About the IELTS Test

The IELTS test measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

In most countries where English is the main language of communication, evidence of acceptable English language skills is a prerequisite for applicants and international graduates seeking professional registration. Required proficiency levels vary between organisations, professions, by country and by jurisdiction. It is up to individual professional registration bodies to determine the IELTS band score and version of the test (Academic or General Training) they require.

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic – for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS Test format

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The Speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will advise.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Which Professions recognise IELTS?

Registration bodies representing the healthcare professions, such as nursing, medicine and pharmacy, where English language competence is of critical importance. Numerous professional bodies in various countries from a wide range of sectors and employers.

IELTS is available at more than 1,100 locations worldwide, including more than 60 locations in the UK, and there are 48 test dates a year.

IELTS Test fees

In 2019, the test fees are approximately £180.00

Medical English Plus specialise in both IELTS and OET preparation. We work with hundreds of candidates every year and specialise in working with healthcare professionals. Clients include many large NHS Trusts, Care Home Groups and Private Healthcare Groups in the UK. We are one of the first two OET endorsed Premium Preparation Providers in the whole of the UK and Europe.

Want to know more about preparation for either test? 

Then please call 07713 250037 or email: medicalenglishplus@btinternet.com

For more information visit: www.ielts.org