Mock IELTS Academic Exams – Same Day Results

A lot of our medics choose to take the IELTS Academic exam, knowing that they’re not ready to do so. They cite a lot of reasons for this: “I wanted to know what to expect”; “I needed the practice”; “The more times I take the exam, the better I’ll be.” Well, what if for a fraction of the cost of taking the exam (currently £155 – £165 depending on the test location and set to rise in 2017) – you could [...]

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Is the GMC’s high IELTS score requirement achievable?

From 18 June 2014, the General Medical Council (GMC)’s requirement for IELTS to satisfy the English language requisite (in order to register an overseas doctor to work in the UK) has risen to:A score of 7.0 in each of the components (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing); An overall score of 7.5.This is perceived as ‘unfair’ by many, since an overall score of 7.5 can only be achieved if a candidate scores a 7.0 in two of the four components mentioned [...]

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How to reach the 9.0 in Reading Part 2

“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth” – IELTS Medical Senior Tutor Tamlin quoting Sherlock Holmes. One of the trickiest aspects of the Reading exam is the timing. Calling the skill Reading implies reading for comprehension or indeed for pleasure. Unfortunately, very little time is available to engage with the text. Your job is to answer the questions as quickly as possible. Think of yourself as a deep sea diver. Your job is to find the [...]

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Five Steps to IELTS Essay Writing

During our six hour Writing Workshops, one of the techniques that we show you is how to score top marks in your IELTS essays. Here are five steps to improve your IELTS writing: 1.Read the title • Highlight the key words in order of priority. • Find synonyms and examples to paraphrase key words. • Define the type of question you must answer. 2. Note down your ideas • Divide the issue into two perspectives – positive and negative. • Note down arguments for and against [...]

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Subtly tell the examiner what score you came for

Today, our Senior Tutor Tamlin tackled the mistake that a lot of students make when writing an introduction to their essay. Here at IELTS Medical, we believe that the way you open your essay signals to the examiner what score you’re there to achieve.  To give you an example, what’s wrong with ending your introduction to the following question, in the following way? Question “The success  in athletic or artistic activities is born and not made – to what extent do you [...]

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How to reach the 9.0 in Reading Part 1

“The best thing about reading and why it’s possible to score 9.0, is because all of the answers are right in front of you” – IELTS Medical Tutor Johanna. One of the most common type of reading question is the: Yes/No/Not Given or True/False/Not Given question. In order to successfully tackle this type of question, Tutor Johanna recommends following the following pattern when you’re reading the text.If the question is literally there in the passage, answer: “Yes.” If the opposite is true, [...]

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Stuck at 6.5?

Today, a visit today from the representatives conducting our exam in November, sparked a discussion about IELTS scores. Many times students come to us wanting to boost one band that’s stuck at 6.0-6.5. One thing that they sometimes don’t appreciate is that a 6.0-6.5 demonstrates that they have a good foundation. With a little improvement on their technique and lots of guided practice, the 7.0-7.5 is well within their reach. Take writing for example, an ex-IELTS examiner remarked that [...]

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IELTS Preparation: Mock IELTS Examination

Intensive IELTS Preparation Centre for Medical Professionals in North London. Imagine if you had a chance to experience a test-run of a very important examination? Prior to the big day when we host the closed official IELTS Academic examination for our students, we will be hosting a Mock IELTS Academic examination two weeks before. As part of our commitment to give our IELTS Medical students the best chance at the 7.0-7.5, we will organise a mock: IELTS Listening; IELTS Reading; IELTS Speaking and [...]

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How the GMC considers evidence from a country where English is the first and native language

For the avoidance of doubt, the GMC does not accept evidence of non-medical University education completed in a country where English is the first and native language as sufficient on its own to demonstrate language capability for safe practice in the UK. This is because this type of evidence does not demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and interact with patients, relatives and healthcare professionals in English. Furthermore, If the evidence relates to secondary education, it will be beyond what [...]

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Do nurses from the EU need to pass IELTS to register with the NMC?

The short answer is yes. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is an English language check with requirements for nurses set at 7.0 overall. How IELTS testing works IELTS tests are already used by universities and a large number government institutes for immigration purposes. There are four parts to IELTS:  Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing and a minimum of 7.0 out of 9.0 is required overall.      

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IELTS Preparation: Intensive 6 Hour Writing Workshop

Intensive IELTS Preparation Centre for Medical Professionals in North London. Our Six Hour Sunday Intensive IELTS Academic Writing workshops are for our students who intend to score top marks in their writing. Training in groups and led by IELTS Medical Tutor and IELTS Author Peter, the aim of this class is to boost your confidence with writing. We’ll give you the tips to help you succeed in your IELTS Academic examination.

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The GMC’s requirements of Medical Doctors

How can I get a 7.5 overall? For the GMC to accept your IELTS certificate it must show: That you got a score of at least 7.0 in each testing area:A minimum of 7.0 (of a possible 9.0) in the listening section. A minimum of 7.0 (of a possible 9.0) in the reading section. A minimum of 7.0 (of a possible 9.0) in the speaking section. A minimum of 7.0 (of a possible 9.0) in the writing section.  And an overall score of 7.5. Further, you have to [...]

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The NMC’s requirement of Nurses

Why a 7.0 in Academic IELTS?Anyone who would like to work in the UK as a nurse is required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). In order to be accepted onto the register, aspiring nurses must meet the requirements and there are currently different requirements for nurses who have trained in the UK and nurses who have trained outside the EEA. Sufficient knowledge of EnglishIn order to demonstrate a sufficient level of English, part of the only route [...]

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Reach Band 7.0 – 7.5 in Academic IELTS – Daily Classes for Medical Professionals

The shortage of highly qualified Medical staff is no secret and one of the barriers that overseas qualified medical personnel face when they seek to practice in the UK, is the International English Language Test System (or IELTS). To prove their proficiency in English, medical staff and overseas qualified medical students, must take and pass the Academic IELTS, scoring a minimum of band 7.0 in each of the four tested areas (listening, reading, speaking and writing) within one sitting. [...]

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