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IELTS or GCSE English Language for Medical universities

Hello,
I’m currently in year 12 and an applicant for Medicine. I came to the UK about two and half years ago from the Middle East, and I’ve sat my GCSEs when I’ve been in the UK for a year and a half. I only started learning English when I moved to the UK, so because of that I achieved grade 4 in English language. Since there are a very few selection of medical universities (or no universities) accepts 4 in English language, I decided to resit the exam aiming for at least a 6. Unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan as I got the same grade. And again, I sat English language GCSE last May. I’ve tried literally EVERYTHING, from past papers to tutors to Youtube channels to reading books, but I still don’t know why it’s not working.
My teacher advised me to try IELTS, since English is a foreign language for me, but I know it’s a tough exam and I have no one to help me prepare for it. I’m very conflicted whether to sit or not. I’m currently preparing to my UCAT (which I’m hoping to do end of August) and writing my Personal Statement.
Do you think it’s a good idea to sit it? And if yes, then when can I start preparing and what can help me to prepare?
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Original post by Demaa
Hello,
I’m currently in year 12 and an applicant for Medicine. I came to the UK about two and half years ago from the Middle East, and I’ve sat my GCSEs when I’ve been in the UK for a year and a half. I only started learning English when I moved to the UK, so because of that I achieved grade 4 in English language. Since there are a very few selection of medical universities (or no universities) accepts 4 in English language, I decided to resit the exam aiming for at least a 6. Unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan as I got the same grade. And again, I sat English language GCSE last May. I’ve tried literally EVERYTHING, from past papers to tutors to Youtube channels to reading books, but I still don’t know why it’s not working.
My teacher advised me to try IELTS, since English is a foreign language for me, but I know it’s a tough exam and I have no one to help me prepare for it. I’m very conflicted whether to sit or not. I’m currently preparing to my UCAT (which I’m hoping to do end of August) and writing my Personal Statement.
Do you think it’s a good idea to sit it? And if yes, then when can I start preparing and what can help me to prepare?

Hi
I think GCSE English Language is a tough ask for someone with little English experience, but so is the IELTS exam. Both exams contain a lot of unseen sections, so the most preparation you can do is practicing technique and hundreds of questions. Youtube is a great source for both, as many examiners and teachers post their ideas on there. Another exam you may want to try that is similar to the IELTS is OET. It's basically the same, but all the questions are related to medicine, as it is designed for foreign medical students. Either way, good luck whatever you do and remember to practice, practice, practice!

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