Using your IELTS certificate
What are our criteria?
Passing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the easiest way to show us you have the necessary level of English. Your IELTS certificate must 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
- the original stamp and test report form number.
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.
How long is your certificate valid for?
IELTS certificates are valid for two years. If you are taking the PLAB test, your certificate must be valid on the day you sit the PLAB part 1 exam. If you are applying for registration with a licence to practise, it must be valid when we approve your application.
Your IELTS certificate is more than two years old
If you achieved our minimum scores more than two years ago and the certificate meets all of our other criteria, you can prove you have kept your English skills up to date. You can do this by submitting your test report form number found on your IELTS certificate and one of the following:
- Evidence that within the last two years you have successfully completed a postgraduate course of medical study, where all elements of the course were taught and examined solely in English.
- 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.