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IELTS - NMC registration requirements for overseas qualified nurses

In order to work as a nurse or midwife in the UK you must apply to join the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC requires applicants who trained outside the UK to complete the academic IELTS test, and achieve a minimum score of 7.0 in all the sections before sending their application.


If you trained within the EU or EEA

You must complete the IELTS test, unless you come under one of the following exceptions 

If you trained outside the EU or EEA

You must complete the IELTS test, even if English if your first language 

Information and resources

There is information on preparing for IELTS tests, including where to find helpful resources, practice materials and sample tests.

Further support for RCN members

If you're a member of the RCN and have more questions about IELTS, you can contact RCN Direct.

If your immigration status will be affected by your IELTS test result, you can access the RCN's Immigration Advice Service.

You can find IELTS preparation books and eBooks using our Library subject guide. RCN members can borrow books and access eBooks online. 

Further support for non RCN members

If you can't join the RCN because you haven't arrived in the UK yet, and have more questions about IELTS, please complete the form below. 


Preparing for IELTS and OSCE exams

A list of resources and useful links to help you prepare for your IELTS and OSCE exams