IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is an international test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa candidates applying from both outside and inside the UK. They must complete the ‘academic version’ of the IELTS, according to the NMC’s requirements.
There are 2 types of tests, recognized by the NMC in checking the English language proficiency of every overseas applicant who is from non-native English speaking country. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is an international test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is the most recognized among the two and academic module of IELTS is necessary for NMC.
All non-EU trained applicants (nurses or midwives) who wish to be a part of the register must complete the International English Language Test (IELTS) before sending their application to us.
They must complete the academic version of the IELTS test and achieve:
at least 7.0 in the listening, reading and speaking sections
at least 6.5 in the writing section, and
at least 7.0 (out of a possible 9) overall.
Applicants may provide two IELTS test certificates to meet the above requirements, but must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings must be taken within six months of each other to be considered. IELTS scores are valid for two years.
As per the new NMC Update on 28/11/2018: Nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.
OET(Occupational English Test)
The OET is the english language test for healthcare professionals to prove the english proficiency to the NMC. OET was accepted by the NMC UK in 2017. Since then lot of healthcare professionals particularly the nurses have made use of it.
The following would be the requirements if a candidate chooses OET to prove the English proficiency:
If the applicant is unable to fulfill the above requested score in the first attempt, the applicant can opt for a second attempt at the earliest and proceed with NMC registration process. If the applicants has missed the required score even in the second attempt he/she may proceed with clubbing the scores.
The applicant may provide two OET test report card (score card) to meet the above requirements.
NOTE: The two test sittings must be taken within a span of 6 months to be considered. OET scores are valid for two years.
NOTE: From Tuesday 28th January 2020, NMC will accept an OET certificate that confirms you scored a minimum of C+ in writing alongside a minimum of B in reading, listening and speaking.
We strongly believe that, the current IELTS score for nurses to UK set by NMC is too high and it's not the right choice for overseas nurses registration. Our CEO Febin Cyriac has a started an e-petition to NMC to reduce the current IELTS Score. Please show your support by signing the petition.