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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. 

What is IELTS?

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.   

IELTS scores

To pass the IELTS exam, you 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) to register as a registered nurse in the UK. If you do not achieve these scores, you 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 one another, and you score a minimum of 6.5 in all papers. For more information, please click here or visit the NMC website

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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.

Your IELTS exam score will be available online five to seven days after you have taken the test. Your results will also be available in paper form 13 days after you have sat the exam. 

IELTS study programmes

Nurses from the Philippines

We work 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.

How to prepare for IELTS

Preparing to take an IELTS exam can seem difficult. Fortunately, we have several resources available to help you to meet the English language requirements and pass your IELTS exam.

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

Where can I take my IELTS exam?

Your dedicated Medacs Healthcare consultant will help you through the process and explain where you can take your test. Globally, the IELTS exam is available in 120 countries at over 1,100 test centres. To find your nearest IELTS test centre, click here.

Register today

If you are interested in learning more about IELTS, register with Medacs Healthcare today. Simply complete the short form below.


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