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Are you a final year medical student? You will need to demonstrate your English language skills before you start your intern year

20 Jun 2017

Do you need to sit an English language test?

You probably know that before you can register as a medical practitioner in Australia, you need to demonstrate that you are proficient in English. But did you know that if you didn’t complete at least two years of secondary school taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country, then you might need to sit an English language test – even if you’ve studied medicine in Australia?

To save yourself from any surprises at graduation, it’s important that you check the English language skills registration standard to ensure you are eligible for registration.

The English language skills registration standard sets the minimum requirements for a practitioner to make sure they can communicate effectively and provide safe care to the Australian community.

Medical Board of Australia Chair Dr Joanna Flynn says ‘Effective communication is critical to the doctor-patient relationship.’

‘As a doctor, you need to be able to listen to patients and respond to their concerns and preferences. You also need to be able to discuss with them all aspects of their clinical management so they can make informed decisions. That’s why, to practise medicine in Australia, you must meet the English language skills registration standard.’

For more information about English language skills requirements for medical practitioners please read the supporting FAQ

Page reviewed 20/06/2017