Which is easier for healthcare professionals – IELTS or OET?

When it comes to both the IELTS and the OET, the question we are asked most often is, “Which is easier IELTS or OET?” and our response is usually, “It depends.” You see there are advantages and disadvantages to either English test depending on your situation. Which one is better?  That question is like comparing a Ferrari to a Lamborghini – either will get you to where you need to go, it just depends on which you prefer. Both the IELTS and [...]

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NMC CBT Mock Test

The NMC CBT exam The NMC CBT is the second stage of NMC Registration for nurses who have qualified outside the European Union. It is a computer based test that consists of 120 Multiple Choice Questions. Nurses have up to 4 hours (or 240 minutes) to complete the test. There are a number of NMC CBT exam dates throughout 2019, but despite an increased availability of test dates, there seems to be no change to the number of nurses passing [...]

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NMC OSCE Recommendation

NMC OSCE Reviews – 3 or 5 day options

This valuable feedback accurately describes our NMC OSCE for Nurses course that includes APIE, Skills and a Mock Examination with feedback. The course is at least once a month, either 3 or 5 days long, and it is led by our Clinical Nurse Educator Claire. Ultimately, the secret to the success of the nurses on our course is that you are motivated and eager to understand how to practice safely and competently in the UK. Here are a few things you should [...]

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OET 2.0 Listening Practice – Diabulimia by Dr. Annalise Keating

  Transcript Hello my name is Annalise Keating and I’m a gastroenterologist working with a multinational team to raise awareness of a relatively obscure condition called Diabulimia. The name is derived from a mixture of diabetes and bulimia, as it describes the situation where type one diabetics develop the behavioural characteristics that are common to the aforementioned eating disorder. As insulin restriction is a significantly more dangerous act than calorie purging, the sooner something can be done about the countless lives being [...]

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OET Test Day Prep – Every Wednesday Until June and July Exams

This Wednesday saw the second session of OET Test Day prep for Nurses who have registered for the OET examination through IELTS Medical. We tackled OET listening part C where we looked at how to tackle the OET Listening subtest. Our nurses usually find part C the hardest of the three and it was encouraging to see that they were each willing to put in the effort to decipher the opinion of the speaker in order to score high [...]

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LIVE OET Speaking Practice

With the Speaking subtest of the Occupational English Test (OET), preparation is key. The Speaking subtest is arguably the most unpredictable of the four OET tests, because successful completion depends on working with your interlocutor to showcase your communication skills. In this part of the exam, you will have a roleplay card with up to five tasks. This means that you will be taking your professional role against an interlocutor that is playing a patient or patient’s carer or [...]

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Flexible IELTS Courses for Doctors and Nurses

Flex courses (Group or One:One) Our doctors and nurses frequently comment that they are extremely happy that we are open 7 days a week. Long shifts, long days and short annual leaves means that sometimes there’s very little time to engage in continuing professional development. Here at IELTS Medical, our Central London centre is open 7 days a week. This means that you can count on academic support at a time that suits you. Our IELTS Flex allows you to be [...]

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“I passed… It was a close cut though”

On Friday evening, our Whatsapp phone rang with news from Nurse H. She sent the results to the left and said, I passed… It was a close cut though. Whilst we were delighted for Nurse H, we have to disagree that it was close. You see, when Nurse H came to us in January 2019 for an Intermediate IELTS course, she purchased 15 sessions. Working as a domiciliary carer left her with very little time for her studies, but her recent [...]

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NMC CBT for Nurses: “I wish it was more days…”

Today was the final day of our jam-packed NMC CBT Course and whilst we were expecting attendees to be relieved, instead one of our anonymous client satisfaction surveys expressed this simple, but effective wish: I wish it was more days. We understand, Nurse E, we wish our Senior Registered Nurse Educator Ines extended her excellent 4-day course too. However, 4 days is sufficient to cover the topics that her course includes. The comprehensive, “interactive” course includes but is not limited to: NMC [...]

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The UK’s Largest Nursing and Midwifery Job Fair – Next Saturday – Portman Square

It’s the UK’s largest job fair for nurses and midwives in the UK and it’s taking place next Saturday less than 2 minutes walk from the IELTS Medical centre. Job fairs are a great opportunity to meet employers directly. Employers such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; East London NHS foundation trust; East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust; Medway NHS Trust; Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust; South West London and St Georges and other Public and Private Hospitals, plus Nursing and [...]

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