New English language test requirements

Published on 28 June 2016

NMC to amend English language test requirements for applicants trained outside the UK

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is amending the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements for nurses and midwives coming on to the register from overseas and within the European Economic Area. These changes will increase flexibility for applicants and ensure the appropriate standard of English language is still achieved.     

Under the previous system, applicants had to achieve the IELTS Academic Test Level 7 in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a single sitting. A Level 7 in all areas will still be required, but this can now be achieved over two sittings of the tests. Both tests must be within six months of each other and no single score must be below 6.5 in any of the areas across both tests.

"IELTS Level 7 provides us and the public with assurance that nurses and midwives applying to join the register from outside the UK meet the appropriate standard of English language required to work in the UK," NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said.

 


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