The NMC accept 2 language tests to evidence someone’s ability to communicate effectively in English:
The International English Language Test System (“IELTS”) Academic
The Occupational English Test (“OET”)
The NMC will accept an IELTS Academic examination certificate that confirms you have achieved at least 7 for reading, listening and speaking and at least 6.5 for writing. They will accept both the paper based and computer based IELTS academic test delivered at a test centre.
Please note the IELTS indicator test is not accepted because the security measures for this test are not comparable to those in place for the face-to-face test so will not meet the required standard to apply for NMC registration.
The NMC will accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved at least grade B (350 or above) for reading, listening and speaking, and at least grade C+ (300 or above) for writing. They will accept the OET on Paper, OET on computer and the OET@Home.
The NMC website has more information on the English language tests: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-english-language-tests/
Booking your IELTS or OET Exam
Booking your IELTS or OET exam is easy to do. The price for the exams range from £#.## to £#.##.
We would recommend you use the official OET and IELTS website and find the location that is most convenient:
Once you have booked your exam please update us, you can update your details at any time using the following link (link to update chat bot)
Preparing for your IELTS or OET Exam
There are several free sample tests and practice questions you can use to help prepare for your English language test:
Practice IELTS Exam Online for Free: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/take-ielts/prepare/free-ielts-practice-tests
IELTS Sample Test Questions: https://www.ielts.org/for-test-takers/sample-test-questions
OET Exam Free Sample Tests: https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/preparation-portal/free-sample-tests/