English Language Skills - IELTS
Candidates can sit an IELTS test in 500 locations around the world. This global test has the highest levels of quality control.
On 1 October 2010 there was a change to the IELTS scores the GMC will accept as evidence that an international medical graduate has the knowledge of English necessary for registration with a licence to practise in the UK. This change was the outcome of a detailed review and engagement process and the GMC believes that the new IELTS requirements strike an appropriate balance between the interests of prospective registrants and the interests of the wider public.
The IELTS scores accepted from 1 October 2010 in the academic version are 7.0 in speaking, 7.0 in each of the other three areas tested (reading, writing and listening), and an overall band score of 7.0.
IMPORTANT - As of 18th June 2014, the required IELTS scores will change to:
• A score of at least 7.0 in each of the four areas tested (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
• And an overall score of at least 7.5
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