IELTS for Nurses

Registered Nurses who want to work abroad: A guide

Are you a registered nurse who wants to work in another country? One of the prerequisites for visa processing and immigration is the IELTS Academic exam, which you may have heard of. IELTS is used by the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to evaluate immigration applications.

IELTS Score requirements for countries

If you were educated in a nation where English is not the primary language, you will almost certainly be required to take an English exam; however, unique situations may allow for exemptions.
  • Listening – 6.5
  • Reading – 6.5
  • Writing – 6.5
  • Speaking – 7
  • Overall – 6.5
Exemptions: If you attended a nursing school in Australia, Barbados, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, or the United States, you may be exempted. IELTS Test: If you are an international registered nurse that wants to work in the USA, you will need to take the IELTS Academic
For nurses and midwives who want to work in the UK, the IELTS score requirements
  • Listening – 7.0
  • Reading – 7.0
  • Writing – 6.5
  • Speaking – 7.0
  • Overall – 7.0
Exemptions: None – Even if you are from and English-speaking country such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA, an Academic IELTS test is still required to successfully apply
Documents required: Refer details here IELTS Test: If you are an international registered nurse that wants to work in the UK, you will need to take the IELTS Academic
IELTS score requirements for Canada Immigration are
  • Listening – not less than 6
  • Reading – not less than 6
  • Writing – not less than 6
  • Speaking – not less than 7
  • Overall – 6.5
IELTS score requirements for Canada Studies are same as above. Which IELTS Test is applicable?
IELTS General – for Immigration/ PR (including Express Entry).
IELTS Academic – for nursing studies in Canada
IELTS score requirements for Australia Immigration through skilled route
  • Listening – 7
  • Reading – 7
  • Writing – 7
  • Speaking – 7
  • Overall – 7
IELTS score requirements for Australia Studies – Overall 6.5 with not less than 6 in any module. Which IELTS Test is applicable? IELTS Academic 

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