In a recent announcement from The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the United Kingdom, IELTS certificate that confirms a minimum score of 6.5 in writing has now been accepted provided that minimum score for reading, listening and speaking is 7.0 and the test taker achieved the minimum overall score of 7.0
For those who are applying to work, study and migrate to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States of America, there are only two acceptable language tests as evidence to communicate effectively in English. These are the International Language Test System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET).
Other countries may require any of these tests as part of visa processing.
Furthermore, NMC confirms that combining IELTS test scores are accepted provided that that examinee sits on the tests within six months of each other, have tested in all four sections at the same time, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and had achieved at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the rest of the sections in either of the two test sittings.
The Council also pointed out that it will consider IELTS test results that are under two years old from that date that meet the new requirements.
The Council agreed this change at their meeting last November 28 and has been in effect by the 5th of December.
NMC is the independent regulator for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. They hold a register of those who can practice in the UK, and nursing associates who can practice in England.
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