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IELTS test

Nurses relocating to the UK 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. 

We have a number of resources available to help you to meet the English language requirements and pass your IELTS exam.

Test scores

To pass the IELTS test, you must acheive 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. If you do not achieve these scores, you will not be accepted on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and will be unable to practice as a registered nurse in the UK.

Scores can be taken from two separate tests, as long as they are within six months of each other, and you score a minimum 6.5 in all papers. For more information, please click here or visit the NMC website

If you have previously completed an IELTS exam within the last two years, you will not be required to take another test and your certificate will be sent off straight away for registration with the NMC.

IELTS study programmes

Nurses from the Philippines

We are also working with Philippine Anglo Language Solutions Ltd (PALS) to offer structured English language courses to nurses in the Philippines. PALS have two study centres located in Cebu and Manila. 

The study programme includes classroom sessions, webinars, an intensive training course (for two weeks, four weeks or three months), and a one-to-one session before your test date.

Advice and top tips

Please read the following articles for some expert advice and top tips on passing the IELTS papers.

Where can I take my IELTS test?

Your dedicated Medacs Healthcare consultant will help you through the process and explain where you can take your test. Globally, IELTS is available in 140 countries at over 1,100 test centres. A full list of test centres can be found here

Register with Medacs Healthcare today for more information:


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