General Medical Council
Regulating doctors, ensuring good medical practice
14 Jul 2010
The minimum IELTS scores we accept as evidence of English proficiency are changing on 1 October 2010. This page sets out the arrangements for the change.
From 1 October 2010 the minimum IELTS scores we accept as evidence of English proficiency for the purposes of registration will be 7.0 in each of the areas tested (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and 7.0 overall.
Doctors required to pass the academic version of IELTS are those who are international medical graduates who take the PLAB test or apply for registration. To find out if you are an international medical graduate and required to pass IELTS, please read our English language requirements page (opens in a new window).
We will continue to accept the current IELTS scores from all doctors who have, before 1 October this year, already done one of the following:
The only provisos will be these:
We have consulted on the change with the GMC’s black and minority ethnic doctors’ forum and the GMC’s reference community and taken their feedback into account.
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