What are our criteria?
For us to accept International English Language Testing System(IELTS) you must provide us with your test report number and show:
- that you took the academic version of the test
- that you got a score of at least 7.0 in each testing area and an overall score of 7.5
- that you got these scores in the same test
- that you got these scores in your most recent sitting of the test
If you wish to submit acceptable IELTS scores in order to book PLAB part 1, please login to your GMC online account and go to the My Tests section to enter them.
If you are applying for registration with a licence to practise through the sponsorship route, you must demonstrate your knowledge of English using either an acceptable IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET) certificate. However this does not apply if you are a national of a country where English is the first and native language and you were awarded your primary medical degree from a country where English is the first and native language. Please check our list of countries where English is the first and native country towards the end of this guidance.
How long is IELTS valid for?
IELTS scores are valid for two years. If you are taking the PLAB test, your scores must be valid on the day you sit the PLAB part 1 exam. If you are applying for registration with a licence to practise, they must be valid when we approve your application.
You took IELTS more than two years ago
If you achieved our minimum scores more than two years ago, you can still demonstrate you have kept your English skills up to date. You can do this by sending us your IELTS test report form number found on your IELTS certificate and a reference from a tutor or lecturer of a postgraduate course or from an employer who is based in a country where English is the first and native language. The reference must cover at least three months full-time study or employment within the last two years.
Please note, IELTS may not be acceptable evidence of your English language skills for the purposes of obtaining a UK visa. You will need to check with UK Visa and Immigration for their requirements.