If you are a medical professional who qualified abroad and are not a native English speaker, you will have to prove your eligibility to practice in the UK by taking the Professional and Linguisic Assessment Board (PLAB) test. However, before being eligible to sit this examination you will first be required to take the IELTS examination.
In June 2014 it became a legal obligation for doctors born outside the UK to achieve at least a score of 7.0 in all of the components of the IELTS exam (reading, speaking writing, listening) if they are to practice medicine in Britain. The purpose of this rule is to ensure best practices in the NHS by ensuring that all doctors have the reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to match their medical knowledge.
If you need to improve your IELTS score before you can take the PLAB test then you should consider booking classes or tuition with Lantern Languages.
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