Monthly Archives - November 2017

His first English textbook

By Anna We 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 [...]


Doctors’ path to working in the UK

By Anna While 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 OSCE success in London

By Anna The 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 [...]


How long will it take me to get my score?

By Anna As an IELTS Medical Administrator, I have to admit that it is one of the most frequent questions and at the same time – one of the most difficult ones to answer directly. This is due to the fact that the answer itself depends on many various factors. Your previous IELTS score and the score you are aiming at. It will more likely take more time for a Nurse A to score 7.0 if her last IELTS score was 5.5 [...]

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Easy ways to expand your vocabulary

By Anna Expanding your vocabulary is crucial while preparing for the IELTS test. It will definitely make it easier as you go through each skill on the exam. Having a broad vocabulary will also help you in your everyday life as words are one of the key predictors of someone’s profession, education level or social status. The question now is – how to actually expand your vocabulary? The easiest and fastest way is to read. And not only books. If you [...]


Nurse E needed IELTS 7.0, but preferred the 8.0

By Emma One of our most hardworking and determined nurses, has now passed the IELTS exam with a phenomenal score of 8.0. Nurse E only spent 3 weeks with us here at IELTS Medical; where she dominated i10 Advanced writing. Nurse E first came to IELTS Medical, with the intention to go 0.5 up a band as she had a score of 6.5 in writing. As we all know – to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), a nurse needs an overall score of [...]


Winter Wonderland Merry-ness

By Anna We are slowly bracing ourselves for the Christmas season at IELTS Medical. Soon the festive decorations will go up and Christmas music will fill in the office and we have a quite exciting announcement for our employees and students. This year’s Winter Party will take place at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland! Get your festive mood and ice-skating skills ready before the day comes. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas joy for over 10 years now, so [...]


OET Class – every week

By Anna The Occupational English (or OET) is an alternative to the IELTS exam for nurses wishing to register for the NMC. It still tests Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, but it does so within a healthcare context. Earlier this week, IELTS Medical welcomed medical doctor Dr Michael Laurino on board to help our nurses prepare for their OET exam. Dr Michael has a medical degree from Kings College London and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Middlesex University. He has been [...]



By Anna Our next IELTS exam is getting closer and closer (25th of November, 2017), so it is a good time to start revising what you have already learnt. I do realise this time of year is not really that motivating when it comes to sitting down and opening your IELTS textbook. However, with a right mind-set, even the rainy, windy evening can become a perfect opportunity to have a date with your English notes. Google a cosy café nearby and bring [...]


2-Day OET (Listening; Reading; Speaking and Writing) Workshop for Nurses led by with Author and Director Gurleen Khaira.

We’re excited to announce a 2-Day OET Workshop for Nurses led by with Author and Director Gurleen Khaira. As seen on NBC, Ms. Khaira is an internationally acclaimed OET trainer, entrepreneur, and career counsellor. She has a post-graduate qualification in TESOL and has received four National awards for her work in the education sector and has been featured in national publications on numerous occasions. Her company, Khaira Education, is listed on the official OET Website as a Premium training provider. She [...]

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How to be an organised learner

By Anna At IELTS Medical we understand how difficult it may be to juggle between preparation to the IELTS exam and other commitments at home or work. This article will give a few simple tips how to organise your work better.   ORGANISE YOUR MATERIAL AFTER EACH CLASS Yes, yes, we know – when you get home after a long English class, probably the last thing you want to do is to look at the material again. However it is very important [...]


TedMed – What if mental illness could be treated with electrical engineering?

Watch the results of studies by psychiatrist Kafui Dzirasa, who studies the brain’s electrical rhythms and their connections to mental illness. This talk discusses how he’s working to reduce the stigma of psychiatric illness by engineering approaches to retune our electrical brain.

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Getting back on the horse

By Emma Some of our medics have taken the IELTS exam several times and want to give up.  Or they’ve felt as though they could have done better in the exam. As the expression goes, we must ‘get back on the horse.’ By this expression, it means to keep going and to never give up no matter how difficult it is. This is just a  step you must follow in order to strive for success; a barrier to overcome. We’ve met medics who [...]

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