The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Why is IELTS important?

More than 11,000 organizations globally trust IELTS, so when you take the test you can be confident that it is recognized by educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies around the world.

IELTS continues to set the standard for English language testing today. Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, America and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications.

How does IELTS work?

IELTS has been developed by some of the world's leading language assessment experts and will test the full range of English skills needed for you to succeed in your job as a nurse in the 5 countries mentioned above.

Niche Nurses will offer free workshops to our verified nurses so we can help them improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening from March 2023.

Level 7 is the benchmark currently set by the NMC.

Choosing the right test

There are two IELTS tests available - IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do.

IELTS Academic - measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you're ready to begin training or studying.

IELTS General Training - measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.


On the 18th of October 2022 the NMC announced they will be changing the English language requirements in early 2023.

The NMC is currently accepting these two certificates:

  • Occupational English Test (OET)

The score requirements are here.

IELTS 7 7 6.5 7
OET B (350 to 440) B (350 to 440) C+ (300 to 440) B (350 to 440)

For further information by the NMC please read this pdf here.

Test combining calculator - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

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