Nurses relocating to the UK from international countries are required to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam to prove that they are proficient in speaking and understanding the English language.
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for non-native English language speakers.
The test is universally recognised by universities, professional bodies, immigration authorities and government institutions as a measure of an individual’s grasp of the English language.
To pass the IELTS exam, the student must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 in three of the four academic areas – reading, listening and speaking, and a score of 6.5 in writing. These IELTS scores are the minimum accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in order to register as a registered nurse in the UK. If these scores are not achieved, the student will not be able to work as a nurse in an English-speaking country.
Scores can be taken from two separate tests, as long as they are within six months of each other, and score a minimum 6.5 in all papers. For more information, please click here or visit the NMC website.
If the student has previously completed an IELTS exam within the last two years, they will not be required to take another test and the certificate will be sent off straight away for registration with the NMC.
The IELTS exam score will be available online five to seven days after taking the test.
The results will also be available in paper form 13 days after the exam has been sat.