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What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System.
The test is designed to measure your ability of the English language in the following areas:

  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Listening

After the test you will be given an overall band score and a score from 1- 9 in each section.
 

Academic IELTS Requirements for Registering as a Nurse in Ireland or the UK

 
UK Nursing Registration
Those who wish to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) must meet the minimum Academic IELTS required scores of:

  • Overall Band Score (OBS): 7
  • Writing: 7
  • Speaking: 7
  • Reading: 7
  • Listening: 7

 
Irish Nursing Registration
Those who wish to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) must meet the minimum Academic IELTS required scores of:

  • Overall Band Score (OBS): 7
  • Writing: 7
  • Speaking: 7
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Listening: 6.5

For NMBI registration you are exempt from taking the Academic IELTS exam if you have trained in: 
The European Union (EU) | Canada | United States of America | Australia | New Zealand 

 

What is the IELTS exam format?

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes and is split into 4 sections.

  • Listening Section: 30 minutes
  • Reading Section: 60 minutes
  • Writing Section: 60 minutes
  • Speaking Section: 11 –14 minutes

 

For more information about IELTS, download our useful guide containing more exam preparation information and tips to help you succeed!