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Ireland & UK Requirements

IELTS Academic Test Requirements for Irish and UK Nursing Registration 

 Ireland (NMBI)*

United Kingdom (NMC)*

Overall

7

Overall

7

Speaking

7

Speaking

7

Listening

6.5

Listening

7

Writing

7

Writing

7

Reading

6.5

Reading

7

 Non EU trained candidates must have successfully passed the IELTS Academic Exam before for a Staff Nurse position in Ireland or the UK. 

For Irish Nursing Registration (NMBI): EU trained candidates do not need to complete the IELTS Academic Test. 

For UK Nursing registration (NMC): EU trained candidates must achieve the IELTS Academic Test results above.

Recent changes by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) allow candidates to pool the results of two Academic IELTS exam sittings in order to achieve the overall band score of 7. Both exams must be taken within a 6 month period and a score of 7 must be scored in each area over the two sittings. 

 IELTS Academic Test requirements do not apply to nurses who have completed their training in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United States of America, and New Zealand.