Kul Prasad Chongbang after taking IELTS and achieving the required band scores, duly took medical licensing exams to be registered as a doctor in the United Kingdom. At present, he is working as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in the UK.

I came to hear of the British Council through a family member. I firstly attended an IELTS institute which helped me to lay basic ideas regarding the exam. I gathered a lot of information from various British Council online resources. In the end, my consistent self-study and practice played a key role in my excellent result. There are a lot of rumours regarding IELTS like using foreign accents and sophisticated vocabularies being mandatory during the speaking exams. However, most of these are just plain myths which do not help with your score but in turn, may lower the score if used inappropriately.

Choosing IELTS is one of the biggest steps in my career moving forward. It has not only improved proficiency in my English language but also improved my communication skill which is pivotal in the medical field. A Medical licensing exam in the UK is quite a challenging task. People often take IELTS as the biggest hurdle for PLAB exams (the licensing exams of the UK). However, I believe IELTS is not a hurdle but a steppingstone for PLAB.

The PLAB consists of two sections: the first section tests your medical knowledge and the second section tests your communication skills. Doctors from countries where English is not their first language often finds themselves distressed while giving the second part of the test. That is where proficiency of the English language comes in handy. You need not use sophisticated and confusing words, but a simple conversation is the best way to communicate, which is what IELTS expects from you. Once the licensing exams are over, the real need for good communication skills is evident. As you go through a series of interviews for jobs and even after that, while speaking with the patients daily, mastery of English language is a must. If you are looking for a career abroad it is undeniable that the English language is essential. 

British Council as IELTS partner has always maintained its standard and I would recommend my friends and family members who wish to take the exam. Also, the British Council provides a range of free resources to help you prepare for IELTS and that is the best part of taking IELTS from the British Council.