If you want to register as a teacher, doctor, nurse or other professional in an English-speaking country, you may need to take the IELTS test.
Many professional associations around the world recognise IELTS and may require you to have a certain band score in the IELTS Academic test to register with them. The IELTS score you’ll need to register depends on the particular association you want to register with.
Some associations may require you to have a certain band score in the IELTS General Training test.
To see how we’ve helped students get the IELTS score they need to register as a professional, check out the IELTS success stories below.
For some more advice about preparing for the IELTS test, have a look at ‘How can you prepare for the IELTS test‘ below and check out the videos and tips in the IELTS preparation blog posts at the end of this page.
Which professional associations recognise IELTS?
Many professional associations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada recognise IELTS as an assessment of English language ability.
In New Zealand, for example, IELTS is accepted by the Teachers Council, the Medical Council and the Nursing Council among others.
You can check which professional associations accept IELTS on the official IELTS website.
What IELTS score do I need to register as a teacher, doctor or nurse?
The IELTS score you’ll need to register with a professional asscociation depends on the association you want to register with.
Many professional associations that accept IELTS require an overall band score of 7.0 or above in the IELTS Academic test as well as scores of 7.0 or above in each of the individual skills.
As an example, to register as nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, you’ll need to get a band score of 7.0 or above for listening, reading, writing and speaking in the IELTS Academic test.
You should check the IELTS band score you need with the professional association you want to register with.
Student Story: professional
Babak Ziari, Iran – IELTS for registration as a dentist
Babak is a qualified dentist and wanted to register as a dentist in New Zealand. To do this, he needed to get an overall band score of 7.5 in the IELTS Academic test with no individual band score less than 7.0.
He asked for our help after taking the IELTS test twice and seeing his writing band score fall from a 6.0 to a 5.5.
In four writing tasks over two weeks, we helped Babak improve his writing band score to an 8.0 by showing him how important it was to focus on exactly what the writing tasks were asking him to do.
After getting the IELTS Writing band score he needed, Babak said “Love u is appropriate! Good news, my writing mark of course under your great supervision and tutoring has a massive increase from 5.5 to 8″.
We wish Babak all the best in his new life as a dentist in New Zealand.
How can you prepare for the IELTS test?
To give yourself the best chance of getting the IELTS band score you need, it’s important to:
- become familiar with the format of the IELTS test
- understand how your listening, reading, writing and speaking will be assessed
- practice your listening, reading, writing and speaking regularly
- get some feedback on your writing and speaking
To see the format of the IELTS test and to find out how you will be assessed, check out our About IELTS page.
For some more advice about preparing for the IELTS test, have a look at the videos and tips in the IELTS preparation blog posts below.
IELTS preparation blog – IELTS for teachers, doctors, nurses and other professionals
Here are some posts from our IELTS preparation blog that you may find useful if you’re preparing to take IELTS to register as a teacher, doctor, nurse or other professional:
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Check out the video below to see Florent, a French candidate in New Zealand, do Part 2 of an IELTS Speaking test.
As you’ll see on the video, I’ve included some comments on how Florent can improve his speaking and I’ve also said what IELTS band score he got in his test.
As you probably know, in both the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training reading test some of the 40 questions are more difficult than others.
What you may not know is that each of the 40 questions is worth the same number of points; the easiest question is worth one point and the most difficult is worth one point. Read the full post »
An IELTS candidate we’ve been tutoring asked us to explain what coherence and cohesion is and how it will affect her IELTS band score in writing; she was interested in what she needed to do to get an IELTS band score 7.0.
As I’m guessing a lot of you also need this band score, here’s what we told her. Read the full post »
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