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14 Mar 2014
The minimum scores that we accept in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of knowledge of English are changing on 18 June 2014.
From 18 June 2014, the minimum IELTS scores we accept as evidence of knowledge of English for the purposes of registration will be;
We only accept the academic version of the IELTS test.
IMGs, who apply for registration using the PLAB route and are required to take IELTS to demonstrate their English language skills, need to take the test and achieve the necessary scores before they are able to book a place to sit PLAB Part 1. IMGs, who apply under our acceptable postgraduate qualification or sponsorship routes and are required to take IELTS to demonstrate their English language skills, need to take the test and achieve the necessary scores before they submit an application for registration.
For more information on our requirements, please read our English language proficiency webpage.
From 18 June 2014, you will need to achieve the new IELTS scores before you apply for registration.
You will be able to enter and continue through the PLAB process (as long as you are successful) and submit an application for registration up to the implementation date. However, after the implementation date, you will need to hold the new scores before you enter the PLAB process or submit an application for registration.
We have written to all affected doctors to advise them about the impact of the changes.
For any further queries on the new IELTS scores, please call our contact centre:
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