Hello squad! Today we are going to talk about a common question we get from you all the time; which version of the IELTS is required for your PLAB and Visa purposes.
Let’s clarify this today and give you everything you need to know.
What is the IELTS?
The IELTS is an English language proficiency test. This means that it assesses your ability to communicate in English in four main ways; reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Which version of the IELTS should I sit?
Ah! This is such a common question from newbies. If you are sitting the IELTS, our recommendation to you is to sit the IELTS for UKVI (Academic).
Why? Because you require IELTS at three steps of your journey to the UK, they are:
- Step 1: To sit the PLAB 1
- Step 2: For GMC registration
- Step 3: Tier 2 Visa application
The IELTS for UKVI (Academic) will cover you at all three steps of this journey. You will not be required to sit any other language tests after this one.
If you decide to take the plain IELTS (Academic), this will work for Steps 1 and 2; but not for Step 3, which is your Tier 2 visa. You will then be required to sit the UKVI IELTS separately for your Tier 2 Visa; which means you had to pay for and sit two tests (super annoying)!
The UKVI IELTS (Academic) and the IELTS (Academic) are exactly the same examinations. The only difference is that the UKVI is £40 more expensive (but worth the extra cost).
So team, in conclusion; if you are planing to sit the IELTS, go for the UKVI Academic version to cover all your bases!
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