IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. Almost three million IELTS tests were taken in 2016.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions.

IELTS is the only English language test accepted for immigration purposes by all countries that require one.

If you are applying for a visa to move to or stay in the UK, IELTS is on the list of approved secure English Language Tests. You can find more information in our IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration section.  

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Change to IELTS requirements for nurses wishing to work in the UK

On 28th November, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) announced changes to its English language proficiency requirements for overseas nurses and midwives.

Under the change, nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS. However, a 6.5 score in the Writing section of the test will be accepted alongside a 7.0 score in each of the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections of the test.

The change will take effect from 5th December 2018. The NMC has pointed out that it will consider IELTS test results that are under two years old from that date that meet the new requirements. 

If you are considering working in the UK healthcare sector, please get in touch with us at to find out more about the NMC change and how the British Council and IELTS can help you achieve your ambition.

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