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English Language Tests.

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What English language tests do I need to pass?

As a doctor or nurse relocating to the UK, having the right English language skills is just as important as having the correct qualifications and experience. There are many ways to ensure this, but the most common is passing the IELTS with the expected score for your profession; we have just the right structure in place to support you.

We run two English language training schools; one in Manila, the Philippines and another in Mumbai, India to help our international candidates gain the English language skills they need.

What is the IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It tests the English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers. Crucially, it's the only test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). If you are from a non-native English-speaking country, you will need to pass it to be able to work in the UK.

That’s why it’s important you work towards achieving the expected score as soon as possible.

English language testing for doctors

To register as a doctor with the GMC, you must complete and pass the ‘academic version’ of the IELTS to be able to register with the GMC. You must achieve a score of at least:

  • 7.0 within the listening and reading elements

  • 7.0 within the writing and speaking sections

And, an overall score of 7.5 (out of a possible 9).

English language testing for nurses

If you trained as a nurse in a non-native English-speaking country, you will need to either complete the IELTS or the Occupational English Test (OET).

The NMC will require evidence of an IELTS score of at least 7 in all areas and a recent pre-registration nursing qualification that was taught and examined in English.

For the OET, you will need a least a grade B in all areas.

Countries exempt from taking the IELTS/OET

If you live in a country considered to be majority English speaking, you may not need to take the IELTS or OET. Your Sanctuary International consultant will be able to advise you.

For more information about English language testing, email our team your CV.