IELTS/OET for PLAB, GMC, and Tier 2 Visa

The very first step, and arguably the most difficult step to start your career as a doctor in the UK is taking IELTS/OET for PLAB and GMC registration. There are many confusion regarding which test to take

Do I need to take IELTS for PLAB?When can I take IELTS?What is UKNARIC?What is OET?

Do I need to take IELTS/OET for PLAB?

Yes and no. After February 6, 2018, if you want to apply for PLAB, you can also take another . . .

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Raisa
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Is it possible to obtain a UK NARIC certificate without having any NHS job experience? I have given academic ielts in the UK as I was on a dependent visa, but now I’ll be starting my job soon and will need an independent visa. So should I appear for UKVI… Read more »

Dr. Mohammad Abdur Rahman
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Dr. Mohammad Abdur Rahman

Could I know whether IELTS UKVI is valid for Ireland medical registration or for other countries as well?

Dee
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Dee

Hello, thank you for the wonderful review. Please, even though the IELTS result is not required for PLAB 2, can one take PLAB 2 (having passed PLAB 1) with an expired IELTS result? For instance, if one’s IELTS expires in November, 2017, can they take PLAB 2 in February, 2018… Read more »

Dr A Hassan
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Dr A Hassan

Thanks for these detailed info.
Do you think the academic ukvi will work for settelment application or later citizenship as some people are sayiing it must be general not academic
While in the requirements it mentioned only ielts 4 or above in SELT which are the same centres for ukvi

Mehroz Ali
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Mehroz Ali

Thanks for the info doc.i hv passed plab 2 in november and applied for gmc registration but i need to know i have 2 Ielts certficates 1 valid simple academic ielts and other is my ukvi ielts is expiring on 5 december. I am waiting for gmc verification of my… Read more »

Eno
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Eno

Hello Ibrahim. Thanks for sharing these information. Could you please shed more light on NARIC English Language Assessment Service? Can it be used in place of IELTS? I mean, if i go through NARIC, do i still need to take IELTS? Thanks in anticipation.

Mohammad Abedalnabi
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Mohammad Abedalnabi

I am from Domenica, however I graduated from medical school in Egypt, and now doing my master degree in University of Manchester in the UK .Do I need IELTS? Thanks in advance

Mohammad Abedalnabi
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Mohammad Abedalnabi

Thank you

kelvinphilip
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kelvinphilip

Please help me get this straight. To sit for the plab exam, an overall of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtopic is required. However, to apply for a TIER 2 visa, an overall of 4.0 is sufficient, but still need a higher band for GMC registration? Am… Read more »

NEHA
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NEHA

If there is more than 2 years gap between ielts UKVI, plab 1, gmc registration and UK visa due to any reason.. We need to give ielts again as it is valid only for two years? For gmc registration I think they want recent and valid one? ForUK visa will… Read more »

nyp
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nyp

Hi Ibrahim, Thank you for your insight. What I’m getting from reading your posts re: getting into NHS through PLAB for IMG, to get a job as F1 in August 2019 I’d have to: May 18: Sit IELTS UKVI & score 7.5 overall, 7 in each component June 18: Register… Read more »

Faran6060
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Faran6060

Asalaamoalikum Ibrahim brother,
I have already done with IELTS academic and took PLAB1 March one. I am not taking risk of sitting for UKVI before completing GMC registration. I want to ask, can I apply for UK NARIC now? and later i dont need UKVI for Tier 2 visa?

Saki
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Saki

Hey hi.. does ielts excempted if some one have msc degree from uk .

mohamed
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mohamed

hi can i know the -2-year validity of ilets or oet test is working till doing plab 1 or 2 or gmc registeration or what ???thanks in advance

mohamed
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mohamed

thanks

Dr.Quratulain
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Dr.Quratulain

IELTS for UKVI is acceptable for plab 1??

ifra
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ifra

after completing MRCP in home country and oet given . for tier2 visa/ UKNARIC can be applied excluding ukvi right?

Adam
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Adam

Hello.
If i graduated from Romania and the degree was in English,can i get exemption from IELTS?
Thank you

Adam
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Adam

Ah ok, I though naric can help with the matter. So I guess if I don’t have English speaking nationality and even though my degree was in English from Romania it is still not enough.
Thank you

ramadan elsakka
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ramadan elsakka

when i apply for NARIC before GMC registration , does it cancel ielts academic , as i took plab1 and still have to take plab2 …. or should i wait till i finish GMC registration to make sure that my ielts academic delivered to GMC and then apply for NARIC… Read more »

Pratichhya
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Pratichhya

Hello
After oet do i have to give plab 1 for visa or you can get visa after oet

Abdullah
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Abdullah

Hello
I have read some where that you need to get 7.5 in each module for foundation year 2 job…is that true?

Fayzi Farooq
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Hello i have appeared in ielts ukvi
And got 6.5 band overall and results as follows
LSRW
6766
Obviously i can’t give plab
What should i do if i don’t want to give plab
Can i apply for tier 2 visa???
Or i should give ielts of idp or British council other than ukvi one….

Hiba Issa
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Hiba Issa

Hello,
I would like to know if you would be exempted from IELTS for UKV1 if you carry a British passport.. cause the UK wasn’t in your list of countries mentioned above.. so can you please clarify/?
Thank you

Shanawar Shakeel
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Shanawar Shakeel

Hi . I have taken ielts n got required bands in my first attempt. I took ielts academic . Actually my husband is British n he’s applying my spouse visa .I’ll be there in 2 months. Now I’m confused that if ielts academic is acceptable or i had to do… Read more »

drannie
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drannie

is there any advantage of British husband in rules for plab or GMC ??

drannie
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drannie

thanks

Man Ngm
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Man Ngm

I get the target band in the oet and I booked for the IELTS UKVI before completing my GMC registration but I did not set for the test ( absent). I want to know if this would have an impact on my registration process or not ?

Kushtrim Salihu
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Kushtrim Salihu

Hii, so with USA passport i just need to take oet and no other language exam is that right ?

ASHWIN BHANU
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ASHWIN BHANU

Hello, thank you for all this information. I’m researching for my wife. She is a citizen of New Zealand (majority English speaking country) but she has received her medical degree from India. Would she need to prove English proficiency? Note- This is for Tier 2 General visa. She already has… Read more »

man ngm
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man ngm

I got a COS from one hospital in the Nothen Ireland. i want to ask about living and training opportunities in this area and if i get another offer, can i accept it after issuing this COS?

man ngm
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man ngm

I am sorry for inappropriateness and grateful for your reply

Thurein Soe
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Hello, I’m planning to apply for tier 2 visa. I got my ielts for ukvi results ONLINE already but the physical form might take a month for it to reach where I live. Is there any way to use the online result for visa or i have to wait for… Read more »

saqib sohail
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saqib sohail

hi i am a family memeber of EU and living in uk and done my msc in public health from uk last year .is there any excemption for me for ielts as i did my mbbs from china and i want to get GMC registeration .

Rizwan
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Rizwan

Hi,

I must say its a wonderful article that answers many questions.
Could i please know if preparatory material for IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are same?
Regards.

Dinara
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Dinara

Thank you for the wonderful article!
My question is about the extention of the spouse visa. Could I use Ielts academic sertificate instead of Ielts UKVI?
Thank you in advance.

avnet kaur
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avnet kaur

Is there any band requirement for ielts if one is supposed to apply for foundation year 2? If yes, then what is it ?

mrz92
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mrz92

Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation.
I took the IELTS for UKVI hoping I could get the required scores for PLAB and for my spouse visa but I ended up getting a 6 on my writing, even if 8 overall.
Do you suggest I give the IELTS exam again or OET?

Dr Moe
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Dr Moe

Hello. Kindly advise me. I recently cleared my plab 2 and I want to start my GMC registration process. However my IELTS expired 30th July 2018. Do I need to register ND write another IELTS before I start my GMC registration process or can I just go ahead using the… Read more »

RAM
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RAM

Hi. Thank you for this article. It is really helpful. I just want to ask if i can take my wife with me after i finished all exams and get a job in uk? If my wife is a non medical personel, can she apply for her higher study; in… Read more »

coolsagi
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Hi Ibreez.. Thank you for putting up this great website and helping so many docs. I have a query. I have a valid IELTS academic with the required score for GMC registration. I have just submitted my documents to GMC for processing. I have already got a job offer and… Read more »

sassyhannie
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sassyhannie

Hello! From Nig. Pls if I get 7 in all the modules for ielts for ukvi can I use that to apply for plab, gmc and tier 2 visa? Instead of writing the ielts normal and also ielts ukvi

zunairashid
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zunairashid

If I have oet certificate with required score
Then is its enough for plab and GMC registration?
I just need ielts then for tier 2 visa?

Joel
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Joel

Hi. Thanks for the info.
Quick one, I have an MSc from a UK university, and i took IELTS Acad (not ukvi), do i need to still re-do IELTS after GMC reg for Tier 2 visa, or I can use my MSc as evidence of language proficiency?
Thanks in advance.

Remmy
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Remmy

hi. Is IELTS by idp acceptable for plab? British council is more expensive in my country.

Omar Ibrahim
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Omar Ibrahim

If all goes well, I will have earned my bachelor’s degree in medicine in August 2019 (Internship starts September 2019 and ends September 2020). My question is: is it a good idea to go for IELTS UKVI in July 2019 (around the time I earn my degree, in order to… Read more »

gabriel omogra
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gabriel omogra

I will be taking my plab 2 in July, by that time my IELTS result would have expired. What do I do when it’s time to register with GMC. Can I use this same IELTS result since it just got expired or I have to take another test.

ZAIBUNNISA MUHAMMAD AHMADULLAH
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ZAIBUNNISA MUHAMMAD AHMADULLAH

can i apply for plab 2 visa on the basis of OET or i need to get IELTS UKV1

Ajay Krishnan
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Ajay Krishnan

In Academic type, ‘Paper based or computer based’ which one is better for IELTS UKVI?

Livinus Ede
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Livinus Ede

Let’s assume you have your GMC registration before the IELTS expires. In trying to secure a job will you need any specific band for another IELTS?

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