics are fluent in English, i.e. they express ideas clearly and easily during IELTS classes. Nonetheless, despite their good oral skills, the IELTS speaking exam still represents a challenge, mainly due to pronunciation, vocabulary and time constraints.

Here are a few fun tips that will significantly improve your communication and help with your preparation for the IELTS speaking exam. Please do enjoy yourself whilst practicing!

  1. Listen

Start your day by listening to the morning news. We recommend BBC news for its high quality content, which can be curated according to your personal interests and preferences. For instance, you may wish to shortlist scientific programmes, podcasts or eBooks.

Listening is a great way to expand your vocabulary and most importantly, improve your pronunciation. Pay close attention to the meaning and the sound of words.

  1. Record yourself

Choose a topic, set a timer a timer for 2-3 minutes and record yourself speaking. You could also read aloud. Subsequently, listen the recording and evaluate your performance.

How was your volume? What about the pace? Keep track of when you used words like “um” or “like”.

  1. Make friends

One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your speaking is by communicating with as many people as possible i.e. both natives and learners. Feel free to share your experiences and voice your thoughts, just like you would whilst having coffee with a friend. Do your best to use vast vocabulary.

At IELTS Medical, we promote a warm and friendly environment which enables our like-minded healthcare professionals to connect and build relationships. See The Story of the Lucky Pen.

We offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Speaking lessons for medical professionals seeking to improve their speaking skills.

Get chatty with us… Call 02036376722.



Why summer is a great time to study for IELTS

  • By Lidia

To all our overseas medical professionals – we would like to sincerely apologise for the “wet” Summer weather. Still, our suggestion for the summer is simple: combine study with leisure activities.

Here are a few reasons why you should begin your IELTS exam preparation sessions this summer:

  • To improve your scores

It may sound obvious, but studying throughout the summer may give you a better chance of doing well in the exam. Studies indicate that chronic stress impairs the pre-frontal cortex. On the other hand, relaxation boosts memory, therefore it will be easier for you to retain information. Going on holiday? Why not take an hour / day to practice your skills?  For more information on our writing and speaking marking service, check

  • Intensive tuition

At IELTS Medical, we pride ourselves on our dedicated tutors training our medics on the different skills examined in the IELTS. The intensive and flexible study, either one-to-one or in small groups, will help you to keep up the learning momentum whilst you immerse yourself in Academic English studies. Besides excellent tuition, we aim to provide you with a fun environment. Which leads us to …

  • Recreational activities

We care about our medics’ happiness and well-being as much as we care about their IELTS scores. Therefore, we organise social events and recreational activities which enable our like-minded medical professionals to unwind and connect after classes or the IELTS exam. For instance, earlier this year in May we organised a bowling session. Currently, we are planning a summer barbeque with delicious food and lots of laughter.

Our goal is to help you improve your academic speaking, reading, listening and writing skills to score the 9.0 and progress your career in UK.

Make this summer count… Call 02036376722.


How to Improve your Writing Skills

  • By Lidia

Expressing thoughts and ideas clearly in English is an essential skill, both for the Academic IELTS Writing Exam and your medical career. As with every skill, it takes practice and knowledge, however there are a few steps you can take to improve your writing.

  1. Develop a structure

Organise a piece of writing into paragraphs. Firstly, this will help you have a better understanding of what content and information you need to focus on. Secondly, your text will be organised and therefore easier to read by the examiner.

  1. Insert the appropriate words in the text

Use specific words according to the question you are tackling. For instance, if you are asked to describe a situation, focus on the adjectives that best convey your message and help the reader understand your ideas.

  1. Justify your arguments

When expressing opinions, bear in mind that every idea you are trying to communicate should have a rationale behind it, i.e. one or a group of statements supporting the statement itself. The arguments should be valid and relevant.

  1. Broaden your vocabulary

In our previous article(s) we explored reading. For more information, see “How I read a book a week to improve my English” and “How to improve your reading speed”. We cannot stop emphasising the importance of a vast vocabulary, and reading helps you achieve that. This vocabulary can then be applied in your writing. The more varied words you use in the text, the more you demonstrate an excellent grasp and understanding of the language.

We offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Writing Classes for medical professionals. Regardless of the stage you are at, our dedicated tutors are here to provide you with specific advice on how to tackle the different writing questions encountered in the IELTS exam.

Get writing with us… Call 02036376722!