BREAKING NEWS: Green Light For Lowered IELTS Writing ScoreIELTS Medical
Following our update via Facebook last week, we’re delighted to update that the NMC have followed through on stakeholder recommendations to accept a 6.5 score for IELTS Writing as part of their English language requirements.
From 5th December 2018, nurses with a score of 6.5 in IELTS writing, but an overall score of 7.0 and above, will be permitted to proceed past the English language stage of NMC registration.
EU and Overseas qualified nurses will still need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in the Academic version of the IELTS examination. Along with a 7.0 in the Listening, Reading and Speaking subtests. However, having met a lot of talented nurses who were held back by the previous IELTS Writing requirement, this is certainly a welcomed development.
Certificates which are within 2 years of 5th December 2018 will be considered by the regulator, meaning that nurses who were previously prevented from moving past this stage will now become eligible to register or to proceed to either their NMC CBT or NMC OSCE examination.
Since the announcement yesterday, we’ve spoken to some of our nurses and clarified that there is currently no change to the NMC’s OET requirements (B-B-B-B in all 4 sections across a maximum of 2 sittings with no score below C+). The OET have, however, stated that they are in constant communication with the nursing regulator regarding their requirements.
The choice between the two examinations is yours and here at IELTS Medical, we’re happy to provide guidance to help you make an informed choice between the IELTS or OET.
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